Written by Jill Sheets
R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start acting.
Raffaela: I’m a 5’2” New Yorker living in Los Angeles. Acting is something I’ve always done. My grandma did theatre, my mom did theatre, and I was in my first show at the age of five as a little princess in The King and I.
R: Tell us about your movie and about your character, Kimberly Hill.
Raffaela: REACH is a teen dramedy with a strong message of hope in the lives of a few teenage boys. An anti-suicide, anti-bullying message is its theme. I play Kimberly Hill, older sister to Daniel Hill (played by my real life brother, Steven) and girlfriend to Nick Perkins (played by the talented Jordan Doww – nominated for second year in a row Teen Choice for best comedian). Kimberly is dating the “wrong” guy and by the end of the movie, she comes into her own.
R: What was the audition like for the movie?
Raffaela: My audition involved the director viewing my reel, and then a meeting. I was recommended for the role by the writers and producers. Because of my relationship with the production team, I had the opportunity to witness REACH develop from the ground up over the last 3 + years. Johnny (writer, Clarence) and I played opposite each other as CB and Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead in December 2014. There were talks of only name actors for all roles, including Kim. But the creative team and other producers knew that the purpose of REACH was to empower not only the audience, but also empower the talent involved in the movie. It was a mixture of seasoned TV and film pros with talent who were given an opportunity to “reach” to the next level in their career, and that included me. The beautiful thing about REACH is it gave a lot of “unknown” talent the opportunity to work and be a part of something powerful–something that has the potential to be life changing for all.
R: What was your favorite part about being in the movie?
Raffaela: Getting to work with such a fun and talented cast and crew. Joey Bragg (Disney’s Liv and Maddie) is hysterical and is such a talent at improv and comedy. He had us laughing, which was a good way to off-set the seriousness of the bullying and suicide themes. It was a family. The director’s brother is in it, and my brother and sister (Natasha), too.
R: You are also a singer/songwriter. What is your writing process?
Raffaela: It usually starts off as a story I wish to tell. It then transitions into a song with a beginning, middle, and end! Then everything is kind of inspired thereafter. It’s really different every time, depending on my mood, emotions, and how I’m feeling that moment or that day. Sometimes it happens walking to my car after a long shift at work. I’ll start singing a melody and record it on my iphone. That’s what happened with “I Love Me.”
R: Tell us about your single “Hurricane” and about “I Love Me”
Raffaela: “Hurricane” is a song written by Bruce Vanderveer, Ebony Vanderveer, and Elise Legrow. I sang the vocals and collaborated with actor/rapper Chris Redd. He wrote the rap! “I Love Me” is a song I wrote. It is my own personal anthem and I hope it to become one for others, especially those who find that they’ve been compromising their truth. I want them to hear my song and gain the strength to stand up! Both songs are about empowerment, and loving and rocking who you are.
R: Where can people get your music?
Raffaela: “Hurricane” is released under the InRage Label, and I have a single, “So What,” from my first EP which is also available to download. You may listen to them on Soundcloud and on iTunes. “I Love Me” will be my single off my second EP and will be released simultaneously to the release of the movie (hopefully this fall!). “I Love Me” as well as my second EP will be released under the InRage Label and will be available on Itunes, Spotify, and Tidal.
R: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to talk about?
Raffaela: I just performed at the Jones Beach Bandshell and had a blast. I definitely hope to visit Jones Beach again.
R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?
Raffaela: Sandra Bullock, for being a classy and inspiring representation of strong, beautiful, and powerful women. Musically, I have too many to list!
R: If you could travel back in time, what time period would you pick and why?
Raffaela: The 80’s. The fashion! The clothes! Even though I’m fine with wearing sweats all day long. Still. So cool!
R: What are five things people may not know about you?
Raffaela: When I see the color green I melt, eggplant parmesan is the way to my heart, my go-to snack at the movies is popcorn mixed with peanut M&M’s, I love Adam Lambert, and Lord of the Flies and The Outsiders are still my favorite books.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
Raffaela: “Will you go away to Venice with me and let me bathe you in chocolate?” Thank you Tinder.
R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them in general?
Raffaela: Love you to the best of your ability. Embrace being different. Embrace being unique. Being “normal” is overrated. There is nothing wrong with you, ever. People are mean, and fitting in is no way near as cool as standing out. So if you’re considered “weird,” you’re the winner!
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/ or youtube page?
Raffaela: Yes Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and I just got a Snapchat!
YouTube: Raffaela Capp
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
Raffaela: Thank you! Tweet me, Instagram me, Facebook me, or Snapchat me anytime!
Photo Credit: Raffaela and Reach – The Movie