Your upcoming movie Beauty Secrets
- in a few words, what's
it going to be about? And what can you tell us about your character in it?
is a sci-fi film following
56 year old Amanda Gray turned 25 due to an experimental drug produced by
Frank Stein Industries. Amanda discovers a secret about the drug, a secret
that Frank Stein Industries wants to keep quiet. The character, Amanda,
has a fire about her that she rediscovered after being rejuvenated by the
drug. She's stubborn, a little bit wild, with a touch of vanity.
first played your character Amanda Gray in a couple of short segments of
Bread and Salt - so do talk her "birth" in that one
briefly, and what were your first reactions when you learned she, of all
characters, would get her own movie?
Amanda Gray first
appeared in Epitaph:
Bread and Salt as the spokesperson for Frank Stein
Industries. Her entire minute on screen consisted of checking herself out
in the mirror. So naturally when Nathyn Masters [Nathyn
Masters interview - click here] approached me with the
idea of showcasing Amanda Gray's story in her own film my immediate
reaction was, "Why not, it'll pair well with Palpoo the Ewok's
What did you draw
upon to bring your character to life, and always supposing you're not a 56
year old woman caught in the body of a twenty-something - how did you even
prepare for such a role?
It's weird to say but I'm not
entirely convinced that there's a huge difference between the mind of an
'adult' and the mind of a mid-twenty something year old. Age just shows
how many more years of practice you've had with bulshitting. So I mainly
focused on preparing the characteristics of Amanda's movements and
tonality as well as exploring what events in her life would influence how
she reacts in the film's situation.
What can you tell us about your
director Nathyn Masters [Nathyn
Masters interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
like? And how did you two first hook up to begin with?
Nathyn Masters, the dude is so in love with film and film making that he
makes all the DSLRs blush. Collaborating with Nathyn is just that, a
collaboration. He's constantly open to ideas and he shows that he trusts
his actors. Almost each time we're setting up for a scene the most
direction he gives is blocking. If something emotional needs tweaking
he'll nudge you in the right direction. I met Nathyn through Heather Dorff
oddly enough [Heather Dorff
interview - click here]. This indie film community is starting to feel like the
game Six Degrees of Heather Dorff.
far as I know, principal shooting of Beauty Secrets
more than one day - so what kind of a strain was that, and what can you
tell us about the shoot as such?
It was mentally
exhausting. And all I did was act, I can't imagine everything Nathyn went
through that day. We were not only short on how much time we were able to
shoot but also how much we had available to shoot. The script was only ten
minutes long and we were all challenged to extend that into the film you
see today. Somehow we got through it.
Should the Amanda Gray
character ever be brought back for another movie, would you be back?
certainly come back! SHOULD I come back, I'm not sure. Amanda's story
seems to have been told in full. Maybe she comes back as a
ghost... annoying Frank Stein's people.
future projects beyond Beauty Secrets?
At the moment, I'm completely focused on Fangs Vs. Spurs,
which has an incredible cast and crew! Every time I come to set it feels
like I'm working with family. Here's the IndieGoGo link where you can
check out some of the footage on the campaign video: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fangs-vs-spurs--4
Also later in the year, there's a Notebook Entertainment production that
I'm looking forward to and then next year I'm working on a musical with
Faux Pas. I'm still in the process of reading through a few script
that's I'd love to be a part of. Hopefully I can give you more details
as they come.
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Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
How was this interview?
It was funtastic as always to do an interview with Michael
Haberfelner, and I look forward to the next one! Thank you so much for
being such a huge supporter of indie films, it's people like you that
keep so many filmmakers motivated and hyped for the next project. Thank
you for again for the interview and love!
for the interview!