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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Katie C’etta | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | UNWAVERING

Today we begin our UNWAVERING Actor Highlight series with the amazing Katie C’etta.

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The role Katie played in UNWAVERING was Sarah. Sarah is the lead character in UNWAVERING and Katie nailed everything about the role! Sarah’s character is modest and strong willed when it comes to her beliefs.  When Katie auditioned, she embodied the persona and took the character to another level that I would have never dreamed of.  While filming UNWAVERING, Katie worked extremely hard to stay in character and was flawless with her performance.

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Here’s the link to Katie’s site that showcases her many talents and blog posts: http://www.katiecetta.com/

These are the questions we asked Katie:

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

Katie: My favorite day on Unwavering was the day we shot all the prom scenes. It was so special being able to dress up like we were attending the prom! My character had a very unique prom experience and it was so fun being able to make that come to life! 

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

Katie: My favorite character that I’ve ever played is definitely Sarah. She’s the character I’ve spent the most time with and the character that I connected to most easily. She seems to be a very mild mannered and shy person but her determination to stay true to herself when it comes to her beliefs is something that she and I have in common. With Sarah I let my guard down and really aimed to feel everything she was feeling and stay true to that. It was an exciting and fulfilling experience that taught me so much about myself through this character. 

MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?

Katie: Some of my favorite actresses that I look up to and am inspired by most are Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and of course the Queen 👸Meryl Streep for their unique and mind blowing talent.  

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

Katie: The Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Ring is my favorite movie of all time. The trilogy is actually what got me into filmmaking. When I was 9 years old I spent all of my free time researching how these films were made down to the very last details. My first monologue ever performed was Cate Blanchette’s opening monologue which I proudly performed to my bright eyed and bushy tailed fellow acting camp attendees when I was 10 years old. 😂 It was special. 

MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?

Katie: I really love traveling. I’m the type of person who gets anxious if I stay in one place for too long. I believe it was Cate Blanchette who advised to travel often so that you have lots of experiences to feed back into your work. I’ve also recently taken up photography! I typically photograph my friends, family and of course my beautiful dog. I also design jewelry made out of chain, leather and vintage nails. 

MPF: What made you interested in acting?

Katie: I first became interested in acting after seeing the LOTR films as I explained above. Something about being able to create a world entirely different than reality and make it come to life was extremely appealing to me. Over the years that fascination shifted from fantasy to recreating more realistic stories. This craft allows me to think and feel like human beings other than myself and give life to characters that otherwise would only exist on a page. It’s really a very special privilege. 

MPF: Favorite color?

Katie: My favorite color is gray, like the sky before a thunderstorm.

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

Katie: Is it narcissistic to say Sarah? I think she’s a very special character in the film but if I had to pick a second I would choose Aaron for being such a dreamboat and always saying and doing the right thing for Sarah when she needs it. Not to mention he’s the type of guy to take risks and help those who can’t help themselves. 

MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?

Katie: I think the best advice that I could give an aspiring actor is to believe in yourself, keep your confidence and most importantly do the work. Break a leg!

Thank you again, Katie, for the incredible performance! For information about the Grand Premiere of UNWAVERING be sure to sign up for the newsletter here: www.menningphotographicfilms.com/newsletter

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Emily Geary | Actor Highlight | Meet the Cast | Gretchen’s Lock

Next up on our Actor Highlight series is Emily Geary. Emily is basically a supermodel and got into acting through modeling.

To add to the legend of Gretchen and Gretchen’s Lock another story has been told about a bride who was left at the alter that is within a 15 minute walking distance from Gretchen’s Lock. There are many versions of the Esther Hale story so I decided to incorporate some of those ideas and create my own rendition. I wanted Esther’s character to be a distraught, lonely, and heartbroken bride that evolved into a sinister being.

Due to scheduling conflicts Emily was unable to make the auditions so she submitted a video audition. I literally got goosebumps as I watched her audition for the first as I saw her transform from a sad, frail, brokenhearted girl to this vindictive, vengeful woman. I felt like I had to look over my shoulder to make sure there wasn’t anything there creeping behind me.

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Emily has been a featured extra in The Last Witch Hunter, Banshee, and The Outsiders. She is the lead actress in a new country music video called “Countrified” by The Stickers that you can check out here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/the-stickers/1271010/countrified.jhtml. She has also modeled for Pittsburgh Fashion Week, Tampa Swim Week, as well as many other fashion shows throughout the country.

Emily has done promotional work for GNC, Nemacolin, and has been featured in many magazines including Fahrenheit, Glady’s, and was on the cover for The Wig Company. She is also the host for StickersTV.

You can learn more about Emily here: http://modelemilygeary.wix.com/emilygeary

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Here are the questions we asked Emily:

MPF: What was your favorite part of filming for Gretchen’s Lock?
Emily: Of course the actual filming and getting to work with such an awesome cast and crew was amazing and was such a great time.  But my favorite part was actually getting to film at the real site of the legend. Often in films, the location is just a set made to look like the real place, but in our case, we got to film on the actual grounds of where the legend took place! This made the acting so much more real because, for me, there was an added eerie feeling!
MPF: Did you know anything about the local legends of Gretchen’s Lock before auditioning?
Emily: Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, I’ve heard about “Gretchen’s Lock” many times.  A lot of my friends made it up to the lock a few times but I never got the chance to go until we filmed so I was really excited about that!  The actual legend of my character, Esther Hale, was new to me when I heard about the role. Getting to research Esther and learn more about her story before filming was very interesting and made the whole legend even better for me!
MPF: Do you believe in ghosts?
Emily: I’m very much a believer in ghosts! Growing up I was always interested in ghost hunting and Ouija boards. I’d love to have an actual encounter.
MPF: What’s your favorite role you’ve ever played? (Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be your role in Gretchen’s Lock). 🙂
Emily: Acting is very new to me, I’ve been modeling for a while now and that’s where my focus is. In the future I would love to get more involved in acting, as of now playing Esther was one of the only major roles I’ve done and I loved it! I’ve done background work and I’m core background for the WGN Americas series Outsiders which is so much fun, I spent the majority of my time last summer with the cast and crew and got to be a part of so much of the show, it really made me realize how much I enjoy being on set and want to pursue acting!
MPF: Which actor(s) inspire you?
Emily: Margot Robbie is my favorite actress, she is an inspiration to me in many ways.  She is a beautiful and talented actress.  I’m also very inspired by Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, they’re both very talented women, along with so many others!
MPF: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Emily: I’ve always been very interested with the Holocaust. It’s one of the saddest things in history and so hard to believe that such horrible things existed. I’ve taken classes, read many books, have been to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC., and have even had the opportunity to visit the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.  With this being said, one of my all time favorite movies is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It’s a must see movie!
MPF: What are a couple of your hobbies?
Emily: As I mentioned before, I’m a model, so this is what I spend the majority of my time doing. I guess this is considered my career, but when you love your job so much you can still consider it a hobby, right? With this, I get to travel to different places all the time and I just love traveling and meeting new people and seeing new places! Recently moving to Florida from Pittsburgh, PA to pursue my career I left pretty much everyone and everything I know, getting time to visit home and spend time with friends and family is a real treat to me as well!
MPF: What made you interested in acting?
Emily: Unlike a lot of actors, I had different interests growing up and I didn’t participate in school plays or acting lessons.  It wasn’t until after graduating I realized this was something I was very interested in. Modeling lead me to acting when different films called for models, once being on set and getting to watch the actors do what they do best, I knew immediately I wanted to get more into acting.
MPF: Favorite color?
Emily: This is kind of weird, but I love white and nude/neutral colors.  I just think these colors, especially together, look so classy and then they can always be spruced up with a touch of color or just a touch of gold or silver, I love it.
MPF: Who is your favorite character in the Gretchen’s Lock film?
Emily: All of the characters were really great! Gretchen’s character was awesome. Sarah Hunter just fit the character so perfectly and she was so interesting to watch. Watching her transform from her naturally beautiful self into this scary, dead girl was just great. We had so much fun getting our makeup and hair done and turning into our characters!
MPF: Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?
Emily: Always go after your dreams! People often think what I’m doing is silly and try convincing me to go in a different direction, but I’m so happy with my choices and lucky to have the people who do support me! Don’t ever let anyone persuade you to do something you’re uncomfortable with and stay true to yourself.  You’ll meet so many wonderful people along the way and you’ll find yourself in many ways!

Thank you, Emily, for your terrific performance in the film! We’re so glad that you were a part of the production and you did a fantastic job!

For more information about the Gretchen’s Lock film & for tickets to the ONLY local showings in Columbiana, go HERE. We’re thrilled to bring you a locally made independent film production featuring local legends and made in Beaver Creek State Park! Thank you for your support in our endeavors & we hope to see you at the Grand Premiere of Gretchen’s Lock on April 23. It’ll be a haunting experience!

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