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An Interview With Actor Clay Cureton

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Clay Cureton is an actor who appears in the short film, All In; here is a link to his Facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/claycali

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A: I’d have to give my oldest sister Anita the credit for my passion for acting because it was she who as a theater/drama club member in high school would write 2 part plays that would of course star me and her. By the way she was about 16 and I was about 6.

 

Q: What is, All In about?

 

A: ALL IN is a short film about William and 3 of his friends who go through college together running a 4 person poker card team. Anyway after college they go their separate ways and unbeknownst to the other 3 William becomes an FBI agent who’s current case tasks him to bring down a traveling casino den that is using and laundering counterfeit money. Hence the reason William gets the gang back together…

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

A:  I play the lead Agent William.

 

Q: How did you prepare for the role?

 

A:  You know its funny in preparing for any role I always read any directionals that come with the script as well as asking the writer or director what their vision for the character might be and then I usually watch any movies that I think might be closely related to the role I’m playing. For ALL IN I watched the movies 21 and Now You See Me part 1.

 

Q:  You minored in theater in college. What are some of the differences between stage acting and screen acting?

 

A: I think some glaring differences is on stage/in theatre you play to the audience, the energy is more in your face because you know that if you make a mistake the audience is right there to catch it so your focus hyper heightened. Also in my experience I found theater directors/writers to be more in your face. As opposed to screen acting where you’re playing to and off your co star/s and camera. I also think you have to channel create and bring your own energy to any character/s roles you play…

 

Q: What kind of day job (or income source) do you have and how does it influence your acting?

 

A:  I am a property manager by trade and have been for about 12 years and for me my day job helps my acting by allowing to interact with different personalities which helps me hone my abilities to play off of people as well as create and develop my own character roles based on the various people I meet…

 

Q: What is your strangest Los Angeles story?

 

A: Wow, what is my strangest LA story? That’s tough… I’ll go with this one around 2010 I was in Pasadena attending a manager’s conference and it was running extremely long and I was extremely hungry. So we finally get a break so I run across the street to so I think Baja Fresh (maybe) and I get inside and its packed I mean no available seats. So finally I order and get my food and I spot a free table outside. So I race to the table get the spot only to realize I didn’t get a drink so I place my tray of food on the table and head back inside to grab a beverage. It takes maybe 10 minutes I get my drink and race back to my table only to find someone seated at my table eating my food. At that moment in my mind I had 2 choices: #1 I could get angry and cause a scene or #2 I could realize that the man probably needed the food far more than I did. I’m proud to say I chose option 2 and I thought he she have a drink with his meal so I gave him the drink as well…

 

Q: What famous theatrical role would you like to attempt?

 

A: That’s an easy one, Othello, in Othello or even Iago because I had about a year of Shakespearian training in college but I have yet to have a chance to use it. I’d just like to see what and how I’d do with the role…

 

Q:  To what method of acting do you ascribe?

 

A: You know its funny because I used to think I was more Meisner mostly because at San Diego State my professor/s mostly taught the Meisner technique. However, I realize now my style is definitely more Lee Strasberg because the first thing I look to do is find an emotional connection with a role and then I try to apply the writer’s vision of the role to my personal life. I’ve found that I’m far more authentic this way…

 

Q:  Your movie is about gambling. What movie would you bet on to win, best picture this year?

 

A:  I’m betting All the Money In the World the movie by Ridley Scott about J Paul Getty starring Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

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An Interview With Actor Mark Valeriano

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Mark Valeriano is an actor who appears in the web series #CaptchaLA; here is a link to his reel:

 

 

 

 

Q: What made you interested in acting? 

A: I had the most incredible, life changing experience when I was in school at FAU in Boca Raton FL. I had no idea what I was doing with my life, I was just going to school for a communication degree and then I found this opportunity to be a feature extra on Craigslist. When I showed up to the location they put me in basketball attire to play ball with Lil Romeo on the Miami heat court along with the rest of the cast of the reboot of Charlie’s angels. Which ended up getting cancelled, but when I was on set meeting all of them and watching this “whole thing” happening, it clicked in my brain. “This is what I am going to do the rest of my life.” And from that day until this very moment I have been working on this career non stop day after day and I absolutely love it.

 

Q: What is #CaptchaLA about? 

A: #CaptchaLA is an Instagram series that is currently in the states of being picked up so we can finish the rest of the first season. But we shot ten episodes all going to be a minute long for viewers on Instagram. Which I believe is a brilliant idea. When I got brought on to play “Mark” I was so stoked. The audition was different than many others but I loved the concept and loved my character. It follows two sets of friends living in LA and how they end up coming together. I don’t want to release too much now as we have so much planned for the future! Kareem Cox (Director) in my opinion has struck gold with this idea.

 

Q: What role do you play? 

A: So I play, ironically, “Mark” which was a perfect fit. I honestly like when my character name is my own name. I play the goof who thinks he’s too cool for school. He thinks he has a ton of game and in some ways I think he does. At least the confidence is there. But it isn’t always received well. But that doesn’t bother him. If one thing or move doesn’t work there’s ten more where that came from. Kind of douche but in a way that you still root for. Or at least I do. Definitely a character I connect with when I’m in my zone.

Q: What common characteristics do you share with the character? 

A: The common characteristics I share with my character are almost a mirror image. I am pretty much a comic relief character, always messing around thinking I’m cooler than I actually am but do have confidence in myself. It’s so fun because I get to goof around on set which is “in character” the whole time. And Kareem allows us to improv which I wish I could do all day long!

 

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?

A: My day job is cashier/food prep for a vegan cafe called Fala Bar. We have two locations at the moment and I bounce in between both: one on Abbot Kinney the other on Melrose. Both locations are so dope and have different customers, but it is the regulars that I love. So many characters so much life and when you meet around food everyone is in a great mood! Our food I will say hands down is amazing. Nearly everything is made in house and I do believe we make it with love. If you get a chance please stop in. Look out for me and I’ll make sure to give you that neighborhood discount! My job influences my acting in that I am constantly interacting with people. All day long. And how their experience is relies on me being able to adapt to whatever they are feeling. It allows me to examine and explore different types of people every shift. I am constantly learning new things from our customers and from the people I work with, which I believe is important just in life. Always being open to learning and growing as a person.

 

Q: Are vegans better or worse tippers than meat eaters?

A:  I can say, AT THE MOMENT, that from my experience meat eaters tip better0_o I use to work at a different cafe, which went out of business, but tips were boomin there. Here not so much. Just being honest. But the free food offer makes up for it for sure;_)

 

Q: Of all the characters you have played with whom do you have the least in common?

A: Of every character I have ever played I am not sure I can say any have really been of least in commonality. I believe every character that I’ve played has slightly been similar to myself. I am still very young but have experienced so much in my life and that allows me to explore those things and feelings over and over again and relive them in a new light. Which is amazing. I believe the reason I book the roles that I do is because I can make them all very personal and can feel what they are going through. Which allows me to tell their story with real honesty. And I love as well. I have come to terms with the fact that any experience you have good or “bad” is ultimately great and very necessary to our growth not only as an actor but as a human being.

 

Q: What is your strangest Los Angeles story?

A:  Strangest LA story… Wow, this is tough. I have been out here for two and a half years now and it feels like a lifetime. So many first times, so many new things but the strangest would have to be a dream I had at my old apartment. I was sleeping on my stomach when I felt someone grab my shoulder and pull me over out of bed and when I opened my eyes to see the person it was Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I physically felt the grab and pull and he was standing in the middle of my room, and then I woke up. I didn’t really know how to react besides getting up to turn the light off then falling back asleep. Then I woke up just opening my eyes and noticed a dark shadow in the corner of my room. I tried not to look at it as I could feel it’s presence and thought if I locked eyes it would consume me. Out of my periferials I saw it move to the bottom of my bed in which I began to pray hard until I fell back asleep. Only to later waking up standing in the middle of my room arms out to the sides and my head looking straight up at the ceiling. I was so scared and freaked out for two days I felt so out of it. I didn’t even know who to tell until I finally talked with a best friend from home that really brought me out of my funk. I have very intense dreams every night but this was by far the most intense and physical as well.

 

Q: If you could change one thing about the film industry, what would it be?

 A: If I could change one thing about the film industry it would have to be that we should focus more on character driven movies for the theatre. It feels as if there has been this shift or change to mainly focus on the effects or the so out of the ordinary or fantasy instead of grounding these characters. Because I believe every single person goes through so much in their life and to not touch on many of these things or to leave out so much emotion it just seems too simple. Every one is so complex I guess I just think we should explore that more, instead of some of the storylines or plots that we see hit the theater every Friday. That seems very generalized but movies like “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” or “A Guide to Knowing Your Saints” or even “127 Hours” are just real people going through real life situations. And I love to watch and try to connect with that.

 

Q: What makes for a compelling web series?

 

 

A: To me, what makes a compelling web series is one that has strong characters. You need to dig deep with each character because again, watching someone that is real do nearly anything can be entertainment. If we follow a character that knows exactly who they are then it allows us to go on a journey with them or almost as them. Great actors I believe can pull this off. And that’s why we watch them. For me at the moment, “Peaky Blinders” does this impeccably. You get to know who these characters are from the immediate beginning and we want to see what they go through without taking a break…#bingewatchtilltheend

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Actor Basil Hoffman

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(Originally published on Act.Land)

Basil Hoffman is an actor who appears in the film The Pineville Heist; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.basilhoffman.com/

 

 

Q: When did you know you were an actor?

 

A: When the audience loved me is a partial answer to a question that actually has two parts that need to be answered.   When I was in college, in the business school, two girls talked me into trying out for the annual original campus musical play (on the premise that I would meet a lot of girls, which I did).  The joy of performing for an audience and the laughter and applause I got as a reward completely changed my life’s direction.  I knew from that point that I needed to be an actor.  Even though it took me ten years after making that decision until I made a livable amount of money as an actor, my determination to pursue an acting career never waned.

 

Part two of my answer is this:  My career and the respect I get from those I respect in my industry let me know that I’m an actor.   I know there are many people in my line of work who feel comfortable calling themselves actors, which makes perfect sense.  Still, I feel better having other people call me an actor.  I can’t explain why.

 

Q: What is “The Pineville Heist” about?

 

A: “The Pineville Heist” is a suspense film about a teenager who witnesses a murder and subsequently becomes embroiled in the killer’s quest to retrieve the missing proceeds from his bank heist.  The boy is caught in a web of danger and deception until the end.

 

Q: What made you perfect to play the role that you play in the film?

 

A: The writer/director’s choice for me to play the part made me know that I must be perfect for it.  I didn’t audition (as often happens) for the role, so Lee Chambers, who created the project, left it up to me to find the qualities that he saw.  As a character kind of actor, I only become “perfect” (if that is possible) for a role by immersing myself in the material.  I don’t know how to play a part until I get to work on it, and then I usually find the man I’ve been hired to play.

 

Q: You have appeared in four Robert Redford projects. How does Mr. Redford communicate with actors?

 

A: In my experience, Redford hires those actors who he considers to be good actors he can trust to bring something good to the project.  He doesn’t do a lot of directing of the actors because he trusts his casting instincts.   He might do a lot of directing in some circumstances, but I haven’t seen it.  The direction he has given to me was always succinct and enhanced the truthfulness of the moment at hand.  I don’t know what he says to actors in an audition because I never auditioned for him.

 

Q: What is your creative process?

 

A: I begin by reading the script over and over again to absorb all of the information the writer provides about the story and all of the characters.  Then I reread all of the scenes in which my character appears.  Then I learn the lines, word for word.  It’s important for me to learn the lines as they are written, because the writer has created a character who speaks in a certain way.  To arbitrarily change the words would be disrespectful to the character, for the purpose of making the actor comfortable with the script.  Scripts aren’t supposed to be comfortable.  After I’ve mastered the words, I begin to behave as the character behaves.  To do that requires that I know everything the character knows.  (I address this process in more detail in my book, “Acting and How to Be Good at It”)

 

Q: What kind of day jobs did you have when you were a struggling actor?

 

A: When I went to New York to study I got a job on Wall Street doing statistical work from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. five days a week.  $1.50 an hour.  I had to keep that job (with some promotions and raises) for ten years.  I also took additional jobs like passing out fliers advertising plays and movies.  It was important that I never take a job that would interfere with my studies or my ability to audition or take an acting job.

 

Q: What advice would you give to a struggling actor?

 

A: I suggest that beginning actors understand their goals and not get confused about that.  Every actor has two goals. The short term goal is to get an acting job, and the long term goal is to get an acting career.  Other pursuits are directed toward achieving those goals.  Those pursuits include making a living, training, photos, being seen by casting directors, directors and producers, getting representation, publicity, etc., etc.  But jobs are the goal.
Q: What is the worst advice anyone ever gave you about acting?

 

A: There were two pieces of bad advice I got.  One of my first acting teachers in New York said that I needed to give up all of my preconceptions about acting.  That meant giving up my instincts, which turned out to be disastrous for me.  The other bad advice was the admonition that when I went to Hollywood I would have to have an agent.

 

Q:  What characteristics make a compelling war movie?

 

A: Humanity!  “Hacksaw Ridge” is a prime example.

 

Q: How does a guy from Houston, TX get a name like Basil Hoffman?

 

A: I don’t know where my name came from.  I do have a distant cousin in Birmingham, Alabama, named Basil.  My mother’s parents immigrated from Ukraine, and the name Basil (Vasily) is a somewhat common Slavic name.

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Actress Caroline DeGraeve

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(Originally posted to ActLand.)

 

 

Caroline DeGraeve is an actress who appears in Josh Mitchell’s new film Hard Visit; here is a link to her website:

 

Q: What made you interested in working in film?

 

A: Last summer I was cast as the lead role of Beth Clark, for a western indie film called Cataract Gold (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnxviqZhW_Q).

I had no prior experience as an actor but the director, Paul Kiener, insisted I was natural. Upon my first day of filming, I felt I was meant to be in film. I was simultaneously at ease and excited. I knew I wanted to work in film immediately.

 

Q: What is Hard Visit about?

 

A: Hard Visit is about a struggling actor, Ben, who goes to his bookie brother, Smoothy, for help. Ben gets thrown into the shady world of gambling, deception and hidden agendas. When a conniving woman gets between the two brothers, the stakes run higher than ever.

 

Q: What role do you play in the film?

 

A: I play Piper Kissinger, a woman after Smoothy’s attentions in

the hot tub.

 

Q: How did you prepare for the role?

 

A: I put myself in the shoes of someone who seduces a man for personal gain.

 

Q: What is your strangest audition story?

 

A: When I was approached for the lead in Cataract Gold, I wasn’t even aware of auditions taking place. I was at a Starbuck’s waiting for my drink. I had just finished a hike in 100 degree weather. I must’ve looked a fright! I remember being frustrated that my phone wasn’t connecting to Wi-Fi fast enough and was probably scowling. In my periphery, I noticed someone staring at me and I was not in the mood for shenanigans, so I looked up, gave my best glare, and continued being preoccupied with my phone. The man staring turned out to be Paul Kiener, who proceeded to tell me he was casting for his western and that he loved my look. I wasn’t swayed to participate because I had no clue who he was and it just seemed odd to approach a stranger in line for coffee to audition for a lead role in a feature film. I did, however, take his card. After a few hours of searching online for any telltale signs of smut films under his name or any other shady work, and not finding anything, I gave him a call. I met him an hour later and read a few pages of the script for him. Next, he asked if I could ride a horse without falling off. I answered “yes”. Next thing I knew, I was in a movie. It was all very surreal, but I loved every moment of the experience and I knew I wanted more.

 

Q: How does your work as a bartender influence your pursuit of acting?

 

A: I act every day of my life. Bartending or serving is like putting on a show. You greet the guests differently based on what you read about their expression or behavior. In the hospitality industry, it’s important to learn how to talk to all sorts of people. You can’t be afraid to engage in conversation or draw their attention in some way. As a bartender, the bar is your ship, so to speak, and you are the captain. You have to read your crew, anticipate their needs, and know if someone is getting unruly or causing disharmony. Moreover, you should know how to approach each situation based on how you read each individual, or if any personal dynamics amongst your guests exist. If your assessment of any given scenario is correct, you will be able to slide right into any character you need to get the result you want. My personal thoughts or feelings are on the backburner while I work. It’s all an act.

 

Q:  Have you ever been offered a gig while you were tending bar?

 

A: Nothing of consequence ever came of several conversations. It’s a common occurrence for people to show interest in film or suggest working together on something.

 

Q:  What do you like about living in the desert?

 

A: Contrary to what many people think, I love the heat! Also, it’s a very relaxed lifestyle that has enough activity to involve yourself with, if you so choose. Also, there is a lot of talent in the desert. I filmed my short film, Real Smile (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6043410/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) in the desert and had a lot of help from businesses and other artists in completing it.

 

Q: With which character that you have played do you have the least in common?

 

A: The role of Dolly in Gina Carey’s The One Year Pact (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7079604/) is very different from me. Dolly is a very vulnerable, dependent woman. In the scene, Dolly is embarrassed and in tears at something that happens and locks herself away to hide. I’m not a crybaby, nor would I lend much importance a situation that blemished a flawless reputation for propriety. I’m not interested in being seen as perfect. I believe our flaws give us the human connection we crave.

 

Q: Do you think aspiring artist are more susceptible to con men such as bookies and hustlers?

 

A: Yes. Aspiring to amount to anything in the entertainment world demands a lot of work and effort for almost no return. It takes guts and tenacity to keep at it. There will be pitfalls and disappointments but, in the end, it’s about how much you want it. Being confident, being a hard worker, and developing a marketing strategy are tools that will inch you along despite setbacks.

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview with Aspiring Actor Ravi Petchetti

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Ravi Petchetti is an aspiring actor and IT specialist; here is a link to his YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W44zpdPLWsQ

 

Q:  What made you interested in acting?

 

A: I always wanted to act and be in front of the camera. Acting gives me a real high since it allows me to portray different characters, go through various emotions, simulate varied setting which otherwise in real life you might not get a chance to do.

 

Q:     What kind of training have you had?

 

A: I have not had any formal training, I guess I am a natural 😊 I got briefly trained in JAZZ dance but that’s about it. All my learning has been on the sets.

 

Q:     You work in IT. How does your day job prepare you for the job of acting?

 

A: It doesn’t much except that the fact that we all pretend we know what the other guy is talking about in the meetings (though we really don’t ). Also aren’t we all actors in real life?

 

Q:    What is 71 Feet Diner about?

 

A: Actually ’71 Feet Diner’ is the working title, the actual short film name is ‘Nameless’ (Yes, isn’t that ironic?). It is about a lost guy trying to find the meaning of life. In pursuit of that – he roams around, meets different people from various walks of life and shares life experiences with them

 

Q:      What role do you play?

 

A: I play a role of a Pakistani bartender dealing with his own issues of life. As a part of the interaction with the main lead, he vents out his frustrations on him but later realizes his mistake due to his other good friends’ words of wisdom

 

Q: What experiences did you draw from when playing the role?

 

A: I could empathize with the role and understand the emotions the character was going through. We all have to go through the daily grind of life and in the process face various hurdles, frustrations but eventually learn to move on with life in the best possible way

 

Q: What would you do if you disagreed with a director about the way a character should be played?

 

A: I would be open and discuss with the director but finally go with what he says because I believe Director is truly the captain of the ship and ultimately it is his vision. A true actor needs to mold himself to that vision and be an enabler in fulfilling that vision.

 

Q:  What famous film role could you have nailed?

 

 A: I believe I am good at subtle acting and with everyday humor.  I am a huge fan of Seinfeld and I would love to reprise his role if it was rebooted again. Also I am a big fan of Robert De Niro and would love to do his role in Midnight Run

 

Q: What makes someone a bad actor?

 

A: I guess as soon as the audience loses interest in you. Actor’s job is to hold the audience attention and make them travel along with you without losing the interest.

 

Q: What one thing would you most like to change about the film industry?

 

A: I think I am too inexperienced, young to answer that question, I am just getting my feet wet in this industry. Maybe after 10 years, when I am enough experienced and successful, I will be able to answer this better 😊

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Actress Katherine Roberts

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Originally posted on Act.Land.

 

Katherine Roberts is an actress who appears in the film Assassin’s Apprentice; here is a link to her IMDB Page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6199153/

 

 

Q:  What is the Assassin’s Apprentice about?

 

A: The Assassin’s Apprentice is about an assassin Pete, played by Robert Picardo who trains his apprentice Kaylee, played by Tarah Page. The film follows her training and ultimately one last test which she decides to do her own way.

 

Q: What role do you play?

 

A: I play Tiffany, a woman on a date with a mob boss who witnesses a surprising scene while at the bar with Pete and Kaylee. (I don’t want to give too much away!)

 

Q: What did you do to prepare for the role?

 

A:  I watched Scarface and studied Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance. I also talked with the director and producers on what they expected from Tiffany’s character, then rehearsed with my scene partners.

 

Q: What is the biggest difference between you and the character of Tiffany?

 

A: Well, I am definitely not as forward. I am a very friendly person, but Tiffany is a man eater!

 

Q: What made you interested in acting?

 

A:  I have always been intersted in acting, ever since I was young girl. I guess my affinity started when my parents would take me to the local theatre and I was amazed by the beauty and sadness storytelling could convey. I knew I wanted to be a story teller too.

 

Q: What is your strangest audition story?

 

A: I audition a lot for Latin American parts, which is great since I am mostly of Peruvian and Spanish decent, however I am not a native Spanish speaker, only conversational. I had to say a few lines in Spanish, which I did fine, but then was thrown a curve ball and had to talk in English with a Spanish accent, a la Sofia Vergara-let’s just say whatever what was coming out of my mouth sounded a mix between Italian and an accent you have never heard of. I was horriffied, as I’m sure the casting director was too. Let’s just say I didn’t book the job!

 

Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have and how does it affect your pursuit of acting?

 

A:  I make most of my money from commercials and print modeling. I have wonderful agents and work pretty consistantly. Keep an eye out for me in Wells Fargo’s nationwide. Also, on the side I like to dog sit and dog walk my neighbor’s dogs. I am a huge animal lover. I also am developing an app, and freelance write. I try to stay on top of everything and I like to think of myself as a go getter, so whatever I set my sights to I commit myself 100%

 

Q:  Have you ever had a disagreement with a director about how a role should be played? How did you deal with it?

 

A: No never. I value the director’s vision on every and all projects I have ever worked on. Even if I saw my character in another way, I always listen and take in whatever the director sees. Ultimately, I trust the director to guide the actors to their best performances

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Q: What famous role could you have nailed and why?

 

A:  I am currently watching Girlboss on Netflix, and I know I could have killed the main role of Sophia. I was living in San Francisco during the time NastyGal took off and was born and raised in the Bay Area. I love playing characters with quirky relatability and I definitely could have brought that. However, I love Britt Robertson’s take on the character and am a big fan of the show.

 

Q: What is the most realistic movie you have ever seen about Los Angeles?

 

A: I’m not sure about movie, but the episode of Sex in The City where the girls visit Los Angeles is pretty spot on! The healthy eating, meetings, premiere’s, and just overall LA vibe is pretty realistic; and hilarious.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.

An Interview With Actress Cheyenne Hernandez

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(This interview was originally posted on Act.Land.com)

 

 

Cheyenne Hernandez is a Seattle based actress who appears in the film, The Cleaner and the Deadman and on the show Hawaii Five-0; here is a link to her IMDB page:

 

Q: What made you want to be an actor?

A: When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a pirate. To this day! My brother and I watched “The Pirates of the Caribbean” when it first came out and I remember thinking, “Wow. Actors get to be Pirates. They get to be whatever they want! I want to be an actress!” My brother agreed with me and together we recreated our favorite movies around the house. We were assassins, pirates, cowboys… anything we could imagine. Life happened you know? I joined the Army and my brother was two weeks away from leaving for basic training when him and my other brother were killed by a drunk driver. At his funeral I made him a promise that I will die keeping. I will go on for all of us and I will live out our dreams. I auditioned for an agent and never looked back. With my Guardian Angels I feel as though I can do anything.

Q:  What is, The Cleaner and the Deadman about?

A: The Cleaner and the Deadman is about Two paid killers who are hired by the cartel to find a psycho drug scientist. The scientist escapes and the killers are faced with the all kinds of mayhem. There’s lots of action and what’s cool is that everyone involved truly has a passion for the arts!

Q: What role do you play?

 A: I play Liza Garrot. Liza is an undercover British spy affiliated with the two killers and she is a total warrior!

Q: How did you become involved with the project?

A: I made that promise to my brother Isaiah and  the agency still hadn’t sent me on any auditions. I felt as though I was letting Isaiah down and then a friend of mine told me about an ad requesting strongwilled women for a film. I had to be there THAT DAY and with only an hour left I almost didn’t make the audition. I didn’t have time to memorize the script so I did a cold read where I made myself cry and scream. I’ll never forget the directors face when he smiled and said I was exactly what they were looking for!

Q: Why do you think gangster movies are so popular?

A: I think gangster movies are popular because most people’s everyday lives don’t consist of scandal, shooting people, and deadly rivalry. I did say most! Watching movies that have that kind of plot gets people’s blood going. The more action-packed, the more adrenaline and it can be quite addicting.

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?

A: I just finished up with my Army contract and am now focusing on school. I was a combat medic and I absolutely loved it! Being in the Army has influenced my acting a lot because I know what it’s like to feel like you would die for a complete stranger. I know what it feels like to lose a family member that does not share your blood. My work made sure that on a daily basis I was subjected to emotions ranging from ecstatic to petrified to enraged and because those emotions have touched my soul so regularly, I’ve learned to portray them through body language and facial expressions.

Q: Why Seattle and not LA or New York?

A: I’m actually going to school to be a dentist. I’d heard that Seattle had a great dental program along with an outstanding talent agency. I was living in Hawaii and once I fulfilled my dream of being in Hawaii 5-0 I decided I needed to try for Grey’s Anatomy too! As you can see, I’m a little impulsive.

Q: What role do you play on Hawaii Five-0?

A: I played Stacey Holden. At the beginning of the episode I’m this heartbroken girl who just lost her boyfriend but as the show goes on my real character comes out!

Q: What makes the new show different from the original?

A: The personalities! Each character has a purpose and you can’t even compare the characters from the original to the new one because they are completely different! FUN FACT: Dennis Chun (Sgt Duke Lukea) is in the new Hawaii 5-0 and his father was in the original! I had the privilege of getting to know uncle Dennis on set and I have to say he is an amazing person. In the military you can tell a good leader by the way he is with his troops. The great leaders eat with their men. They get to know them and they help them out whenever possible. Dennis could have ate with all the other famous actors but he sat right next to another new actress and I. He got to know us and he answered all of our questions without a hint of annoyance. Little did he know that he had just became my role model!

Q: What makes you fameworthy?

A: I’m not! Every day is a blessing. Every breath is a gift from God and the fact that he’s not only let me live this long, but gone the extra mile and helped me get roles in movies, shows, and modeling is more than I could ever ask for! All I can do is continue being the best person I can and spreading his love. I will work my butt off to make my dreams come true and if it is his will, it will happen. I know I’m on the right path though and once I get to an elevated level in acting I plan on using that position to spread awareness about drunk driving. The loss of my brothers is a heartbreak that I hope to prevent other families from experiencing. I am the change I want to see in this world and I’m here to do good.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.