Sunday, September 6, 2015

Masked Cast Interview: Alexandra Rovirosa

Alexandra Rovirosa plays Margot James in Masked.   Margot's character is based on Marguerite Blakeney in the original story.

From her bio on our website--
Alexandra has been an obsessed fan of The Scarlet Pimpernel since she first saw the 1982 version of the film when she was sixteen. Ten years later, she has read all the books, seen most of the film adaptations, and has all the songs from the musical memorized. She is thrilled to be a part of this project and have the opportunity to play a modern version of one of her favorite literary heroines! Like Margot, she is an aspiring actress, her most recent role being Mary Bailey in Blue Springs City Theatre's production of It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical
In her spare time, she enjoys music, lots of chocolate, spending time with friends, and discussing and quoting her favorite movies and shows ad nauseum. Her idea of a perfect world is one where she is a natural redhead instead of just one out of a bottle, where she can give and get free hugs 24/7, and where everything in the world is covered in pink glitter. The first she can't help, the second one is hard to do without coming across as crazy at best and creepy at worst, but she's working on the third one!  You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Ally and I met through blogging back in November of 2011 and it was she who introduced me to The Scarlet Pimpernel... well, the movie, anyway.  And the fandom. ;)  We've been working together on this project since last January, and it's definitely had some twists and turns (morphing into a toooootally different show from the one we started out with) but it's been a truly interesting adventure and I'm so thrilled she's playing the main character.  Ally understands Margot better than anyone else could (since she was instrumental in helping to develop her!) and I've been thrilled over and over again by seeing how well she interprets the character on screen.  To be honest, neither of us thought we'd make it this far (life's gotten in the way... um... many times), but it's amazing to see how much the project has grown and developed since its early days, and it's truly surreal to be here today counting down the hours to the premiere.  We made it!

So, without further ado...

How’d you get interested in acting?

I've wanted to act as long as I can remember. My earliest memory of it was in Sunday School at age 3, when we were going around telling what we wanted to be when we grew up. I announced that I wanted to be "a Hollywood star". My first opportunity came at age 9 in a church Christmas play, Peanut Butter Christmas, which at the time I believed would be my big break to Broadway. Little did I think it would be sixteen years before my next another Christmas show, this time in community theatre. :)

What was your favorite part about brainstorming this series?

Seeing the characters develop from ideas to real people, and figuring out how a atory from 18th century England and France could translate to modern day America.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?

I think the scene with Tim (Daniel Olsen) and John (Jason Daniels) was a really fun scene, for SPOILER REASONS (seriously, Amy, way to go for tough questions to have to answer vaguely ;)).

What was the hardest scene to shoot?

Without a doubt, a scene with Becca Stabno, who plays Marcia St. Cyr. She was fantastic, but the scene was incredibly difficult. Hard to explain without spoiling, haha.

What do you like best about Margot's character? What do you find the most interesting?

Her intense love for her sister, sometimes a bit overprotective at times but always in the right place. I identify with it a lot. She's a very strong character despite the crap she's been through.

What’s been the biggest challenge for you with this role?

It's an emotional rollercoaster, which I'm not used to dealing with in a film setting. My true love is theatre, where you have the opportunity to go on that ride with the character and allow the emotions to flow naturally during the duration of the story. Film is like strapping you in at the top of the plunge and stopping upside down, then starting again in a totally different part of the ride.

How’d you find out about The Scarlet Pimpernel? Have you read any of the books or seen the films prior to this project? (:P)

Um. Hehe. Anyone who knows me well or remembers me from back when I had a blogging life knows my intense obsession with The Scarlet Pimpernel. It's one of my favorite books, films, musicals...yep. Recap for those who were not around in the days of my blogging life, I saw the 1982 film version starring Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour when I was sixteen (the best version, of course), and watched it twelve times in the next week. I went on to read all the books in the series (yes, there is a series, and yes, they're awesome, and yes, El Dorado is my favorite), bought the musical soundtrack and watched bootlegs on YouTube (conclusion: incredible music, crappy script) and became an expert in the field of Scarlet Pimpernel trivia (I think I can modestly say that considering the amount of trivia I shoveled into my brain). When Amy came to me with the idea of translating it to modern day, I jumped at the chance. I had no idea where life would take both of us in the next two years or what a challenge this project would be, but I'm excited to see how it all plays out now!

Alexandra as Mary Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life

If you could play any role in any movie, play, TV show, etc., ever, who would it be?

Fantine in Les Miserables. Dream role!!! It's such a great, meaty role, and of course I Dreamed a Dream is icing on the cake! Christine from Phantom of the Opera, Glinda from Wicked, and Maria in West Side Story are all close runner-ups. I've auditioned twice for Fantine and Maria so...third time's the charm, right? ;)

What do you hope people will take away from your performance in the show?

Ultimately, that I love this project and I love, Margot. :) The predominate theme in Masked is the bond between two sisters, and it's something I'm passionate about. Getting to work with my own sister was a lot of fun, and brought us a lot closer together (plus she was freaking's where she shines!). The story of the Scarlet Pimpernel comes down to the sacrifices we're willing to make for the people and causes we love, and I hope that shows in our story.


Miss Evelyn said...

Lovely interview!! I'm SO excited for the premiere!! =D

jessica prescott said...

This is gonna be sooooooooo cool--I wish I wasn't in the middle of my college semester so I could watch it tomorrow when it comes out. As it is, I'll have to wait till next weekend. Because of Homework. *sob*

Ally, I hope you do get to play Fantine someday, and Maria as well--you'd be awesome :-)

Hayden said...

yay! Ally was the first fellow "leaguette" I ever came in contact with, and I remember being so excited that someone loved TSP as much as I did, haha :)

And now it's great seeing the love of the Scarlet Pimpernel being introduced in a variety of ways :)

Naomi Bennet said...

Margot looks like an absolutely amazing character! I can relate to being a bit 'overprotective', so I think I'll identifies with her a lot too. :-)
And I'm so happy that Masked has a lovely sister-sister relationship! I LOVE those. :-)


WE'RE SO EXCITED. :-D (Yes, I speak for all.)

~ Naomi

PS Amy, I just saw today that back in July you tweeted about my Pride and Prjamas's post! Thank you so much for that! First time I've ever been mentioned on Twitter (I'm not in it meself), so I found it rather sensational. :-P Thank you!