The thrilling and dramatic webeseries Swerve debuted its second season this month and I had a chance to get some insight on the series from star Sharon Belle, who plays Elise. Beyond the series we also discussed her recent time at Dragon Con with Winny Clarke and executive producer Sheila Allen. I’d like to thank Sharon for taking the time to answer all of my questions in this digital interview.
What was it like returning for Season 2 of Swerve?
It was so wonderful to be able to jump back into Elise’s shoes again. She truly is one of my favourite characters I have ever had the opportunity of bringing to life. A lot of her characteristics sit really close to home for me, so it’s always this strange balance of feeling so comfortable with the character, but at the same time feeling uneasy about that fact. Elise went through some pretty crazy stuff in Season 1 and Season 2 is going to be no walk in the park either, so I am really very excited for everyone to continue on this journey with her.
Season 2 I also became an executive producer on the project so that brought on a whole new world of challenges that I was nervous, but so eager to tackle head on. This was the first big project that I had ever produced, but I had an amazing team and at the end of the day we survived. We had a lot of fun and I think we have something here that we are all incredibly proud of.
How would you describe her path between the two seasons? (Avoiding spoilers of course)
Elise’s path has always been the same, a restless search for love and belonging. It is that path that brought her to that curb where Jen found her. It’s that path that brought her so close to Jen and Stevie, and it’s that path that’s bringing her back home again. Elise has always been running from something and the only thing that is different this time, is a sense of desperation. She has come full circle. She left home to find her place in the world which has brought her right back where she started. In a way, this is her last chance to find that belonging.
How did your portrayal of Elise change between Season 2 and Season 1?
I wouldn’t say my portrayal of Elise has changed from season 1 to 2. She is still the same person. Like I mentioned, her path hasn’t changed but the stakes are much higher now. Her desperation for security and belonging has definitely increased from season 1 to 2.
Favorite moment from filming?
I think my favourite moment now from filming was definitely my least favourite moment at the time. We had close to a 20 hour day and we all reached a point of hysteria and Winny and I are on set just cry-laughing and conversing about the most absurd things. At the time, I do remember my favourite part of that day was going to sleep at the end of it.
Also the unforgettable rides, tunes and times had in the Sheilamobile with various other cast members. So many dance parties, so little time.
What word would you use to describe Season 2?
What’s your knee jerk reaction to the words “red balloon”?
Death and birthday parties. Also the movie It. So yeah basically killer clowns and sad birthdays.
How did you enjoy DragonCon?
DragonCon was an incredible experience. Overwhelming at times, but such a party. I met so many new people and got to put faces to some our fans. Unforgettable!
What were some of your favorite moments?
A few of my favourite things were exploring artwork at Artist’s Alley, the Swerve meet up and the Swearper meet up (we’re trying to make that catch on Swervers/Earpers).
Did you have any fan experiences?
I had a few great fan experiences during both meetups! I think my favourite though was at Artist Alley. I was fangirling over her work and she was fangirling over mine and we fangirled together and had pictures taken together and it was a beautiful thing.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Well I am about to start filming on a web series called Allie And Lara Make A Horror Movie. It’s a horror comedy about two women trying to make their first epic creature feature “Womantis”, and all the shit in the industry that make it so impossible like not having the budget, or being a WOMAN.
I also star in another web series premiering October 26th on YouTube called Swift And Loose. An animated neo-noir style mystery that follows the dark past of detective Harley Swift and her even shadier current case.
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Images from Swerve Chapter 7 YouTube video