Written by Jill Sheets
Recently, I had the honor of interviewing up and coming actress Kaila Kondo. She is in the movie Before I Fall. Read on and learn where she would visit if she could go back in time, who her favorite actress is, five random things about her, and all about her movie.
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start into acting.
K: I’ve always loved the performing arts! I am a very dramatic and enthusiastic person. When I was younger, my parents put me into a performing arts preschool, and I fell in love with acting. From there, I continued attending art schools, performing in plays, and auditioning for roles in television.
R: Tell us about your movie Before I Fall and about your character, Bunny Cupid.
K: Before I Fall is about Samantha Kingston, a popular high school student, who finds herself having to relive Valentine’s Day over and over until she “gets it right.” It’s about self-discovery and realizing that sometimes you need to look outside yourself and make changes in your behaviors and interactions with others before moving forward. Bunny Cupid has a small role in the movie – one line actually. She is part of a group of three cupids whose job it is to go around to classrooms and hand out Valentine’s roses. Although it wasn’t a large role, it was a great experience being on set and getting a chance to work with the other actors.
R: What was the audition process for this movie?
K: A request was made through my agent for me to read for the part. I received the script the night before and rehearsed my line over and over. In the audition room, they asked me to say the line and start handing out the roses to imaginary people in various emotions such as bubbly, flirty, and nervous. I guess I impressed them because I got a call saying the role was mine!
R: What was your favorite part about filming this movie?
K: It definitely had to be getting to know everyone on set! I loved meeting both the actors and the crew and getting to chat with them every day. It was so inspiring seeing everyone hard at work trying to make this film come to life – the passion was really evident in everyone I got to meet.
R: Do you have any other upcoming projects coming out that you can talk about?
K: I am actually taking a break from acting at the moment while I start university, but I hope to be back in front of the camera soon.
R: If you could work with any five actors and/or actresses who would they be?
K: I would love the opportunity to work with Emma Watson, Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and Dwayne Johnson.
R: What shows would you like to make a guest appearance on?
K: I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds. My mother and I always marathon the episodes and I would love to make an appearance on it!
R: I read that you can ballroom dance. Is that true? If so, how long have you been studying? What is your favorite style?
K: Yes it’s true, I can ballroom dance! I have been studying on and off for about five years now. I do it mainly for fun and am nowhere near a competitive level. My favorite style is swing! I have always enjoyed the fast pace of the music and how it can be super catchy!
R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them?
K: Always be yourself, regardless of what others think. Sometimes in life, you meet people who are judgmental or manipulative and who might want you to conform, but you should never change who you are to fit someone else’s standards.
I encourage everyone who reads this to write one positive note, such as “You are beautiful,” and place it on your mirror or somewhere you often look. Then every day you can constantly affirm that you are amazing, or smart, or confident, or all the above. It is so important to believe in yourself and to have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer the world.
R: Who is your biggest influence and why?
K: Definitely my mother. She’s such a hard working and kindhearted person. She has been through everything with me and has supported me no matter what. She believes in me and pushes me to be the best that I can be.
R: If you could travel back in time, what time period would you pick and why?
K: I would like travel back in time to Ancient Greece. I have always been fascinated with their culture, architecture, and beliefs. It would be amazing to experience everything first-hand rather than reading about it in a book.
R: What are five things people may not know about you?
K: I am a lifeguard and swim instructor. I played on an all-girls baseball team and took 1st place at the Canadian nationals. I love playing the game Candy Crush and I am on level 867! I know how to surf. My best friend is my dog, Ty, who is an American Eskimo that we rescued from a shelter in Taiwan.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
K: I was at a sleepover with some friends, and we were eating s’mores. My friend turned to me and asked if I could fit a mini marshmallow up my nose. Intrigued, I gave it a shot and the marshmallow fit! Although it did not get stuck in my nasal cavity, I do not recommend for others try this.
R: Are you on any social networking sites?
K: No, I am not.
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
K: Don’t give up on your passion! If you love something, do it with all your heart. When times get tough, you might think it is easier to give up on something than to push through it; however, if you persevere, you’ll come out stronger than before.
R: Kaila, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.
K: Thank you so much for interviewing me! This was my first interview, so it means a lot to me!
Picture credit: Ian Redd