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An Interview with Jen Kuhn, Star of Driftwood

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2024

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


Driftwood is a psychological thriller of sorts about a character stuck in her own mind. My character is Anne, who believes she is getting experimental therapy for her broken marriage and ends up getting trapped in her mind until she figures the way out. (Without giving away too much!!)


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Jen Kuhn can we find in Anne?


I love Anne! I can totally relate to her feeling like everyone around her is more creative than she is. In my own special way, I can get trapped in my mind (with my thoughts), and the only way to get out is to let go. I also share determination and empathy with Anne.


With Driftwood following a rather dreamlike logic, how easy or hard was it to not literally lose your plot while acting in it?


Hahaha! It was difficult! But I had it mapped out pretty well and writer/director Neal Tyler [Neal Tyler interview - click here] and I had many talks and discussions about the details. I donít know how he kept it all straight in his brain!


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


Neal and I worked closely on another indie feature together, so while he was editing that one, he was writing Driftwood. So he approached me to collaborate again, which was a resounding YES. 


What can you tell us about Driftwood's director Neal Tyler, and what was your collaboration like?


Neal is such a thoughtful director and he has such a vision for what he wants. So it was lots of character conversations before shooting and some rehearsals, then lots of trust on set while he lets us play.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


We were shooting this pretty guerrilla-style during the pandemic ó we stayed masked and tested often. We worked very quickly as the cast and crew were small, but had a lot of fun in between takes.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Iíve just premiered a short film that I wrote and directed, in which Neal Tyler was producer and cinematographer, called Thereís Always Time To Say It, and Iím writing a feature that I want all of us to make in early 2025 in MazatlŠn Mexico!


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Iím originally a professional cellist and I booked a really fun role on the TV show Boston Legal where they wanted a cellist to play a mute woman who gives her testimony by playing the cello. I had the best time on set! I did a little acting in high school and loved it, so I started studying very seriously in LA for many years since.


Besides acting you've also contributed to a plethora of film scores as a cellist - so what can you tell us about that aspect of your career?


I moved out to LA to be a studio musician and Iím fortunate to have made that a reality! Itís such fun work to score a film, with the freshest most contemporary music, with a huge orchestra on a big sound stage.


Besides acting and cello, you've also tried your hand on a number of other film jobs over the years - so why is that, and what are actually some jobs you'd love to do more of, what could you actually do without?


Iíve worn so many hats! It comes from a love of being on setÖ Anything I can do to be on set! I also love knowing how all the pieces of a cast and crew work together. So producing and directing is right up my alley. Thatís sort of the direction Iím heading now.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Driftwood, in whatever position?


As an actor, I was always interested in what was going on behind the camera. So I set out to PA on some friendís films for a make-shift film school without film school. I love scheduling and such, so Iíve really taken to being an AD and producer. Iím also a writer and had positions as writer's assistant and script coordinator on Mozart in the Jungle and Modern Love. I really enjoy being in the writers room too!


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How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


Most of my training is rooted in Stanislavsky. I studied with Ivana Chubbuck for many years in LA. I always try to find the heart of my character through pieces of myself while understanding clear objectives of my character's wants and desires.


Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?


Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Brosnahan, Gary Oldman.


Your favourite movies?


Too many! But if I had to choose, it would be The Sound of Music.


... and of course, films you really deplore?




Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?


Instagram/Twitter: @jenkuhn_


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




Thanks for the interview!


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