Was being an actress always something you wanted to be growing up?
Growing up, I went through stages where I imagined myself taking up numerous occupations as an adult. For a while, I wanted to be a vet, then a teacher, and so on. But I was always very involved in the arts – drama, dance, music – even from a young age. As I got older, I realized that these activities were what truly made me happy, and though it was intimidating committing to following these passions because they are typically harder career fields in which to work regularly and successfully, I decided I would always regret it if I didn’t try.
Did you always know you had the talent?
I wasn’t always confident about my talent when it came to acting, but I was entirely confident about my drive, ambition, and motivation. In my theatre program at university, I was younger than most of my classmates, and rather insecure. Taking risks was something that scared me. Eventually I learned that I had to get out of my comfort zone to make self-discoveries and foster my talent.
What are some films which you have starred in?
I’m fortunate to have built up a good amount of credits. One of my first films was a short entitled “Whatever That Is,” which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and apparently is on some Canadian airline flights under the ‘foreign’ category. I have also portrayed the sullen daughter Rebecca in a feature film called “The Collapsed,” which received a good deal of attention. And quite possibly my favourite role was playing a malicious-yet-playful entity called the Clockwork Princess in a feature-length horror film called “One Week in Windchocombe.” For a fuller list of my credits, please check out imdb.me/annaross
Does living in Los Angeles make it easier to land acting roles?
Yes! Many people assume it will be harder because the talent pool is so huge and so concentrated here. But the abundance of projects in the categories of film, television, commercial, industrial, new media… I think it’s unmatched here!
What would be your dream role in a movie?
I would love to play a character in a suspense/thriller flick with a dark comedic edge, and I’d want my character to have some absolutely insane personality twist that takes the audience by surprise. This genre represents one of my favorite types of films, and it is appealing for me to play a role that is multi-layered and performs unexpectedly.
Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses of all time?
There are so many actors I have a huge amount of respect for. I’m a huge fan of Leonardo DiCapro because I think he has amazing versatility, and he makes his characters ring true. I also believe that Anna Kendrick can do no wrong and it’d be a dream to someday work with her. Rooney Mara is great too – I absolutely loved her in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Side Effects.
What about directors?
As a fan of quirky comedies, I would have to say that my favourite director is Wes Anderson. I’ve seen The Grand Budapest Hotel like 6 times! Also, Tim Burton films are always visually stunning to watch and they share that same quirky element.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming projects.
When I’m not working, I get restless, so I always find myself with numerous projects on the horizon. I’ll be on upcoming episodes of FX’s “The Comedians” and Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Also, I recently shot a couple of short films: Chess & the Stranger, Caitlin’s Next Idea, American Hikikomori (just to name a few). And be sure to keep an eye out for me as a ghoul in the feature-length film, “Insidious: Chapter 3.” Most of all, I am excited for “Coffee Cafe”! I feel so lucky to be playing Kelly in this project, and I can’t wait until we start filming it in 2016!!