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Having been in the entertainment business since she was 10
years old, Andrea Evans is no stranger to the highs and lows of Hollywood, but
the events of recent years involving the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby
and the ever growing #MeToo movement have now seen her add another bow to her
already impressive resume, as a producer of the new documentary Rocking The Couch. The documentary
features interviews with many victims of Hollywood sexual assault, as well as
several individuals who were involved in the Wallace Kaye case of 1992 and takes
a long hard look at the cases both past and present and the valuable lessons
that, for the most part, still haven’t been learnt. With the documentary proving
to be a huge success, ThisIsTheLatest
spoke to Andrea about why she got involved, whether she might one day move into
directing and where and when fans can see her on screen next.
TITL: Rocking The Couch is largely fuelled
firstly by the case, led by twelve women who were brave enough to speak out,
brought against Wallace Kaye in 1992. For anyone who is unaware of the story,
could you sum it up for me and explain ultimately how it’s impacted this
Andrea Evans: A lot of documentaries tend to follow their
own path and that’s exactly what happened with this one. My co-executive
producer, friend and director Minh Collins and I were first only going to
interview people from the past few years or thereabouts and build the
documentary around that, but then my husband brought to my attention the case
brought against Wallace Kaye, as you say, in 1992, in Hollywood. The fact he
had to bring this to my attention is kind of the whole point – I was an
actress, living in Hollywood in the 1990’s and I’d never heard this story, or
anything to do with it. The story itself is led by 12 young, aspiring
actresses, interviewing with a talent agent at the time who then sexually
assaulted each of them. They went to their unions to complain, the unions told
them to forget about it and then finally, one of the actresses, who wasn’t with
a union, called the police who got involved, and these women took him to court
You would think that that would make news, and that there
would be a lot of attention about it, but there never was. When I started
interviewing people about the case, they were shocked because I was the first
person who had ever contacted them. That became sort of the main feature, the
meat of the documentary was this case – how did it happen and why, and also why
didn’t we hear anything about it.
TITL: As an actress
yourself, is the behaviour and attitudes towards women addressed in Rocking The Couch something you’ve
experienced yourself or is it something you just feel passionate about enough
to have done something to help stand against it and spread the word?
AE: I think pretty much every actress in Hollywood – and a
lot of actors too – we don’t want to leave men out of this, I think it’s a very
big issue with and for them as well, particularly with gay men – but yes, we
all have stories. My stories, thank goodness, were not as traumatic as some of
the stories we feature in the documentary. We did interview me, as well, as one
of the subjects, but my stories were not that good in comparison to other
people’s so I had to put myself on the cutting room floor – something that I
never thought I would actually do, or say I’ve done. We also bring up the fact
that, I think we have some interviews with Carrie Mitchum, the grand-daughter
of the famous actor Robert Mitchum, where she discusses how we all knew this
was going on and that’s true – we all did. If you heard from celebrities who
said they were blind-sided or didn’t know about it, they’re lying, because we
all knew, and we all saw it. It was definitely something that needed to come
out into the light, needed to be addressed and needs to stop.
TITL: Exactly how
shocked are you that lessons weren’t, and, as proven by the scores of recent
cases made against a number of men in the industry, haven’t been learned in the
more than two decades that have passed since the Kaye case?
AE: I think society is changing and that’s why you and I are
having this conversation. I think the way society looks at sexual abuse and
sexual assault, certainly in the workplace, is changing. And maybe social media
has something to do with this, but I think as a society, we are now finally starting
to actually pay attention to the victims, to listen to what they are saying.
You’re a woman and I’m sure you’ve heard these things before, you know ‘dress
appropriately’ ‘You don’t wanna do this…’ It shouldn’t be the way that a woman
dresses that makes her the victim of a crime. But yet, so many women, who have
been a victim of these crimes, are accused are bringing said crime upon
themselves, because there’s something in or about their behaviour, and I think
as a society we’re finally looking at that, paying attention to what happened
to these women.
My favourite instance I bring up about how society, in more
recent times, is how we look at all these instances in the Catholic church.
Priests have been accused of abusing young boys, and we never asked these young
boys the sort of things that have been asked of women over the years – we took
them at their word. Why wasn’t that the case with the women who spoke out? Why
weren’t they taken at their word, for all these decades? That’s the more
TITL: You’ve said in
the past that this documentary presents a “realistic view of what happened” and
that it includes “things that (you don’t think) the mainstream media did.” What
exactly do you mean by that?
AE: Certainly when we were bringing to light the Weinstein
case, I don’t think the mainstream media paid much attention to the struggle
undertaken by actresses – and actors – trying to get into the business, and
that, to my mind, is where most of the abuse happened. Abuse often happens to
the most vulnerable, and because there’s no real path towards becoming an actor
or actress, much like becoming a lawyer or doctor, there have been a lot of
people who’ve taken advantage of that – people anxious to get their foot in the
door of the industry. They’re eager and anxious…and that’s where and when the
majority of these people end up in trouble.
It’s easier to get a film about A-List celebrities who are
being abused or to get that on the evening news, because we all like to hear
about celebrities, but that’s not the case for the majority of these cases.
They’re people who are just trying to get into the industry.
TITL: If for
instance, the #MeToo movement hadn’t started up and women hasn’t started
speaking up, do you think you’d have still made this documentary and released
it, or is it something you were ultimately spurred on to do as a result of the
outpouring of outrage that came with the accusations and cases made against the
likes of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby?
AE: I would love to think that I would’ve made this movie
anyway because I do feel strongly about this issue, but I also know that when
the Weinstein and Cosby cases first came to light, my partner and I were just
having coffee and got to thinking about how someone should really look into
this, and could make a great documentary out of it, and we sort of looked at
one another and both had the same idea – ‘Why not us? Let’s do this.’
I was inspired by the #MeToo movement and driven to tell
what we feel is the true story, and to try and show it from several different
angles, including Carrie Mitchum’s remarks that we all saw it. I saw instances
in my working career of women that were being approached and maybe took
producers up on their approach – I certainly saw that – and said nothing, as
did many people. I’m glad now that we can get it out in the open and tell what’s
really been happening.
TITL: You co-produced
this documentary with your director from The
Hit List Minh Collins and Jerry Sommer. What would you say you each
brought, in creative terms, to the documentary?
AE: Minh was the director and obviously, having directed
before, he was able to pull it all together and put into the shape it is now.
Jerry did a lot of the filming as well and the editing. I know from my own
part, that it was extremely important to have a woman on board and I went to
every interview, even if I wasn’t asking the questions – I wanted to be there
to show my support for every single woman, and so that she would feel more
comfortable and know that there was someone there who would understand her
point of view. They were being brave enough to tell their story and I just
wanted to be there to help, in any way I could, to make telling that a little
easier for them.
I also sought out a lot of the people you saw and see on the
air – I was the one that got in touch with them, and I don’t want to say ‘convinced’
because a lot of the people that came forward, even the people on the Wallace
Kaye case – the lawyers, the victims, the very brave policewoman who went in,
knowing she would probably be assaulted, but wanted to be there for those women
and without her, the case would never have come out – they were all very
anxious to tell their story. They wanted the truth to come out and I think it
was therapeutic for them. Hopefully, my being a woman helped them with that.
A huge part of why I got involved with this is that I am
loaning my celebrity to this movie, in publicising it and trying to get it out
there so people pay attention. There are so many good films and documentaries
that go completely unnoticed, that don’t get the attention they deserve and
that’s a big part of my contribution to this film.
TITL: How has the
reaction been to the film so far and, what do you most want those who see it to
take away/learn from it?
AE: I have been thrilled with the reaction. Here in the States,
it’s been really big – it keeps growing and growing. We’re now being
distributed, with Amazon, to pretty much every country that speaks English, and
the interest in the UK has been steadily growing as well, which I am very happy
and pleased to see. It’s very gratifying – I’ve never been a producer really, I’ve
never had this experience of creating something from the very beginning and
taking it out to audience and getting their response. I hope the viewers in the
UK will check it out, look at it and see our work and let us know what they
think. Amazon has been so happy we’re now talking about an addition documentary,
so any comments people have, any ideas, I would love to hear them.
TITL: Is there
anything you can tell me about this potential second documentary or are you
still sketching out ideas etc. for now?
AE: We’re still sketching out the ideas for it, so I can’t
really tell you anything about it, but I would love to talk to you about it
when it is released. I’m so thrilled that I’m even able to talk about it and
that this one has been so successful – that kind of blows my mind, having been
a first time producer in particular.
TITL: Looking to the
future, do you think the likes of the #MeToo movement can, as we’ve seen make
an impact, but one big enough to actually eradicate the sort of behaviour that
the documentary focusses on? What more can and needs to be done to ensure
incidents like those so many women have spoken out about in recent months never
happen again and that those who are actively involved in such are punished in a
AE: We’ve yet to see how big of an impact all this has and
that’s gonna take some time. Hopefully our daughters and grand-daughters won’t
have to deal with this kind of subject, which brings to mind another reason and
part as to why we did the documentary. My daughter happened to be on break from
school when we were fifteen and she wanted to come to the set. I was a little
wary about that – she is not quite fifteen – and I wondered whether or not I
wanted her to hear these stories. She wants to go into the entertainment
industry so I thought ‘yeah, she should hear these stories’, because the really
only true way to prevent these kinds of situations is to truly do everything in
your own power to prevent it. Even if the #MeToo movement has a HUGE amount of
success, even if it reduces these sorts of problems by 90%, there will still be
that 10% where things happen. So the best way for people to eliminate it is to
protect themselves and I hope that men and women who want to go into the
entertainment industry will watch this documentary and use it as a bit of a
cautionary tale. My daughter said she learned a huge amount from watching it,
like how to minimise your risk by doing things like not going out for drinks
with someone who’s trying to help you break into the industry. Minimise the
risk as much as possible, and hopefully that will help that 10% I referred to
TITL: Where do you go
from here then? Do you maybe want to move into the directors’ chair next time or
are you happy where you are, producing and giving your name and status to a
cause or a film you’re passionate about and eager to help get the word out
AE: I really enjoyed the producing. At some point yes, I
would love to try my hand at directing and might have a little go during the
next documentary just to see how I get on, but my main bread and butter is my
acting career. I love it and I love the industry – it pains me to have to do
documentaries about such a negative aspect of a business that I’ve been in
since I was 10 years old, and that has been very good to me – so hopefully I
can help it, and help maintain some of the integrity of this business in my own
little way because I really do love it.
TITL: Finally then, in
terms of your acting career, have you got any projects in the pipeline you can
tell me about?
AE: I don’t know what airs in the UK, and that’s a problem,
but I am in series available on Amazon Prime called The Bay – which is so much fun to do. I’m working with a lot of
people I’ve worked with before in other situations, and I just came on in
season four as a real troublemaker and I believe I will be making a lot of
trouble in season 5 which will air next year. People can watch me there.
Rocking The Couch
is via all VOD platforms including Amazon and Vimeo now. To keep up to
date with Andrea Evans, follow her on Twitter.
Currently on screen in the latest Marvel blockbuster Captain Marvel alongside Brie Larson, Sharon Blynn has an impressive resume of work to her name having appeared in several hit TV shows and movies. As an individual who has fought and beaten ovarian cancer, she’s also the founder of Bald Is Beautiful, an organisation which supports ovarian cancer programs and raises awareness. With a number of projects “in development”, ThisIsTheLatest spoke to Blynn about her fond memories of her time on the CM set, the one role she’s the most proud of and what the future has in store.
TITL: Prior to becoming an actress, did you ever have any
other career plans or ambitions?
Sharon Blynn: Before I started Bald Is Beautiful and
pursuing acting and modeling. I worked at a record company in NYC, specifically
in jazz. My dream at the time was to eventually have my own record company or
do artist development (Berry Gordy-style) to help bring gifted artists to the
world. I spent many years collaborating with incredibly talented artists,
forging lasting friendships, and hanging out in the legendary New York City
jazz scene into the wee hours every night! Soon after leaving the music biz, I
was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and that journey inspired me to create
my Bald Is Beautiful movement, which encompasses ovarian
cancer awareness advocacy, motivational speaking and community outreach, as
well as acting.
TITL: What is it about acting and performing that you love
so much? Now that you’re a well-established actress, could you ever envisage
yourself doing anything else?
SB: Ironically, before my cancer journey and starting Bald
Is Beautiful, I could never have imagined that I would first of all remain
bald much less become an actor! What I love about performing is what I love
about LIFE — digging into emotion, honest self-reflection, connecting to
another person, listening to people share their stories and holding space for
them to feel safe doing so, telling stories that cultivate empathy and
understanding, and expand our perspective about people and the world around us.
Before I began acting, it terrified me, frankly, but I very quickly caught the
“acting bug” from my first time performing on stage in a very special interactive,
immersive theatrical show called Off the Muff (conceived,
produced, and directed by my twin sis Elisa), and have found a true passion for
it. Bald Is Beautiful is still the fuel behind my acting fire,
so what I do in terms of acting always goes beyond performing and delves into
passionate (and compassionate) activism and advocacy.
TITL: You have a varied resume of roles that span several
genres including drama and comedy, and have appeared in Shameless, Body
of Proof, and Lie to Me along with many other shows. How
important to you is it that you’re able to take on a wide variety of roles and
genre styles in the work you do, and is there one you prefer over the
SB: I thoroughly enjoy exploring characters in a wide
variety of roles and styles, because in the end. It comes down to telling story
from an authentic and grounded place. Working across genres and styles also
gives me the opportunity to explore different parts of myself, and I love
digging into all of those rich emotional layers. I can be a complete goofball
and also a sensitive and intense woman, and I can draw from all of that for
every kind of role.
TITL: Which of your past performances/roles might you say
you’re most proud of and why?
SB: One of my favorite roles was a 12-minute one-woman
performance piece I wrote and presented called “How Are We Feeling
Today?” I originally wrote it as part of an event called “The
Big C”, for which all of the featured performers were cancer survivors
sharing their stories through this artistic avenue. This was the first time I’d
made a scripted-sculpted representation of the full emotional arc of my ovarian
cancer experience, and the director I was paired with helped shape my story
into a unique expression that I would like to someday develop into a full
TITL: If you could appear in any other TV show past
or present, which would it be and what kind of character would you like to
SB: This is such a tough question! There are so many shows
of all genres that I have loved watching throughout my life — the first thing
that actually popped into my head was to be the guest star – aka the killer – on
an episode of Columbo, especially one of the longer-form 90-minute or
2-hour episodes! I think that’s because I just recently happened to catch both
the Johnny Cash and Leonard Nimoy appearances in the wee hours of my insomniac
cable-surfing! If I’m looking to what’s happening now, I am excited about the
bold and compelling stories being told through the limited series or anthology
series formats, like Big Little Lies and Sinner or True
Detective, and also woman-helmed productions from powerhouses like Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Ava Duvernay, Gina Rodriguez, and others with whom
I would love to work. I relish the opportunity to explore a variety of
character types, from sensitive and soulful to sinister and dark to quirky and
TITL: How did you hear about the audition for the role of Soren in Captain Marvel and did you consider/audition for any other parts? What can you recall of your audition itself?
SB: The audition for the role of Soren came through my rep,
and there was actually very little information provided at that time as far as
the project and the character, and even the surrounding storyline. There was no
dialogue in the audition scene, all I was given was a couple of sentences
generically describing a complex scenario, so I had to create an emotional arc
just using that information. It was an exciting challenge to bring a scene like
that to life; in some ways more challenging than having lots of dialogue to
TITL: As a huge fan of Marvel, how does it feel to now be
a part of such a huge and globally loved, brand/Universe?
SB: As an MCU and Stan Lee fan and as an actor, it still
feels a bit surreal, and I think I will always be over-the-moon giddy about it.
Being in such a special role and compelling scenes, and in particular to be
part of a Marvel movie that has its own landmark qualities — first female
superhero lead in a Marvel movie, first female director in the MCU — is
especially rewarding and meaningful as it relates to my Bald Is Beautiful
message to empower women to find and define their strength, courage, beauty,
and the womanity of it all!
TITL: Do you have any favorite moments or memories from
your time on set that you can share?
SB: Every moment on set for this shoot is a favorite memory
for me! Genuinely! Of course, connecting and working with Ben and Brie in
particular was a joy. They both have an ease and warmth that helped make the
scenes feel present and relatable. Also, I adored working with Auden and
Harriet as my daughter. I’d never worked with children that young who therefore
had to shoot in alternating shifts, so working with the two of them was
fascinating, both personally – I’m an identical twin myself – and as an actor!
Marvel is smashing it at the box office on both sides of the Atlantic.
Aside from the fact it’s a Marvel film, and has huge support behind it for that
reason alone, what do you think it is about this film that fans and critics are
loving so much?
SB: I think the wide appeal of Captain Marvel comes
from a few different angles for existing fans and newcomers alike. There is the
nostalgia of the ’90s setting, the boldness of the futuristic sci-fi elements,
the engaging action sequences and cool visual effects, and the combination of
humor and heart. The fierceness and power of the feminine underpinning the
movie at its core gives the movie an added layer of appeal not only for female
viewers, but also speaks to male viewers – younger and older – in showing how
balance and respect help us all rise to our highest potential.
TITL: The film has been championed by many for the way in
which it – and Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers – empowers women, reminding them
that they are just as strong and capable as any man. Given the recent MeToo movement and all the attention
around the way women are treated in the business, just how important and timely
do you think the film and this message is?
SB: The messages of this film have always been important.
The timeliness of it comes from the renewed groundswell of momentum and
awareness for issues that impact women all over the world, and people are more
activated and engaged in the social and political significance of it all. I
like to think that the worldwide theatrical release of Captain Marvel occurring
on International Women’s Day was both purposeful and magical!
TITL: Away from acting, you founded the organization Bald
Is Beautiful after successfully beating ovarian cancer, with the platform
helping to raise awareness and support charities and programs. Given that 1 in
2 of us will be affected by cancer in our lifetime, would you like to see more
people in the spotlight, and those affected by cancer and other such diseases,
speak out in support of those people and organizations working tirelessly to
help beat it? What can people do if they want to get involved with Bald Is
SB: Actually, my acting work began specifically as part of
my Bald Is Beautiful organization’s message. It is the visual component of
engaging the print, TV, and film industries in expanding how beauty and
femininity are depicted. There are many ways to be of support of people and
organizations in the cancer trenches, and everyone has their own comfort level
with sharing about what is a very private, intimate experience, be it their own
or that of a loved one going through cancer treatment. My main hope, then, is
that those who do have visibility or are in a position of influence use that
platform in whatever ways they feel willing or able.
As far as involvement with Bald Is Beautiful, I
always invite people to share my site www.baldisbeautiful.org
with anyone for whom they think it can be of comfort, inspiration, resource,
encouragement, and hope.
TITL: How do you feel about social media and the impact
it can and does have on industries/professions such as yours both personally
and professionally? Do you think we as a society are too attached to the likes
of Twitter and Facebook or is it simply another tool that for the most part is
beneficial to people and projects looking to reach an audience?
SB: As with most technological advancements, there are pros
and cons to what those developments bring to our personal or professional
lives. It seems to always depend on the users and their intent. Social media
can be refreshingly connective, and in some ways it can certainly level the
field of play in terms of self-generating and disseminated our art. It can save
cost and time, while also eat away at that precious time, because so many
people are getting lost in their devices and not engaging with humanity and
nature that abounds and surrounds us. It’s vital to have a sense of awareness
around both the benefits and potential pitfalls, and be mindful about it all.
TITL: Actors often have very demanding schedules what
with filming and press tours etc. How do you unwind after a busy period or
hectic filming schedule?
SB: I cherish spending time with people who are dear to me.
I equally appreciate times of quiet solitude to decompress. Exercising is a
form of release and reinvigoration that I do often – daily if possible –
including the gym, hiking, going for a bike ride or just walking around the
neighborhood. I also thoroughly enjoy diving into a Law & Order marathon!
I’ve probably seen every episode, most of them more than once, but it doesn’t
matter . . . that show, original and SVU,
is a sort of mental “soul food” for me.
TITL: Are there any upcoming projects in the pipeline you
can tell me about?
SB: I have a couple of exciting things in development and,
in the meantime, continue with the Hollywood hustle of auditioning and “working
out” in classes, and enjoying Life!
TITL: What advice would you give to any aspiring actors
and actresses out there who are looking to make their way in the industry? Is
there any advice you were once given that you would pass on?
SB: I would encourage aspiring actors to understand both the
creative and the business side of the industry. Take classes, connect with
other actors, do the discipline and work to hone their acting skills. And then
. . . live life! One of my acting teachers stressed the importance of living a
full life in order to be a full, embodied, and authentic actor and human being.
That insight still holds true for me, and I strive to do that in some way every
TITL: Finally then, looking to the future, what’s the
long-term ambition for you, both personally and professionally?
SB: Professionally speaking, I hope to continue building my
acting repertoire and I’m excited about all the possibilities of what’s to
come. The same goes for Bald Is Beautiful and reaching more
people through this medium of TV and film work or in other ways. Personally, I
hope to maintain good health, enjoy my relationships, and overall continue
learning and evolving — mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – and experience
unconditional joy and love in all areas of life.
Captain Marvel is
in cinemas everywhere now. For more information on and to keep up to date with Sharon
Blynn, follow her on Twitter. Header
photo credit: Alexis Dickey.