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by Mike Haberfelner

September 2013

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Your upcoming movie Duque - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character?

 

Duque is about a young girl wishing to fulfill her longtime dream of playing baseball on an all-boys baseball team. The movie will definitely show the obstacles one has to overcome when trying dominate a “male world”. With that being said, the movie also strongly exemplifies the toll one's selfish decisions can have on families. It’s going to be great!

 

What do you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Allyson Bancroft can we find in Amanda Duque?

 

I really try to put myself in Amanda’s shoes so I can really get a feel for her personality. Amanda and I share similar characteristics, for instance, Amanda is very passionate about what she believes in, as am I. We are alike in some negative ways, such as the insecurity. I happen to be very insecure, and Amanda is the same way. So our similarities really help me play the role to the best of my ability because I know what it’s like to be insecure and I also know what it’s like to fight passionately for something you believe in.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place?

 

Lol, Yolanda actually saw me at the softball fields when I was playing and I guess she really loved my look because she wouldn’t have given me this amazing opportunity.

 

As far as I know, Duque is your very first stab at acting - so what was/is that experience like?

 

It has been both terrorizing and just absolutely amazing at the same time. It’s really cool getting to see how movies are made first hand as far as how many shots it takes to get one scene, how the actors are actually wired up, and even the time it takes just to make a 3 minute scene! (12 hours in case you were wondering lol)

 

From what I know, you have been playing baseball almost your entire life - so what can you tell us about the meaning of the game for you peronally, and how did it help you to build/understand your character?

 

To me, softball is such a big part of my life. Whenever I’m having a bad day, or I’m simply just sad about something, the only place I want to be is on the field. Some people have their own secret hiding place where they feel comfortable, for me… it’s the softball field. As far as understanding my character more because of softball/baseball, I really understand the hardships you have to face as an athlete in a male dominant sport. There are so many people who don’t want us [women] to be playing a sport that just men are supposed to play. But whatever, women are better at it anyways, haha… all jokes aside though, I feel like baseball has really helped me connect with Amanda, which is really good because I can bring the character to life without making it look so “staged”.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and what's your collaboration with the film's writer David Pedraza and director Chip Mefford like [David Pedraza and Chip Mefford interview - click here]?

 

David and Jack are both really awesome guys, and I really enjoyed working with them. I can’t say much because I lack acting experience, but they’re the kind of people you’d imagine would be on set for a movie. They both know what they’re doing, and really bring life to the set. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

 

After the experience on Duque, do you plan to do any more acting, and any future projects (acting, baseball, whatever else) you'd like to talk about?

 

Honestly, yes. At first I was really apprehensive about acting because I never saw myself as an actor. I have always told my mom that I wanted to be a model, and I actually considered not auditioning for this role simply because it was acting and not modeling. But fortunately, my mom knocked some sense into me and told me “look at it this way, not everybody has this opportunity, and this is God's way of saying ‘This is where it starts.’”

You know what they say, “Momma knows best.” And boy was my momma right.

 

Actresses, athletes, whoever else who inspire you?

 

As cliché as this may sound, my mom is ultimately who I look up to. But as far as actresses, athletes, and models go I would have to say Emma Stone is someone that I really would love to be like. She is just so graceful, funny, and perfect. She is so amazing and also very talented. Above all else, Jenny Finch is my main role model [aside from my mom]. That woman, gosh, I could go on for days about how amazing she is. She’s a pitcher (like myself), she’s married to a really hot baseball player, I mean, what girl doesn’t love her a man in a uniform, right? Jenny is also a mom and a model. So I aspire to be like her and one day hope I can say I’m half the woman she is.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Love and Basketball is my all-time favorite. Then it would be all of Tyler Perry’s movies, man I love his movies - especially the ones with Madea in them lol. And then the big obvious one, A League of Their Own.

 

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Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

For the movie:

Web page http://www.dbmediaent.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duquemovie

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

At the moment, no. I pretty much just laid everything out on the table.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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