Your new movie Alienated
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
its core Alienated is a film
about a couple being forced to confront their relationship while an alien
abduction is lurking in the background.
It's the science fiction element that initiates the need for Nate
and Paige to deal with those issues.
Nate and Paige are having marital issues, and my character, Paige, is also
searching for her own happiness outside the relationship.
However, she isnít always the best communicator and can be a
little thoughtless at times and disregard Nate.
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much of Jen Burry can we find in Paige?
preparing for this role I was constantly drawing on my experience in past
relationships. When I first
read the script the arguments Nate and Paige reminded me (scarily) of
disagreements I'd had with previous partners, so reflecting on those
experiences was really beneficial. The
work I also did with George Katt the two weeks prior to shooting to
establish our own relationship and figure out how Nate and Paige related
to one another helped tremendously once we got on set.
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
had met Princeton several years prior and it was just one of those things
where we kept in
and then one day he emailed me and told me he had a script he wanted me to
read. Then that was it!
personal thoughts about conspiracy theories and the like?
they freak me out. I try not to let my mind indulge in those thoughts
cause they scare me. I'm definitely not the kind of person that spends
time investigating or researching them. I'm too emotional and would
probably be in a state of constant anxiety if I believed a lot of the ones
out there to be true.
can you tell us about your director Brian Ackley [Brian
Ackley interview - click here], and what was working with him
was so great to work with. He allowed us a ton of freedom to explore,
improvise, and work through scenes and then he would check in with us. It
was a really great trusting relationship where we both relied on each
other for creativity and grounding.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set
was a very short shoot and we worked fast. The cast and crew lived
in the same house for the days we shot. That really helped me
personally since we were in a way trapped in this environment which is how
my character feels during a majority of the film. Plus it was raining
for so much of the shoot and we had to black out the windows for a bunch
of the scenes, so it really led to this very claustrophobic feel that I
think just helped the whole filmís feel. Luckily we had a great group of
people to help lighten it up and stay creative with!
Any future projects you'd like to share?
working on a short film in a couple weeks but for the next month we will
all be busy doing interviews and promoting Alienated.
Weíre getting ready for itís official release later this month,
which is pretty exciting and something Iím really looking forward to.
got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
education on the subject?
did musicals while I was in high-school but didn't pursue acting until I
was 22. I went to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for 2 years and
then I completed my Masters in Acting from the University of South
What can you tell us about
your filmwork prior to Alienated?
did a couple features and several short films prior to Alienated,
which was the most challenging and rewarding role I've played thus far in
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
an actress, I think Iím just looking for strong characters and Iím
drawn to women who are searching for themselves and their place in the
world. Iím definitely an inside-out actor. I try to initially find
aspects of the character I can relate to and start building from there.
Even if itís the smallest detail, it allows me to feel as though that
person has always been a part of me, even if most of her has been hidden
Actresses (and indeed
actors) who inspire you?
always a hard one. I absolutely love Kate Winslet and Maggie Smith
but then I think about Diane Keaton and Helen Mirren - how can you pick
just one or two?
Your favourite movies?
have to go with the Wizard of Oz since it was my absolute favorite growing up. I
loved it so much that I took a tape recorder and put it in front of our
television and recorded it so I could listen to it as I fell asleep every
night. I can remember starting to doze off as a kid and then hearing the
tape recorder click off and it would wake me and I'd wake up to flip
"side A" over to "side B."
and of course, films you really deplore?
Feeling lucky ?
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I could say I love/hated American History X.
Requiem For A Dream would be another.
Theyíre such great films but the content matter for both of those
was so disturbing I felt horrible after for several weeks.
Literally, several weeks.
Facebook, whatever else?
website is www.jenburry.com.
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
like to thank you for contacting us. It's been really wonderful that
so many people have been interested in the film and learning more about
it. We've been surround by fantastic people from the start and it only
continues which makes a great experience even better. Thank you.