21 Questions: Jaclyn Hales [Unicorn City]

Jaclyn Hales [Actress]
UNICORN CITY: THE MOVIE

Jaclyn Hales was born in Syracuse, New York, September 4, 1986. Her first acting debut came quickly after her family moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the age of 6. She was cast as the “Shrunken Alice” in Alice in Wonderland at a small hometown theater. Since then she has been addicted to the art of theater and acting. As a teenager her family moved to Utah and It was there that she switched gears from stage to film. Her first TV appearance was on the WB series Everwood, playing Katherine Adams, the ex-girlfriend of the show’s leading man.

After four years of studying acting at Utah Valley University she graduated with a BS in Theater Performance and a couple of prestigious awards from the department including: “Best Actress of the Year 2009” and “Best Student Director 2009”.

Her resume was filling up with award winning short films, and local commercials, but her first real break was landing the leading lady in Unicorn City (2009). Her participation in this SAG feature-film allowed her to join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) which helped launch her career towards more feature films. Jaclyn hopes to continue acting for as long as people are willing to watch!

-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with?  
My career started at age five on the stage in a tiny repertory theater in Portsmouth NH, where I grew up. My film career didn't really professionally start until I graduated college from Utah Valley University (BS in Theater performance). I was booking mostly local commercials at first and finally got my break as the Lead in a feature film with Unicorn City. Since then I've booked two more films due to be out next year, Scents and Sensibility, and The Mill. Currently I'm making the transition to LA and tackling the insanely saturated competition....WISH ME LUCK!

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
YES, like I said, I started acting at five and haven't stopped since. I haven't gone a year of my life without being in some kind of play or film.

-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support? 
My parents definitely. Both have supported me financially when I was scraping by but needed head shots, or a ride to an audition, or what ever, as well as emotional support always!

-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why? 
Meryl Streep hands down. I think I would start crying when I met her even if I was a big star myself...she will always be a perfect example to me of who I want to model my career after.

-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now? 
For being a charitable person. Not greedy.


-When you were growing up, what was your favorite role playing game and character, if not role playing... what game [Monopoly, Clue, Uno, e.t.c]? 
Always "dress up". My favorite part of any role I play today or even as a kid, was the costumes. As an actress its the final touch and shove that brings my character to life.

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago? 
Uhhhh......My whole world is different. I don't even live in the same state, I'm single now, I have union status as an actor, I've made twice the amount of friends in the "industry" and I'm scared out of my mind for what the future holds. Kids don't try this at home!

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device? 
I have a bad habit of not noting which artist I'm listening to when I listen to the radio, so I wouldn't even know.

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking? 


 Last good film I saw was Fright Night. Surprisingly very entertaining and well executed. My favorite movie in the world and I recommend/condemn those who haven't seen it...Jurassic Park. It's a nostalgic thing....As a kid that movie blew my mind!

-Tell us your role or involvement in "Unicorn City"? 
I play Marsha, who is the leading man's leading lady. I was actually the first person cast in the film several years ago, so I've been part of this project for a while and happy to be! I think people will like Marsha cause she'll kill you with kindness.

-Favorite Fantasy Film or Television Show?
Does Jurassic Park count?

-Favorite Memory while working on "Unicorn City"?
The day we shot the "attacking of the monster/grandma's car" scene. We all just had fun and really had to get into character as LARPers (Live. Action. Role. Playing). That scene is really all of us just playing make believe and for a second it was completely understandable why people really go out and do that sort of thing...it's FUN!


-Favorite Song?  Theme from Jurassic Park.

-Favorite Film Fantasy Character?  The T-Rex from Jurassic park;-)

-Favorite Film Composer? John Williams....he did Jurassic Park

-Favorite Thing In Your Home? My bed.

-Favorite First Pet? Belle, my boxer dog.


-Favorite Prop you used while working on "Unicorn City"?
NON! I had the privilege of wearing a fanny pack with almost every costume which had several props which was a continuity nightmare! I take it back, I liked my swords.

-Favorite Phrase during the filming of "Unicorn City" [from you or other cast/crew]? Lunch!

-Favorite Hiding Place? Movie theaters.

-If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
 Probably that, the more you give the more you get back. And I believe that not because I think you'll double your money if you lend it out, but because the self worth you feel when you give to others, whether it's your time, money, respect, or a pair of pants.... that’s what will keep you moving forward with purpose and there for bring you success or what ever else you're looking for in life. 
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1 comment:

candlelight said...

I saw Unicorn City on Netflix. At first, I wanted Marsha to be a stronger female lead...all of her apologizing and her lack of self confidence concerned me for young female viewers. I was however very pleased when the men in the film praised Marsha for the love she offered Voss and let him know he was missing out on a wonderful woman. I enjoyed the quirky/fantasy elements in the film, and I would love to wear Marsha's wardrobe. I'm looking forward to seeing Jaclyn in upcoming films and I enjoyed this interview with her (hooray for the Jurassic Park soundtrack btw) :)