Actress Q&A Rebekah Kennedy

by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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DCP:

Having seen TO THE BONE twice in one day On the day it was released on Netflix, it moved me tremendously and shed bright light on an illness that I knew of and knew that people out there have struggled with, but didn't personally know much about it -- How did the script find its way to you, what was your initial reaction to it, and what was it about the script that spoke to you? Were you offered the role of Penny or was it a part that you yourself chose?

 

Rebekah Kennedy

First off, that’s awesome that you watched it twice! I know the whole cast and crew really appreciates the support, so thank you!

 

So, my manager called with the audition and then I received the sides and the script for it. I immediately fell in love with the script. Marti Noxon wrote such a beautiful, funny, and moving story. I really felt a connection to it, and there is something really extraordinary about telling a story that is so close to so many people. This is such an important topic that is not often talked about enough, and I felt like a movie like this might help to inspire others. So, initially I auditioned for the casting director (Rich Delia) who is amazing. And then I went in for a callback with Marti and the producers. Then a few days later I found out I booked the role. I was really thrilled because this is such a special project, and it’s been amazing to hear the positive responses to it.

 

DCP:

What was your experience like working with writer/director Marti Noxon and Lily Collins, and was there anything memorable that you took away from that experience?

 

 

 

 

 

RK:

Marti Noxon and Lily Collins were both amazing to work with. Marti is so kind and has such a calming quality on set. I’m always nervous the first day, because you’re working with new people, and you don’t really know what to expect. But I only had one day on this, so there wasn’t that time to get comfortable. I knew the day was going to fly by and I really wanted to soak up every minute of it. When I first walked into my trailer, there was a sweet note and thoughtful gift from Marti and the producers, and that really helped ease the nerves. Marti made me feel extremely comfortable and at home right away. She’s really open to your interpretation of the character and she allows you to feel free. She’s also cheering you on from the sidelines, which makes for a fun time on set. I saw Lily first in the make up trailer before we got to set, and she immediately was so welcoming and generous to me. Being able to work with her was a dream. She’s really gentle, thoughtful, and had such encouraging words to tell me once we wrapped. Both Marti and Lily made the experience incredible. I think as far as what I could take away from the experience, is just to continue to be myself because that is enough, and keep doing the kind of work I want to do.

 

DCP:

With Netflix producing content with important socially conscious topics, tackling Suicide, Bullying, and Rape with 13 REASONS WHY; and now taking on Eating Disorders with TO THE BONE, What are your thoughts on the importance of these shows and movies? And what is your hope for the future of TV and Movies that portray these topics in such hard hitting authentic ways?

 

RK:

I think it’s really tricky to take on these topics, because they are so close and personal to so many people. You want to get it right for everyone, but sometimes you can only tell your story and hope that it touches and inspires someone out there. I think it’s really brave that Marti told her story and allowed the world to see such a vulnerable time in her life. And through that vulnerability and pain, maybe someone will realize “Hey it’s not just me. I’m not alone in this” and that will give them hope. There’s been a lot of controversy regarding the movie and the television show, and whether you agree with the portrayal or not, it’s being talked about. So many people have reached out to me through messages and the different social media outlets, thanking us for the movie and how it really helped them. They are inspired and they don’t feel so lonely. I’m really grateful I can be a small piece of that. My hope is that they continue to take risks in telling stories that are personal, private, and might reach someone that really needs to see it. Ultimately, we can never tell everyone’s story, but hopefully they will see that their story is important too.

 

DCP:

What inspires you as not only an actress but as a human being?

 

RK:

I think this quote helps hit the nail on the head for me, “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.”

 

I’m really inspired by those who give so much to help others. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives. We are busy. We are jetting from one place to the next. We have to make do lists to make sure nothing is forgotten about. But for me, taking the time out to help just one person in need inspires me. Seeing others persevere no matter the odds. People who are bold, open, and curious to see the world. I’m inspired by people who take risks. People who are scared and still take the jump anyway. “Don’t worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” I feel like all these things inspire me as a human, which in turn always fuels my artistic side.

 

DCP:

Do you look for anything specific when reading scripts, or do you wait until something grabs you or speaks to you while reading a script?

 

RK:

My team is really great, and I most often get scripts and characters that are really fun, weird, quirky, dark, sometimes there is something a little off about them. I most definitely have a pattern for the kinds of roles I play, which I absolutely love. Haha Give me a weirdo any day of the week. Those are the kinds of characters I’m more drawn to. I much prefer playing characters that are really outside myself, and then finding the similarities inside them. So, I don’t necessarily look for specific things in scripts, as I see what comes my way and what fits best into my world.

 

DCP:

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you may be working on for the near future?

 

RK:

So, I’m auditioning at the moment and have a few things in the works, but unfortunately nothing I can talk about at the moment. Hopefully, there is more to reveal soon!

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To The Bone

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