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21 Questions: Brea Grant [Actress]

Brea Grant
Rachael: Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut

Brea is best known for playing Daphne Millbrook in the NBC TV series Heroes. She has also appeared Cold Case, Friday Night Lights, Max Payne and in SciFi's Battle Planet. Born in Marshall, Texas, she holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She also published the comic book, We Will Bury You with her brother Zane Grant, and artist Kyle Strahm. 

-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with? 
Depends on the day. Currently, I act in movies and television, write and pitch comic books, and am co-producing a movie I co-wrote. I just wrapped on a movie called The Baytown Disco.

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
Absolutely not. I was working on my MA in History when I decided to have a quarter-life crisis and become an actress. I had always wanted to act when I was a kid so I guess it’s not the craziest choice I could have made, but it definitely felt like it at the time.

-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support?
My friends and family. I think they were all very confused when I decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time, but supported me, came to visit me and have watched EVERY single thing I’ve ever done.
In addition to those who already know and love me, I’ve been blessed with strangers along the way who were willing to take chances on me – from my first agent to the first casting offices who brought me in to read to the first directors who took a chance on me (like Jack). I wouldn’t have anything if people hadn’t decided to risk giving a girl with no resume a role.

-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why?
As strange as it sounds, Jim Henson was my idol growing up. As a kid, I would pretended to be a guest on the Muppet Show chatting it up with Kermit and then possibly singing a song.

-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now?
Being authentic.

-Who inspires you?
My friends. They all set their goals and then achieve them – I have friends who have started businesses, blogs, worked for the best companies in the world – they’re amazing.

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago?
My roles in movies are dramatically different. Last year at this time, I was prepping to play a dark-haired girlfriend who was going to law school and just wanted to settle down to have a baby. I just finished playing a blonde prostitute assassin who road a motorcycle.

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device?
Okkervil River’s new album

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking?
Never Let Me Go – watched it last night and although it was slow, I thought it was beautiful.

-What is the single greatest moment in your life?
I’m so bad at questions like this. I’d say packing up my things and movie to Los Angeles on a whim. Turned out to be the best mistake I could possibly make.

-Favorite Horror Film?
Night of the Comet

-Favorite Book?
It changes constantly. Virtual Light by William Gibson or All About Love by bell hooks (that’s the only book I re-read every few years)

-Favorite Song?
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

-Favorite Film Character?
The first one that comes to mind is Lola from Run Lola Run or Amelie from Amelie – two women in strong in their own individual ways.

-Favorite Film Composer?
I have no good answer for that. I’m always impressed when directors do their own soundtracks, like John Carpenter or Robert Rodriguez. But I think my lack of answer shows how little I know about film.

-Favorite Thing In Your Home?
My dog Hattie. Also my roomba.

-Favorite First Pet?
I had a cat named Noseless when I was a kid. It really screws up that thing where you put your first pet with your street name to get your stripper name. I’m Noseless Grove.

-Favorite Coffee Or Tea?
Decaf green. I’m lame.

-Favorite Phrase?
Drive it like you stole it.

-Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
On top of my fridge where I can’t reach it.

-If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
Don’t take anything personally. 

1 comment:

youngelfman said...

Everything I have seen Brea Grant in she is on the mark! Midnight Movie awesome! Also great in Halloween II. Definitely an actor I will follow to see what she is doing next - hopefully plenty more genre stuff!