Your movie The
Formula - how did you get involved
with the project in the first place? And what did you draw
upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Katie Goebel did
find its way into T.J.?
first got involved when Joe Clarke [Joe
Clarke interview - click here] and
Tom Beecher pitched this idea they had for a film. I really loved the
character of TJ and was committed to helping out in whichever way I could.
To be honest, much of TJ Hansen is Katie Goebel and I think thatís why
Joe was interested in me playing her in the first place. At first, I
wanted to bring just a little bit of myself into the character and create
a character that was all her own Ė just TJ, but after a while and during
shoots, it just so happened that the two of us werenít all that
different in any facet.
Somehow connected to the last
question (maybe at least): As an attractive woman, you must have been
subjected to some terrible pick-up lines - what were some of the
Well, first of all, thank you. Iím flattered. And second of all, itís
funny that you say that. Every male on set, even the few of us females,
spit some pretty mad game when it came to terribly ineffective pick-up
lines. In reality though, thatís how we strangely formed a bond. We were
constantly joking with each other. In a way, thatís how you find comfort
in this weird group of strangers that are supposed to be a peculiar kind
of family to you within a matter of thirty days. Anyway, Iím almost
ashamed to say they worked.
you girrrrrrl, whatchoo drankiní?Ē
I have yo babies?Ē
you from Tennessee? Because letís bone.Ē
you have a mirror in your pocket? Or is that a condomÖ ď
wish I could keep goingÖ Theyíre all just so bad.
If you had "the formula"
(or rather its female equivalent) at your disposal for 24 hours - would
you use it?
absolutely. Without a doubt. Yes.
Let's return to the film as such: What can
you tell us about your director Joe Clarke [Joe
Clarke interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
isnít there to say about Joe Clarke? Heís incredibly innovative. He
has so many ideas and heís so young, itís only going to take him to
bigger and better places. One of his most admired traits is his work
ethic. In my experience, he stops at nothing to get the perfect shot, or
delivery, or chemistry. He makes movies to tell a story, and whatever that
story is, youíll see it through Joeís eyes Ė only because he wonít
settle for anything less than his perceived best. In terms of our
collaboration though, it was a memorable experience to say the least. If I
said that we never butt heads, I would be lying! But had we not, TJ
wouldnít have been the character that she turned out to be. We would be
best friends and then worst enemies on a second-by-second basis, but
thatís just how we work together, and I really wouldnít change it for
the world. If I had to sum up our director/actress relationship in short,
Iíd say itís a disastrously remarkable chemistry.
What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere?
set was, without a doubt, the best part of creating this film. And I feel
very fortunate to be able to say that, because itís often not the case.
I was always so excited to get to set because I couldnít wait to
collaborate and learn from this awesome group of people. As a creative
thinker, you find comfort in people who act and think like you. The on-set
atmosphere was nothing short of this perfect realm where I felt like I
really belonged. Is that too deep? You know, itís all good. Because
Iíd like to think that everyone else felt the same way.
What got you into acting in the
first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
started acting at a local theatre in my hometown when I was ten and fell
in love with performing for people ever since. It wasnít until I was a
freshman in college though that I took an interest in film. I grew up
taking classes at the theatre in technique and monologues, but the summer
of 2011 and 2013 I was trained in all aspects of film acting at the Young
Actorís Studio and the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, CA.
can you tell us about your acting experience prior to The
acting experience prior to The
Formula consisted largely of stage acting
in the theatre, you know, musicals and plays and such. I had landed some
roles in feature and short films as an extra, but The
Formula was my first
Any future projects you'd like to
just wrapped a short film and I am working on a feature as we speak. I
wish I could share them with you! However, I am under contract not to
until we drop publicly. But Iím very excited about these two! I hope
they are projects audiences really want to view. I think people will find
them particularly interesting.
Plus, I play Melanie in Thor Moreno's
[Thor Moreno interview - click
here] upcoming Revenge
- A Love Story, which will be
premiering this summer along with another one of his films, Helpless.
How would you describe yourself as an actress,
and what are some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
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not sure I would ever describe myself as an actress, so much as just a
person with a really vivid imagination. I guess, we [actors] are all just
really exceptional liars (jokingly). No, Iím really just your average
individual afraid of failure just like the next person. So, when bringing
characters to life, Iím constantly thinking of ways that I can
incorporate characteristics of my persona and apply it to whatever
situation I may be in within a scene. Iím constantly thinking, ĎOkay,
how am I going to get through this? Whatís going to help me in this
situation?í However, Iím not thinking as myself, Iím thinking as my
character. I literally become that person, and from there itís somewhat
of a natural occurrence.
(or indeed actors) who inspire you?
Lawrence is actually my favorite human.
my goodness. I have to narrow those down? Alright, Inglourious
Django Unchained, Good Will Hunting, Scent of a Woman,
Weíre The Millers, We Bought a Zoo, Shawkshank
Redemption, Mean Girls, Bridesmaids,
Crazy Stupid Love, Silver Linings Playbook, Anastasia, just about every
Disney movie, THE LION KING YES, The Blind Side, Step BrothersÖ Should I
stop now? Iíll stop.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
I just saw the worst movie in the world. It's called The Bling Ring.
Don't ever watch it. Ever.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
You pretty much covered it all! Job well done.
for the interview!