Olivia graduated the DAP program in March 2010 and signed with Muse Artist Management. Not too long after graduating, Olivia went on to book her first role in a feature film "Ecstasy." Olivia will be acting next to Kristen Kreuk (Smallville), Colin Mochrie (Who's Line Is It Anyway) and Lord of the Rings' Pippin, Billy Boyd . Olivia was flown out to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario where she was filming on set for 2 weeks. Oliva also performed in the VADA showcase in September and took home 3rd place for her dramatic monologue.
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Q:What was the audition process like?
My agent sent me the script and basically said, "Have at it.” There were no sides for me, so I just took all of my characters scenes out and put them together. I sent in two tapes. After the first one, they narrowed it down. I think it was just me and another girl up for the role when I taped the second one.
Q:Did you feel like the DAP program helped prepare you for your audition?
I don't think I would have known how to approach the script or make my audition stand out from the other ones, so thank you DAP!
Q:What was your initial reaction when you found out you booked the role?
There was lots of screaming. I don't know what it is, but for some reason I wanted this role more than anything else I had gone out for before. I was so excited, I still am!
Q:Whats the movie about?
The movie is based off the book Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh. To put it vaguely, it's about drugs and the way they effect the lives and relationships of the characters (in positive and negative ways). It has a Trainspotting feel to it. (Also, by Irvine Welsh!).
Q:What is your prep work or character work for this role?
My character is fairly big into the drug scene, and raving. I'm not like that at all. I have been listening to a lot of rave music and watching videos of how people dance at raves, just trying to figure all of that out. And I have no idea what it feels like to be on drugs, so to try and understand that feeling or connect it to something else is a bit of challenge.
Q: What are you looking forward to most during your time on set?
It's hard to say. I'm looking forward to so many things. Having the opportunity to work with some really amazing actors is definitely at the top of my list.
Q:If you had any advice or message for other actors what would it be?
Keep your attitude in check at all times. Don't let one bad audition get you down because there is something else waiting for you.