Brea Bee [Interview]


Today we are oh so fortunate enough once again to share some amazing words from a brilliant and insanely talented actress who is steadily making waves in her industry. Her name is Brea Bee, and she may very well be one of the nicest people we have ever had featured on this little site of ours!It has been 6 years since a little “indie” film came out that has become forever imbedded in my movie muscle memory as a brilliant story, the likes of which we only get to see every other year or so. That film was Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and……Brea Bee!

While Brea’s appearance within the film are actually rather short, her role is one of the most important pieces of acting within the film. She’s the one who officially turned Ole Coop into a psychopath. And I will be damned to hell if Brea didn’t pull off her role with so damn much charisma and skill that had the ability to leave this viewer completely conflicted with the situation at hand.

Brea is an absolutely brilliant actress who has done some amazing work in the business, and I am so excited that we ca share a few words from her with you all today. So check it out!

When did you discover that you had a passion for the world of acting? What drew you to this life?

 
I always say it started with a sequined sweater in a church basement of a nursery school when I was four years old in Philadelphia. I was obsessed with how wearing this sweater made me feel, the glamour and sophistication of it, and my teacher noticed that, and cast me as Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  I can still remember going from bed to bed to find the one that was “just right” for me, and I’ve been acting ever since!  I also have to give credit to my second grade music teacher, Ms Duncan, who encouraged my parents to let me audition for a local high school production of The Sound of Music.  I didn’t get it, but I was convinced that this was how I was going to spend the rest of my life.  I am grateful everyday for the support of my parents, without whom I could have never embarked on this crazy journey.
 
In late 2017, you had a regular role on the hit Daytime Soap Opera General Hospital. We have managed to speak with a lot of folks from the Soap world, and I’m always fascinated about the process of making programs like these. So, what was your experience like working on a show like General Hospital?
 
General Hospital was the most terrifying job I’ve worked in my career thus far.  I grew up watching the show with my Grandmother, so I was already in a pretty emotional place just being on set.  There is nothing like the pace of a Daytime Drama, and the pressure to deliver a perfect take…not to mention the outrageous task of trying to match the skill set of these extraordinary actors…it’s unreal.  I will say that I have never worked with more supportive, generous people than I did on GH.  They work extremely hard and it was very humbling to to be a small part of an iconic show that I literally grew up watching.  I am still hoping that they have me back someday!
 
You had a delightful supporting role in one of my favorite films of the current decade, the wonderful Silver Linings Playbook. I’m just curious as to what it was like to work on a film of this caliber? How was it work under the guise of a legend like David O. Russell?

David O. Russell changed my life.  Working on SLP was the most surreal experience of my career. I almost turned it down because the role was constantly changing.  Producers were on the fence as to how much screen time Nikki would have in the film. When I auditioned, the role had at least two scenes including the shower scene and the dance scene.  When I was offered the role, David was still in the process of writing the ending, and was not sure if Nikki would show up at the dance.  I had never done nudity before, and I was pretty adamant that I not make my feature film debut as a random unknown naked actor in a shower scene with no dialogue. David talked with me about the significance of the scene, how important it was to the story, and that I would have lots of opportunity for improvised dialogue.  He also promised that if I were ever considering doing nudity, his set would be the most safe and professional.  I don’t know if it was his sincerity, or the fact that it was potentially the opportunity of a lifetime, but I was on set the next day, and he 100 percent delivered on his promise.

 

I had no idea how I was going to react when it came time to shoot the scene, but I was determined to deliver the absolute best performance, and to prove that I was good enough to be there.  We wrapped the scene after several hours in the bathroom and I made my case for coming back at the end of the film.  We had a conversation about it and I went off to a vacation in Napa Valley.  While I was there, I got a call from casting that I was coming back for the dance scene, which to me was almost more exciting than actually getting the part.  I spent another week on set with the entire cast and got a beautiful moment on screen with Bradley Cooper and it kind of changed my life.  Both David and Bradley treated me like I was just as significant as the movie stars in the film, and made me feel completely relevant and included in the process. The entire cast treated me like an equal and I will never be able to express how much that meant to me as an unknown actor from Philadelphia. I will be eternally grateful to David for taking a chance on me, and allowing me to be a part of that fantastic group of artists in that extraordinary film.

David has an incredible energy and a lot of what I did in the film was created as we were shooting, so it was very important to stay open and focused as he would come up with things on the spot.  It was quite a thrill to work with such spontaneity and a sense that anything could happen in each take.  I learned a very valuable lesson from him in being totally open and trusting myself to let go of any planned ideas and live moment to moment, regardless of what was going on around us at the time.  He also allowed me to make my own choices and that level of trust kind of blew me away, that he really does value the input of every actor, regardless of the importance or size of the role. 

In your long-running career as an actress, you have managed to work extensively within the world of film, television, theatre, and more. That being said, in your experience, what has been your favorite form of performance thus far? 
 
No film or TV set will ever be able to surpass the experience of performing for a live audience.  My career began on stage and it will always be my one true love as an actor.  Being connected with someone in the moment, baring your soul and your vulnerability and all of the fears and hopes we have as human beings, and sharing an emotional experience with an audience is the greatest high I have ever known.  There’s nothing like it and I will always come back to the stage as long as it will have me. 
 
If you were handed the chance to portray any legendary figure in American history, who would it be?
 
I would absolutely love to portray Victoria Woodhull.  Not only was she the first ever woman to run for President of the United States before women were even allowed to vote, she was a woman generations before her time.  She was fearless and determined and eccentric and fabulous.  She defied the constraints of her era and was often shunned from society but never wavered in her views and beliefs.  I need to play her someday!
 
What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?
 
I am just another stereotypical actor in LA, auditioning and waiting for the next big break!  I will say that I am very much looking forward to the eventual premiere my latest feature film by Brian Presley called The Great Race.  It is a beautiful true story with fantastic performances about the dog sled mushers in Nome, Alaska who saved the town from a diphtheria outbreak in 1925.  I am hoping to have more info on this by early Fall of this year so stay tuned!

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