FYIG was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to talk to witty actress Tamsen McDonough this past weekend. Tamsen talks about her interesting role on Killjoys, her web series, and so much more right here!
Tell the readers about yourself for those that may have not seen you before.
I’m an actress and writer and pancake fiend, currently voicing the AI spaceship on Space and SyFy’s hit television series Killjoys.
How did you get your start in acting?
I bounced around in various elementary school productions usually playing such “important” characters as Octopus #1, Orphan #3, and Christmas Tree #2 as I really wanted to be involved but was too shy to really go for it. For some reason, when grade 9 hit I finally did go for it and started getting bigger, more involved parts.
Tell me about “Killjoys” and what drew you to the show.
They had me at “loyal but sassy spaceship who plays favourites”. I really enjoy the scifi and fantasy genres as the creativity involved is only limited by the endless imaginations of the clever writers.
What is it like to play an artificially intelligent spaceship? It’s not something that many people get to play.
I just love the opportunity to play any type of person… or object. For me, I think that Lucy knows she’s AI but wants to be more and experience so much more. Which makes it really fun for me to play a character so constrained by her situation.
Do you have a preference between voice acting and actually acting out a character?
That’s the fun of acting… each week brings something new and challenging whether it’s a crackhead, an airhead socialite or the voice of a spaceship. So, even though it sounds like I’m giving a PC answer, I really do love dipping my toes into all the pools.
Talk about some of your other endeavours like your web series, “Miss Odette’s Modern Handbook to Manners”
It was so cool bringing to life characters that I created. I’ve always enjoyed shows like Seinfeld that are really funny, but has a foundation of something that we can all relate to, though we may not even realize it sometimes. Like the modern manner situations of hugging or elevators or telling someone that he has broccoli in his teeth. Anyone my co-stars and I have told the premise to jumps in with all their experiences with modern manner situations.
How has your acting background helped in creating the web series and in writing in general?
Acting has really amplified my curiousity about people. I’ve started developing so many characters and thinking about how to use them to tell stories, or shine a light on situations and questions that intrigue me.
Are there any other projects that you’re looking to take on that you haven’t had time for?
Shooting my own series has really poked the lion… I’m so keen to shoot more and more of the projects that I’ve been working on.
You have a wide variety of interests outside of the entertainment world from what I’ve read. What kinds of things do you like to do in your free time?
I’ll try pretty much anything that keeps me out of trouble, but I migrate towards activities like archery, go-karting, and trapezing (pretty sure that isn’t a word, but I think you know what I mean) I really like stand-up comedy as well as comedic drag-queens. And I love going to movies! (annnd creating a big blanket out of napkins on my lap so I can go to town on a vat of popcorn).
What advice would you give to aspiring actors and people aspiring to be in the entertainment industry?
I would say to keep your interests varied so acting is always a focus but never an obsession. It’s a tricky industry that’s often not easy to navigate and I find that keeping the heart and brain fed with other endeavours helps to create a balance.
What does the future hold for you? Do you have any new projects on the horizon that have yet to be announced?
I just started working with a comedy/production team who’ll focus on shooting YouTube originals. So many of these new platforms really allow actors, writers and independent producers to maintain some autonomy and create content that traditionally may not have been seen or distributed. It’s really exciting!
I also have a few things coming up, that I can’t talk about… yet. Who doesn’t love a good mystery!
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