When did you first get interested in acting? When I was in first grade I was in a play called “Freddy the Frog” and I was pretty annoyed that I didn’t get to be Freddy because that is just not okay. After that I had the bug pretty bad and I kept eagerly seeking theatre classes in school until finally, in sixth grade, I found one.
What got you interested? I was always very, very much into pretend. I had an active imagination like no other. To me getting to play a pretend character with other people playing pretend... that was pretty much the most exciting thing ever.What types of roles intrigue you? When I was in my first “big” play I was in “Welcome to the Monkey House” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr and I played Helene Shaw, a girl who bubbled with personality until she tried to act who gets involved with a man who has no personality unless he is acting. I LOVED that type of role, the ingenue. I was enchanted with them. And then after playing Murphy I found I also love playing a very strong, aggressive woman who knows, and gets, what she wants.
How did you get involved with the Dresden Files project? I was invited to a photoshoot, and I saw a gent who mentioned he’d bring Harry Dresden. I friended him on a whim because HARRY DRESDEN... and then we got to chatting and I let him know I’m a 5’ blonde black-belt and he wondered if I’d mind coming to audition. One of the top five best decisions I’ve ever made.
What's your favorite book, scene and/or character in the Dresden File? Skin Game has become my new favourite, but prior to that it was Summer Knight. I can’t narrow down a favourite scene. For me it’s the excitement I get when I start to realize what’s going on and why and start flailing around. As far as favourite character... uh... gee... I guess I’d have to say Karrin Murphy for some reason.
When did you start acting at Ren Faire? 2010. I asked in 2009 and then in 2010 was invited to audition. Has been a fantastic decision for me.
How did you learn to sew? I’m mostly self-taught. I watched my mother do it and then I figured it out from there. I took a semester in high school that was mostly a teacher repeating what I already knew and then DEMANDING I check with her every step of the way. I got a100% only if I checked in with her on every seam. After that I just kept playing around on my own
What's your favorite character to play at Faire? Two weeks ago I’d have said Ariella, my wide-eyed unicorn princess. But I went to Scarborough Faire and with the help of an incredible partner tried out a new, rougher, character who is a terrible escape artist and it was very comedic and ridiculous and I had a BLAST. I was so tired after just one day that I could barely stay awake long enough to eat. It was great!
What got you interested in cosplaying? Did acting influence cosplaying or was it the other way around? I was asked by a friend to come check out Dragon*con in 2008, and it was suggested I wear Zelda since they wanted to do a video. I made the costume because I enjoy the challenge of making costumes. Acting was definitely a huge influence, playing pretend comes back into play.
What do you find most challenging about acting? Cosplaying? Dialing it up. I get afraid that I’d overact and then be absurd, so I get a little shy and try to dial it down waaaay too much. It doesn’t work for a director to under-perform. It’s easier to dial back. As far as cosplaying... the hardest part is being patient. I tend to rush costumes
What excites you the most about them? I get to play pretend, and geek out with AWESOME people who get excited over a character I’m dressed as it and it’s SO FUN
If you could play any role from any book, show or play who would you want to be? ...uh... Karrin Murphy. Pretty much my dream role
How did you start modeling? I got bored one weekend and joined Model Mayhem. It kind of went on from there
Do you ever stay in character when you are cosplaying at comic cons? If I find someone who specifically wants to play with the character -- yes. I’ll be silly and play the character. I met two of my most beloved friends at Dragon*con. They were headed up the escalator and when they saw me the Link went “ZELDA WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU EVERYWHERE”... and I responded in kind and we bantered a bit, and then hung out for something like fifteen hours and now they are people I am absolutely honoured to call friends
What's the best, worst and funniest thing that has ever happened to you cosplaying or acting? Best: Anne McCaffery asking if I’d made my costume myself and commenting on how adorable I was. Also amazing, running into SO MANY new friends. Worst: Honestly I can’t think of anything. I have had nothing but AMAZING experiences in the cosplay community. Funniest: I went on stage with my Zelda friends; Harrison and Emily, as characters from Bioshock. Harrison was a Big Daddy. When I lunged at him, because we hadn’t practiced in full costume, he was faster than he expected and he hit me in the face and cut my lip. I was busy being upset about cracking his drill arm and he yelled at me to shut up because he was more concerned about my face. It was hilarious and sweet and awesome. I cherish the experience
What's your process for preparing for a role? It depends on the role. If it’s something like Murphy, I read and reread her scenes and try to think of how she’d consider the world around her. My process depends on the materials available to me. I am a fairly method actor so if I’m supposed to be afraid of something, I prefer it to actually frighten me. Overall I enjoy making silly faces at the camera and then letting the character creep up and live through me. Which is super cheesy. Sorry.