Interview With Netflix’s “Atypical” Star Rachel Redleaf!
We recently had the chance to chat with “Atypical” star Rachel Redleaf about working on the show, playing her character, upcoming projects, and more!
Check it out below!
- What was the audition process like for “Atypical?”
My audition process was actually pretty unique. I sent in a self tape at the beginning of the week, and got called in for a producer’s session callback for the end of the week, and I found out I booked it that same night. I put on my youngest looking shirt and did a scene from the first episode. I wore that same shirt to the callback and they loved it so much, they had me wear it in the show. You can see the famous shirt in episode 5.
- What is the show about?
The show is a beautiful coming of age story about an 18 year old boy with autism and his journey to find love and normalcy, and the family’s dynamic within that.
- What character do you play?
I play Beth Chapin, a high school baker who gets bullied for her weight but keeps a positive outlook on life. She is Evan’s sister and Casey’s friend.
- How is she different from those that you’ve portrayed in the past?
I usually play over the top, comedic, or villainous characters. Beth definitely has her quirks but is one of the more innocent and real characters I’ve played.
- What is a typical day like on set? Go to makeup and hair, eat breakfast, get dresssd, wait, rehearsal, wait, wait, film, eat lunch, wait, get touch-ups, wait, film, etc. A lot of “hurry up and wait” on set, but we always have time for bonding and fun, while still remaining productive.
- Why do you think fans enjoy the show so much?
I think it speaks to so many different people in so many different ways. There are many real life worries and experiences displayed and I think anyone can relate to at least one thing happening in the story, no matter their size, race, disability, or experience.
- What has been your favorite episode to film so far?
Without giving any spoilers, I had a lot of fun filming an episode in season 2, where my character gets her dancing shoes on.
- What is a behind-the-scenes secret people wouldn’t know about the show?
Hmmm. We have a penguin producer. He’s a stuffed animal, always wears something funky and cool, and always gets the most work done on set!
- When and where can fans watch the show?
Season 1 is streaming on Netflix now and season 2 should be coming in August or September.
- What can you tell us about the movie you’re working on?
I am so excited to be part of this heist film. It is an Untitled Miranda July Project and I get to work with so many cool people, including Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, and Debra Winger.
- Do you prefer working on movies or television shows? Both are great, but my goal is to be part of a musical theater tv show or movie. I’d love to be on Broadway one day.
- Do you have any other upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?
Lots of self care and running events for the “Kid in the Corner” foundation. It’s all about anti bullying and ending the stigma of suicide. I also recently performed and hosted an event for Broadway Sings for Pride in NYC.
- Do you have any fun summer plans?
I got to go to the Tony Awards, which was a dream come true! I might go to Japan, but my summer is still tbd.
- What are your goals for 2018?
My main goal is to spread awareness about depression and anxiety and ending the stigma and being kinder. I know it’s cliché, but it’s so important. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression and working on self care and love is something I’m always thriving for.
- What are your social media accounts? If you want to learn more about me and stay updated, check out my website: www.rachelredleaf.com
Insta: @rachelredleaf and I’m also a professional makeup artist in my spare time, so check out my makeup page: @rar_facades. If you want to learn more about ending the stigma and starting the conversation, check out: @kidinthecorner2017
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