ClexaCon London is fast approaching and I had the opportunity to talk with a veteran guest of ClexaCon, Mandahla Rose, all about her upcoming trip to ClexaCon London and her previous ClexaCon experiences. She also shared some insight into being an out actress and working on a variety of projects including All About E. Thank you to Mandahla for her time and make sure to check her out at ClexaCon London in November.
Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Mandahla Rose and I am Australian wildlife living in Los Angeles following my dreams and my heart.
What drew you to become an actor?
I have wanted to be an actor since I was a kid. The idea of being able to be different people and tell stories just made sense to me. My first acting role was as the Chief Weasel in Toad of Toad Hall and being up on stage, bringing this character to life made my heart beat faster (also the nerves) and made my insides so happy. It’s pretty cool to know that I had dreamt of being an actor in LA as a kid and now I am doing just that.
As an out lesbian did you ever worry that you would be pigeonholed for roles based on your identity?
Yes, unfortunately there was a time when I did have this exact fear because it’s only recently that the LGBTQ+ community have started to be seen as (almost) equal. I love being cast based on my sexuality because it means that there is more content out there for people to watch, which in turn creates (hopefully) more understanding, more acceptance, which is exactly what we need right now. I’m proud to say that most of my roles lately have been queer!
Do you have any words of wisdom for people looking to become actors, especially people who identify as part of the LGBT+ community?
Follow your heart. Networking is the key. It’s the people you meet, the connections you create. Ego doesn’t belong in this industry, despite what you see around you. Be open. This industry is brutal. There is a lot of rejection, so a thick skin and a really good handful of friends is a must. Also be prepared to question yourself. A lot. Yes, you are good enough.
You play the titular character, E, in the film All About E. Could you talk a little bit about the movie and what it was like being E?
Bringing a character to life is like being in a parallel universe; I am E, E is me. And E was a lot of fun. On a personal level, E helped me through my own life journey because I lived through hers. It was an incredible experience and the responsibility of carrying an entire film on my shoulders really launched my personal career goals a step further. I am going to be speaking on a panel about the film at the London ClexaCon so I look forward to sharing more about my experiences and what E means to me there.
What can you tell me about your upcoming TV series, Crazy Bitches?
Ha! I can tell you that I did ADR recently for a scene where Pandora is masturbating. Now that was an experience. I’m actually quite a shy guy and Jane Clark (Director) is aware of my shy guy tendencies and she sent me an email saying that I could do my ADR at home in my room on my phone and send it back. I wanted the challenge of being vocal in a professional sound booth and although I was shaking like a leaf throughout, I managed to put it off! I am Pandora, a YouTube influencer attending a wellness spa getaway, people start disappearing and then show up MURDERED! Who is the killer? Who will survive?
You are also playing a key character in the upcoming movie For the Love of Jessee. What can you tell me about that and your role in it?
Sage Smith was originally a blond haired, blue eyed girl when the director (David McAbee) and I met each other for the first time, and when I got the script back I met Sage Smith, a girl from Adelaide with dark curly hair and brown eyes. When you first meet Sage, I am 39 weeks pregnant and heartbreakingly, I lose him in utero. This role, like E, felt like the next step in my career. The experience was amazing, the cast and crew spent three weeks in the desert and I learnt how to barrel race! Mostly, on set, I find myself saying out loud every time “I am so lucky. So so lucky to be doing the thing in this world that makes me so happy”.
You are one of the guests at ClexaCon London this year, but you’ve also been at both of the past ClexaCons in Las Vegas. First what was it like seeing the changes between the first ClexaCon and the second? Second what are you most excited for at ClexaCon London?
I was completely blown away by how far ClexaCon had come in just one year. It felt like such a safe and comfortable and supportive haven. I loved wandering the halls and meeting people so I am very excited to see what ClexaCon London has to offer, and just being surrounded by a bunch of queers.
Will you be planning any fun London adventures outside of the convention?
I will be heading to Platform 9 3/4 and hopping a train to Hogwarts and I am so very excited. I’ve never been to London so I am very eager to adventure. I also have a fascination with serial killers so I’m very much looking forward to wandering the cobbled stone streets and seeing where Jack the Ripper wandered himself.
Do you have any additional upcoming projects or any projects you’d like to share with our readers?
I have many projects coming out this year including the reason for me moving my life to LA; ‘Forever Not Maybe’ directed by Christie Conochalla. I am Sasha, a lighting director living in LA and working my way to the top in a male dominated industry, and I meet Elisabeth (Marie Gibeault), a touring concert pianist from Corsica. It’s a beautiful story about juggling work and long distance and this thing called love. I have a number of other works coming out too.
Where can people find you online?
I have a website www.mandahlarose.com. I mostly love the Instagram @twiistedrose.
Thank you again to Mandahla Rose and for more information on ClexaCon and ClexaCon London make sure to check out the official website.
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