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Interview With Michelle Page By Chris 15/3/07
Michelle Page is an amazing young actress .
She is one of most wonderful,sweet,kind,awesome people I know .
Some one who deserves the work she is getting and the success.
Plus roles in Cold Case,Standoff and Bones.
You will being hearing a lot more, believe me.
She is an amazing friend and some who was worthy of another interview
Their will be plenty more to come.
1. What have you been up too since the last interview?
I’ve been working a lot since the last interview. I worked three guest stars in a row – CBS’ COLD CASE and FOX series BONES and STANDOFF. Plus, I filmed a supporting role in Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming film, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME for TriStar. I’m absolutely loving it!
2. How did you get the role in the movie I Know Who Killed Me?
I had an audition on a Saturday morning in Beverly Hills with the casting director, Dino Ladki and the director, Chris Sivertson. I actually originally auditioned for a different role in the film, but the director thought that I could really pull off the emotion of the character Gabrielle Sherwood. In the film, four girls are attacked by the same man – two are found brutally murdered, while Lindsay’s character and mine, Gabrielle, survive. It’s such a great, clever horror film that I’m really excited to be part of, even if it was a small, supporting role! I think the audience will really enjoy it!
3. What was it like playing the character Gabrielle?
Oh, I loved it. Any kind of emotionally challenging role that I can dig into, I’m thrilled! I’m really honored that Chris (dir) and Dino (casting dir) gave me this role, because it really allowed me to show more of what I can do as an actor.
4. Was it fun and exciting working on the movie?
Always!!! I just love to work…so, any project that I’m attached to, I thoroughly enjoy it…the whole process…from casting to pre-production to learning my lines to wardrobe to actually filming. I even enjoy sitting in the hair and makeup chair. Haha. It’s an exciting industry to be part of, and I’m just thankful to be working so much!
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5. How did you get the parts on Cold Case, Bones and Standoff?
I first filmed STANDOFF, and I went through the process as any actor would. I had an audition with the casting director at Universal Studios, and he told me right then that I’d have a callback the next day. So, the next day, I met with the director and producer at Fox Studios, and I was hired that night. I played Darah Keegan, the fourth and youngest wife of a polygamist in an episode titled “Road Trip,” which will be airing in the states in early April when the show returns from hiatus. I run away from my husband, he kidnaps me, rapes me, and the FBI Team of the show (which stars Ron Livingston) have to save me. Exciting!
For COLD CASE, it was a little bumpier. In the episode titled “The Good-Bye Room,” there are two unwed, pregnant girls in 1964 sent to a house run by nuns. The one girl, Hilary West, is naïve, can’t wait to have her baby, and believes her boyfriend will marry her. The other, Karen Watson, is a rough, tough girl, ready to get rid of the “brat” growing inside her. I originally auditioned for Hilary on a Friday morning. The day I auditioned, I was given a callback to meet with the director, writer, and producer that night. After that session, I was booked for the role. I was so excited! It made my weekend, but Monday morning came around, and I was told that the producers wanted to see me again for the other role of Karen Watson. I was shocked, and I felt betrayed, but sometimes, things like that happen. So, I went in for the role of Karen that night again for the director, writer, and producer. The next day, I was officially cast as Karen Watson. What a roller coaster! The director later told me that they needed a stronger actress for the role of Karen because it was a tougher, more emotional role, and I’m very thankful that they wanted me for that role instead. I loved it. Really well-written and directed episode.
I just finished BONES not too long ago. I was filming COLD CASE when they began auditions for my role on the episode, “Player Under Pressure.” The casting director knows me…so, I was brought in straight to callbacks, not even really knowing what the role was. So, I met with the director and producer…and the day after, I was hired. In the episode, a college basketball player is found murdered, and David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, who star on the show, investigate. I play Justine Berry, a Gothic girl, who was in love with the murdered college student. I didn’t know the role was Gothic when I auditioned, but they saw my Gothic pictures on IMDB.com, knowing I could do it, since I’ve played roles like that before. The episode will air in the states in April. Keep an eye out for them!
6. Was it fun and exciting to play those parts?
It was awesome because each role was sooo different from one another. From the kidnapped girl, to the tough 1964 pregnant girl, to the vulnerable Gothic chick. The more variety, the better.
7. What was it like working on those shows?
I have to say…all three episodes had the most down to earth, coolest cast and crew ever. Everyone was soo great. I especially loved working with Kathryn Morris who stars on COLD CASE. She was so sweet! I really enjoyed working with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel on BONES, as well. They were the coolest duo. I had a big crying scene that was an exterior shot for BONES, and you know, when a plane or a bus goes by, you have to cut because it interferes with dialogue. Well, I’m crying each take, and after we started rolling on one, a bus drove past right during the scene. Obviously, we had to cut. So, the crew started to rush us actors right away into another take, and David [Boreanaz] was like, “Hey…come on, can’t you see she’s crying?! Give her a second.” It was so cute. They both were really rad.
8. What do you do to prepare for a role?
I can’t tell you my secrets! Haha. But I will tell you that when I book a project, I make sure I really think about a role before I start work. Gotta understand where the emotion is coming from…what the underlining text really is. And when I’m actually working on it, I don’t try to think about how I’m gonna say a line or sound…that’s the worst thing you can do as an actor because you’re having preconceived ideas of what it should be. Whereas, you gotta be free…and go with whatever is there at each moment. And of course, I feed off all the other actors…what they’re bringing to the table, too.
9. Any techniques you use to remember lines?
I have a photographic memory. So, for me, it’s pretty easy to remember lines.
10. What have you got lined up next?
Well, in the last interview, with this very question, I had mentioned filming a teen romantic comedy called “Just One Look…” in New Orleans. I play Clementine, the lead girl…the “perfect girl.” Drew Seeley from “High School Musical” will play my boyfriend in the film. Also starring is Randy Wayne. We were supposed to film in January, but it has been pushed back. So, that’s up next, when production gets an official start date. Otherwise, right now, I’m auditioning a lot…getting callbacks. I’m up for a couple other things. So, we’ll see!
11. What’s in your stereo at the moment?
The Album Leaf! Their album “In a Safe Place” rocks. I completely dig the instrumental pieces. “Another Day” is my favorite.
12. What have you seen recently that you have really enjoyed?
I saw “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for the first time the other day…and I thought it was really cute! I enjoyed watching Audrey Hepburn. She was so charming. As for newer films, I really need to get to the theater! There is so much I want to see. I plan on seeing “The Painted Veil” this week. I really look up to the actors in that film.
Thanks for your time. Any last words?
Thank you, Chris! I love doing interviews for your website!