Interview with Actor Miranda Millar

Interview by Kierston Drier:

KD: Tell me a little about yourself? What inspired you to pursue a career in acting and performance?

MM: I don’t remember first time I was on stage because I was three years old! At four I started dance. You may have guessed, my parents are actor/writer/directors. They never pushed me, but gave me the opportunity to try it out to see if I enjoyed it. I obviously did.

KD: To date, what has been the defining role of your career. Why?

MM: This is a tough one.. I would have to go with my film Perfect for a few reasons; In this film, I play twins. It’s a unique challenge, playing two different people opposite each other. It’s a silent film, which means everything has to be communicated in the eyes, facial expressions, and body language. Also, the twins are violinists. I’ve played violin since I was a little kid, so being able to marry two of my passions in one project was especially gratifying!

KD: What are some of the most exciting projects you are working on right now?

MM: I have a couple projects in the works- one that films in Italy, and another in the states, and hopefully I can share more on those soon! I recently wrapped the first season of Six City. At the moment, I’m filming the horror series Raveage. Imagine Mr. Robot went on a Purge- lots of scary stuff ahead!

KD: Tell me more about Six city- what’s the most engaging thing about it?

MM: I’ve always really liked six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon type of films. I love seeing the small and not-so-small ways lives are intertwined and affect each other. Six City is exactly that, using the backdrop of Toronto to explore the intersecting nightlife, crime, and police force. My character Serena is a bisexual club go-er who may seem all fun and parties on the outside, but has a whole separate private life that her friends don’t know about yet…

KD: What are you most looking forward to with these new projects? What excites you most about Six City? About Raveage?

MM: I’m excited to delve deeper into Serena’s story, and for the audience to get to see just how far her story expands. Much like Six City, the world Courtney and Jennifer James have created is also connected to Raveage. Raveage is cool because it expands on the set up of Six City- it takes place in the same world. Serena is an even bigger lead in this next chapter, following her steep emotional journey and her ties to the worlds of politics, crime, and of course, love.

KD: Where can we find these new projects?

MM: Six City will be permiere in November on Facebook, and other media platforms after that. You can follow along for Six City here: https://www.facebook.com/sixcityseries/ and here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8205962/

Raveage is currently in production, but to stay up to date you can follow on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/raveagefilm/ and here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6267818/

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Six City stills of Serena- Admit One Productions

KD: Describe your process. How do you get into the headspace of a really difficult character?

MM: It begins with text analysis. Getting everything I can from the pages provided to me. If the character has a specific job, or past, it helps to research if I’m unfamiliar with being, say, a surgeon. What are the hours like? What are the success rates of the types of surgery I do? How does that affect me, my mental state, my relationships? Even if my character is never at work on screen, the job will affect my home life. Knowing everything I can about my character makes it easier to be them in a believable way.

KD: What has been your most challenging role?

MM: My role on the hit Canadian show Murdoch Mysteries was challenging in a number of ways. It was exhausting because Amy MacFarlane (my character) experiences a lot of panic- and panic is draining on the performer. At one point in the season 7 premiere, I had my arms tied behind my back, I was gagged, and wearing a woolen dress – all under rushing water. It’s a lot going on.

KD: What has been the hardest part of being a professional actress? What is the most rewarding?

MM: The hardest part is the sometimes uncontrollable schedule. Over the span of two weeks, I was working on a movie full-time at night, and filming IRL: The Series during the day. On the weekends, I had scheduled a few other shoots. None of it could be moved. One ‘day,’ I was up for 40 hours working on three different projects. Sometimes it would be nice to be able to space things out, and give every project the time it deserves. But, you just have to plow ahead and do your best. When it rains, it pours. There are so many rewarding aspects. Like, finishing the two weeks mentioned above. And watching your finished product come to life, with everyone else’s work coming together. It’s a very bonding experience.

KD: Apart from performance, what else are you passionate about?

MM: I have a very deep love for fantasy novels. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a really great novel. It’s one of my favourite forms of escapism. I love being able to bring a world in my bag, and jump into it whenever I can. I’m passionate about the environment- finding ways to keep and reuse materials I have, upcycling and recycling. I can’t wait until plastic is a thing of the past.

KD: What is next on the books for you, Miranda?

MM: After I finish filming Raveage, I’ll be heading down to LA next year for pilot season. I’m so excited for this next adventure!

KD: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in this industry, looking to be a professional performer as well?

MM: If you want to work on set, become a PA or work as an extra. It’s not just about the performance aspect, you need to know if you actually enjoy the environment you’ll be spending 12-17 hours a day in. Learn by helping. If you want to make your own projects, make connections by helping other filmmakers first. You can’t call in a favor you haven’t earned. Take classes, and don’t be afraid to suck. You will probably suck. But knowing what not to do is just as important as learning what you can be doing. And if you want it badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen.

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headshot credit- Denise Grant Photography

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Happy Birthday: Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn Picture

Sean Gunn (I)


Is a 1996 graduate of DePaul University’s prestigious acting program where he earned his BFA in Acting.

The character “Gunn” on the TV series Angel (1999) was named such after Angel (1999) creator Joss Whedon worked with both Sean and his brother James Gunn.

Former roommate of fellow DePaul classmate Judy Greer

Brother of Brian Gunn, James Gunn, Patrick Gunn and Matt Gunn.

Humphrey Bogart’s Top 10 Films

humphreybogart.jpgby Jason Gordon

American Film Institute in 1999 as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema, Humphrey DeForest Bogart was perhaps the greatest star of Hollywood’s Golden era. When you start a debate on who the greatest actor of all-time is to a young group of people, it is doubtful the great Bogart’s name is mentioned. They will probably rattle off the great actors of the 90s and today, such as Leonardo DiCaprio or Tom Hanks. Appearing in 75 feature films, these actors don’t hold a candle to Bogart’s filmography. Bogart played primarily grizzled and dark characters, often acting in an understated manner. Any of the following films will showcase one of the world’s finest actors at the height of his talents.

  1. Casablanca

Generally considered Bogart’s greatest film, not much needs to be said about said about it as virtually all movie buffs have seen the story of bar owner Rick Blaine who operates the Rick’s Café Américain nightclub in the Moroccan capital of Casablanca during the early years of World War II.

  1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Bogart was never darker as an actor than in his role as Fred C. Dobbs. Bogart’s character is the most venal of the three treasure hunters in this film, which is considered to be the precursor of crime-based morality tales.

  1. The Maltese Falcon

This film marks Bogart’s best portrayal of a private eye with the character of Sam Spade in an adaptation of the book by Dashiell Hammett. It’s also one of the rare occasions when a remake of a film is better than the original.

  1. In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place is the third film produced by Bogart. He plays Dixon Steele, a fading screenwriter who is a drinker with a dour personality, but who also is a perceptive judge of character. The film is also an attack on the darker side of Hollywood during the McCarthy era.

  1. The Big Sleep

The plot of the The Big Sleep is convoluted and somewhat unintelligible, however it’s a great atmospheric work, thick with intrigue. It’s the second of the Bogart-Lauren Bacall collaborations, with the latter acting as an equal to Bogart’s Philip Marlowe.

  1. The African Queen

Shot on location in the Congo and Uganda, The African Queen pits Bogart’s drunken boat captain Charlie Allnut against prim missionary Rose Sayer, played by Katherine Hepburn. This adventure classic proved to be the only time in his career where Bogart would win a Best Actor Oscar.

  1. Key Largo

Based on the play of the same name, Key Largo is the “hurricane movie” where Bogart’s character, Frank McCloud, is trapped inside a Florida hotel by Edward G. Robinson’s gangster, Johnny Rocco, as a tropical storm approaches. This work is considered one of the great classic film noirs of the 1940s.

  1. The Caine Mutiny

Made on a tight budget, The Caine Mutiny has become one of the all-time classic war dramas with the script exploring the mental health of Captain Philip Queeg. His performance of the neurotic Navy man, filled with fear and contradictions, may be the greatest work of the latter part of Bogart’s career.

  1. To Have and Have Not

Capitalizing on the success of Casablanca two years earlier, this film is a classic in its own right because of the number of Hollywood heavyweights who worked on this story of Harry Morgan, captain of a fishing boat in Martinique in 1940.

  1. Sabrina

This classic romantic comedy shows Bogart’s character actor skills pitting his Linus against the title character, played by Audrey Hepburn.

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Happy Birthday: Harry Dean Stanton

harrydeanstanton.jpgHappy Birthday actor Harry Dean Stanton

Born: July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA

Critic Roger Ebert so admires him that he created the “Stanton-Walsh Rule,” which states that “no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.” Ebert later admitted that Dream a Little Dream (1989), in which Stanton appeared, was a “clear violation” of this rule.

 

 

RANGO
dir. Gore Verbinski
Stars:
Johnny Depp
Isla Fisher
THE ROSEThe Rose
1979
dir. Mark Rydell
starring
Midler
Harry Dean Stanton
ALIENAlien
1979
dir. Scott
starring
Tom Skerritt
Sigourney Weaver
THE GREEN MILEThe Green Mile
1999
dir. Frank Darabont
Starring
Hanks
Michael Clarke Duncan
PRETTY IN PINKPretty in Pink
1986
dir. Deutch
Starring
Molly Ringwald
Harry Dean Stanton
MOVIE POSTERTHIS MUST BE THE PLACE
2012
dir. Paolo Sorrentino
Stars:
Sean Penn
Frances McDormand
MOVIE POSTERALPHA DOG
2006
dir. Nick Cassavetes
Stars:
Emile Hirsch
Justin Timberlake
MOVIE POSTERTHE LAST STAND
2013
dir. Jee-woon Kim
Stars:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Eduardo Noriega

 

Happy Birthday: Tom Hanks

tomhanks.jpgHappy Birthday actor Tom Hanks

Born: July 9, 1956 in Concord, California, USA

Married to: Rita Wilson (30 April 1988 – present) (2 children)
Samantha Lewes (24 January 1978 – 19 March 1987) (divorced) (2 children)

Second actor to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, for his work in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). The first was Spencer Tracy, for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

TOP 40 TOM HANKS Movies videoWATCH – TOP 20 TOM HANKS VIDEOS
MOVIE POSTERSPLASH!
1984
dir. Ron Howard
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Daryl Hannah
MOVIE POSTERBACHELOR PARTY
1984
dir. Neal Israel
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Tawny Kitaen
MOVIE POSTERTHE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE
1985
dir. Stan Dragoti
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Dabney Coleman
MOVIE POSTERVOLUNTEERS
1985
dir. Nicholas Meyer
Stars:
Tom Hanks
John Candy
MOVIE POSTERTHE MONEY PIT
1986
dir. Richard Benjamin
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Shelley Long
MOVIE POSTERNOTHING IN COMMON
1986
dir. Garry Marshall
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Jackie Gleason
MOVIE POSTERDRAGNET
1987
dir. Tom Mankiewicz
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Dan Aykroyd
MOVIE POSTERPUNCHLINE
1988
dir. David Seltzer
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Sally Field
BigBig
1988
dir. Penny Marshall
starring
Hanks
Elizabeth Perkins
MOVIE POSTERTHE BURBS
1989
dir. Joe Dante
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Bruce Dern
MOVIE POSTERTURNER & HOOCH
1989
dir. Roger Spottiswoode
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Mare Winningham
MOVIE POSTERJOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO
1990
dir. John Patrick Shanley
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Meg Ryan
MOVIE POSTERTHE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES
1990
dir. Brian De Palma
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Bruce Willis
MOVIE POSTERA LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
1992
MOVIE POSTERPHILADELPHIA
1993
dir. Jonathan Demme
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Denzel Washington
MOVIE POSTERSLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
1993
movie posterFORREST GUMP
1994
dir. Robert Zemeckis
Starring:
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright
MOVIE POSTERAPOLLO 13
1995
dir. Ron Howard
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Bill Paxton
MOVIE POSTERTOY STORY
1995
MOVIE POSTERTHAT THING YOU DO!
1996
dir. Tom Hanks
Stars:
Liv Tyler
Charlize Theron
MOVIE POSTERYOU’VE GOT MAIL
1998
dir. Nora Ephron
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Meg Ryan
MOVIE POSTERSAVING PRIVATE RYAN
1998
TOY STORY 2Toy Story 2
1999
THE GREEN MILEThe Green Mile
1999
Cast Away
2000
revengeBest of BAND OF BROTHERS

SEE TOP 100 TOM HANKS PHOTOS

and Daryl Hannah
and Daughter
and Denzel Washington
and Drunk Guy
and Emily Blunt
and Emma Thompson
and Family
and George Bush
and Halle Berry
and Jackie Gleason
and John Candy
and Julia Roberts
and Kevin Bacon
and Leonardo DiCaprio
and Meg Ryan
and Rita Wilson
and Robin Wright
and Son
and Steven Spielberg
as Charlie Wilson
as Dennis Miller
as Jim Lovell
as Michael Sullivan
as Robert Langdon
as Walt Disney
as Woody
Beard
Before and After
Big Movie Tuxedo
Big Piano
Close UP
Crying
Curly Hair
Drag
Emmy Car
Eyes
Face
Fat
Feet
Funny
Glasses
Hairstyle
Handsome
High School
in A League of Their Own
in Apollo 13
in Bachelor Party
in Big
in Bosom Buddies
in Captain Phillips
in Cast Away
in Catch Me If You Can
in Dragnet
in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
in Family Guy
in Family Ties
in Forrest Gump
in Green Mile
in Happy Days
in Joe vs The Volcano
in Larry Crowne
in Nothing in Common
in Philadelphia
in Polar Express
in Punchline
in Road To Perdition
in Saving Mr. Banks
in Saving Private Ryan
in Sleepless in Seattle
in Splash
in That Thing You Do
in The Burbs
in The Da Vinci Code
in The Ladykillers
in The Money Pit
in The Terminal
in Toy Story
in Turner and Hooch
in You’ve Got Mail
Kiss Cam
Moon Quote
Mustache
No Eyebrows
Nose
On Scooter
Oscar
Persistence Quote
Rapper Son
Red Carpet
Running
Signature
Smile
Straight Hair
Teeth
Typewriter Letter
Volleyball
Wallpaper
Wedding
Young
Road to PerditionRoad to Perdition
2002
MOVIE POSTERCATCH ME IF YOU CAN
2002
MOVIE POSTERTHE TERMINAL
2004
THE POLAR EXPRESS
2004
MOVIE POSTERTHE LADYKILLERS
2004
dir. Coen Brothers
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Marlon Wayans
MOVIE POSTERTHE DA VINCI CODE
2006
SydneyWhiteCharlie Wilson’s War
2007
MOVIE POSTERTHE GREAT BUCK HOWARD
2008
dir. Sean McGinly
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Colin Hanks
Angels and DemonsAngels and Demons
2009
Toy Story 3Toy Story 3
2010
MOVIE POSTEREXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
2011
MOVIE POSTERLARRY CROWNE
2011
MOVIE POSTERCLOUD ATLAS
2012
MOVIE POSTERCAPTAIN PHILLIPS
2013
MOVIE POSTERSAVING MR. BANKS
2013

RIP Actor Anton Yelchin (best of his work)

antonyelchin.jpgActor Anton Yelchin died tragically today at the age of 27. It was a freak accident. Read more about the story.

Born: March 11, 1989 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]

Died: June 19, 2016 (age 27) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Best of his work:

 

 

THE BEAVER
dir. Jodie Foster
Stars:
Mel Gibson
Jodie Foster
MOVIE POSTERFRIGHT NIGHT
dir. Craig Gillespie
Stars:
Anton Yelchin
Colin Farrell
Star TrekStar Trek
2009
Directed by
Abrams
Starring
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Terminator 4: Salvation
2009
dir. Mc G
Starring
Bale
Sam Worthington
MOVIE POSTERTHE SMURFS 2
2013
dir. Raja Gosnell
Stars:
Neil Patrick Harris
Jayma Mays
MOVIE POSTERSTAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
2013
dir. J.J. Abrams
Stars:
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
MOVIE POSTERTHE SMURFS
dir. Raja Gosnell
Stars:
Hank Azaria
Katy Perry
MOVIE POSTERALPHA DOG
2006
dir. Nick Cassavetes
Stars:
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
2014
dir. Jim Jarmusch
Stars:
Tom Hiddleston
Tilda Swinton

 

Happy Birthday: Audrey Hepburn

audreyhepburn.jpgHappy Birthday Legendary Actor Audrey Hepburn

Born: Audrey Kathleen Ruston
May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Belgium

Died: January 20, 1993 (age 63) in Tolochenaz, Switzerland

Married to:

Andrea Dotti (18 January 1969 – 21 September 1982) (divorced) (1 child)
Mel Ferrer (25 September 1954 – 5 December 1968) (divorced) (1 child)

Read reviews and pics of the best of the actor:

ROMAN HOLIDAYRoman Holiday
1953
dir. William Wyler
Cast
Gregory Peck
Hepburn

SABRINASabrina
1954
dir. Billy Wilder
starring
Humphrey Bogart
Hepburn
William Holden

FUNNY FACEFunny Face
1957
dir. Stanley Donen
Starring
Audrey Hepburn
Fred Astaire

THE UNFORGIVENThe Unforgiven
1960
dir. John Huston
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Audrey Hepburn

Breakfast at Tiffany's, dir. Blake Edwards, starring Audrey HepburnBreakfast at Tiffany’s
1961
dir. Blake Edwards
starring
Hepburn
George Peppard
Mickey Rooney

CharadeCharade
1963
dir. by Stanely Donen
starring
Cary Grant
Hepburn

PARIS - WHEN IT SIZZLESParis – When it Sizzles
1964
dir. Richard Quine
starring
Hepburn
William Holden

MY FAIR LADYMy Fair Lady
1964
dir. George Cukor
starring
Hepburn
Rex Harri

HOW TO STEAL A MILLIONHow to Steal a Million
1966
dir. William Wyler
Starring
Audrey Hepburn
Peter O’Toole

WAIT UNTIL DARKWait Until Dark
1967
dir. Terence Young
Cast
Hepburn
Alan Arkin

THEY ALL LAUGHEDThey All Laughed
1981
dir. Peter Bogdanovich
Cast
Audrey Hepburn
Ben Gazzara</a

MOVIE POSTERALWAYS
1989
dir. Steven Spielberg
Stars:
Holly Hunter
Richard Dreyfuss

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1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
Aged
and Albert Finney
and Andrea Dotti
and Anthony Perkins
and Audrey Tautou
and Cary Grant
and Cat
and Children
and Deer Pippin
and Dog
and Elizabeth Taylor
and Family
and Fawn
and Fred Astaire
and George Peppard
and Givenchy
and Grace Kelly
and Gregory Peck
and Howard Hughes
and Humphrey Bogart
and Husband
and James Dean
and James Hanson
and Julie Andrews
and Louis Vuitton
and Marilyn Monroe
and Mel Ferrer
and Natalie Portman
and Peter O’Toole
and Rex Harrison
and Robert Wolders
and Sean Connery
and Shirley Maclaine
and Son
and William Holden
Andy Warhol
Anorexia
Art
as a Child
as a Nun
as Eliza Doolittle
as Gigi
as Hap
as Holly Golightly
and Sabrina
Ascot Dress

Background
Ballet
Bangs
Barbie
Bathing Suit
Beehive
Before and After
Black and White
Black Dress
Bob
Buriel Site
Clothes
Costume
Dancing
Eyebrows
Eyes
Face
Fashion Icon
Gallery
Gloves
Graffiti
Halloween Costume
Hot
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jewelry
Legs
Lips
Lipstick
Makeup
Mask
Neck
Nose
on Bicycle
Pants
Poster
Sabrina Dress
Smile
Smoking
Stencil
Style
Sunglasses
Tattoo
Teeth
Tiara
Unicef
Vogue
Wallpaper
Wedding
with Oscar