Time for another cast announcement. The role of Simon’s non-musical girlfriend will be played by (counterintuitively) a multi-talented musician in her own right – Adrian Emberly!
In preparation for this announcement, I chatted with Adrian about the many perils of having to play my movie girlfriend:
Brendan: Welcome to the cast of THE MAYOR OF ROCK AND ROLL, Adrian! Hooray!
Adrian: Yay! I’m excited for it!
Brendan: I forget – how exactly were we lucky enough to find you?
Adrian: I was playing a show at O’Briens in Allston and Mark (Phinney, the director) was working the door. We started up a conversation after my set and eventually he mentioned he was working on a movie and I mentioned I wanted to get back into acting. He told me to come read for the part of Samantha.
Brendan: And we’re so lucky you did. You mentioned getting “back into acting.” What’s your acting background? (You already got the part, so no need to pad your resume.)
Adrian: (laughs) I used to act for an outdoor theater company called Theater in the Open in Newburyport MA. I was with them for about 8 years. And I used to run my own theater company – that was an awesome time. I also did some writing and directing. I once auditioned for a role of a girl who is kidnapped by Robert Downey Jr…
Brendan: You fell for that old trick, huh? Mickey Rourke tried that one on me. Until I pointed out that movies have “cameras.” He just scurried off into the night after that.
Adrian: He is a tricky man of mystery, that Mickey Rourke.
Brendan: So you’re playing my girlfriend, which is going to require all the depths of your acting skills. How do you plan on preparing? Putting up with me takes a lot of work.
Adrian: I’m sure. Meryl Streep’s got nothing on me. And the kind of relationship between Simon and Samantha I am very familiar with.
Brendan: What was it about the part that drew you?
Adrian: I like the way Samantha’s character is written. It’s very realistic, that feeling of being left out of her boyfriend’s life since she can’t share making music with him. It’s a character that exists in real life but is rarely written well in the movies.
Brendan: Thank you. One challenging part of the role is that you have to be a bad singer. That’s very hard for a good musician such as yourself to do.
Adrian: It’s the same as doing an accent or a certain posture. You just gotta do it. Or fake it. Plus we all have our bad moments as musicians. I’ll just remember those times…
Brendan: I wouldn’t know about that. I’m perfectly on pitch all the time.
Adrian: (laughs) Lucky you.
Brendan: Anything you want to tell the people about why they should support the Kickstarter to get this movie made?
Adrian: Because it’s a great project. It’s local and there’s a lot of great talent involved. In my opinion, it’s totally worth the support. I’m stoked and everyone else will be stoked when they see it.
We’re thrilled to have Adrian on board. Check out her music at AdrianEmberly.com and please pledge the Kickstarter campaign. We’ve got a little over a week left to make this happen!