Your new movie Art
of Obsession - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you
tell us about your character?
is a psychological thriller about a tortured artist
that goes too far to respark his inspiration. I play the role of Patricia,
a privileged woman, who is also looking to find her purpose in the world.
She's a strong women, that has never really lived up to her potential. She
quickly realizes that she is going to have to use her smarts and strength
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and
how much of Winny Clarke can we actually find in Patricia? And how did you
even prepare for a role like this?
are definitely attributes that Patricia and Winny share. I trust people
very easily. Patricia really didn't know much about Kennedy before
rushing to him for help. She could've gone to family, or friends, but
she chose him. I've put my trust in strangers many times. My outcomes
have always been much more positive! Another similar trait would be
tunnel vision. When I really set my mind on something, I won't stop
until I've done it. I feel like Patricia has those qualities.
prepare, I had to watch quite a few junkie videos online. Patricia was
being force-fed drugs. There had to be a balance between fighting to
stay sober and loosing that battle. Patricia is also stronger than I am
mentally. Anger does not come naturally to me. I had to absorb content
that made me extremely uncomfortable to help pull that emotion out.
How did you get
involved with the project in the first place? And to what extent could you
identify with its psycho horror content?
I auditioned for
it! I enjoyed the sides right away because you were able to tell that this
character had two very different and dynamic personalities to her. Of
course once I read the script, I understood that the muse was only
Kennedys interpretation of Patricia. It was very cool to be able to play
both. After playing this role, I have a much deeper understanding of
horror genre. I look at it differently now, and am grateful for my new
found appreciation of the content!
with director Ryan M. Andrews and co-star Brian
Do talk about
your director Ryan M. Andrews [Ryan
M. Andrews interview - click here], and what was your
collaboration with him like?
Ryan is such a hands-on
director. He was there for me every step of the way. He gave me so much of
his time pre-production to communicate his idea of the character, but to
also allow me to mould her into my own. He was sensitive to what I needed
in the more vulnerable moments of the shoot. I was able to be bring my
best version of Patricia to the table with his guidance.
What can you tell us about
the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
We had a
bunch of rock stars on our set. I'm sure you hear that a lot, but every
single person brought their expertise to this picture, and it shows! We
had a lot to get done in a limited amount of time, so as much fun as
goofing around is on breaks, everyone was always on board to get back to
the work. Even though there were more than a few hiccups during the shoot,
the crew and cast was never frustrated or overwhelmed, and that made it
feel like a breeze of a shoot.
What got you into acting
in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
did my first school play at the age of 6. I always wanted to be an
entertainer. I've always been obsessed with how film and television can
make me feel a variety of emotions, sometimes within a half hour
segment. I've always wanted to be a part of making other people feel,
went to acting school at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in
What can you tell us about your acting work
prior to Art
was my 5th feature film and 1st lead role.
I've done multiple guest spots on series for Discovery ID. You can catch
me as a supporting character named Elliot in the feature film Almost
Adults on Netflix.
Over the course of your career, you've been pretty much
equally busy in movies and on TV - so how do movie and TV sets compare,
and which do you prefer, actually?
What a great question. I
am not sure if I can truly answer that because my experiences on TV sets
have only ever been for one episode. I think being a recurring character
would be a much different experience than a day player. That being said,
I've had great experiences on both. Ask me again in
How would you
describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your
characters to life?
I am a very emotional person, and am
quite sensitive. Something as simple as the right song can put me in the
emotional headspace to start a scene. From there, what transpires in the
scene is completely improv. It could change from take to take, depending
on how the character is reacting to the information she's receiving.
Actresses (and indeed actors) who
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Your favourite movies?
Idiot Brother, Annie Hall, The Big Short.
and of course, films you really deplore?
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Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?