Lauren Watson first came to our attention when fans started bombarding The Daily Quirk email inbox requesting she be added to our poll “Who Should Play Anastasia Steele?” (poll now closed). After doing some research, we realized Ms. Watson is a lot more than just a pretty face (that just so happens to be incredibly similar to EL James’ description of Anastasia Steele), she is also a talented actress and filmmaker, who comes across as incredibly genuine and sweet. We are thrilled to bring you an interview with Lauren Watson, an up and coming actress we are sure you will be seeing a lot more of in the future.
On to the interview!
The Daily Quirk: Lauren, could you please tell the readers a little about yourself?
Lauren Watson: My name is Lauren Watson, I’m just your average everyday girl from Tasmania, Australia. In June 2010 I decided to leave the country and move to Canada to pursue my life-long dream of becoming an actress/filmmaker!
TDQ: What is a normal day in the life of Lauren Watson like?
LW: Oh, it is just CRAAAAAAAAAAZY! No, it usually involves a lot of time online, social networking, meeting, talking and interacting with as many people as I can find or who find me! When I’m not doing that, I’m either writing scripts, preparing for another film that I want to make, catching up with friends and maybe going to the odd audition every once in a while 🙂
TDQ: How do you like to spend your time when you are not working on films?
LW: When I’m not working on films, I have a crazy puppy who takes up a fair amount of my attention! I am into photography so I’ll grab friends every now and again, force them to be my models and we’ll go and have a photo shoot. And of course, I also love going to the movies.
TDQ: When did you realize acting was something you wanted to pursue?
LW: I always knew, but it was kind of frowned upon where I grew up. Acting seemed so far from a reality. When I told people I wanted to be an actress, I would get laughs. So I changed it to “filmmaker” and apparently that was more acceptable. I was 18 when I said “OK. Screw this. I want to be an actress and I’m going for it!”.
TDQ: What has been your favorite role to date?
LW: My favourite role. Hmm. I really enjoyed a little web-series I was in called Confessions of a Part-Time Assassin, written and directed by Frank D. Paul. I played one of the assassins . It was really fun! I think any time I’ve been given the opportunity to play “the bad guy” it’s always been fun. Playing “Sam” in From Beneath was also one of my favourites because I got to take it more in-depth than I normally could in a short film. There was more of her life to explore.
TDQ: Has there been anyone you’ve been excited to work with?
LW: I was so, so, so excited to work with Reese Witherspoon in This Means War. Unfortunately, I only got to see her; not talk to or meet her, but she’s adorable and I was beyond excited to even be in her presence!
TDQ: You play the lead role of Sam in the upcoming film From Beneath (releasing October 2012). Can you tell us a little about the film?
LW: The film is about Jason and Sam, a young couple who go out to the middle of nowhere to visit Sam’s sister and family who have just bought a house. When they get there, the family isn’t home. They think nothing of it. They have a look around the property and find a little pond. It’s hot and they decide to jump in (as you do!). As a result, something from the pond attaches itself to Jason’s leg, goes inside his leg and everything gets all crazy from there!
TDQ: What attracted you to the role?
LW: I always wanted to do at least one horror film. So when I had the opportunity to audition for From Beneath, I said “OK, time to get that horror film ticked off my list!”. Luckily, as it turns out, I actually enjoyed portaying Sam and her emotional rollercoaster ride throughout the film 🙂
TDQ: From Beneath was filmed in just two weeks. Was it challenging working such a tight schedule?
LW: Yes, it was definitely challenging. Mostly late nights into the very early mornings, lots of different weather challenges, lots of emotions running high, it got pretty intense quite a few times on set – but it was an incredible experience.
TDQ: Of course, we have to ask you about the topic on the tip of everyone’s tongues, Fifty Shades of Grey. Have you read the books?
LW: I certainly have! I didn’t know anything about them and my friends said “GO! NOW! Get the books and read them today!” I said “Yes ma’am!”. The rest is history!
TDQ: Fans have been very vocal about their desire for you to play Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptations. Would you be interested in the role?
LW: The fans have been IN-CREDIBLE! I have met so many amazing people through this journey! It’s awesome. I would definitely be interested.
TDQ: If so, what is it about the character that sparks your interest?
LW: I’m drawn to the love story of Ana and Christian. Christian had been through these intense hardships in his life which brought him to the point he’s at when he meets Ana. She has no idea what she is in for. Even after she begins to realise, she still accepts him. They just love each other so much, with incredible intensity and so purely. And who isn’t a sucker for a good love story? 🙂
TDQ: You also write, direct, and produce your own short films (Speak Now 2011 & Daisies 2012). What inspired you to make Speak Now?
LW: I do! I wrote Speak Now because I didn’t have any demo material and I needed some. So I wrote the script, wrote my role and made it happen. Got my demo material from it, it all worked out!
TDQ: How did Daisies come about?
LW: Daisies. Wow. Awesome memories is what that project brings to my mind! I wrote Daisies with one of my very best friends – Erin Docking. It was her short story. She gave me the idea, I adapted it into a screenplay and made it come to life. Daisies has a special place in my heart because it took me a long time to have the courage to get this production together and it paid off big time in the end. The message in the film is about living your dreams and never giving up. It applies to everyone.
TDQ: You were involved with every facet of the creation of your short films. Which part of the process did you enjoy most?
LW: I was. I always love acting. That’s my number 1. But I really loved directing, too. Being able to work with the actors on a different level, watch the story come to life and be able to help bring out the best performances from the actors is amazing. Writing is a great creative outlet for me and producing is only fun once it’s all over and you can sit back and think “Wow. I actually pulled that off.” Haha! They all have their rewards. The whole process of successfully making my own films gives me an incredible sense of accomplishment.
TDQ: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to tell our readers about?
LW: I have quite a few things in the pipeline for 2013. A few comedies, which I’m really excited for. But no details that are ready to be thrown out there just yet, but keep your eyes out because it’s all coming! 🙂
TDQ: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?
LW: I’m a big believer in doing what you really want to do. I want readers to think about what they really, really want to do in life. No matter what it is. If there were no limits, what would you choose to do? Once that answer has been found, just go out there and do it. Make it happen. If I can make my dreams happen, anyone can make their dreams happen!! I want everyone to be inspired to take on the world! And thank you to The Daily Quirk for being so lovely and giving me the opportunity to answer your questions!
We would like to thank Lauren for taking the time to give us an interview! You can learn more about Lauren Watson by visiting her IMDb Page, “Liking” her Official Facebook Fanpage and the page that supports Lauren Watson for the role of Anastasia Steele, or by following her on Twitter.