Photographer: Annie Shak
Tell us about your breakthrough role on "The Mick" and how you brought depth to this role. (how did you get the courage to audition for this role, what motivated you, how many hours do you put in, how do you keep a positive outlook in a stereotypical business, etc)
That’s a lot in one question, I got it though! This audition came to me just like a regular audition, my agent called and sent me the breakdown. Of course the first thing I see is that it’s a maid role but I didn't get discouraged because it’s a role and you can make it your own! You gotta do what you gotta do! Would I want this every time... no, but you can make each role your own which is what I do. When I saw it, the sides were just crazy. Like I got drugged in the second scene and I was like, this is crazy! But I decided I just needed to go for it. Not worry about looking foolish, just go for it! I auditioned and they laughed so hard, I really didn’t think it was me, I just thought the script was so good. Then they brought me back to do a scene with Kaitlin Olson and they were all laughing again, so hard and that's when I booked it! Then I found out later, they had to bring me back in because they were laughing so hard the first time, they couldn't hear the audition tape. They are writing me, it gives me the motivation. The writing is so well done, I can just mime the comedy. It’s effortless and that is thanks to the writers, it’s magic. On set everyone is so nice and we all get along so well and vibe together. We always have so much fun and are all grateful to be there. This is work that I want to do, as an actor, you have to really want to do the work. If you get fame or recognition, that should be a plus down the road, not what you anchor your career on. You will be miserable if that’s what you focus on. I’m happy because I feel blessed and grateful for what I have, I feel that I’ve worked for it and I’ve earned it. I am proud to be a part of this show!
Describe yourself in three words:
Oh mmm, okay. I would say positive, smart ass-y, and loyal!
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement thus far?
I mean, I will kind of say this role. I’ll say it because it accomplished a couple things. First of all it made me a series regular on a show where I have steady work. And not only that, it is a show I’m super proud of because I love the writing! Secondly, it’s a role that everyone wanted to put in a box before they saw it; it surprised people because it’s not the typical nanny/housewife show. It’s my proudest achievement because I get to do all these things and do all of these jokes of how I really am with my friends and family. It’s so unpredictable and that’s what I love about it!
What are your professional goals for the next six months to 1 year, or after this show has finished?
I don’t think I’ve thought it out really. I'm enjoying this show right now and I’m really excited that we have a second season! I’m just open for future acting work. I’d love to do movies or theater, I really love theater! I originally thought I’d go to Broadway but I didn’t really strive for it. I think right now I’m just enjoying and living in the moment where it is and being open while letting things come to me.
How do you maintain a work/life balance with both "The Mick" & having a social/family life?
It’s very easy with the hours that I work, I always get Saturdays and Sundays off. When you're working on TV shows you get weeks in between where you’ll get a whole week off. You also get all of the holidays off. I keep in contact a lot with my friends during the day. There’s also a lot of waiting on set so I connect then as well, multi-tasking! It’s truly something that is very important to me. I appreciate my career but I truly value my friends and family so I make sure to keep in touch with them. Plus I’m always taking them to events with me, lol. I also love getting to share this experience with my friends and family while taking them to these fun events!
What made you decide to audition for this role on "The Mick"?
First of all, it was pilot season and I knew it was a pilot. That means you’re going to go in for the good roles, the series regulars! That’s a big consideration. Two: the moment I read the script I knew I had to do this, there was like no other choice! I had to go on and do a good job and book this. The writing was so amazing, I knew I needed to do it!
What is your favorite memory so far that you’ve had on the show?
I guess my favorite memory is bringing to life the audition scene because that wasn’t originally in the show. The guys (the Turner brothers) when I sat down with them after getting hired, we were talking about that scene and they liked it so much that they rewrote it to fit in the show. I was just so excited that I got to actually play it out and do it with the club and everything. It was the moment that I realized that this character is going to be so different than anything I’ve ever played!
What do you think is the reason for the comedic chemistry between you & Kaitlin Olson?
I don’t know if I know the reason but I think that it’s something that just comes naturally between the two of us. She is so funny and I’ve admired her through the years while watching her on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". I always watched her timing and mannerisms, I just always thought she was so funny! I feel like I click with that sense of humor and can play with it. I don’t know where it comes from, but it feels effortless – it feels like playing instead of work!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your wonderful city of Los Angeles?
My three favorite things are: 1) I like going anywhere with my 3 older sisters. We love going to Solvang in California. It looks like a little Dutch village and it’s so beautiful! It turns into a little Santa’s workshop during the holidays so we love that. 2) I love going out with my friend Andrea, we just hang out and talk. It’s weird, I don’t do Hollywood things, lol. I’m kind of boring! If I could do anything, I’d get together with my sisters and my best friends and just hang out at my house laughing together. I love just having a party at my house and sitting around talking and telling stories. I also enjoy going to Disneyland with my friends to people watch and talk, we had passes so we’d just go there to hang out together instead of ride the rides! 3) I also love trying new restaurants with friends, it's so fun just going around and trying really yummy food and good unique restaurants which we definitely have plenty of in LA!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to get into acting? Any tips you can share?
I would say that one of the best pieces of advice I ever got from a friend of mine which I like to share is: the only thing we can do as actors, our job is to do the best audition we can. Then leave it there when you leave the audition. If you get the call back, you’ve already done it, you made the impression! You have to give the best audition you can give and then leave it there. Don't get too nervous and in your head, it'll affect your performance. If you give it your best at the audition and then move on, it’ll save your sanity in the long run and you’ll be a much happier person! You’ll just move on with your career and life. You can’t treat each audition like the end of the world, there’s always another one! Do the best job you can and leave it there!
I heard that you are a part time chocolatier, that is amazing! How did you get into that?
I actually became one out of necessity I say. I had a birthday party for a friend of mine and I didn't know what to get her. So last minute I decided to go to this little chocolate shop near my house and they had chocolates and molds so I made some for her! She didn’t know I made them and asked me where I got them from so I told her I made them. She loved them so much so I started making more as gifts for friends! I was making picture frames, jewelry, makeup all out of chocolate, it was so much fun! I just loved it and it reminded me of going to a pottery place but using chocolate instead. You paint on the chocolate, it’s amazing! I did it more when I was struggling through the holidays because I could give my creations as gifts! I liked it because it was a fun hobby and I liked giving them as gifts and then it turned into a little business. Now I just do it for friends and family so I can give them away as presents. It's a really a fun & relaxing thing to do!
Any final comments you'd like to share or tips?
I just want to thank everyone who is watching the show, thank you so much for supporting us and liking the show! We are very grateful, there’s been so many fans who’ve been outspoken in a good way about the show and it's amazing. It’s so special to me and to us on the show! When we started getting such a positive response it made me feel like they all saw what we saw. Keep watching, we’re coming back!
Hi all! My name is Kacey and I am a realtor, a wife and a dog mom of 3 dachshunds in the wonderful city of Austin! I'm also a yoga & food lover, pretty good cook, wanna be crafter, hot tea drinker, movie watcher and most importantly I am the gal behind Austin Housewives in the City! I hope to see you at one of our Girl's Night Out events soon!!