If you haven’t read the previous article on Adele, you totally should go grab a beer, get cozy, read it, and then come back to catch up on the new developments. We’ve got some juicy chisme for you.
Thayne Jongeward usually does all the photography for Denizen articles, but this time he is responsible for the follow up interview with Adele, to find out more about the movie she is working on alongside.....well, read on, we aren't going to spoil it!
Last year, Adele was cast for a movie in Hollywood and moved to L.A. with her handsome husband and cute pup. She couldn't give us details because she was sworn to secrecy with one of those scary multi-million dollar contracts that have head-spinning legal jargon. But now she is in the process of filming and is ready to answer some questions.
Adele and I have a seven year history now. We met when I responded to a Craigslist ad for an aspiring model and ballerina who needed photography. As Adele and I compared notes, it was clear we just GOT what the other was about. We were among the first to fully believe in the other's creative vision and drive. This has meant regular collaborations when she's back in town, and cheering each other on from afar. I'm so proud of where she's gotten on her journey and as you will see, it's clear she's not done yet!
What is this project you can FINALLY talk about?!
So the movie. I went to LA and filmed a role that was my first significant speaking role in a SAG production.
Describe the process.
I flew to L.A. and filmed near Hollywood in a studio. The minute I landed I had to get into wardrobe and the next few days were rehearsal and filming. I actually remember. I did the audition while in a hotel room because I was out of town on a different set. It happened so fast. One moment I randomly submitted. A couple hours later got asked to audition. Then that night when I got back home I got a call about the role, and the next day I got the message I got the role. 48 hours and boom. Wasn’t expecting it at all!
That's crazy!! So years and years of preparation for less than a few days of activity. What are your emotions doing? Were you able to process anything? Are you still?
I still don’t think it’s hit me. Like, it’s work, you know? So even now I catch myself running around like a chicken with my head cut off wondering what's next. Or, is acting what I'm really supposed to be doing? Am I going to get the role? But I have to remind myself I just accomplished exactly that. I think when the film finally releases and I get to go to the premiere I’ll be more like, "Whoa". That's just how I am too; I hustle so hard the excitement and reality of my accomplishments catch up with me last minute!
I think a lot of creatives can relate...when you're doing it, when you are in the grind, you just keep your eyes in what’s in front of you, because how else would you live?
Exactly. I don’t want to get your hopes up and stay humble, but thank God for my husband and loved ones reminding me it's okay to celebrate and be excited! Otherwise why else am I doing this?
I’m glad you're allowing yourself to celebrate! What can we expect from this role? What's the movie?! Tell us all the juicy bits!
Sooo...the movie is called The Penitent Thief. Its' based on a book, which I have almost finished and it’s absolutely wonderful. I can’t put it down.
It’s a story about the two other thieves who died alongside Jesus on the cross. Although it is a story based upon the Bible, it’s also something anyone could enjoy. It is so versatile and relatable to tragedy and pain in life. High highs and low lows. The story of the two thieves isn't told and unknown so this perspective is very refreshing.
My role was as Herodias. King Herod's wife. I worked directly alongside Kevin Sorbo who plays King Herod. Here is a link to the movie if you'd like.
So I know Kevin Sorbo as Hercules from the 90's. How was he as a veteran working with a rookie like you? What was that dynamic like?
Well...honestly I realized how experienced I actually was. I was calm and knew everything that was going on in front and behind the camera. It felt good to show, or I guess surprise myself that I am actually pretty good at this. It comes naturally; I'm professional and I am more experienced than I give myself credit for. I wasn’t even really nervous. I was fired up and ready to show them what I could do.
That's great! I'm sure many people wouldn't be as cool even with some shoots under their belt.
Kevin was awesome. Very easy to talk to. Just a good guy. Very down to earth treats everyone fairly. I respect that.
What did you bring to Herodias? She's......well she's not a great person. But don't you have to bring something of your own dark side to a dark character?
Herodias is definitely dark yes.
I studied her story and she was very manipulative. Would do anything she possibly could to ensure she had power and she often used her sexuality to do so.
I don’t want to get into it too much but I know from less than proud experiences in my life what it’s like to lean very hard on being an attractive female just to survive. And it’s true when they say you pull from a dark or less desirable place to get those emotions.
And that's what I did and usually do. It’s hard but it’s also very healing. But I don’t want to spoil her too much for you! Or the film either!
I’ll stop prying then! At the risk of sounding cliché, what is something you would tell a young person who wants to be an actor even though they live in some random small town?
First off, practice makes perfect. The best thing you can do is get comfortable with it. Get involved in local theater, read plays and books, practice facial expressions in the mirror! And pick up as many skills as you can; casting directors love skills! Do your homework on what it takes to make a film or production from behind the scenes. It goes a long way when a performer shows they understand and have respect for the people's faces you don't get to see on the finishing product. They remember that;, it makes you look good, and everything goes more smoothly for everyone.
But most importantly just be yourself. I know, cliché. It’s okay to look up to a more successful actor, artist, or celebrity as inspiration or to admire, of course, but never ever try to be like them. The performing industry is always looking for something new and unique. Luckily you are the ONLY you that's out there . If you are too busy trying to emulate someone else you're going to miss your opportunity, and the performing industry is going to miss out on you. I know coming from a small town can make you feel small. But trust me you are not!
Every little detail about how you grew up, were raised, and the experiences you have are going to come from that small town. I remember that feeling, I just wanted to get out of my hometown so badly. I hated it at times and bashed it. But I look back now and am SO glad and thankful I came from where I did. It made me who I am right now. Don't rob the world of the only you it has. And of course, be humble, use your manners and try not to complain. lol. Did you get all that?
Huge thanks to Adele for sharing with us. She is so fun and an inspiration. We cannot wait to screen The Penitent Thief when it comes out!
Follow her on Insta and watch her practice on her skateboard some of her old tricks, and maybe she'll bless us with some pics of her cute puppy.