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Jessica Joerndt | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today we continue the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series with Jessica Joerndt.

The role Jessica played in UNWAVERING was Kristen. When Jessica auditioned she had a warm-hearted personality and we could tell she had some great talent.

Jessica is always improving her skills from acting to signing & dancing and even horseback riding. She takes multiple classes to hone her talent and to expand expertise.

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Here are some of the questions we asked Jessica:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Jessica: My favorite part of filming was being on set and getting to experience acting on my first film, and having fun in between takes!

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Jessica: My favorite role ever played is probably Annie in Mary Poppins the Musical…the dancing was so fun and the whole show was happy and exciting.

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Jessica: Actors that inspire me are Tom Hanks, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep (just a few) for their authenticity and connection with the audience on screen. I also really love Jennifer Lopez for her career as an amazing actress and performer, as well as my older childhood stars like Hilary Duff, Raven Symone, and Demi Lovato for their acting and singing skills.

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Jessica: My favorite movie is almost impossible to pick! I really loved Jennifer Garner in Miracles From Heaven recently, and overall, a couple of my favorites are Schindler’s List, and The Hunger Games Series.

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Jessica: Outside of acting, I love to sing and dance. Singing was actually one of my first loves, and music one of the most important things in my life. I also have always loved horseback riding, and I have been a competitive hunter/jumper rider since I was 10.

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Jessica: I think I grew to become interested in acting as I grew up watching Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, and saw kids my own age on television and films, and I started to wonder what acting was like, so I became involved in theater at my high school, and I’ve never looked back!

MPF: Favorite color?

Jessica: Favorite color is purple!

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Jessica: I really like the character of Sarah, because I feel like she is a very strong, smart girl, and she is a born leader.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Jessica: Get yourself out there as much as you can. Take yearly or bi-yearly trips to NYC or LA to take classes and to be surrounded by kids, teens, and adults who do this every day for a living. Look for classes near you, and take every class on acting technique, improv, theater, and on-camera that you can find, take dance classes and singing to gain new skills that can help you, and audition for everything! Build good connections with casting directors, agents, teachers, and other actors so that you have a good support system. And when you’re not auditioning or taking class, read books on acting! Also, work some jobs to save your money, because you will need it!

Thank you, Jessica, for being a part of this film! The Grand Premiere for UNWAVERING is the Saturday, April 22nd! You can get tickets for it here: UNWAVERING Grand Premiere

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Sarah Hunter | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today we continue the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series with Sarah Hunter.

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The role Sarah played in UNWAVERING was Eva. Eva is one of the girls in captivity. In our first film, Gretchen’s Lock, Sarah played the infamous role of Gretchen and did a wonderful job. We knew we wanted her to be a part of UNWAVERING and she gave life to the role she played.

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Here are the questions we asked Sarah:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Sarah: My favorite part of filming Unwavering was when we had to run out of the building and out to the back from the bad guys to get away as fast and quiet and possible. It was very heart pounding.

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Sarah: My favorite role I ever played in a film was Gretchen in Gretchen’s Lock.

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Sarah: Melissa McCarthy inspires me as an actress.

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Sarah: The Great Gatsby

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Sarah: My hobbies are crafting, reading and acting.

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Sarah: I’ve always wanted to be in movies and TV shows even when I was little. I looked up to Disney characters and always dreamed of staring on Disney Channel. When I entered the 9th grade I discovered the Speech and Debate team and I found my inner actor. It’s one of my most favorable memories. 

MPF: Favorite color?

Sarah: My favorite color is Pink!

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Sarah: My favorite character in the UWAVERING film would have to be Sarah. She really is tested a lot throughout the film and it was amazing to see her act.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Sarah: My advice to anyone interested in acting to follow their dreams. Even if it may seem impossible, it’s not. You’re dreams can always become a reality.

Thank you, Sarah, for being a part of this film! The Grand Premiere for UNWAVERING is less than a month away! You can get tickets for it here: UNWAVERING Grand Premiere

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Emily Geary | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today on the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series we are featuring Emily Geary.

The role Emily played in UNWAVERING was Brittany. Brittany’s character is the stereotypical snobby, stuck up blonde that tries to get Sarah to follow in her questionable behavior. Emily is very sweet and sincere and nothing like this in real life. However, when she auditioned for the role she transformed into quite the vixen. She did a phenomenal job and truly brought her character to life!

Emily is involved with modeling and film projects and has been featured in music videos, fashion shows, independent films, and the hit TV series Outsiders. You learn more about Emily by visiting her website: Model Emily Geary

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Here are the questions we asked Emily:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Emily: I really loved filming the prom scene for Unwavering.  It was a lot of fun spending the day with the glam squad and getting ready with Katie.  It really felt like we were in high school again, getting to go to prom all over!

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Emily: Playing a core background character for two seasons on Outsiders, on WGN America, has been my favorite role to date.  I’ve spent so much time on set with the cast and crew that we’ve really become a little family.

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Emily: Margot Robbie.  I watched an interview once about her audition for The Wolf of Wall Street.  She said she knew she needed to do something to really stand out when she got a call back.  In the heat of the moment she slapped Leonardo DiCaprio in the face.  She said she couldn’t believe she hit him in the face and thought she was going to get arrested.  It takes some serious passion for the business to hit such a huge star in the face.  The fact that she had the guts to do that is simply amazing to me. She was basically an overnight sensation and her work proves why.

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Emily: Pretty Woman.  I’m just obsessed with it, I’ve probably seen the movie a thousand times and I know all the lines.

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Emily: Acting and reading.

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Emily: I started out modeling which led me to be cast as an extra in a few films, I immediately fell in love with being on set.  I just knew it was something I wanted to pursue further.

MPF: Favorite color?

Emily: White! (Pretty sure it hasn’t changed since my last interview for Gretchen’s Lock lol)

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?
Emily: Sarah, just wait for the film and you’ll understand why.  Her strength and faith is admirable.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Emily: Never give up on your dreams and work as hard as you can to achieve them. The process may be tough, but the result is worth it.

Thank you, Emily, for your great performance! To see Emily in UNWAVERING you can get tickets for the Grand Premiere here: UNWAVERING Grand Premiere

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Randy Lee | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today on the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series we are featuring Randy Lee.

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The role Randy played in UNWAVERING was the mayor. Randy was great to have on set. Even during rehearsals he offered a few different approaches to the role to align with the vision we had. He has a very awesome attitude and keeps the positive energy flowing at all times. That energy helped us on the last day of filming to power through to the end.

Randy is super talented and has been involved in some great films and even is a tattoo artist. He has worked closely with John Goodman as a body double and has recently stepped up as a producer on “The Danielle Forbes Show.” You can learn more about the films and projects he’s involved with by going to his website: Randy Lee

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Here are the questions we asked Randy:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Randy: Returning to the area of Ohio where I once lived with my daughter and viewing the history in East Liverpool.

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Randy: Body Double/2nd team for Mr. John Goodman. I gained so much education and wisdom working so closely with John and a star studded cast, let alone Diane Keaton sang happy birthday to me!

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Randy: Michael Keaton, John Malkovich, Johnny Depp

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Randy: This one is hard to nail down… A Clockwork Orange, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beetlejuice are a good top three..lol

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Randy: Tattooing, music, gaming

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Randy: When I was compared to “Elliot” on E.T. and said, I wanna do that..and it’s been in my blood since!

MPF: Favorite color?

Randy: Deep purple (amethyst)

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?
Randy: Have to go with the mayor, only because I don’t know the entire script and character pool! :)

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Randy: Positive perseverance…never give up and don’t let them tell you no. It’s ok to be you, it’s ok to be out of the box..stick to it, train and go for it!

Thank you, Randy, for your terrific performance! To see Randy in UNWAVERING you can get tickets for the Grand Premiere here: UNWAVERING Grand Premiere

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Brianna Burke | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today on the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series we are featuring Brianna Burke.

The role Brianna played in UNWAVERING was Emily. Emily’s character is spunky and a bit fearless. When Brianna auditioned I could definitely feel her energy and her incredible talent emanated through her performance. While filming she kept the energy level up and brought her own life to the character.

Soon to be graduating high school, Brianna has had quite the filming career thus far. She started performing at the age of 6 and has been involved with over 34 productions, 8 dance teams, and has danced at Disney twice. To see the films she’s been involved with you can visit her IMDB page

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Here are the questions we asked Brianna:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Brianna: My favorite part of filming Unwavering was all the amazing and talented people I got the chance to meet. Being one of the youngest actors in the film for the certain scenes I was in (16 at the time), was certainly nerve racking. Everyone on set felt like family, considering we were together from sunrise to sundown some days. We all share tight bonds that continue today. Everyone was so driven and hardworking. It was truly an amazing group.

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Brianna: One of my most inspirational actors I look up to is Ellen DeGeneres. She is so talented and has such a natural knack for acting. You can clearly tell how much she enjoys her job and how much happiness it brings her, which is the most important aspect for me. She is also very unique and lets that shine through her work which I have all kinds of respect for.

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Brianna: I have many hobbies, as many as any 17 year old girl would have. I have been performing since I could remember on stage. I have done many many musicals, straight plays, and dance team. I have even performed in Disney World twice. Aside from acting, singing, and dancing, I love to cheer. I joined High School Varsity cheer in 2014 and fell in love with it ever since. Being under the Friday night lights with my best friends was such a great experience. I also enjoy being active and fashion blogging. My best friend and I started a fashion blog together in 2016 and it’s something we both put all our heart in. As any senior in high school, I am always with my friends and at basketball and football games! It’s something I will miss come graduation!

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Brianna: I started acting when I was 6, and sure I could make up some story about how I remember exactly why I wanted to act when I first started, but obviously I do not remember.  As I got older however, I realized why I began acting. I love getting to portray another person. It’s truly a cool thing to do. You totally escape reality and get to entertain the world with a role which may just touch their heart. 

MPF: Favorite color?

Brianna: As cliche as it is, I am a girly girl and PINK is my favorite! No shame!

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?
Brianna: My favorite character in this film was definitely the pastor. He was so convincing and put his heart and soul into it and it made me so happy!

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Brianna: My advice to any aspiring actors, never ever stop doing what you love. If you are like me, then you look at all these other occupations in the world, trying to figure out which one will make you happiest, and acting is always at the top of the list. Doing what you love everyday means you will never have to work a day in your life. Acting jobs come in waves, and once that wave hits I promise all kinds of opportunities will come. Stay patient. Stay kind. Stay driven. Pray. Live life. And always be the best you can be!

Thank you, Brianna, for your energetic performance! To see her in UNWAVERING you can get tickets for the Grand Premiere here: UNWAVERING Grand Premiere

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Randy Campbell | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today on the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series we are featuring the great Randy Campbell.

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The role Randy played in UNWAVERING was the Preacher. Randy has a unique look and showed up to the audition with a suit and hat just like the headshot above. I didn’t have any specific type of preacher I was looking forward so I kept the role fairly open. As Randy began auditioning I pictured him preaching at a Southern Baptist church somewhere out in the country of Georgia. I loved that feel! Especially since we were going to film the baptism scene out in the country by a lake in Columbiana, Ohio.

Randy has had much involvement with local films and WGN America’s Outsiders. His charisma goes beyond the screen as he arrives mostly 1-2 hours early before every event to connect with the cast and crew members, and he is usually sitting outside of his car playing the guitar to pass the time before anyone else arrives.

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Here are the questions we asked Randy:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Randy: My favorite part of filming was how EVERYONE worked together to (make/let) each individual expand themselves to their fruition. In front as well as behind camera. It didn’t hurt my ego either that a very pretty young lady trusted me not to slip & drown her. Thanks Katie!

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Randy: All actors inspire me even if they don’t have the skill to act. The love of doing & breaking beyond fear; inspiring yes.

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Randy: Favorite Movie! Hard to say, I love so many. The Hobbit animated & live action ones & Darby O’Gill & the Little People. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Stargate, Original Star Wars, E.T., Wizard of Oz original & new and so on!

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Randy: Playing guitar, writing various things, painting, T-shirt designs, anything creative actually, exploring nature & weird places, creating with my hands, expanding my talents, Construction Mechanics, auto repair & restore, and doodling.

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Randy: Acting is in my blood from playing house as a child with the girls, or super heroes or ARMY with the guys (& girls) to kn-itching out my place in the world and adjusting to new situations as a teen to maturity. Even as a father & husband.

MPF: Favorite color?

Randy: Favorite color has always been green. Must just be muh Irish a manifesting.

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Randy: …PREACHER. Just loved being allowed to give him character. Gran’dad was a Preacher in the day. Never saw him preach as but spent many a day at his side after giving it up. The Preacher came out from time to time.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Randy: Learn about everything. All is fodder for the stage. Read tech manuals, medical journals, and law books out loud. Learn to speak the jargon well even if you have no idea what it means. The better you can articulate the easier it is to land great roles. It’s easy to talk bumpkin but speaking as the educated can’t be faked. Above all else follow whats in your heart; it’s okay to be small in what you do. Sometimes it’s the small things that touch the greatest audience. There is a star placed in all of us, don’t let others dim your shine! JUST SHINE BABY SHINE! 

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Emily Rusu | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today we continue with the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series with Emily Rusu.

EmilyHeadshotThe role Emily played in UNWAVERING was Tara, another girl that was in captivity. Emily brought forth her own personality to the character and changed the dynamic between the girls which was great. Emily’s passion and willingness to do anything to help out the production made her a great asset to UNWAVERING.

Emily and her husband, Bill, who helped on UNWAVERING as a grip, film incredible wedding videos and own Jet Wedding Videography, and Emily is part owner of Jet Creative which is a marketing and design company based in Youngstown, Ohio.

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MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Emily: My favorite scene to shoot was the last scene. It was shot very late at night on the forth day of shooting, so we were all a little silly from being sleep deprived! I don’t want to give too much away about the last scene though 😉

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Emily: I was a TV personality for a couple of years on a local children’s show, Homework Express. I got to act silly multiple times a week. My segment was “Word of the Day”, which is exactly what it sounds. I’d take a weird word from the dictionary and define it, doing more than just read the definition. However, my role in Unwavering was the longest and most intense role I’ve had, so that’s up there!

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Emily: I have a lot of favorite actors, it’s hard to say which specifically inspire me the most. A lot of good actors are so good, that I don’t think about the fact that they’re acting!

However, when shooting Unwavering I was impressed by Katie C’etta, who played Sarah. I got to see how she worked behind the scenes and how her acting methods came off on camera. Her commitment to her role was incredibly inspiring!

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Emily: Can I say ALL the Marvel movies?

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Emily: I love to write, do video production, read, play video games, and eat pizza (is that a hobby?).

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Emily: In middle school I discovered my love of musicals and Broadway. So, I got involved in the theater department and was in a performance all four years of high school. Then, I went to school for video production. While I love working behind the camera, I took opportunities to get in front of it as well.

MPF: Favorite color?

Emily: Hmm… Purple? No, blue. No, wait… ??

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Emily: While Sarah is the obvious choice, I always appreciate a well written villain. I’m going to say the villain that was played by Nicholas Baronzzi (not that I LIKE him, but he’s an interesting character). You start out thinking one thing about him, and then he twists your emotions around and make you feel so many things towards him and the situation.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Emily: Get involved and make connections. You can’t be scared to talk to new people or put yourself out there. Not even just for acting, but anything you want to be involved in.

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Emily Kelly | Actor Highlight | MEET THE CAST | UNWAVERING

Today on the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series we are featuring the fabulous Emily Kelly.

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The role Emily played in UNWAVERING was Nicole. Nicole’s character was caring and easily influenced. From working with Emily in Gretchen’s Lock I knew should would be an incredible asset to have on the cast and she did a wonderful job!

Emily has been involved with many projects in the area and has a strong background in theater. She also has been working with fellow cast member, Jason Klingensmith, on Rivals.

To see her work and recent projects you can visit her Facebook page or IMDB page.

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Here are the questions we asked Emily:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Emily: My favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING was getting to work with such a talented group of actors. It was cool to get to share scenes with some old friends, but it was equally exciting to get to work with so much new talent, too. There’s such a wonderful network of actors in Northeast Ohio, and it’s always fun to see who you’ll meet and what new contacts you’ll make.

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Emily: It’s hard to choose a favorite role that I’ve ever played-Between the stage and the screen, I’ve been fortunate enough to build a pretty diverse resume of characters. I definitely had a good time diving into the role of mercenary space werewolf, FANG, in Renee Ebert’s WEREWOLVES FROM OUTER SPACE. I also had a great time playing the perpetually cranky, Jenn, in Menning Photographic Films’ GRETCHEN’S LOCK.

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Emily: I guess I’m most inspired by classically trained actors. I absolutely adore Benedict Cumberbatch. His performances are always so incredibly calculated and intelligent. He’s simply brilliant. I love Tom Hiddleston. His performances are always so effortless and smooth. On the flip-side of that, though, I love Tom Hardy, for a completely different reason. His characters are always so mesmerizing because he’s so utterly fearless. He’s manic and bold, making character choices that are always innovative and surprising.

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Emily: My favorite movie of all time is “The Breakfast Club.” I think we’ve all had that moment in life where find ourselves thrust into an unlikely circumstance, with people we never imagined standing alongside. I’ve always wanted to adapt it for the stage, but it could never be the same. Besides, I’m WAY too old now to play Claire.

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Emily: When I’m not working during the week or shooting on the weekends, I have a few other things you’ll find me doing. Most days, you can find me at the gym, because I love to challenge myself to be better and stronger. You may find me behind a computer screen, because I’ve been trying to write more. My brain is full of screenplays, it’s just a matter of getting them all out! My favorite thing that you’ll catch me doing, though, is cosplaying with my daughter, Sidney. From DC and Marvel Comics to Star Wars, we love to hit the Comic Con circuit in homemade costumes. I think my favorite, so far, is our recent Deadpool and Cable cosplay at Pittsburgh’s Wizard World Comic Con.

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Emily: I think the thing that made me the most interested in acting was the feeling of “home” that I got, from the very first time that I stepped on-stage. I was always a busy kid. I was in the band, the choir, cheerleading, church, academic team-You name it. Although I enjoyed all those things, I never felt the sense of truly belonging the way that I did when I was acting. I loved the rush of having all eyes on me. I loved the idea of being someone else for a time. For a kid who secretly wrestled with the social anxiety of fitting in, it was a time when all my worries disappeared.

MPF: Favorite color?

Emily: My favorite color has always been pink. It can be soft and feminine. It can be loud and brash. It’s the perfect color for a girl who loves to slip in and out of different characters. My first car was even magenta. 

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Emily: Without giving away too much, I would have to say that my favorite character in UNWAVERING is the collective unit that the girls in captivity become. You never know how you would handle yourself in a situation like they find themselves in, but you pray that you would handle it courageously and with conviction.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Emily: As I mentioned earlier, there’s an incredibly special network of actors in Northeast Ohio. The most important thing that I can tell actors, particularly ones around here, is that that network can lift you up or it can bury you. You never know who you’re working with, nor do you know who may see what you’re working on. Always approach every job with professionalism. Always be prompt and prepared. No matter how small the project, it could open the door to something much bigger!

Emily’s daughter Sidney even made a small appearance in UNWAVERING.

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Jason Klingensmith | Actor Highlight | MEET THE CAST | UNWAVERING

We continue our UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series today with Jason Klingensmith.

The role Jason played in UNWAVERING is Man in Doorway. As the name of the character states, he is the barrier and enforcer of the terrorists; no need for an actual name. As soon as Jason stepped into the auditions his size alone was an intimidating factor.  Standing at 6’2″ and a solid, muscular build, he definitely had the look. He delivered his lines and I immediately knew he was the person for this role.

During filming, we were mostly in a warehouse with no AC and the temperatures outside were around 95 degrees. With the gear the terrorists were wearing sweat poured out of their sleeves when they would lower their guns. These guys were troopers!

Jason’s performance was incredible and he transformed into this sly, intimidating tyrant that kept everyone on their toes.

Jason also enjoys screenwriting and has a webseries called “Rivals.” You can watch the hilarious episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOOJ2T4I3f9YqjSya2mkz_w and check out his IMDB page

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Here are the questions we asked Jason:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Jason: It certainly wasn’t the wardrobe in the warehouse, but I think I lost a few pounds that week.  There were so many wonderful, talented people that it was a pleasure to be on set with.  We had a lot of fun behind the scenes, between takes, talking about our favorite movies, our goals and ambitions, etc.  I’ve been on a handful of indie sets, and this was by far the most professional, efficient, and well organized set I’ve had the pleasure of working on.  I also gained several new friends.  Kind of hard to top that.

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Jason: I don’t have one particular favorite role. I try to learn something from every role I play and improve myself as an actor.  I did enjoy playing Man in Doorway, though, and it was nice to be able to lock into the character and film it in succession in a relatively short amount of time.  I’ve had roles in the past where I’ve played one character, but it’s been stretched over the course of a summer, filming every couple of weekends, and it can be difficult to get back to that character to you were on set 3 weeks ago.  Especially if you’ve done any work in between.

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Jason: There may not be a better, more inspiring, piece of inspiration than the Jim Carrey speech from the MUM Commencement Address in 2014. There are a lot of actors that inspire me, and that I admire a great deal. Some of my favorites are Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, and Terrence Howard.

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Jason: A couple all time favorites are Monster Squad, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, and the original Halloween, as I tend to watch more comedy and horror than anything. But my all time favorite film is probably Forrest Gump.

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Jason: I love to play sports, any sport really, baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, softball, tennis, etc. and I’ve gotten into mud runs in recent years, which are a lot of fun.  I also enjoy watching movies and playing video games. And I love screenwriting.  I’ve completed three features, one short, and several episodes of a web series, and have several more in the works.

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Jason: I always wanted to act, but really had no idea of how to go about it, especially living in Ohio, and I was too shy to try drama in high school.  Fast forward to adulthood and I’m getting laid off from a job as Treasurer of a steel mill where I’ve been for almost 6 years.  That layoff led me to go to the open call for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  I ended up getting cast as a background SHIELD Agent, and a fire was lit.  I truly caught the bug.  I started doing more extra work, started working on student films, and eventually started booking indie films.  I have a long ways to go to get where I want to be, but I have truly fallen in love with acting and filmmaking, and really found my passion in life in the process. 

MPF: Favorite color?

Jason: A tie between blue and green, with purple a close third.

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Jason: I think any of the girls in captivity.  It’s easy to root for them.  In the face of adversity, they could have just laid down and given up, but they chose to dig deep, find the courage within themselves, and fight their way out.

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Jason: Perhaps the best acting advice I ever got, I didn’t even realize until a couple years after I got it.  A director of one the first films I worked on, Cleanland, told me “don’t act… be”.  It hit me a year or so down the road, when I realized what exactly he meant.  If your character is angry in the scene, don’t act angry, be angry, if you character is sad in the scene, don’t act sad, be sad.  Use whatever you have within yourself to bring those emotions to the surface.  I would also say, if you want to be an actor, practice every chance you get.  Act out scenes from your favorite movies, take drama class, audition for student films, don’t be afraid to do extra roles in major productions just to see what it feels like to be on a big set, and really just never give up.  There is a lot of rejection in the process of acting and trying to become an actor, but treat every job, every audition, as an experience from which to learn something.   

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Cora Metzfield | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today we on the UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series we are featuring Cora Metzfield.

Cora played the role of Toddler Sarah in UNWAVERING. Cora sent in a video audition since she lives in Virginia and we were blown away! We knew we had to have her be a part of the film. Cora is such a sweet girl and perfectly delivered her lines and her performance was outstanding!

Cora has already been involved with many projects and finished up with “Imperium” featuring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe before the filming of UNWAVERING. You can find more about Cora and the projects she’s been involved with by visiting her IMDB page.

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Here are the questions we asked Cora:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for UNWAVERING?

Cora: Getting to meet all these amazing people like Josh, Danielle and my on camera “dad”.  I really thought my stunt was fun when I got to fall off the swing.

MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played?

Cora: ‘Madeline’ in “Imperium” because I got to act with Daniel Radcliffe.  And I’m a huge Harry Potter fan!

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Cora: Madeline Stowe

MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Cora: Last of the Mohicans

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Cora: Ballet, piano, singing and taekwondo

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Cora: I was always very dramatic (my mom says), so naturally she put me in local acting classes.

MPF: Favorite color?

Cora: Black and blue

MPF: Who is your favorite character in the UNWAVERING film?

Cora: The older version of me!

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Cora: Have fun and work hard towards your goals.

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