Your upcoming movie A Grim Becoming
- in a few words, what is
it about, and what can you tell us about your character?
This movie is a dark comedy about my boastful boss who goes crazy
because he comes in contact with "Death" and I have to deal with
his craziness because I'm his personal assistant! I'm kind of in love with
my boss but he doesn't even notice me... ahhh the suspense! :)
What did you draw
upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Melyssa Jade can be
found in Carrie?
This character took me back to my teenage
years when I was a push-over, and took people's crap. Not much of
Melyssa Jade is portrayed in this character so it was definitely a
challenge for me to be sweet. Out of the acting world, I'm really an
outgoing funny loud mouth!
How did you get
involved with the project in the first place?
with Adam on two other films, Ombis and To Release a Soul. I
met him through some mutual friends. My boss and super good friend Darrin
Stock mentioned to Adam of my interest in acting, and also told him that I
won Miss Hawaiian Tropic, and had been in some commercials, so Adam wrote
a memorable, yet funny bikini scene in his movie Ombis, which is
how I then became involved in To Release a Soul, and of course the
latest film A Grim Becoming.
Adam R. Steigert, Melyssa Jade, Brandyn T.
you tell us about your director Adam R. Steigert [Adam
R. Steigert interview - click here], and what was your
Adam has a knack for bringing his
creativity to life on film. He is an epic visionary, and a serious
director! He will go to severe lengths (like getting no sleep) to turn his
paper scripts into ubiquitous productions! Oh and he should never be an
actor unless he could play Dr. Evil with his dog Izzy... hahah! Our
collaboration on this film was very rewarding for me because Adam and I
have a wonderful professional relationship and he is always open to my
creative ideas and I like that!
What can you tell us about A Grim Becoming's brand of humour, how easy was it to adapt to it, and since
we're at it, what can you tell us about your own sense of humour?
Michael Sciabarrasi, Melyssa Jade
A Grim Becoming's brand of humour was not easy for me, because I'm the
person always cracking jokes. Dark humor is very different from what I'm
used to, it's like this uncomfortable take on a dark subject that has
comedic aspects to it. As for me, my sense of humour is like that of
Jenny McCarthy on MTV's
Singled Out. I like being funny because it gets reactions
out of people, and it comes as normal to me as breathing air!
talk about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere for a bit!
shot in a lot of cool places with A Grim Becoming, but my favorite
one was the Elicott Square Building in downtown Buffalo. The architecture
and the high ceilings made me feel like I was a pea-sized
at the ball!
future projects beyond A Grim Becoming
you'd like to talk about?
I have so many future projects in the works! I was offered a
serious role, Priscilla Presley, in an upcoming film based on the book Who Murdered
Elvis. I am scheduled to shoot with
in Long Island, NY for istock images, so if
on the streets of New York you may see my face on a familiar billboard
or ad! I got some life! :)
photograph by Tim Greene
You originally started out as a model, right? So what can
you tell us about that aspect of your career, and how does modelling
compare to acting - and which do you prefer, actually?
I did start out modeling at 17 years old in college. I still remember my
first shoot and how I brought one of my close guy friends with me for
security purposes. Modeling is cool because the goal is to capture an
audience with still shots, so people can begin to know and recognize you
in everything you've been in and you eventually become your own brand,
which is pretty cool. Modeling is the total opposite of acting, it
requires you to hold poses, facial expressions and portray different kinds
of emotions depending on the audience you're trying to get a reaction or
sale out of. Although I truly love both, I feel that acting is a more
versatile and continuous challenge with a lot more talent and skill
involved than just being really really ridiculously good-looking - LOL! When
you're being filmed, you're not yourself anymore, you transform into the
characters you're playing, which is super fun to put all your real
life problems aside and be someone else for a while.
did you eventually get into acting, actually, and can you still remember
your first time in front of a movie camera - and what was that experience
Your gonna love this. My first "acting"
experience was the first commercial I ever shot over 10 years ago. I
did a heating and cooling commercial which was pretty hilarious and all my
friends and family made fun of me for it, but it definitely sparked my
interest in acting and being on film. After this, I became a natural in
front of the camera :)
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to A Grim Becoming?
to real films I was on Animal Planet for an hour special on a show called
It's Me or the Dog, which they still have re-runs of today. The
ratings did so well for this show that Shed Media offered my
former fiancee Matt Demar and me a deal to shoot a pilot called Committed to the Castle, which did amazing but never made TV.
I've done 2 other films with Deftone Picture Studios before, A Grim Becoming. I played Savannah Kelly (sports newscaster) in
Ombis in a very memorable must-see scene, and I played
the role of Carrie (a naive girl who idiotically goes home with a
physcopath) in a short film called To Release a Soul.
How would you describe yourself as
an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
an actress, I would say I'm pretty dramatic, intense and emotional. I
am quite the chameleon when I play characters. I like to record
myself, listen to my lines, and meet with characters that I am going to be
in scenes with to develop comfort and familiarity. Character study is
also extremely important, you really need to know your character and the
whole script... even the scenes you're not in!
(or indeed actors) who inspire you?
I'm a huge Jim
Carrey fan, he is the ultimate entertainer to me and his facial
expressions are priceless! Kristen Wiig is a personal favorite
of mine as well because she's hilarious and extremely talented. I really
need to be in a romantic comedy! I'm also inspired by classic actors such
as Rachel McAdams, Nicolas Cage, Lucielle Ball.
My favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber I
memorized it by heart and I would love to re-make the girl version of it!
... and of course, films you really deplore?
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don't hate on any films because I have been on both sides and I know
how much dedication and commitment goes into making a film, and
they can't all be 5 stars or else what the heck are ratings for?!
website, Facebook, whatever else?
My Facebook is
Melyssa Jade where most of my work can be seen, my fanpage is
Melyssa Jade Bella, and my YouTube channel is MelissaMuffin1.
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
for the opportunity to share my thoughts and I am etremely
excited to see A Grim Becoming
when it comes out :) YAY!
for the interview!