Your new movie John #3 -
in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
John #3 to me is a way of getting a strong message out to the general
public of the horrible effects of abuse and the long term damage it caues.
Vicky is extremely determined, strong, intelligent yet very lost and is constantly trying to cleanse herself from what makes her feel internally
dirty. Getting inside Vicky's head was at times painful.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much Rosie Pearson can we find in Vicky, actually?
clever question. Now without getting too personal, I have suffered a form
of abuse but not the type of abuse Vicky has. I dived more into Vicky's
experience rather than use my own, which was difficult but was the only
way of course to do the character justice. Vicky is one deep character, I
had to go down every thought and avenue of how she thinks, the best I
could to get to a level of understanding to play her as best I could.
talk about John #3's
director Kyle Titterton for a bit, and what was your collaboration like?
have worked with Kyle before but in a completely different surrounding.
Kyle directed me in a couple music videos dancing. We get on extremely
well so having Kyle on set of John #3
was a blessing as he was a grounding
strong root on set due to his experience and calm approach
did the project fall together in the first place, and how did you end up
on the production side of things? And to what extent could you actually
identify with the movie's theme?
The script was actually
written for me to use as an acting showreel and the last thing I have ever
wanted to do was produce, I literally fell into it. What started off as a lowkey 2 minute scene to be used as a reel turned into
... well a ten minute
short to go around film festivals, and it has set me off wanting to produce
more. As I spoke to more people about the film it then just grew and grew
into what it is now, so I had to grow with it.
What were the main
challenges of bringing John #3
to the screen from a production point of view?
calm, grounded and reading people. Dealing with a low budget project you
are constantly in a way pestering people. I have learned that you always
need to look deeper into any problem or issue that arises and take your
time. Listening and watching is also extremely important. So I guess the
hardest part of getting John #3 finished was lack of experience.
you tell us about your co-star Alan Cooper, and what was it like working
with him? And did you as a producer have a hand in his casting?
with Alan Cooper
was extremely professional and creative with his character. Alan is a
limitless actor, he just gets stuck in and is willing to leave his ego at
the door. I did cast him and I am very happy with his performance on
camera and on set.
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
has been submitted to film festivals around the world so details will be
on the John #3 Facebook page
- keep an eye out or get yourself to the screening of the feature films
Jengo Hooper and Heavy Makeup in Camden or LA where John #3
screened. For LA screening it will be Oct/Nov... Camden will be this
summer. Keep an eye out for further details!
you can tell us about John #3's
audience and critical reception yet?
The audience from the
premiere of John #3 were very pulled in when watching John #3! "Want to
see more " was said a lot. There were a few comments on the technical
side of the film but I expected that and was happy to learn from John #3
being my first project to produce. Constructive criticism from those
who have done it themselves is greatly appreciated.
Any future projects
you want to share?
Very excited about my next go at
producing, which I said I would never do ha ha ha. My next shot at
producing is a short film. This film shows what lays in the cracks of the
concrete London underworld. The message is strong and raw. The script is
written by Craig Maclachlan who was associate producer on John #3. We have
been finalising the script now for months and we are both very happy with
what we have now. The short is called Feral. I have taken on a big
responsibility with this one, so taking my time to go as deep as possible
into the details of production, the characterisation mainly as that's what
will make or break the film, the actors. I may direct Feral! Just working out
what's best for the film. Whether I direct or not, there will be intensive
rehearsals with each actor one to one, my self and the actor just to make
sure all characters are well-rounded. That's on the producing front for
What got you into acting in the first
place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
got myself into acting as it's all I have wanted to do from a young age. I
got my first acting job at the age of 13 years old, a Freddy Frog
commercial, then just went on from there, not from job to job but that was
my first professional acting job, I have since done more commercials, short
films, and features but in between doing acting have done anything I can
within means to survive, in other words nothing has been given to me on a
plate. I do presenting as well which helps to have a stable income, so I
can say I earn all my money from performing now. Yes, I was in a performing
arts school throughout my teens called Brent Street Performing Arts, where
I studied acting, dancing and singing. At the age of 18 I did a drama
diploma at Sydney Theatre Company, then moved to London.
what I know, one of your very first roles was in an Australian soap when
you were still in your teens - so do talk about that experience for a bit?
yes, All Saints! What a fantastic experience - hmmm I must have been about
15 years old when I did that. It was a dream being on such a professional
set with professional actors. The role was very heavy and intense, so I
was so nervous about pulling it off but managed to put myself in the
moment and pull it off, I guess. I can remember exactly how it felt
playing that role.
you moved to the UK and continued your acting career here - so what
prompted that move, and how do Australian and British film sets compare?
Due to England being a much
older country then Australia I feel that the UK is ahead of Australia in
many ways, now I am not saying better just more developed so in saying
that I feel I can progress more here in the UK than back in Australia.
Also I am lucky enough to have two English born parents so have a British
passport. It felt that I would have more of a chance cracking the industry
here in London than if I stayed in Australia - I put myself up for a hard
task for sure but 100% made the right move and have learnt much more than
I ever thought existed, not only as a actress and producer but about life
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How would you describe yourself as an
actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?
have an objective an removed approach when working on scripts that allows
me to see the interactions from multiple perspectives, yet give my all
when acting and show the deepest vulnerable traits of the character and
try to capture every nuance and live the character's moment. I believe
script work is so important and a powerful way of really getting into the
world you are acting in! I find the objectives of each character I play
for the whole project then break it down to the objective of each scene,
then each line and all objectives are connected. This facilitates letting
go of the "why"! I do my best to get to the truth of the role I
am playing and become it.
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
Dame Judi Dench, Al
Pacino and my all time favourite Sean Penn!! Just to mention a few.
Casino, the French film The
Untouchables, Dead Man Walking, Into the Wild, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The
Next Generation and Monsters Ball.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
have any films in my mind that I deplore as don't hold on to them in my
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
John #3 Facebook link:
Rosie Pearson performance Facebook link:
John #3 trailer:
for the interview!