Breaking into the film industry can seem to be a nearly impossible, almost insurmountable, task. Despite all the media opportunities in the world today–including independent and “startup” work–there remains a shortage of acting jobs that can actually pay the bills and provide a steady income. Despite these odds, some lucky individuals manage to find success on screen and stage. Linnea Sage, star of the comedic “Wildcats” web series, is once such person. Linnea Sage has been acting since childhood. A native of Boston, she moved to New York at age 21 and has since appeared in films, TV series and theatrical stage productions. Recently, this Examiner had the opportunity to speak to Linnea about her experiences working as an actress:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): What inspired you to become an actress?
Linnea Sage (L.S.): I started acting on stage when I was eight, and did a couple plays or musicals every year until I moved to New York, at 21. It was at my drama camp, Stagedoor Manor, when I was really convinced that if I worked hard enough and took acting really seriously I could possibly make it as an actor. That was when I realized that there was never going to be anything else I could be as passionate about. College is when I really discovered how much I loved acting on camera, and I got a lot of wonderful opportunities to work in the Boston film scene, where I’m from. When I moved to New York I decided film and TV was the path I was going to focus on. Of course, I still do stage work from time to time, when I just can’t turn a great opportunity down!
M.M.: Are there any genres that you prefer to work in? Why?
L.S.: I think anyone who is passionate about theatre and acting chases after opportunities to play a great role or to work with great people, no matter the genre. Of course, the opportunity to make people laugh has always been very much a driving force in my career direction. “Wildcats” was like a home run in this sense. The ability to work with Rachel and a largely female crew, getting to play Allison, who is so dynamic and such a great representation of kids growing up in America today, and of course, poop jokes!
M.M.: Why were you compelled to take the “Wildcats” role?
L.S.: It’s such a great feeling to be a part of something good, in every sense of the word. There are teens in high schools all over America, just like Wallis Hills, who are realizing they’re different in the same ways Allison is, and they are trying to figure out if standing up for their beliefs and views and opinions is the right thing to do. “Wildcats” is here to tell them that they should go for it, and the worst that could happen probably isn’t that bad in the long run. It was really exciting to get to be a part of that opportunity. It’s about time that people (especially teens) of any age, sex, orientation, or lifestyle realize that being yourself is the best thing you could possibly be. It’s inevitable that kids reach an age where they realize they are different. Sometimes their community embraces it and it’s wonderful. There are many more times, in America and around the world, that these differences are met with hatred and confusion and bullying. There’s really no room for that in the short time that we have here. Sometimes, it’s hard to embrace differences because we may not understand them, but as long as it’s not hurting anyone else, we need to realize that differences advance humanity.
M.M.: Where does this rank in terms of favorite acting experiences?
L.S.: At this moment, WILDCATS is what I am most proud of. It was like everything I had ever learned, and every mistake I had ever made, and every success I had ever had, culminating into this project that turned out to be so important. I’m so in love with it. Everyone who worked on the project truly cared about it. The cast was wonderful, the crew and direction and writing was wonderful. It was a true collaboration and everyone came together to make something great.
M.M.: If you could star in any kind of film or series what type of movie would you like to be in?
L.S.: Growing up my biggest comedy idol was Fran Drescher on “The Nanny.” She was the first female actor I really admired for her strength and ambition and absolutely fearless comedic skills. Since then, Hollywood has been blessed with other headstrong feminists filmmakers like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Cherien Dabis, and countless others. I hope I’m able to work with all of them at some point, in whatever way that turns out to be.
M.M.: What has been the most rewarding thing about being involved in the entertainment industry to date?
L.S.: Watching it morph and change with technology and seeing what new opportunities are arising, in terms of New Media and online original content. It feel like censorship might be coming to an end and freedom of expression is about to have a reawakening. I hope I get to continue to be a huge part of that.
M.M.: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
L.S.: At the moment, I’m not allowed to talk about the most exciting things I have lined up! So you’ll have to stay up to date at Linnea NYC for updates.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the entertainment industry?
L.S.: Be you, but work hard and never stop trying to become your best you.
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To learn more about Linnea Sage visit her website, IMDB, Facebook and Twitter.