Whoosh! Issue 68 - May 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF ADRIENNE WILKINSON: TAKE TWO
By Amy Murphy
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Introduction (01-03)
Adrienne's Head (04-47)
Adrienne's Resumes
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF ADRIENNE WILKINSON: TAKE TWO






It's a well-known fact new actresses can't afford color 
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Adrienne Wilkinson, as herself. Photo courtesy the Official Adrienne Wilkinson Fan Club. Check it out at: http://www.angelfire.com/celeb/adriennewilkinson.

Introduction

[01] I told you all to keep an eye out for this young intelligent go-getter. Not only has she been working hard on TV and movies, she is also producing.

[02] I wanted to talk with her again about her latest role in the television show As If. It sounds like a cool show to watch and they have a time slot right after Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So fans, go watch and support this gem of a person. As If is on UPN, right after Buffy or Channel 4 in Britain.

[03] I also give thanks to Adrienne. Mere words cannot say enough for the confidence she has given me. She gave me a chance when I first started these interviews and it makes such a difference in life when someone takes a chance and believes in you. Thank you so much, Ms. Wilkinson. Your heart and talent will get you far in life. Now let us get to know this star again and her new show, As If.


Adrienne's Head

INTERVIEWER:
[04] Tell us about your new series, As If.

ADRIENNE WILKINSON:
[05] As If is a half-hour dramedy. It centers on six college age 'kids.' Each week an episode will focus on one of us. It is filmed from our perspective. It's funny, tragic, moving, full of surprises, and so much fun to watch. It is edited much like a music video with tons of music and a lot of quick cuts. It is also much more brave and 'real' than any young show on network TV. We deal with big issues each week, and we don't shy away from what college kids are dealing with every day in real life. It's a very refreshing show. I hope everyone will tune in.

INTERVIEWER:
[06] Tell us about your character.

WILKINSON:
[07] I play Nicki. She's absolutely boy-crazy. Dates all the time. Has unending confidence and is very self obsessed. I adore her because she doesn't think twice about anything. She just tackles whatever she wants. She's the kind of girl who should drive you crazy, but somehow you find her totally endearing and forgive her for her crazy lifestyle and her sometimes catty comments.

[08] Nicki always has a good time. She is always enjoying life and adds to the fun that everyone else is having. She's the life of the party. She is also much more naive than she realizes. Throughout the show, she will learn a lot of lessons that she won't be expecting. Nicki is very different from me and very different from any character I've gotten to play. I'm loving every minute of it.

INTERVIEWER:
[09] Who are your costars?

WILKINSON:
[10] Derek Hughes plays Jamie. Emily Corrie plays Sooz. Tracie Thoms plays Sasha. Chris Engen plays Rob and Robin Dunne plays Alex. Alex and Sasha are Nicki's best friends. Sooz and Nicki have a 'strained' relationship. They definitely get on each other's nerves, and Jamie has a crush on Nicki as well as others.

INTERVIEWER:
[11] Where is it filmed?

WILKINSON:
[12] The show is very urban, has a New York feel. But we actually shoot in Los Angeles.

INTERVIEWER:
[13] What network carries it?

WILKINSON:
[14] As If will air on UPN Tuesday nights following Buffy.

INTERVIEWER:
[15] Why did you pick this role?

WILKINSON:
[16] The role picked me. I walked in the door and the producers/director/casting director thought that I was perfect (thank goodness!). I wasn't nearly as certain as they were, but now I'm loving it. Nicki is too much fun to play. She challenges me daily.

INTERVIEWER:
[17] What opportunity are you most happy you seized?

WILKINSON:
[18] Realizing how much I loved acting, and jumping at the opportunity to try it. [It] was the best decision/opportunity I've ever made. Even without the successes, the journey was always interesting and demanding. It has made me leap to catch up with the possibilities within it.

INTERVIEWER:
[19] What do you think of Shakespeare's work?

WILKINSON:
[20] Amazing. When done well, it translates just as completely now as it did centuries ago. He was brilliant. Writing is a talent I respect so much. It can make or break a project, and getting a scene just right is near to impossible. Those that can hit that mark, amaze me.

INTERVIEWER:
[21] What is your footwear of choice?

WILKINSON:
[22] I love boots. They are sexy, but still powerful and strong. They have to be comfortable, but boots are what I love to wear dancing, hanging out, or just running around town.

INTERVIEWER:
[23] Is the glass half full or half empty?

WILKINSON:
[24] Always half full. I'm completely an optimist. Regardless of how bad something might seem, there is always an upside, there is always something good in the middle of all of the madness.

INTERVIEWER:
[25] What are your feelings on the events of September 11th?

WILKINSON:
[26] It started with complete shock, just utter disbelief... and became an all-consuming sadness. It is still hard for me to comprehend the vast amounts of damage. The far reaches that the events of only a few moments had. The only light was seeing the beauty of the United States pulling together, and the incredible support that was being given to the victims by people all over the world.

INTERVIEWER:
[27] Has it changed you in any way?

WILKINSON:
[28] My oldest friend in the world was in the building next door and witnessed the first plane. Her building was so damaged that it later had to be demolished. Just knowing how quickly life can change, how quickly you can lose someone is such an important realization. Never take the time you have with someone for granted. Lavish love on them and appreciate that they are there. Life is too short to focus only on career. It was a reminder of how precious life is.

INTERVIEWER:
[29] What housework chore do you most detest?

WILKINSON:
[30] I never seem to find time to grocery shop. It's always the last on my list. I end up going rarely and just stocking up on everything at once.

INTERVIEWER:
[31] What do you do on those days when you want to give up?

WILKINSON:
[32] I don't really have days where I want to give up, but I certainly have bad days. Even when days are bad, I know they will pass. But for those days that 'attack you', I find the best thing to do is just relax with friends, find a way to laugh and have fun. I also like to walk to tackle stress. Hiking has brought me out of many bad moods.

INTERVIEWER:
[33] Do you want to move on to writing and producing?

WILKINSON:
[34] I'm an executive producer for NiteOwl Productions. We are currently hunting for the perfect script to develop and produce. Though we've been overwhelmed with submissions, we are still looking for the ideal project. For more information, or to submit material, go to the NiteOwl website.

INTERVIEWER:
[35] What attracts you more to a mate? Looks, or a sense of humor?

WILKINSON:
[36] You have to be able to make me laugh! So many people take life far too seriously. And it's funny! Life hands you absurdity on a platter more often than you ever expect. You have to be able to laugh to deal with it. But that's only one thing on rather long list of ideals. I'm attracted to honesty, mischievousness, confidence, people that are bold, but that are kind and sincere. Someone who is supportive, and full of beautiful surprises, who makes life interesting.

INTERVIEWER:
[37] What does the word 'family' mean to you?

WILKINSON:
[38] Everything. My family is involved in everything I do. They helped make me who I am, and I can see myself in them, and I can see them in myself, and my decisions. Family helps to create and determine who you are. It is also a safety blanket, a security factor that makes you brave enough to take the big leaps in life. The nice thing about growing up, is you start to choose your own 'family' in the friends and loved ones you surround yourself with, not in just those you were born to.

INTERVIEWER:
[39] What are your favorite kinds of movies? Horror, comedy, romance?

WILKINSON:
[40] I'm not a horror movie fan, but I love suspense. Dramas are probably my favorite, with classic comedies following closely behind.

INTERVIEWER:
[41] The way the world is, are you afraid to bring a child into it?

WILKINSON:
[42] I think children are the entire point. I'm not yet ready to be a mother, but I know that I will be eventually. It's what life is about. As horrible as the world can be, it would be worse without youth and new perspective. Children help balance the ugliness of the world with their beauty and spirit.

INTERVIEWER:
[43] How can an actor stay humble? Without letting all the money and glamour/glitter get to them?

WILKINSON:
[44] I guess just remembering what is really important. Acting has a lot of perks that come with the job, but most of us go into this profession looking for challenging, brilliant work that we can dive into. Keeping that focus and not taking the jobs for granted, keeping the enthusiasm for the career helps to keep you grounded.

INTERVIEWER:
[45] What questions should I have asked and answer it please?

WILKINSON:
[46] I would like to remind everyone about my website. There is a great message board and it is the first place to find all of the latest information on my career and further announcements about As If. We have a 'library' of over 500 photos, and tons of stuff to look through.

[47] I also have a movie called Interceptor Force II that should be coming out on video/DVD and on the Sci-fi Channel, late this spring. Check the website for further details. I hope everyone takes a moment to tune in to As If and see what we've been up to.


Adrienne's Resume

Adrienne's e- mail address
Adrienne's website
As If Official Website

Filmography

Pomegranate (2001)
Commercial Actress
Interceptor Force II (2001)
As If (2001) TV series: Nicki
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) TV series: Livia/Eve


Notable TV Guest Appearances:

Xena: Warrior Princess
Livia SEND IN THE CLONES (2001)
Livia and Eve THE PATH OF VENGEANCE (2001)
Eve YOU ARE THERE (2001)
Eve THE GOD YOU KNOW (2001)
Eve WHO'S GURKHAN (2000)
Eve HEART OF DARKNESS (2000)
Eve and Livia HAUNTING OF AMPHIPOLIS (2000)
Eve COMING HOME (2000)
Eve MOTHERHOOD (2000)
Eve and Livia EVE (2000)
Eve and Livia LIVIA (2000)
Undressed
Lois "Churn 'Em Don't Burn 'Em IV" (2001)
Lois "Churn 'Em Don't Burn 'Em III" (2001)
Lois "Churn 'Em Don't Burn 'Em II" (2001)
Lois "Churn 'Em Don't Burn 'Em" (2001)
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Vikkie "The Right Thing" (2000)
Saved by the Bell: The New Class
Sonya "Suddenly Ryan" (1997)
Sweet Valley High
Tara "The Tooth Hurts, Doesn't It?" (1996)


Acknowledgments

Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.


Articles

L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy]. One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. WHOOSH #49 (October 2000)

The "Inside the Head of…" series in Whoosh issues #58, 61-


Biography

a woman of mystery Amy Murphy
Thirty-one-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she's read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing fan fiction, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.


Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
Favorite line: "I have many skills" (various episodes)
First episode seen: THE TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)

 

 

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