Stephanie Leigh Schlund [Interview]

Happy Monday Folks! And welcome back to Trainwreck’d Society. We have an absolutely wonderful interview to share with you all. Today we are sharing some words from an incredible actress that you all should (or do) already know. It’s the great Stephanie Leigh Schlund! She is a damn fine actress you may recognize from the beloved Hunger Games franchise, and so much more. But, she also happens to be an extremely kind and thoughtful person as well. Which is exactly the kind of person we love to showcase here at TWS!

Stephanie was kind enough to take some time out of her very busy schedule to tell us a bit about her career thus far, including some wonderful insight into things like Hunger Games and The Price Is Right, and so much more. Right off the bat, you are going to notice that Schlund has a very kind soul, and we are so honored that she wanted to share some words with us.

Also, it behooves me to give a shout out my daughter, Sophia, who is as obsessed with the Hunger Games franchise as anyone I know. And I fully support her in it. This one is for you, Girl! Is your dad cool, now? Please?

So with that, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely brilliant actress, the wonderful Stephanie Leigh Schlund!

When did you first discover your passion for the world of performance? Was it something you have always been passionate about, or was it something you just found yourself doing one day?   

I honestly can’t remember ever “deciding” to perform, it was just always something I grew up having the desire to do. The challenge came in working through all the “fluff” and finding the right people who could provide the right opportunities…and then the hard work began. I contribute where I am today to my instincts, faith, support of my family, and the encouragement of my representatives.

  

We have spoken with a few other folks who began their career in performance in the Atlanta area where you hail from as well, and everyone has had different yet mostly positive experiences kicking off their careers there. So how was it for you? What is it about the Atlanta film scene that sets it apart from the others?

My experience has been wonderful! I debated moving to LA with others when I was younger, but I could never find peace with leaving my family. The thought of it just broke my heart and didn’t feel right, so I didn’t. I trusted that I was meant to pursue this industry and I trusted that it was meant to be from Atlanta (However, in sticking to that theory, I’ve acquired quite a few sky miles in my career!). I feel like growing up and studying in Atlanta gave me a different approach to my technique that was able to set me apart in some form from the others auditioning for the same roles from other coast. I believe the film industry in Atlanta is set apart because it has more heart to it than most places. The talent & crews all know each other well and have been on this wild ride of what Atlanta has become together, we are a family here.

In 2008 you spent some time as a model on Drew Carey’s then new takeover of The Price Is Right. I am curious about how this experience was for you? What was a day to day set life like on a legendary game show such as this one?

It was incredible, but a lot more work than one would think! As a model, we would have to know the games inside and out and have memorized multiple scenarios based on the answers given by the contestants, so we never really knew what to expect! We would have one rehearsal (backwards so the prizes where in order of appearance for the show) then tape an episode. Break for lunch, and do it all over again. I truly cherish my time on the show!

My wonderful 11 year old daughter is obsessed with The Hunger Games franchise, so it would be behoove me to try and earn some “cool Dad” points by asking what it was like to work in the insanely popular Hunger Games lure? What was it like to jump into such an established franchise?

There honestly aren’t even words.  I found out I booked the role then had to wait a solid month, not telling anyone (Yes, I told my Mom, Dad & Sister and swore them to secrecy) before Lionsgate made the official casting announcement. During that month, I experienced every kind of emotion possible, the main one that kept rearing its head though, was the fear of the public’s reaction once it was out. Studios care about the public’s reactions, especially when it’s a phenomenon such as The Hunger Games. Thankfully the public’s reaction was positive and time passed creating one of the most epic experiences in my lifetime thus far. I’ll always hold it close to my heart.

 

And how has the fan interaction been since you portrayed Cashmere in the third installment?

Exciting! I love hearing fans stories of how the books helped them or inspired them in some way. It’s incredible to be part of such a franchise such as The Hunger Games.

If you were handed the opportunity to portray an historical figure in American history, who would it be? 

Susan B. Anthony…She played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1878, she presented an amendment to Congress that gave women the right to vote which later was passed. I feel like her fight for woman is what motivated other movements that, in turn, lifted some of the glass ceiling for women.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

Acting is and will always be my passion, so I’m still doing what I love!  My Instagram, @StephanieLSchlund gives a more in-depth look at what I’m doing on a day to day basis if you want to see my take on Work, Fashion and Travel (whenever I can squeeze in a trip somewhere!).

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Hearing that my 2 year old niece refused to take off her fairy costume from Halloween. Keep rocking in baby girl, keep rocking it…..

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