September 4th, 2008 22:33 EST
Speaking with Mia Caporale of Blood Moon
Hello Mia, tell us what your inspiration was for you to become an actress?
There were a lot of things that lead to me to my decision to become an actress. I`ve actually known since I was 4 years old that acting was something I wanted to do for an occupation. I feel that my main inspiration probably comes from my folks when they started me out in the modeling industry and love for films.
I remember when I was growing up, how we would all get together once a week and watch movies like Dr.Strangelove, Roman Holliday, Singing in the Rain, and others.
My mother is a language arts teacher and introduced me to Shakespeare when I was in the eighth grade. This caused me to create a great love for Shakespeare-- especially after reading A Midsummer`s Night`s Dream. But mostly, my father is a multi-hyphenated filmmaker. At the age of 14 years old, I interned at my Father`s company. I worked as a grip, an editor, craft services and wardrobe. I did a lot of traveling and had the opportunity to be on some sets for motion pictures in LA and NY, which was a great experience for me.
It wasn`t until recently after working odd jobs and trying to support myself with no main career in mind; I finally had made the decision to become a working actress.
Tell me about your role as Annie in Blood Moon?
Annie is a woman that came from a fairly privileged background, who has made a few mistakes while she was still living on earth. She`s shipped off to Ganymede for an arranged marriage in her first trimester of pregnancy after her involvement in a political scandal. While she`s there, she finds out the remote plantations of Ganymede are not the friendly plantations she once knew on earth and she has to defend her life and the life of her unborn baby.
What did you find to be challenging in this role?
The part I found most challenging was the physicality of the character. We had to shoot running scenes barelegged in a corn field. I`d have to scale walls, jump from tall heights, swing from chains. I had so many cuts, splinters and bruises after the shoot was completed.(I think that you even see a few of my real bruises at the end of the movie..) But in the long run, it was worth it, and it was a great learning experience.
The other challenging scene was a rape scene that I did with someone I met less than 24 hours earlier. If you ask Jason, he`ll tell you that I asked him to not talk to me until after that scene was over. I felt that if I befriended him I may break character and start goofing with him.
What other film projects have you had a role in?
I`ve had a bit part or a one liner here and there in independent films. Some of which I helped organize, but Blood Moon is probably the only thing so far worth mentioning. I`ve done a lot of commercials (Huffy bike, Cincinnati Bell, IGA, Allied Bank of Ireland), a student film (Damaged Goods by Mark Mckinley, Cinci State), and a music video (McDonaldz by Electric Six). I may have done a few more films if I wasn`t so picky. I do have a few films that I`m discussing right now, but nothing is concrete as of yet.
Where did you grow up and attend school?
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended the same private school from Montessori up through my junior year of high school. I had switched to an experimental High school my senior year because they offered me a number of things that my former school, Summit Country Day, did not offer. For one, I had a grant to attend The Schilling School, but the selling point for me was some of the course offerings- Oil painting, Drama, Dance, Aikido and a few others. It`s sad to me that I did not graduate with my peers, whom I`ve known since I was 3 years old, but I discovered at Schilling that I am one hell of a painter and awesome at Salsa dancing.
After high school, I attended University of Cincinnati`s DAAP program, but by the end of my time there I was taking more classes in their conservatory for dance and acting than I was taking in DAAP.
What are some of your favorite types of films?
I Love old movies. I have a shelf of old movies. Joan Crawford, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hephburn, Audrey Hephburn, Cary Grant, Irene Dunn, Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Betty Davis. There`s a certain type of silly, almost subtle comedy you get while watching old films that are not apparent in modern films. Also a romanticism that exists-- it almost takes me back to a time and place I`ll never live or witness anywhere else but in these films. I admit that I have a love affair with old films. Regarding modern films, however, I buy a lot of comedies because you can watch them a lot and find a new joke every time. But really, I love to watch biographical dramas or drama in general. Dramas get me into the theatre long before a comedy will. I watch them for the performances. If an actor can move me, then they`ve done thier job right.
I should also mention I am geek for Musicals. I have the songs on my IPO and sing on my way to work. It`s a silly habit, but a fun one. I would love to do a musical someday.
Would you happen to have a web site where my readers will be able to find out more about you and your craft?
Yes, I have a Myspace page: www.myspace.com/miacaporale
You can see Mia in the new film Blood Moon which will be shown at the 2nd annual B-Movie Celebration September 26-28 2008 http://www.bmoviecelebration.com/index.html
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