Rachel Whittle (Actress – Annie)
What was it about the role of Annie that appealed to you?
I was very drawn to the role of Annie. To this day, she is one of my favorites. I am drawn to broken characters with a strong sense of survival. Annie has such fight in her. She is heroic in her own right. We all do low and degraded things when we walk through the low places.
How did you go about preparing for the part?
Annie had to get to a very intense place. I invested in the truth of Annie’s circumstances and how important these things were to her. I spent a lot of time internalizing that need and connecting with her brokenness.
Michael Pare and you had a tense chemistry onscreen, how were you guys in between takes?
Well, he is handsome that’s for sure! I think we really connected as actors. I wish I had had more time to spend with Michael outside of filming…it was hard to connect personally between takes, because I was still Annie between takes. But he was wonderful, and it would be a dream to work with him again. He was very gracious, and there is much I could learn from him!
What’s next for you? Anything in the works?
I have been getting into production work, and I love it. I recently joined a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring a younger generation in film-making. It’s called bckstry.org and I am excited for the doors it will open to be involved in films from start to finish.
The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.
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