Your new movie Quartz
Vein - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your characters in it?
Vampires, gold, and the pursuit of survival. I play Stealthia,
double-edged lordress of the night, left hand to Quartz
villain, Gargoya. Dez, innocent but not naive rightful princess of
Utocha, desperately trying to escape Gargoya's grimey grasp. And
Rebello, clumsy oaf of an assistant to the high maintenance and ever
demanding Flonz Flinston, who's on the verge of making the deal of an
What did you actually draw
upon to bring your characters to life, and as an actress, how confusing is
it to play different characters in the same story?
Each character is just a manifestation of how I envision them through
the writing of Masters [Jared
Masters interview - click here]. I draw upon my own imagination to bring the
characters to spawn based on the personality I imagine each to have. I
also think about characters throughout cinematic history who exhibit
similar traits as the characters I am playing and how I can stitch all
of these influences together into one person. It's not too confusing to
play different characters in the same film, especially if each is their
uniquely own person. Stealthia is such a different character compared to
Rebello as compared to Dez. Their distinct personalities is what helps
separate them mentally for me.
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
had been intrigued by director Jared Masters for a while after a friend
showed me two of his films, Slink and
Amethyst. We met by a chance
encounter in Hollywood, and the rest is history. From then on out we have
been constantly bouncing ideas off of each other and working as a dynamic
filmmaking duo, each with our own set of strengths and skills. Masters had
been talking about the concept of Quartz Vein
for a while, and when he asked
me to help him make it come to digital life, it was a definite yes for me.
being a post doomsday movie, is that a genre you can at all relate to?
Before 2019, probably not, but now it seems that anything is possible.
I can see society and the government collapsing as we know it. But I
can also optimistically see us turning the current state of humanity
around if we all work together. It's fun to fantasize about how one
would survive dire post apocalyptic scenarios and to imagine oneself
as the survivor, the hero, the damsel in distress, the supervillain.
can you tell us about Quartz
Vein's director Jared Masters [Jared
Masters interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Masters is always great to work with, personable but knows how to get
business done. He is very open to suggestions and is extremely
adaptable, which can be especially challenging when working on location
in real conditions and natural lighting. Things can change at any
moment, and he knows how to handle anything that comes his way while
remaining calm, cool, and collected.
What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere?
It was very interesting to shoot during a lockdown mandate. At first it
seemed like it would almost be too difficult and dangerous to film a
feature during such. Then we realized that the constraints were actually
liberating. It meant we had to shoot with very little crew and actors.
Everything had to be doable by just the two of us, and it made decision-making easier within these constraints.
Any future projects you'd like to
Masters and I
just wrapped principal filming for his next feature, Roller
It features two rival beach skate gangs at each other's throats,
fighting for their territories. Mystery shrouds the death of one of
the gang's newest recruits, an innocent frozen yogurt loving girl from
never-heard-of-it, USA who just moved to Hollywood, CA to find her
What got you into acting in the first place, and
did you receive any formal training on the subject?
background is actually in modeling, but a few years ago, while I was still
living in Wisconsin, local filmmaker Grace Mitchell reached out to me. I
was in a few of her short films before moving out here to California. I
was not originally intending on becoming an actress, I was more interested
in modeling since that is what my training is in. Masters [Jared
Masters interview - click here] encouraged me to
give acting a go again and so here we are. Acting and modeling are both
very similar in ways. Suddenly the static becomes the dynamic, like a
photo in full 360° come to life. It's been a truly amazing experience
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Quartz
I attended a visual arts college, The Milwaukee Institute of Art and
Design, where I created a number of videos mostly of performative or
experimental nature. Quartz
Vein is the first feature film I have worked
on so I don't have much formal experience prior to Quartz
Vein, but I hope this is
just the beginning.
How would you describe yourself as an
actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
I would describe my acting self as someone who is really trying to
inhabit the space of each character's mental and physical realm. I try
to leave my personal self in holding. As far as techniques go, I just be
it, whatever it may
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
Miranda July. She's a a multi-versed performance artist who makes her
visions happen. I really enjoy the poetic realness of her work, when she
moves, you move. We're both interested in dance and movement as a way of
communication and the subtleties of body language and lack of.
You and Me and Everyone We Know, The Color of Pomegranates, Paris is Burning, Castle in the Sky,
But I'm a Cheerleader, Liquid Sky, Tangerine, Drop Dead Gorgeous,
Edward Scissorhands, Hands
on a Hard Body.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
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Any recent mainstream high budget superhero action movie and anything
that heavily uses CGI. So things like the new Spider-Man, Wonder
and The Avengers just don't provide anything of value to my being. (I do
like the very campy and classic 60's Batman TV series though!)
website, social media, whatever else?
You can find me on Instagram, my username is superrr_great
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
8 Reel of Sewage (a Jared Masters classic), and thank you so much for
for the interview!