JAMIE BERNADETTE CHATS NEW FILM “THE FURNACE”, HER FIRST AUDITION & FUTURE PROJECTS 0 140

With a considerably impressive and varied resume of work to her name, Jamie Bernadette really loves what she does and that passion comes across in every project she takes on. Her latest film The Furnace, out on October 15th, will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced a loss in their life and ahead of its release later this month, Jamie spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about how she prepared for such a demanding, emotional role, her upcoming projects and her advice for aspiring actors and actresses.

TITL: You’ve been a part of the industry now for well over a decade, but was there any point in your younger years when you considered taking a different career path, or has it always been about acting for you? 

Jamie Bernadette: I grew up in a small town where the thing that most everyone did was get a 9-5 job and get married and have children. So, this definitely impacted me quite a bit and I found myself very confused about what I wanted to do with my life. I was about to get engaged and told the man I was dating not to buy the ring and left for Los Angeles four days later. So I was just about to enter into that life that most everyone in my town lived. I thought about being a dental hygienist, an airline stewardess, an editor at a publishing company. But, it was that day when my boyfriend and I drove back from the jewelry store where he almost bought that engagement ring that it all became very clear to me. I sat in his truck and thought that I would rather die than live this life. And that’s when I knew that something was very wrong about what I was doing. I have never regretted the choice that I made – leaving that all behind to act. He and I remain really good friends to this day.   

TITL: Can you remember the first thing you auditioned for?

JB: I am not really sure but it may have been a silent student film at The New York Film Academy which I booked. 

TITL: How do you find the audition process? Would you say you still feel nervous when making tapes and applying for roles?

JB: I used to be very nervous when I first started auditioning. Now I really sometimes only feel my nerves when it is for something that is very, very big like a series regular role on a TV show.

TITL: Your latest project The Furnace, is out this month. What is it about the premise/story of this film that drew you to the project and how does it differ from the many other works you’ve been a part of?

JB: This is the first faith-based drama that I have ever done. I loved that it was inspirational and does mention God but it doesn’t shove the concept down your throat. It is so well-written in such a way that all people can relate to the story, whether they believe in God or not. I also loved that it was a survival film, which is one of my favorite sub-genres. I love stories about people who are struggling to survive in nature.   

TITL: What preparations did you make for taking on such an emotionally demanding role?

JB: The preparation for emotionally demanding roles is life-long. I pull from my life experiences a lot of times to pull out that emotion when I’m acting. Regarding the physical aspect of this role, I did a lot of research about those who live with only one working lung and also looked into ultra-marathons and studied up on those. I normally run and work out but I began running longer distances when I booked this role to prepare myself for it. 

TITL: How did you find working with Oscar nominated director Darrell Roodt on the film? Was there much collaboration between the two of you? 

JB: Darrell is kind, warm, funny, down-to-earth, honest, and truthful. He is truly one of my most favorite people in the world. He is a very giving director and he really pays attention to the acting. He also is very energetic and enthusiastic. He really knows how to lead the crew. Darrell knows exactly what he wants and has a clear vision.  He knows when he has the shot he wants and moves on rather than doing take after take unnecessarily. Darrell was definitely open to collaboration and listened to my ideas.      

TITL: Do you have any particular standout memories or moments from the shoot? 

JB: Oh, there are so many. Shooting in this film was one of the best experiences of my life. I remember when we shot the end of the film, a lot of the crew were crying their eyes out and standing up and applauding as well. There were a lot of emotional days like that on this set. I think the film touches anyone who has experienced any type of heavy loss in their life, which is most people. 

TITL: If you had to sell this film to an audience in a few words – give them one reason to go and see it – what would you say? 

JB: If you have ever suffered from any type of heartache in your life and felt that it was difficult to go on, see this film. 

TITL: You’ve got several projects in the pipeline for the coming year or so, is there anything you can share about a couple of them?

JB: I’m attached to about nineteen films as an actress and I am also producing three feature films that I haven’t announced or spoken of publicly. One is a true story, a military drama. The second one is an abuse story. The third is a psychological horror.

TITL: The life of an actor/actress can be extremely demanding, so what do you do to unwind after a hectic period of filming? 

JB: Sleep, sit in the sun with my dog, and eat popcorn if I am at home. Sometimes I take a trip, usually to tropical destinations.  Travelling and photography are two of my hobbies. 

TITL: What advice would you give for actors and actresses just starting out? Have you ever been given a piece of advice that you still reflect on, and which three traits might you say someone needs to make it in such a cut-throat and demanding business? 

JB: Don’t believe the negativity that you hear and do not make that your reality. Do not go into agreement with it.  This is very, very important. You create your own reality. I had a seasoned actress, Alisha Seaton, tell me early on in my career that there is a fine line between over-acting and under-acting and that you have to find that fine line in between those two. I still think about that one and believe it is true. The three traits someone needs to make it in this business are hard-working, persistent, and brave. And I do want to make a comment about kindness. Kindness goes a long way. No one likes a diva.    

TITL: Finally then, with a decade + in the industry behind you already, what would you like to see happen for you in the next ten years? What goals and ambitions do you want to achieve and, many years from now, what would you most like people to say when looking back on your work and what you brought to the entertainment world?

JB: I would like to be a series regular on a TV show and book work at that level and on the level of big films on a regular basis. I would love if I am able to give performances that move people and tell stories that change people’s lives. I also want to have several poetry books released in the next ten years. 

Check out the trailer for The Furnace below and to keep up to date with Jamie, you can follow her on Twitter.

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CEO FIELDS UNVEILS THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “DIVIDENDS” 0 54

Ambition is a powerful thing and perhaps no-one in the music industry knows this better than CEO Fields. As he struggled to find his path in life, he endured several months of hardship that including having to live out of his car, but he never once stopped believing that he would get to where he wanted to go.

Fast forward a few years later and Fields had launched his own business and made several wise investments meaning he had the positive and comfortable life he had strived for, but he wasn’t done. Wanting to combine his financial knowledge with his passion for music, he embarked on a music career which continues to go from strength to strength. Following hot on the heels of his previous single “Yours”, Fields has now dropped “Dividends”, and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere its video.

Asked about the creative process regarding the video, Fields says:

“Dividends was another high energy shoot with my bros. I rented out the office building of a tech company down in the OC for this one, where the vibe is a bit different from the one in LA, a little more relaxed. I hired two of the most beautiful IG models I could connect with and made it a super vibe when the drinks and snacks came through. It was definitely one of my more favorite shots, really just homies being silly and enjoying the moment.”

Check out “Dividends” below and for more information on CEO Fields, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

FAB THE DUO TALK “I WANT A MAN”, SOCIAL MEDIA & FUTURE PLANS 0 35

Fab The Duo aren’t your average band. The pair, Greg and Brendan, first met on Tinder, became a couple and then, realising they had similar musical ambitions, united to share those ambitions and passions with the world. They recently released their version of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and have dropped the video for their latest single “I Want A Man”, which features two stars of Broadway. With a growing following of fans, or “Fabbits” behind them and having enjoyed an incredibly good year so far, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Fab The Duo to talk upcoming performances, favourite artists and plans for 2020.

TITL: What would you say most makes the two of you work as a duo?

Fab The Duo: We honestly have no idea, but it’s probably because we’re so opposite from each other. Our personalities could not be more different but we both bring something unique to the table. Above all else, we love and trust each other completely. 

TITL: What would you each say the other brings to the music you make?

FTD: We’re pretty much Yin and Yang. In performance, Greg brings the big rock baritone while Brendan brings the smooth pop tenor. In terms of the songwriting process, Brendan writes a lot of the songs and then Greg arranges them to make the music alive.

TITL: Has music always been the career goal for you both or were there other paths you considered at some point?

FTD: Yes, but we’ve both considered a career as actors as well.

TITL: Which four bands or artists – two each – might you say most influenced and inspired by? What do each of those artists bring in terms of their impact on the music you make?

FTD: For Greg, it’s Harry Styles and Pink. For Brendan, it’s Green Day and Elton John. All of these artists are glam, genre-bending, and never afraid to speak their minds. 

TITL: You’ve just released a cover of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.” What is it about the song that made you choose it out of the thousands available to you? 

FTD: Lizzo is our favorite artist right now. She is always unapologetically herself – she is a big black woman who is not afraid to be big and black. Her message is inspiring and her songs are all bops. She is “100 percent that bitch”. We’ve had requests to cover “Truth Hurts” for a while, and it feels good to make that song our own while still respecting Lizzo. Plus, her fans are called “Lizzbians” while our fans are called “Fabbits” so we’d definitely get along. 

TITL: You’ve also got a new single out called “I Want A Man.” Is there a particular story behind it?

FTD: Growing up gay can be lonely and isolating. There were very few examples of happy gay couples in the media and in our lives, to the point that it seemed like having a real relationship was impossible. We know there are a lot of LGBT people who are feeling this way, and we wanted to write a song letting them know that we’ve been there. 

TITL: The video features two stars of Broadway, Ez Menas, who will also soon be seen on the big screen in West Side Story, and his girlfriend Gaby Gamache. How did you come to meet and work with the pair and can you talk me through the concept for the video and its creative process?

FTD: Greg met Ez Menas at a 54 Below show. We wanted to show a happy queer couple dancing together and Ez and Gaby couldn’t have been more perfect. As they are both better dancers than either of us could ever dream of being, we let them create their own choreography for the most part. The result was authentic, genuine, and beautiful. 

TITL: There are so many great and classic songs out there, spanning several decades, but if you had to choose which, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written, which track would it be? 

FTD: “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s a masterpiece, and to this day no other song compares to its epicness. It is quite possibly the best song ever written. 

TITL: Are there plans for an EP or album in the near future?

FTD: Absolutely! We’re already working on our next single and you can expect an EP from us this spring. 

TITL: Do you have any performance or tour plans in the works? Where in the world would you most like to play? 

FTD: We have a big New Year’s Eve show coming up at The Bitter End. Our dream would be to do a Pride tour this summer, performing at all the important Pride events across the world. 

TITL: Although critics often have considerable say/impact on the success of an artist through their comments and reviews, do you pay much attention to what they say, or are you someone more concerned with the thoughts and opinions of their fans instead; the people who listen to and support you because they want to and not because they have to or are paid to do so? 

FTD: Due to the fact that we’re openly gay and not afraid to express ourselves in unique ways, we know that not everyone is going to like us. We’re a lot, and you’re probably either going to love us or hate us. However, we are always blown away by the love and support of our fans and supporters, our “Fabbits”. 

TITL: What’s the nicest/best thing someone could say/write about you and your music? 

FTD: That we’re changing history. We heard LGBT activist and influencer Ari Fitz give a talk at a YouTube Pride event the other day, and they said that queer history is being made every day. There is no one out there like us, so we’re in uncharted territory. To be recognized as helping shape queer history would be the most amazing thing in the world. 

TITL: Given that you met on Tinder and how reliant so many of us are on technology and in particular social media, are you big Twitter/Facebook users? Do you believe it’s at all possible for bands and artists to achieve success without being socially interactive these days? 

FTD: To be successful as a band in 2019 you have to be constantly on social media. Our favorite platform is Instagram but we’ve been working on staying engaged on Facebook and Twitter. What is cool about social media is how one can gain fans from all over the world. Some of our fans who follow us on socials live in countries where it’s still illegal to be gay, so being able to connect online can really make a difference. 

TITL: Finally then, with the end of the year fast approaching, what might you say have been your top three moments of the year, and how do you plan to ‘top’ them come 2020? 

FTD: 2019 has been a year of incredible highs and lows. This year we both had the opportunity to play shows in our hometowns, and to come back home after having grown so much was a wonderful feeling. Our single release show at The Cutting Room, with a full 9-piece band, was also pretty damn incredible. Oh and performing at Austin Pride? Pretty damn cool. In terms of “topping” 2019, we’re expanding our team, recording the rest of the EP, and planning some big tours. 2020 is going to top 2019 so hard! 

Check out the video for “I Want A Man” below and for more information on Fab The Duo, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.