Interview

Audrey Hsieh on working with Billy Crystal, her role in Netflix’s “Mixtape” and more   

Audrey Hsieh is on a roll, and her latest project is one that you will not want to miss. She’s starring in her new Netflix film Mixtape. Audrey talked about her character in Mixtape, what she hoped people would gain from it, her experience working with Billy Crystal in “Here Today” and more.

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When did you decide that acting was something you wanted to pursue?
I had always loved acting, but the point in my life when I decided acting was something I really wanted to pursue, was when I landed my role in Here Today! That’s when all my hard work had finally paid off, and I realized that it was a career I could pursue!

What was your first role?
My first ever role was in a Nissan Quest commercial, and I played the daughter of this mom who just bought a bunch of stuff. I had to do pull-ups for that role!

How was it like working with Billy Crystal in ‘Here Today’? Do you have any memories associated with the film?
Working with Billy Crystal was amazing! He’s a sweet guy who clearly has a lot of passion for what he does! My memories of this film are just filled with supportive and kind people!

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In stepping into the shoes of your character, how did you prepare for such a big role?
I tried to see through her eyes, what she would do. I was pretty nervous for this role, but I also was incredibly excited! I just took a couple of deep breaths, and put forward my best work!

What did Billy Crystal teach you or what advice did he give you during the shoot that you would like to share with your fans?

Billy Crystal taught me that no matter what, always put out your best effort! It can be scary sometimes, but as long as you’re doing your best, you’ll do amazing!

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What was it like working on Mixtape?
Mixtape was such a fun experience! There was this supportive and encouraging environment that was immediately established onset. It was phenomenal. 

How would you describe the plot of the film and your character in it?
The story is about this 12-year-old orphan, Beverly, who lives with her grandmother. One day, she comes across a mixtape that was left behind by her deceased parents. Beverly decides that she wants to look for these songs to see if her parents left any messages for her, and along the way, she makes a couple of friends! One of those friends is my character, Ellen! Ellen is the first friend Beverly makes, and she supports Beverly throughout the film. After Ellen, Nicky comes along, who is this tough, badass kind of chick!

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How do you prepare for your role?
I try to make a connection between me and my character! By being able to relate to your character, you’re able to understand them better.

What part of Mixtape and your performance are you most excited for viewers to see?
I’m really excited for people to see those really fun and goofy scenes! For me, those parts were the best parts to film, so I hope people can experience the joy that I felt onset while filming!

When people watch Mixtape on Netflix, what are you hoping they get out of it?
I want them to just be able to have a good time watching it! It’s a feel-good movie, so I want them to feel warm and happy!

Who or what has had the biggest influence on your career?
My parents have definitely been the biggest influences on my career. They support me and everything I do, and I’m really fortunate to have such open-minded people to guide me through this world!

Any upcoming projects that you would like to share with our readers?
Right now, college is the only thing on my roster! 

<strong>Amna Mansoor</strong>
Amna Mansoor

As a parent of two children, I have exploring different countries and cultures while completing my Business Administration degree. Travelling and discovering new cultures is something I enjoy doing.  

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