Alycia Dean is an aspiring actress who appears in the short film Vintage Vehicle and in the pilot of Super Zeros ; here is a link to her website:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: When I was in middle school, my mom took me to see a local production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. I remember being enamored by the entire thing and thinking ‘I want to be up there’. I ended up joining that same local theatre group, and the rest is history. I fell in love with acting and the art of performing.
Q: What is Vintage Vehicle about?
A: Vintage Vehicle is a short, 6 minute flick about an action movie-star that buys his old car back to impress a girl. I think the cuteness and quirkiness of it is great.
Q: How did you become involved with the project?
A: I applied on Backstage, and Josh contacted me shortly after. He said he watched my reel and thought I could bring a great energy to the role of Cindy. Josh and I met several times after that to go through the script and throw out ideas for the film. Josh is a great guy and has been a joy to work with.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to pursue acting?
A: Well, I am your classic cliché! I’m working evening shifts as a waitress at the moment. I keep my days open for auditioning and filming. It’s hard to find the right balance, but I think I’m finally getting it down.
Q: What is Super Zeros about?
A: Super Zeros is a comedy pilot about ex superheroes who are looking for a new roommate (that’s me!). It’s very much ‘X-men’ meets Zooey Deschanel’s ‘New Girl’. When my character, Jen shows up, she figures out pretty quickly that her roomies are the infamous ‘Triple Threat Trio’ and gets star-struck in her quirky, Jen-ish way. Jen was a great character to play, and I had a lot of fun shooting the pilot.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I tend to go out for the ‘girl-next-door’ roles a lot. Although, I have also noticed a trend in getting called in for the ‘mean girl’ type too. Both are fun to play in their own way!
Q: What is your strangest Los Angeles story?
A: Hmm, I don’t know that I have one that sticks out in particular. Los Angeles is just a weird place in general! I have to say that it’s always weird running into or meeting celebrities. Sometimes I forget I’m in LA until I see a Kardashian or one of the ‘Big Bang Theory’ actors out and about. Oh, and earthquakes are weird too! I hate them!
Q: What character from literature would you most like to play?
A: That’s such a great question, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not much of a book-worm. I remember reading ‘The Hunger Games’ before there was ever the idea of a movie coming out about them. I wanted to be Katniss so badly! But, let’s be real, Jennifer Lawrence was definitely born to be Ms. Everdeen!
Q: What makes you fameworthy?
A: I don’t really know what makes me “Fameworthy” per-say. To be honest, I think ‘fame’ is kind of an ugly word. But I do know what’s going to make me successful in this industry, and that’s my persistence and positive attitude. From my experiences on set so far, every person I’ve worked with has told me what a great energy I have when I’m working. I’ve been told that goes a long way in this town. I also know that I am never going to give this dream up. When people ask me ‘What are you going to do if acting doesn’t work out?’, I don’t have an answer for them. It’s a silly question to me.
Q: If you could change one thing about Hollywood what would it be?
A: I wish Hollywood was located in West Virginia! Okay, okay, there’s definitely more things that I would change, but I miss my family every single day! I love acting, and I know this is where I have to be to make my dreams a reality. But, living without my family around has been the hardest part out of everything. I hope that one day I can afford to move them all out here with me. Then I would really be living the dream.
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