I’m really great thank you. How are things with you?
How has your theater background influenced your acting as a whole?
I’m naturally quite shy, so I feel that performing has made me more confident.
What’s it been like to actually star in so many huge and classic plays like School of Rock, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables?
I sometimes have to stop and remember how lucky I’ve been to have had such amazing opportunities and the support and guidance from my family and producers of these shows has been incredible. I feel so lucky to have met so many talented and fantastic people, and being able to entertain is when I feel at my best, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.
What would you say you have learned the most about this experience?
Never give up on your dreams. I know it sounds “cheesy” but it’s really very true. Often people think that these opportunities have just landed in front of me, but I have worked extremely hard for them. I’ve also had hundreds of knock-backs. It’s hard still being so young to deal with it, when casting directors say no (or even when you don’t ever hear anything back). The main thing is to dust yourself down, and keep focused on the next thing to come along.
How has it been to move into the film world?
Exciting but a little bit daunting too. I’ve been performing in live theatre now for as long as I can remember, and I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to manage the transition, as it’s a completely different way of working.
How did you jump on board on the short Tell Me Why?
I’ve been friends with Ellie, the producer and lead actress since I was about 8. She’s incredibly creative and passionate about female film making. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to work with her professionally, and this movie gave me the chance to support a project of hers, as well as help raise awareness of some of the more dangerous side of social media and bullying that goes on. When I saw she was trying to get support for this, I was eager to get involved.
With so many projects dealing with bullying – what was it about this one in particular that drew your attention the most?
The storyline is a really powerful one, about a girl from a dysfunctional family who tries desperately to escape becoming her Mother. I jumped at the chance to be directed by Jane Sanger, a director on the rise, and to work alongside Ellie (Bindman) in a new thriller was a dream come true. She’s always inspired me, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the film turns out. She had her film, Taciturn which she wrote and filmed when she was 15, screened as part of the “That Film” Festival awards at Cannes this year, which brought new investors onboard for Tell me Why?
You are also appearing in the film – was that always the case or did you come in later on?
That came slightly later initially I was just wanted to help her raise the money to get the film into production. It’s a hugely important topic, and I feel strongly about raising awareness of how big an impact it has on children growing up, and to adults that were persecuted at school. Sometimes people turn a blind eye on it, as they think it’s easier to stay away than have the bullies turn on you. People need to stand up for what’s right, no matter what the personal consequence might be.
Has this little experience helped you in any way with understanding your work as an actress?
I’ve never had to think before about the background of how a movie gets created, so it’s been pretty interesting getting to understand how the cast and crew only play a part of the overall production. The raising funds, enticing investors to part with money, choosing locations, has all been new to me. I’ve gained such a better understanding on how the whole company has to work together to make a movie.
Huge learning curve for me!
What has been the most challenging thing about this project?
I’m playing a bully in the movie, which I’ve found quite emotionally draining. It’s been good to have to learn how to be a character I’ve found hard to relate to, but also very hard work to try and understand the motivation and behaviours around why someone would behave like that. It’s certainly stretching my acting abilities.
What else is happening next in Issie Methven’s world?
I’ve just been lucky enough to perform with my school at West End Live, a free show by Musical Theatre performers in London’s iconic Trafalgar square in front of 20,000 people, I’m filming a Teaser for Tell me Why? next weekend to try and get more investors onboard, I’m penciled for an advert and I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple of recent auditions.
Still waiting for my big break, so anyone from Netflix or Amazon Prime interested in me à Please call my agent 🙂