Gorgeous and talented actress Tasya Teles has joined the Supernatural family with her role as Amara’s nanny in the season 11 episode “The Bad Seed.” Teles is known for her work on films such as Afflicted, Skin Trade, and Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. She’s also had roles on iZombie and The 100. This busy actress took time out to chat about life on the set with Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard.
Q. Supernatural viewers had the chance to see your performance in the “The Bad Seed.” Too bad that kid had a big appetite! What was it like on the set?
A. Thank you so much! I’m excited to be chatting with you about Supernatural, it’s such a cool show, and working with Jensen was awesome. For a hot second I was worried that I would feel like the nerdy new girl at school, since everyone on set has been on for so long, but that was not the case at all. The cast and crew were incredibly friendly, welcoming, and inclusive. The director was pretty cool too:)
I had the good fortune to be directed by Jensen Ackles, and was struck by how fun it was to work with him. He has such a strong, clear vision of the show; there were no hesitations or grey areas. He knew exactly what he wanted to do, and executed it effortlessly.
Jensen’s energy encouraged a nice cohesion and work flow on set. He’s very approachable and warm. I remember he gave me a quick reassuring hug, welcoming me to set on my first day, as if we were old pals. He treated everyone in a similar fashion, always with a big smile on his face. It was cool to watch him in action as a director. He’s a talented guy.
I didn’t get to meet Jared, as our characters never interacted, but Mark was loads of fun. Always getting a laugh out of everyone between takes, Mark Sheppard was cracking jokes, while Gracyn was poised and lovely, as we plugged through some long days. Honestly, I just had such a great time, I hope the Nanny gets resurrected sometime soon – you never know!
Q. What inspired you to become an actress?
A. What first inspired me? Hmm. That’s a very curious thing. I guess I always knew that I wanted to act, but didn’t know exactly why. There was always this voice yelling “Go act! Express! Get on with your weird funky self!” So, I followed that little intuitive chirp, and began acting. I fell in love right away. What continues to keep me in love with acting is the excitement and dynamic nature of storytelling. It’s about opening yourself up and taking risks, trying new things, connecting with the people around us in a way that often gets skipped over in our daily lives. Time slows down when I act. I get to take the time to explore an idea, or examine a feeling, outside of my own comfort. It’s intoxicating. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I am doing.
Plus, I have the opportunity to learn new things every single day. From sword fighting, to foreign languages, martial arts, or various cultures and politics, there’s never a dull moment in this field. It can be exhausting, but I love it. Actors are continuously growing, studying, and adopting new worlds, as their characters. That comes with an immense amount of responsibility (and research), but also, an immense amount of fun!
Q. What can you share about your projects in the works? The Morning After the Night Before, Mirrors, and The Perfect Pickup? Are there any other projects that you can tell you fans about?
A. Oh my gosh! Now that I see them all lined up like that you’re getting me excited! These are all very fun projects, with very special teams behind each. The Perfect Pickup actually just wrapped, so I can’t wait to see the final product soon. It comes out in early 2016, and is a comedy about the crazy-making world of relationships and dating. Four guys who try to navigate the dating scene, despite hilarious failures and cute semi-successful pickup attempts with women as they go. I play Tracy (one of my funniest characters yet) who is full of surprises, to say the least.
The Morning After the Night Before is another journey into the dating world, and we haven’t started shooting yet, as the script is still in its final edits.
In line with my techy side, you’ll see me taking my first swing in the producer’s seat, in a Sci-Fi thriller, Ethix, which offers a glimpse into the future of artificial intelligence and the dawn of Singularity. I play one of the advanced AI Humanoids; a CEO who is up to no good. Cue foreboding music.
Q. Do you have any “hidden talents” that you can share with your fans? The quirkier the better?
A. The list is long, but out of self-preservation I’ll keep my quirkiest off the internet (for now anyways). I’m not sure how much of these could be considered ‘talents’, but here you go! I can do reasonably accurate impressions of Fran Drescher, Droopy the Dog, Martha Generic (the mom in Bobby’s World), and dolphin talk. I’m an amazing Karaoke Rapper. I can rap every word to “Passing Me By” and most Tribe Called Quest songs. I’m also proficient at the “air-guitar” and “Vio-leg”, as well as burping on cue.
Anything I accidentally drop, I will always catch with some part of my body before it hits the ground (and no, it doesn’t look elegant, or ninja-like, in any way). Still working on that.
Q. So many of my readers are geeks. They would just love to know–Are you a fan of science fiction or comic books?
Oh… I guess I could answer that question with a simple, “YES!” I’ll blame my dad for this, but I grew up deep in Sci-Fi land, which then evolved to include comic books. It all started with Star Trek – nerdy, yes I know, but so good! Then moved towards Marvel comics, and my obsession thickened as all things X-Men infused my life. I even had all their trading cards.