How did you first get into acting?
I first got into acting when my singing coach suggested I meet with an agent she knew. I was skeptical, because I was incredibly shy and introverted, but I went, sort of to hammer into myself that I won't ever allow 'fear' to dictate my actions, and I signed with her on the spot. I had my first audition and booked it, which made me think that's how ALL auditions will go. False. Haha.
What was your first audition like?
My first audition was a bit of nightmare/adventure. I got a breakdown from my agent with whom, at this point, I was quite unfamiliar with, meaning I was afraid to ask any questions. The audition asked for a "skater girl." At this point, I was unfamiliar with the concept of auditioning and assumed that, to get the part, you must look the part. My sister and I spent all night teaming together an outfit that was part Avril Lavigne and part any sort of alternative kid you'd see on the street, straightened my hair and memorized all the lines (direction included). I went to the audition to see all the girls looking totally normal except for the occasional pair of vans, and felt incredibly stupid for spending so much time on the insignificant details.
It was later I found out that if they want you to look a certain way, THEY will make it happen. Luckily for me though, the casting director loved my dedication, consternation, and obsession with perfecting the character, and cast me. This very same casting director would go on to cast me in my very own series not a year later.
How did you get yourself into the character of Molly Maxwell?
Around the time I first read the breakdown for Molly Maxwell, I was dealing with my very own relationship with someone who was ten years my senior, and mentally, 10 years my junior. Circumstantially, the situations were a bit different, but as a whole, I was looking at my life in film. I knew I needed the part if only to justify her actions and give her the humility that any other actor might not have considered. I felt as though I was protecting a young version of myself, even though I was not much older than her. So, in short, getting myself into character wasn't a stretch because, at the time, I was living it. And it made it that much harder and more painful. Even now, as I watch the film, I can see in my eyes, in some moments, exactly what was going through my head, and my life.
What was your favourite scene from the movie?
My favourite scene from the film would have to be the bar scene, towards the end. You see the impact the whole situation has had on Molly.
What did you like most about playing Molly Maxwell?
I loved Molly's awkwardness, her insecurity, her almost clumsy-like behaviour, only because so much of that is me, and for the first time, I didn't have to hide it. I got to embrace the quirks that have been a deterrent in the past. It's very easy to play poised and polished, but to put yourself up there, and have to watch it back knowing that a majority of it wasn't acting was actually quite difficult. It makes you more aware of your flaws, and opens your eyes to more flaws!
In the pursuit of acting, what have you learned about yourself?
It's so funny, each year I do this, I say, "Gosh, I've learned, and changed, so much in this year alone. I thought i grew up LAST year, but it's nothing compared to what I know now!" Yet each year, I still say the same. I've learned that I'm capable of a lot more than I often give myself credit for. My fears have often obstructed me in more ways than one. I've learned that in this industry, you can't depend on others praise of you because, one day, you'll be swimming in it, and then next, you'll be drowning without it. The best bet is to fully devote yourself to what you believe, and if that doesn't work for someone, be able to adapt to what they're asking of you because versatility isn't a bad thing; it proves you've more to you than that one thing you cling to.
Which director would you love to work with?
In regards to directors, there are SO many that come to mind. It excites me to think of each different approach each director takes, and the thing I can take away from each director. The more I work, the more I'm starting to understand what approach works for me and what I dislike. George Hickenlooper, Derek Cianfrance, Chris Nolan, Woody Allen, and so many more. I was very fortunate that, in Molly Maxwell, Sara's approach was one of the best I've had the pleasure of experiencing. She truly is a great, great director. Her approach might have frightened other actors with its bluntness, but I relished in it. She pushed me, while running behind me the whole time.
Name a dish you'd love to learn how to cook.
Hmm, I don't have one because cooking is such a foreign thing to me haha, I can't even think of a dish!
What track makes you lose yo shit?!?!
Dude, SO. MANY. TRACKS. Lately, I found my old ipod and found the song i used to "dutty wine" to, embarrassing but true. Major Lazer-Pon De Floor. Another is Walls- Tiesto, a friend got me hooked. So weird how I've never heard his stuff before...
Any interesting projects on the horizon?
I just finished a pilot set in the french court in the 1500's, which was amazing because that's exactly what I first imagined acting to be! Dressing up and putting on an accent. It was incredible.
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You can catch Lola in MOLLY MAXWELL now playing at Carlton Cinema, which is a quietly humorous drama about a 16-year-old girl's heart pounding and crushing experience of impossible love with her young English teacher. Stay current with Molly Maxwell here!