#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: JAZ SINCLAIR On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!
Actress JAZ SINCLAIR portrays the character ANNA in the newly-released thriller film WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, and she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
How did you get the role as Anna?
It was a multi-step process. I went in for the audition and they had me do four scenes from the story so they could feel if I could play both: the innocent Anna and the intense Anna.
I went to a couple meetings, sent in an audition tape while I was filming Paper Towns, met the director and he told me later that during our meeting that he didn’t think I would get the role because he thought I was too sweet. Then we had a conversation about Anna and something in my eyes changed that kind of scared him and that’s when he knew I could do it.
Your character is complex. I tried my best to dislike you during the film, but I couldn’t.
That’s awesome. I am so glad. I wanted the audience to feel sympathy for her.
How did you know this part was perfect for you?
It’s strange. If I had looked at it on paper without putting it on its feet, I never would have thought “me” for this role. For so many reasons, I just would not have thought this would be my role. When I was auditioning, it just came through me. And something just clicked. I understood her. She made sense to me. And I cared about her. I read the script and the same thing happened. It was like the script was speaking to me and I just knew I was supposed to play this role.
What did you learn about yourself when you were filming?
I worked almost every day on set. I wanted to learn how to work hard, take care of myself and still be happy. It was more of a balancing act during filming. I learned timing and how to trust my own artistic instinct, and to take risks. That was super valuable and thanks in large part to Jon [Cassar], who directed it and gave me so much freedom to explore.
Where do Anna and Jaz intersect?
We are very different. I can feel the difference. When I was Anna, I didn’t feel like me. I didn’t see the world as me, things looked different and felt different. I moved different. We are the same in that we are complex people with wounds, delicacies and vulnerabilities … who just want love. Everybody wants love. I just wouldn’t act out they way she did.
You traveled to New Orleans to film. What did you like most about that city?
The music, the vibe of the city … there is a pulse. It was so refreshing. I love that it’s so rich with culture and the food is so good and also so rich.
What’s on your bucket list of places to travel to?
It’s a long bucket list. I want to go see the Aurora Borealis. There are like igloo hotels with a see-through roof where you can see the [Northern Lights].
I will be in Ireland for Labor Day. I have one place that I know that I want to go and I am going to feel it out, see what people I meet and the places I end up. And just open myself up to experience an amazing time.
What’s the last book you read?
I am reading Psycho right now.
What made you pick up Psycho?
I’m watching “Bates Motel,” which is so good. Vera Farmiga is amazing. I’ve actually never seen Psychoand reading the book is a preface to seeing the movie. I am so into the show and I was at Barnes and Noble and saw Pyscho and decided to read it. It is so good.
I have a couple of projects coming out. I am really excited to see how this [opportunity impacts] my career. I have never had anything like this before. It is all really new. Strange. Exciting. Terrifying.