I recently got the chance to talk to Alexandra Boylan about her role in ‘Bellflower’. Here, Alexandra talks about how she got involved in the project in the first place and what is currently on her I-Pod right now…
Hey Alexandra. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about your new film ‘Bellflower’.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
‘Bellflower’ centers around two best friends who spend their spare time building flame throwers and a car that shoots flames in order to look cool, and be prepared in case of the Apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets Milly and their new love stuck relationship takes a turn for the worst, he realizes he is not prepared for the biggest apocalypse of all, a broken heart!
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
My character’s name is Caitlin, and in the original script I play the boys regular waitress at the bar they hang out at. I share some silly banter and jokes with them. In the editing room my scene saw more of the floor than the screen, but I had a blast working with these awesome film makers, and my friends.
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
I met Even Glodell and Vincent Grawshaw in the summer of 2004, at an audition for their first short film they teamed up on. I landed the role, and soon became very good friends with Evan and his brother Wyatt. The next year we made a number of short films, Evan was practicing using the cameras he was building. We would have so much fun running around town shooting scenes. ‘Bellflower’ is my sixth project with Evan, and I am so thrilled for him. I have always thought he was a mad genius, and its nice to see the world catching on to his talent.
How would you say this film is different and unique?
‘Bellflower’ is a unique film for so many reasons, the biggest reason being that Evan built the cameras used to shoot the film. And if the cameras wasn’t already enough, he built the flame throwers and the Medusa car. ‘Bellflower’ is a true indie film, and everyone who participated in making this project come to life, did so out of pure love of filmmaking.
The film stars Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, your good self and Zack Kraus – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?
Working with the Coatwolf crew was a complete blast. We had some difficulties the days I was shooting, and I remember sleeping in a cabana at the bar we were shooting at, Evan work me up at 3am in the morning and said “We’re ready for your scene”. But that’s the joy in the true indie work of making films. I will never forget sleeping in a cabana wrapped up in jackets waiting for my scene. Rebecca and I met on a feature we did with Evan called ‘One Take Movie’ so it was nice to see her and catch up with her. I knew Tyler, Jessie, Joel, Jonathan, and pretty much everyone else from other projects, we had all worked on with Evan before. It really is a little family of misfits who simply love making movies!
Let’s talk a bit about you Alexandra. What made you want to get into acting in the first place?
I started acting when I was extremely young, doing everything from school plays, to church projects. I utilized my location of living outside of Boston, and found a way to audition for every little project I could find in town. My father use to drive me to auditions before I got my license, I wish he could still drive me to auditions; it created a very relaxing way to get around. At nineteen I packed up my little Toyota Corolla and moved to Los Angeles. I have been actively pursuing a career as an actor for many years now. I even moved out to New Mexico for a few years, after needing a little break from the Hollywood scene. It was there that I started my own production company, http://www.mirrortreeproductions.com and we just completed our first feature film entitled ‘Home Sweet Home’. And are in the process of trying to secure distribution.
You’ve been in a number of different shorts and films – which actors/actresses have been your favourites to work with so far and which project has been your favourite to be a part of?
Honestly this is a tough question for me, because each film experience I have had has been wonderful in its own way. In the past few years the team our group has created is so amazingly talented and wicked fun to work with. My husband (John KD Graham) and I work perfectly together, he wants to direct and DP, and I want to act and produce. I truly loved my experience on the Asylum films I’v done with Leigh Scott, working on those films prepare you for anything. Sometimes I would get the script the day before shooting. Through those films I met Sarah Lieving, and we have become close friends. It’s great when you can remain close with the people you work with, and continue to support each other.
Of course Evan is a favourite, not only because were good friends, but because he gave me so many opportunities to play make-believe and get a chance to be in front of the camera. The more I move into the production side of things, the more my love for filmmaking has grown. Getting to work with people throughout the process, from the beginning to the end, is extremely rewarding.
What is currently on your I-Pod right now?
Christmas music is getting overplayed in my house right now. But usually I’m listening to Kings of Lion or Muse.
If you were stranded on a desert island – what three things could you not live without?
I’m assuming I can’t bring people or animals, so in that case, coffee. I can’t live without coffee!!!!! I would like a TV, and the movie ‘Castaway’ so I could learn how to survive, and get off the island, and home safe.
What’s the most interesting/funniest news you’ve heard in the last month or so?
My brother Alex created a show called ‘Missions In Action’, where he is traveling the world, bringing a camera and a voice to those less fortunate. This show is life changing for them, and the people who watch it. There is so much we can do to help each other, and be the change we want to see in the world. This show inspired my husband and I to support a child in the Philippines. We are so looking forward to getting to know him, and being a part of making his life better. If you would like to follow this extraordinary show please visit, http://www.missionsinaction.tv
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
In the next year our company hopes to sell our feature film, and use the finances to make our second script. I star in a TV show called ‘Flock’ that follows a con artist couple that does door to door baptisms and exorcisms. We are working on getting this show sold, and coming to a TV near you. In the meantime I am writing our second feature film, and hope to start pre-production early 2012. MirrorTree Productions is in talks with a few different people in collaborating on projects in the upcoming year. So much to look forward to!!!
Thanks for the interview!