Chit Chatting with Molly Quinn

Chit Chatting with Molly Quinn

Written by Jill Sheets

Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn

Picture credit Molly Quinn

Recently Relate got to interview actress Molly Quinn, who plays Alexis Castle in the hit show “Castle.” She is currently in New Zealand filming the Disney Channel’s movie “Avalon High.” Continue to read to learn more about Molly, her character Alexis and her up and coming movie “Avalon High”

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

M: Hello, I am Molly Quinn. I am a 16 year old actor. I feel supported by my family and friends to follow my heart. They give me their love even though they don’t always understand me.

R: At what age did you start to act, and how did you get into acting? What was your first role?

M: I had been auditioning for a part in our community ballet’s version of the “Nutcracker”. When I was asked to audition for a speaking part in the introduction of the story, I really was excited. I was just 6 years old, but I could understand with so many little ballerinas trying-out that I had better give the acting part a try too. If for no other reason than to just better my odds of getting a part (laughs).

Well, I booked the part and got to work with director Martin Beck. I had no idea how much I was going to love the whole process of acting and being a part of a production, but I fell deeply in love. After the performances Martin and I started weekly lessons and I don’t know ‘who challenged who’ more over the 5 years that followed.

R: Was acting something you had always wanted to do?

M: Once I booked that part and started acting, I had a revelation that I had always loved and incorporated acting and imagination in everything. For as far back as I could remember all my play had been imaginary play where I acted out every role. All my work in school clicked when I was allowed to build a “back-story” to the work. From spelling to math and science, I had used imaginary stories to help me remember the work.

So, did I always want to do it? I just was always doing it. Nothing else really spoke to me and once I learned to read, I had to act everything out on the playground with my best friend Lewis.

R: Tell us about your show “Castle,” and about your character Alexis Castle. Are there any similarities between you and your character?

M: I love Andrew Marlow’s “Castle”. The show is imaginative and as funny as homicide can get. I love crime stories and mysteries, but they get a little depressing after a while and one is left drained, not so with “Castle”. I always have things to laugh about when it is over.

I also really enjoy the character of “Alexis”. Again, thank you Andrew Marlow for recognizing that there is a large didactic of hard-working Alexises out there. Good girls trying to survive in a crazy world. Girls that are true history makers trying to have balance despite their desire to over-achieve. These girls are optimistic and still full of unconditional love which makes them vulnerable to lessons beyond intellect.

Alexis and I are alike in that we are open to love those around us and so far we have not been jaded by those we should be able to trust. We both study thoroughly and feel supported to follow our destiny no matter how unique the road. We both love our daddies and know we have been blessed. Alexis and I are both 16 so we are navigating those waters at the same time. We both play the violin and we both are starting to bring an odd selection of friends from our different hobbies home. (laughs evilly)

R: What was the audition process like for Alexis? How did you find out that you got the role?

M: I read the first script and remember thinking how good it was. I auditioned for the casting assistant then she called in the casting director and had me audition again. I left feeling very happy. Weeks went by and I thought they had passed on me, but that was OK because I knew I had done my best and the role had been mine for those 5 minutes. Then I got a call for a callback a couple of weeks later. This callback was for a chemistry read with Nathan Fillion. I had been impressed with his other work, but after meeting him in person I was totally sold. I can remember telling my mom as we left that I would just carry his cup on set to get to work with him. Luckily for me, I got the job after meeting Andrew Marlow, Rob Bowman and the president of ABC, Steve McPherson at the screen test the next week. I do get Nathan water though, just to be clear. He had that written in my contract. I can get that changed in five years, but I don’t think I will.

R: Do you ever watch yourself in “Castle” or any of your movies that you have been in?

M: I watch the finished work once and make notes. After that, I move forward.

If I watch a program or movie again I do it for entertainment for the joy the other actors bring me. Nathan makes me laugh a lot, but so do our two detectives played by Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever.

R: When you have free time on the set, what kind of things do you like to do?

M: I like to read and catch up on my texting and email.  I also like to play video games with Nathan. Season three he is going to teach me to “Twitter”.

Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn

Picture credit: Molly Quinn

R: There is a rumor that you are going to be in “Avalon High” as Jen. Is that true? If so, is there anything you can tell us about the movie and your character?

M: Yes, I am here in New Zealand as we speak filming Disney Channel’s “Avalon High”. I think Disney has several press releases out, but we are not supposed to say much individually.

Jen is a very loving character inside and out, she is also the head cheerleader. I have been writing a lot of poetry about her because her character is deep.

This is my first time to work with a group of actors my age and I am very impressed with everyone on set. Steve Valentine, who I met on the set of “A Christmas Carol”, is also knocking our socks off, sooo good. Our director, Stu Gilliard and his team are a well oiled machine and I can’t wait to see how they bring it all together.

Annnd, NEW ZEALAND and its PEOPLE ROCK!!!!!

I am getting a bit of time to explore and it is wondrous. I am exploring caves tomorrow and hope to visit Hobbiton next week.

R: How do you prepare for a role?

M: I read the script then I write the character’s back-story taking the time and place they live into account. I do a lot of research on anything in their environment that is everyday, especially music, so that it becomes everyday to me. This can be easily 50 pages or more for even the smallest role, for there are no small roles…

R: Do you have any hidden talents?

M: I know how to care for amphibians and hedgehogs. Very tricky creatures and they make me very aware of how important a pure environment is for the inhabitants.

R: What has been you most star struck moment? Who was it, and tell us about it.

M: Meeting Collin Firth on the set of “A Christmas Carol”. I totally had a fan moment. I ran up to him to introduce myself, but then couldn’t speak. He was very understanding and I knew it must happen to him all the time. He gave me a chance to get it together then we had a pleasant conversation. He was beautiful.

R: Do you have a secret celebrity crush? If so, who is it?

M: John Wayne, when I watch anything he ever did I am inspired.

R: Have you ever written a fan letter before? If so, who?

M: No, but I have a lot of respect for those that do. I think they are awesome encouragers and there aren’t many left in the world.

R: Do you ever get time to read your fan letters and write back?

M: I read them all and try to answer personally. I have a lot respect for the feelings that go into the letters.

R: If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be?

M: Philip Seymour Hoffman, but there are quite a few I long to work with. Not just actor-wise, but directors and cinematographers too.

R: If you could make a guest appearance on any show, what show would it be and why?

M: SVU because they put on a good show that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Also because they have guest stars that really ‘bring it’, so that would be an honor.

R: What is the best and worse thing about being an actress?

M: Best: Having the freedom to play

Worst: I am living my dream, so there is no worse for me now. If I think things are tough, I just get on Mount Perspective and count my blessings.

R: How do you deal with fame?

M: I don’t really think about it. I am always surprised when someone calls my name or wants a picture. Such an honor to bring joy to others doing what I love.

Molly Quinn

Molly Quinn

Picture credit: Molly Quinn

R: How do you stay yourself when there is camera’s taken pictures and video of you?

M: I try not to think about me. I try to be present in the moment and let everything else go.

R: You have been in movies and on TV. Do you prefer one over the other?

M: I am young and insane, so I like them both. I feel the two together an actor has the best of both worlds. A TV show if it is on for a while steadily builds a character and a movie has that character thick and rich and deep over a few months and that variety is rewarding too.

R: We read that one of your favorite subjects in school is History. If you could go back in time, what time period or event would you want to visit?

M: France, pre-revolution, a lot of Americans were there. Also, America WWII and soon after.

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

M: My parents. They see things that need to be done, they make a plan, and they accomplish a lot. They value stick-to-itiveness and dreaming big. They also know it is important to take time to rest, to evaluate who you are, and to give thanks for ones blessings.

R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

M: I do not remember where I read this, but it was: One should not take themselves too seriously. I was struck with the truth of that statement and about how much conflict could be avoided if people would just relax on that point.

R: What advice would you give teenage girls?

M: Set your goals high and never give up. Do not get distracted from living life to its fullest.

R: What singers and bands can be found on your ipod or mp3 player? What is your favorite song by each of them?

M: Frank Sinatra “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

The Beatles “Julia”

Ambrosia “Biggest Part of Me”

R: What is your favorite memory so far?

M: As of now, chasing sheep with my friends when we went to Waiheke Island.

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart? If so, tell us about them.

M: St. Jude’s Hospital

National Camps for the Blind

Ronald McDonald Camp for families

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

M: I love to go to camp every year and meet new people.

I enjoy yoga.

I aspire to be a raw vegan, but consider myself a flexitarian.

When it comes to boys, I choose brains and sensitivity over brawn every time.

I am and always have been very “girl power”.

R: What are five things you can not live without?

M: God

family and friends

my dog

my violin

and Raw Chocolate

R: What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done for you?

M: I love it when they tell me about their hometowns. Several fans in different parts of Europe have even sent pictures of their cities and I really am touched.

R: What are some of your future goals?

M: To live in the moment every day. I want to keep studying and see where those studies take me as I become more and more independent.

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

M: Haven’t really gone there yet. Nathan is trying to get me ready for some of the crazy things well meaning fans do. He is probably the person to ask that question with all his soap opera fans, and comic-con fans, and sci-fi fans. He is a great story teller too.

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses?

M: There are some fan sites popping up, but I do not know who is running them.

My managers started the one I review on Facebook. It is the “Molly C. Quinn, Official Fan Site”. That site has a lot of comments from friends and family as well, so fans can learn more than they ever would want to know. Ha. My family doesn’t understand the concept of “Fan Site”, they are so sweet. I am also on IMDB as “Molly C. Quinn”.

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

M: Keep watching “Castle” and tell all your family and friends about it! Folks don’t realize that if fans like a show, they have to politic for it to keep it on the air. Everyone on the show appreciates the fans.

R: Molly, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

M: Thank you.