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Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Genevieve Mc Bride

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We Talk Tammy With Rising Star Mia Rose Frampton

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Recently we got the chance to speak with Mia Rose Frampton about her upcoming film “Tammy”. Mia was kind enough to speak to us about her career, character, and future plans.

What inspired you to choose a career in film/TV; do you have any advice for people who are looking to get into the television and/or film industry?

My mom told me that when I was about three I saw a girl about the same age as me in a commercial and I apparently proclaimed.. I can do that! I’ve always had a flare for the dramatics and I know my mom would agree with that! I was always dressing up and acting like different characters as a child, and loved to be the center of attention. I started doing plays and musicals at a conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio, and knew that that’s what I wanted… NEEDED to do. I moved to Los Angeles when I was about 11 with my mom and I can honestly say it’s been a wild ride. There have been many peaks that have filled me with the most remarkable joy, as well as some valleys that made me question the path I was on, but at the bottom of my heart, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. My advice to new comers would be that they must really want it, want to be in this business more than anything. They must feel that they wouldn’t be the same person without doing it. As the rejection this business holds is unlike anything I’ve experienced. Although, if you stick it out, and work hard, it is more than worth it. You should always fight for your dreams and never ever EVER give up!

What can you tell us about your character?

I play Karen in Tammy. All I can say is that when Mc Carthey and Surandons characters embark on their road trip into the unknown, they meet me along the way and I am a lot more than they can handle. I got to get physical in the scene and it was so much fun! I had never done anything like it before. I knew I was in for an amazing time when I was auditioning for the part. I got to improvise with Melissa in the audition! It was a dream come true.

How did you prepare for your part ?

I try not to prepare much for improvisation scenes, as I feel like I am at my best in improv when I am spontaneous and my thoughts and words aren’t premeditated. Although, to do so and make what I’m saying seem natural and right for the scene, I have to really be in character. As I have to think through the mind of the character and think what they would say rather than what I would say. My wardrobe, and the talented make up artists and hair stylist help me in becoming the character.

If you had carte blanche, what type of role would you like to create for yourself, who would direct, and who would star with you in the project?

Oh my, this question is getting me excited just thinking of all the possibilities! Well a new director I’m really excited about is Gia Coppola. I just saw Palo Alto, and I felt that it portrayed high school and young adults who are coming into their own very authentically. I felt a deep connection with the characters as they searched for their identity and place in the world. I would love to be in a film, directed by Coppola that people could identify with and relate with just as I did with Palo Alto. I’d love to be given a character in a drama, that had many layers and facets to them. A character that I could have free reign to develop and find meaning within. But my dream would be to star in a David O’Russel film. He’s such a talented writer and director. When watching one of his films you instantly feel connected to the story and the characters. He also always gets the most amazing performances out of his actors. He finds a story and creates a journey through his movies, that sets you down a path you had no idea you would take. Either one that pulls at your heart strings, or makes you root for the villains, heros, and even the problematic love affairs. I love that it’s not just about creating a movie for him, but an undeniably enjoyable adventure. One that is thought provoking and unforgettable.

When you consider a script or a potential TV or film project, what elements do you look for in the story and character and what types of projects would you like to do in the future?
I would love to do a drama in the future as most of what I have done is comedy. I would love to have a deep and complex character to tackle. When looking at projects, I look for the ones that hold my attention and when I feel like I can’t put the script down. I look for projects that are unique and that hold a story I feel needs to be told.

What were some memorable moments from filming?
On set there was this huge stuffed bear that was wearing a fishing outfit. The hat, the vest, the whole shebang. It was great! Melissa and I were getting selfies with it!

As a follow up, what was working with your cast like as I bet it was hard to keep a straight face around Melissa?

Oh of course! When working with a queen of comedy it’s extremely hard! But I had to stay in character if we were going to finish! It was definitely inspiring. Melissa never held back and that is definitely something I learned from her. I remember seeing Susan spin and spin and spin so that she could get into the drunken mindset and it was so cool to see that and see her get into character. If only some of her talent could rub off on me! It seriously felt like a dream come true!

When you’re not filming, what do you like to do?

I love to hang out with my friends, watch movies, go to the beach, and eat sushi!! Lots of it!
What future projects do you have coming up that the readers can look forward to?
Well, like many other eighteen year olds, I am getting ready to go to college! I will be attending Chapman University in the fall! I’m so excited to shop for my dorm, study theater, and meet so many new people! I am staying close to home so I can audition for new projects!

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