another bts photo with the lovely Hannah Motola, who played the character based on me as a kid. i was blown away by how she followed her instincts and had strong opinions about what felt right for her character. when i was a kid actor, i was an over-rehearsed, anxious try-hard just praying i’d please the people around me. Hannah was the opposite - true to herself, open, opinionated. so much respect for her!!
here’s a BTS pic from the first project i wrote/directed. it’s one that meant a lot to me - a short film loosely based on my upbringing (i was a child actress raised in a dysfunctional mormon family with a mother slowly dying of cancer. if that’s not great material, i don’t know what is! ) i knew right away i wanted the incredibly talented @anniesertich to play the character based on my mother and i was so so lucky that she agreed. working with her was one of the highlights of the project for me.
as a kid, i just loved dr seuss - one might say i was “drinking seuss juice”. i loved him so much that i even began - writing my own rhyming books, what a fan! i would write up these books with my own made up words - it was gibberish really, words no one had heard! i thought they were great, but of course i did - i was a little, un-self-aware kid. years later i went back and looked at my books - i was saddened to learn all i’d been was a crook! i loved seuss a lot, now that was a fact - but that love made me a derivative, voiceless hack