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Katerine-Ann and Emma-Jane MacKinnon-Lee Interview

Katerine-Ann and Emma-Jane MacKinnon-Lee Interview

Australia's newest starlets to watch have burst onto the acting scene, sisters Katerine-Ann and Emma-Jane MacKinnon-Lee.

Managed by Random Management, part of the Mark Morrissey Entertainment Group, the girls are fast making a name for themselves in the acting world, recently acquiring roles in the upcoming Australian Feature Film, Alex and Eve, directed by Peter Andrikidis (Underbelly).

Katerine-Ann, nineteen years of age, stars as Sarah, a gothic school-girl with an over-confident attitude. Previous to Alex and Eve, Katerine-Ann has had supporting roles in short films and made appearances in television shows such as Home and Away and Puberty Blues. Through classes and courses run by international and national casting directors, professional teachers and NIDA workshops, Katerine-Ann is always striving to ensure her acting skills are at their highest peak. Though younger, seventeen year old Emma-Jane is just as determined, taking many acting classes and workshops and already gaining roles in short films and a television commercial for NRMA. She stars alongside her sister in Alex and Eve as Mandy, a compliant, conservative textbook student.

Previously, Katerine-Ann and Emma-Jane have gained work experience on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show as well as performing as on-court presenters at the Sydney Kings basketball home games – in front of crowds of over 5,000.

Alex and Eve is a romantic comedy based on the hit play of the same title and is a family comedy about dating in modern day multicultural Australia. The film stars Richard Brancatisano as Alex, a Greek Orthodox man who has fallen in love with Eve, a Lebanese Muslim woman played by Andrea Demetriades. The film humorously explores the themes of love, race and religion when these star-crossed lovers are forbidden to marry by their parents. Alex and Eve will be premiering at the Greek Film Festival in both Sydney and Melbourne on October 14, 2015.

Alex and Eve has a cinema release date of October 22, 2015 and the trailer can be found on YouTube and http://alexandeve.com.au/trailer/


Interview with Emma-Jane MacKinnon-Lee

Question: How would you describe Alex and Eve?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: I would have to describe Alex and Eve like Romeo and Juliet- meant for each other but just can't be together…or can they find a way?! Their love for each other is fresh, fun and something that I'm sure all couples can relate to and look up to.


Question: Can you tell us about your character in Alex and Eve?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: My character of Mandy is quite a compliant, conservative, and textbook like student. She loves helping her teacher, Alex, especially with his love life- even making sure to polish an apple for his desk!


Question: How can you relate to the character; would you say you're similar?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: In many ways I am also like Mandy- not going out of my way to get in trouble!! But I am probably a bit more outgoing in my own classroom and so it was fun to try something different.


Question: What difficulties did you have during the filming of Alex and Eve?

 

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: When filming for Alex and Eve I thought that everything went pretty smoothly. On the first day it was a bit difficult getting up at around 3:30 am to be on set by 4:30/5 am. However luckily I'm a morning person and usually get up at around 4:30/5 anyway – even on weekends and holidays!- so it wasn't a major change and by the second day I was already adjusting.


Question: What originally inspired you to begin acting?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: In all honestly I can't identify the exact inspiration. However I've always thought that it would be an amazing type of work and as soon as I got into it I knew that it was something that I wanted to continue doing.


Question: How does it feel to see yourself on the big screen?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: When I first saw the film it was really quite strange seeing myself up on the screen! It almost didn't feel right and was kind of like looking at myself in the mirror!


Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your acting success?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: So far there hasn't been any major challenge- yes there have been setbacks and disappointments, but this happens to everyone and I am very grateful to have landed the role as Mandy on Alex and Eve as it's a great opportunity and I can't wait to see how it goes! I definitely couldn't have overcome these challenges though without the support from my parents who have been there for me through thick and thin.


Question: If you could collaborate with another actor, who would it be?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: That's an easy one! I have always absolutely loved all of Wes Anderson's films, and he usually always casts Owen Wilson. So definitely Owen Wilson! It's probably not every teenage girls cliche choice but I find him so entertaining, funny and just overall great to watch! I especially love him in the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. That also has to be my favourite film!


Question: What's next, for you?

Emma Jane MacKinnon-Lee: Hopefully more movies/TV shows and even maybe an Alex and Eve 2!

Interview with Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee

Question: How would you describe Alex and Eve?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee: Alex and Eve is about following your heart and not letting anyone stop you finding love in modern day
Australia.


Question: Can you tell us about your character in Alex and Eve?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee:  Sarah, was the goth-wannabe, with an overconfident attitude, who wanted her teacher, Alex to have a relationship with Eve. Sarah's teenage crush with Chris contributed to the -B' story, mirroring and providing the counterpoint to the storyline of Alex and Eve.




Question: How can you relate to the character; would you say you're similar?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee: In real life, I am quite dissimilar to Sarah in many ways. You see those types of outspoken girls at school who enjoy match-making the teacher and I've always thought what it would be like to be one of them and have that much attitude. Through observation of others I was able to create the feisty character of Sarah.



Question: What difficulties did you have during the filming of Alex and Eve?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee: I was doing my HSC trials during the film, which was challenging. However it made me more efficient with my time. I didn't get too stressed as I was in a classroom everyday shooting with a book open and a teacher at the front! So it gave me some peace of mind!




Question: What originally inspired you to begin acting?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee:   I used to be really shy when I was little and my parents took me to drama classes to try and build my confidence. Surprisingly, as I grew older it has become a serious passion. I have worked relentlessly but I love doing it. I have amazing supportive parents and people around me and can't thank them enough.




Question: How does it feel to see yourself on the big screen?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee:   It does feel a bit weird. Something I am not used to! I actually like to look at the other actors on screen, not really me!




Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your acting success?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee: Thanks for the compliment about success! It's still only very early days and I have a long way to go and hopefully I can fulfill my dreams. There will no doubt be a lot of challenges faced along the way, like anyone has with any job, but with hard work and dedication I am hoping I can overcome this.


Question: If you could collaborate with another actor, who would it be?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee: Katherine Heigl. I love her work, especially in the 27 Dresses movie! I aspire to her a lot.



Question: What's next, for you?

Katerine-Ann MacKinnon-Lee:   I am hoping the film will be a stepping stone to new exciting things.

 


Interview by Brooke Hunter



 



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