Your upcoming movie Crisis Function - Awakening - in a few
words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in
Basically, Crisis Function - Awakening goes
deeper into the story of Andrea Knight. If you recall, Andrea is thrown
into a world of people chasing her as she tries to find out who killed her
best friend in Crisis
Function. So in the sequel - Crisis Function: Awakening - we begin to understand why she is
being... hunted and even
more about her past.
So Andrea is a bit
stronger in this one and even more determined to find answers to what
happening to her and why. Which I love!
What do you draw upon to bring Andrea Knight to
life, and since you already played her in the first Crisis
Function, does this make it easier or harder for you to get into
the right mindset - and that said, how closely related are the two movies?
Well, as you recall from
what I said earlier, in Crisis Function - Awakening, we are finally getting some answers as to how
Andrea ended up in the situations she found herself in for the first film.
So this one is answering the questions and developing the characters even
To bring Andrea to
life..... well I guess it is more like I am finding out the answers as
well. Remember in Crisis
Function, none of us were made completely aware
of if we were good or bad. And I was never told why my character was being
chased. I didn't have a script and my scenes were improv from what the
other characters were scripted to say. So in Crisis Function - Awakening,
everything Andrea is
finding out... so am I! LOL! So I guess the emotions to be seen are real
because I find out more about my character each time I get the next scene
we are shooting!
what I've seen, your role in Crisis Function - Awakening is
physically rather demanding - so do talk about the action scenes in the
movie for a bit, and how do you prepare for them?
For me, I just consider
the action scenes fun! I mean I do have a background in boxing and
hand-to-hand combat and this films allows me to actually use those skills
more regularly! The only thing I do say I have to prepare for is the
healing time in between shoots! LOL!
We do not have stunt
doubles in this film so we are all doing each action scene. Needless to
say, there have already been a few nice bruises created due to this film!
But the body heals and we continue to move forward!
Function - Awakening is directed by your frequent collaborator Nathyn
Masters [Nathyn Masters interview
- click here] - so what's your collaboration on this particular
Well, for this project, I
feel I've taken on a somewhat bigger role. Yes I am the lead but Nathyn
made a promise (with the first one) to make Type One Diabetes another
character in the film! And that is where I get to give input and advice
and such while Nathyn is working out the scenes and what a T1D would or
would not do.
(of course) makes me happy because this is the second film in which me
being a type one diabetic is not hidden... it is embraced and part of
the story because Andrea is a T1D and has to find a way to manage her
diabetes while trying to understand why everything that is happening to
her is happening!
As far as I know, the film's still in
production as we speak - so what can you tell us about the movie's status,
and what has filming been like so far? And any idea when the film might be
are still currently filming Crisis Function - Awakening. When do we hope to
wrap.. I can only
say we hope to wrap up soon but we still have a lot to shoot! So while we
are still filming, we will be releasing the official trailer to hold over
the fans. We hope that when the film is released, those that followed us
for the first will be even more excited and pleased with where we went/are
going with this sequel!
Another upcoming project of yours is Lorelei
- again, do let us know what the film's about and about your character in
Lorelei is the story of
Trinity who is a prostitute who suffers from a split personality disorder
(Lorelei is her other personality). And this webseries tells the story of
Trinity/Lorelei and her encounters and her closest friends.
Zaylee Welldone is one of
Trinity's closest friends who knows about the split personality Trinity
suffers from. So she is kind of like that motherly best friend we ALL have
that looks after us and protects us yet isn't afraid to give us the truth
when we need it!
In Lorelei you play a transgender person - so
how do you prepare to do such a role justice, and how much of Anita Nicole
Brown can we find in Zaylee?
of Anita Nicole Brown is in this role!!!!! LOL! Well, not really. I mean I
am that motherly type of friend who will look after you and give you the
truth even if you do not want to hear it! But as far as being
transgendered... Yeah... that part is taking some research. But from
what I've done thus far, I don't really feel as if the gender of Zaylee
would have changed the person she is. I feel she ALWAYS had the
personality she has as Zaylee and even after her surgery, the only part
about her that would change is the physical.
How did you get involved
with the project in the first place?
I went to audition for a
different character. Aveline was the character I originally went in to
audition for. Now, while at the audition, I was also given the opportunity
to audition for Zaylee and even Greg Miller (yes, male role), and (if I
recall correctly) even Trinity/Lorelei!
was some time later that I was offered the role of Zaylee Welldone.
Initially, I was going to just say no to the part because I knew nothing
about playing a transgendered person and I was worried about how such a
script would be written about such a character! But then I thought about
the challenge such a role might be able to provide me and I said, this is
something I have to do! So I said yes!
What's the actual
status of the movie as we speak?
finished shooting the pilot not too long ago. In fact, I believe it was on
the 28th of February. So now it is in post and I'm sure after they see
what they have, we will know when we will be returning to set to finish
shooting the series!
You also have to talk
about the T1D Exposed project for a bit, which I'm sure is also
very important to you on a personal level!
Exposed Calendar photo shoot
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WOW! Now that was a very
special project that I was so blessed to be a part of! I mean I was drawn
in by the fact that they were looking for Type One Diabetics to be models!
Kat Reed and Tara Layman
(the creators of the T1D Exposed calendar) reached out to me to see if I
would be interested in being a part of such an interesting project! After
they explained what they were looking for and why they created such a
calendar... I was in 100%!
So basically the 2016 T1D
Exposed calendar showcased type one diabetics of all ages, sizes and
different types of insulin therapy doing what they love without allowing
their being T1D to stop them! And that was what made this project such a
joy to be a part of! I would also say the added bonus was the fact that
ALL proceeds from the calendar goes (went) towards Type One Diabetic
Research! Now how amazing is that!
extra blessing was that I was able to attend the release party for the T1D
Exposed Calendar in San Francisco in December and what a blessing to be in
a room full of T1D's just enjoying life and not letting it stop them and
their dreams! It was such a blessing having parents of T1D's come up to me
and tell ME that I am such an inspiration to them and their children! So I
think that was an amazing way to end my year! That and knowing I was
selected as the month of January in the 2016 calendar!
future projects you'd like to share?
As of now, there are a
few projects I have been approached about being a part of but as of now,
nothing officially confirmed as of yet! However, I am working with Nathyn
Master [Nathyn Masters interview
- click here] again for Wages of Sin:
Special Tactics (trailers seen here:
and I will be competing in a modeling competition out in LA in May of this
year! So those are a few of the things I have up my sleeve thus far!
I can only hope that this is just the beginning of another AMAZING year for
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for the interview!
Any time and as always, THANK YOU so much
for having me!