It felt great! Great people and a great story about the battle between good and evil inside all of us. And of course… two weeks full-time paid acting work on a US film with a star in the lead… I felt very lucky.
What was it like working with Malcolm McDowell?
Malcolm was amazing. A real pro. I was terribly nervous of course! But he was friendly and really great with the whole cast and crew. I hope to work with him again in the future.
What do you hope it will do for your career?
Hopefully open doors for me – and it is beginning to do so. I’d like it to lead to larger projects, both here and overseas. I’d like to be part of films and stories that reach people, inspire them, entertain them, make a difference in their life in some way, large or small.
You’ve been cast as the lead in two upcoming Australian feature films “My Lil Eye” and “Line in the Sand – what are they about?
They are both amazing projects…
“My Lil Eye” is an exciting social thriller about our obsession with watching and being watched online… social networking and online video content creation. The project has a ground-breaking cross-platform strategy as a pre-quel to the cinema release and additional content for the audience afterwards. It’s an amazing creative project and it will be one hell of a ride!
“Line in the Sand” is a project I fell in love with as soon as I read it… it’s a period piece thriller set in the African desert in WW2… irresistible! We shot a trailer a little while back and its now in the final stages of development. The trailer shoot was intense! We were 4WD-ing in the sand dunes outside Newcastle with minimal crew! It was an amazing, nail biting adventure… and I can’t wait for more!
How did the film Being In Heaven come about?
I got to know the casting director, Marianne Jade from Maura Fay, over a period of about 2 years through workshops and auditions. When this project came up she recommended me to the director and I went in for a meet and greet. Needless to say, it went really well and after that I was cast in the role without auditioning… always a bonus!
Were you happy how the film turned out?
Yes, I was so pleased. “Being in Heaven” has a strong personal development story and before I moved full-time into film I did a psychology degree so I had a real passion for the project. The project allowed me to combine two loves – acting and psychology!
The internet is absolutely essential to me as an actor. A website, email and social networking tools allow me to connect and keep in contact with other film professionals efficiently, keeping everyone updated with my latest work whether I have an agent or not.
A professional website is vital. It allows me to create an identity that people will remember
and attract the type of work that I am interested in.
TV moves at a much faster pace!
Not right now. My heart belongs to acting!
First of all – read the script! I also do stream of consciousness writing to flesh out the world of the film and connect with how my character feels about things. I research anything I’m not sure of and watch films with similar themes. Read books. Sometime make collages. Find songs that inspire me. Anything that gets me emotionally connected to the piece. And if we’re lucky and time and budget allows… attend rehearsal with the director and other actors on the project, create improvisations, do scene analysis, identify beats, plot a character arc, and block and run the scenes!
It varies – part rote learning, part osmosis. As I get to know the character and the
circumstance learning lines happens spontaneously.
I’m going to LA for the premiere of “Suing the Devil” and will be auditioning and taking meetings while I’m over there. And “My Lil Eye” and “Line in the Sand” are in the late stages of development so I’m looking forward to preparing and shooting those!
A CD by my amazing singer/songwriter friend Emma aka. “State of Delirium”. You should check her out. Also some well known Australian names – Ben Lee. Missy Higgins. And some internationals – Pink. Alicia Keys. And my old faithful Elvis Presley Classics CD!
Angelica Fernandez is a model I interviewed a few years back, love the work she had done, so she back modeling again.
So I thought an interview was needed. so read on.
1. Why get back into modeling?
I absolutely love being in front of the camera expressing myself. 1. What major modeling work have you done lately?
I haven’t done any MAJOR modeling just yet or that I can at least announce. Although I do have some exciting work coming up that you should def stay tuned for,
2. What has been the highlight from all the modeling you have done?
Being in playboy has been the best so far. I was able to go the mansion and met Kendra, and Hef. I also attended one of their infamous mansion parties.
3. What do want to achieve from the modeling now?
I want to take my modeling a step further from what i before. I feel I didn’t take it serious enough and now that I have been given another opportunity at another big shoot coming up I don’t want to take it for granted like I have in the past.
4. How do you keep in such great shape?
hahaha. Well i took about 3months off of working out. But i am now working out with a trainer 3 days a week for 1.5 hours plus i have to do about 45min of cardio EVERYDAY. I love working out on my legs.
5. Are you happy with all the stuff you have achieved through modeling?
I am very thankful for everything that i have achieved so far.
6. Who would you most like to work with?
i still want to work with Michael Vincent. i had the opportunity to work w him in Dallas a while back but i caught the flu and couldn’t shoot, i was so bummed. boooness
7. What would be the ultimate shoot you would most like to do?
i don’t have an "ultimate shoot" i just like being creative and not do the same every day stuff that everyone does. I like variety and things that are captive
8. What else do you apart from modeling?
I have a Bachelors degree in marketing and I’m going back to school in the fall to become a RN.
9. Are you recognized much for the stuff you have done so far?
Actually people still do recognize me in city from the radio interviews and print work with playboy. I actually got an email from someone about 2 weeks ago asking to have me sign my issues. i thought that was pretty awesome
10. Do you hope the Internet will play a part in getting you good modelling work?
I think the Internet is a great way to network. The Internet is also good as far a showing off your portfolio, its fast and efficient versus back when i first started modeling at the age of13 we had to mail our comp cards and ect.
11. What your view on Reality TV and shows like Jersey Shore?
Those shows are actually pretty funny and entertaining. But i’m more of a forensic files, first 48, or 48 hours mystery type of person, those interest me the most.
12. What is next for yourself?
’I’m now 29 and i guess I’ll just wait and see and let things happen
13. Was being in PB a huge help for your modeling career?
well i don’t know if its the whole "PB" that has me busy now…but since i got back into the modeling scene 1month ago it seems that i have been very busy with photo shoots.
Thanks for your time any last words
thanks for all the love and support
One of my favorite people to interview in the last few years Anne Griffin
has got an awesome webseries out called Date A Human.
It’s a great webseries and Anne is awesome in it.
In the future, Allie, a human female, has had her heart broken by
a human male for the last time. All men want is babies! Can’t they think
about something besides propagating their dwindling
species? Fortunately Ruthie, Allie’s cat-like roommate, has the
solution, all the single Aliens on the HoloNet. Can Allie safely
navigate the world of interspecies romance and find love on DateAHuman.com?
You can check it out here.