Q: What is Helen Keller had a Pit-Bull about?
A: The film is about a couple from Boston who move to Hollywood to pursue their dreams in entertainment. Along with the trials of the entertainment industry, Kayley is suddenly diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The film focuses on the mechanisms of dealing with such difficult circumstances and eventually as part of her therapy Kayley ends up getting a rescue pitbull dog and it turns out they rescue each other more than they realize.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play the female lead, Kayley.
Q: What attracted you to the project?
A: I resonated with the character Kayley because she’s such a multi-faceted, congrageous woman with so much life. Personally, I’m always trying to soften the edges of my life as an Actress, because in this industry you can become hard and cynical very quickly, so I found her character liberating – she is powerful, vulnerable and isn’t afraid to be herself.
Q: What was Shortland Street about?
A: Shortland Street is New Zealands longest running primetime soap drama, it is based around the fictitious medical hospital Shortland Street in New Zealand. I think almost every New Zealand actor/actress I know has had a stint on it at one time or another.
Q: You’ve had a lot of training, what method of acting do you employ most often?
A: lot of my method is Meisner based, but I don’t use any one specific method; I take aspects of each method and use what works for me. I think that any craft, no matter what the discipline starts with a good foundation and you shouldn’t stop up-skilling yourself, so if im not working on a project, im usually in acting class. Its about perfecting my craft so that each performance I can be better than the last.
Q: What do you miss most about New Zealand?
A: My family and friends, of course, but specifically New Zealand summers where my friends would pack up the car for the day and go to deserted beaches (there usually empty because there’s so many to choose from) we’d have bbqs and hang out. They say its 6 degrees of separation, in New Zealand its about 1 degree of separation. You walk down the street and bump into at least 2 people you know at any one time, but at the same time New Zealand’s great in the way there’s so much freedom and you can drive 10 minutes and be in the countryside.
Q: What is the best career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.
Q: What would you do if you couldn’t be a performer anymore?
A: I would be a writer or a producer, part of what I’m so in love with about my industry is its a form of art, you have the ability to tell stories and share them with others.
Q: What is the strangest Hollywood scam you have ever encountered?
A: Too many to count haha. No probably agent scams, were the agency will tell you to sign with them, but first you have to enroll in this class, pay this amount for something and that amount for something else. I came out here as a complete novice about industry scams so encountered a lot of those people; luckily I had enough of a great support system that I never believed it, but unfortunately I know people who have been sucked in.
Q: Do you think faking it till you make it works? (why or why not.)
A: There is a difference between confidence and out right lying; confidence is essential, lying to further you in your career is not. You don’t ever want to go in and pretend to be something you’re not or something you can’t deliver because if they call you out on it, you’ve just slammed a door in your face and in this town you can’t afford to do that. The industry in LA is really very small, although it seems huge but the more you go out for auditions, castings, meetings it’s the same faces over and over again calling the shots.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)