BIANCA BRADEy: "I LOVE READING. ALWAYS HAVE"
Interview by Carl Marsh
Wyrmwood, the Mad Max of zombie films, it's already a cult classic, and what I believe will be a career springboard for you and your talents. Was it easy making the decision to take the part in this film, as I know lots of actors/actresses do shy away from appearing in these type of films?
It was the easiest decision ever to be involved with Wyrmwood. The Roache-Turner brothers are incredibly talented. I saw the 7 minute trailer they had made for the film, and was immediately blown away. It was beautifully shot, with great pace, and story and brilliant performances by the guys. I think this film is one of those projects that come along every now and then that completely inspires you. First time filmmakers, with no budget and a fly by the seat of your pants attitude that you can’t help but get drawn into. I think it was the luckiest day of my life when Kiah, the director, offered me the role of Brooke.
How did you get into acting?
I grew up performing. I have always been dancing, acting & singing. But I was always actually really shy. I never would have thought I could pursue this in life… But there is nothing else I would rather do. I love exploring characters, and human nature. So I enrolled in classes, and got as much onset experience as I could. Pretty standard really!
Plenty of your fans will want to know about your performance in Wyrmwood, how did you prepare for the role, both fitness and performance wise?
I really love the character Brooke in Wyrmwood. I think she is everything I aspire to be in real life. She is smart, strong, independent, self sufficient, no nonsense, heroic, fearless, likeable, kind and fucking amazing. But she's still only human. She isn't infallible, or a fighter with incredible strength. She's an ordinary girl who overcomes incredible challenges and becomes the saviour of the piece.
Training wise, I’ve done some MMA in the past and also stunt training. So that definitely helped with the performance! I’ve also trained with an armourer previously, so I’m no stranger to shooting guns. I think the more you can really experience things in life, the more believable you can make it on screen. You also have to have a certain level of fitness for these films as well. There is a lot of running and jumping, and you need to be able to sustain yourself for incredibly long shooting days. The fitter you are, the better.
So it was (physically) hard shooting the movie at times, but was it great fun, and is it an experience you would like to do again?
It was some of the best times of my life actually! So much fun, but incredibly challenging at the same time. We had very long 16 hour days sometimes, in crazy hot or cold conditions, rushing through shots getting only 1 take a lot of the time, covered in dirt, blood, and sweat. But I would do it all again in a split second. That is just the nature of independent filming in Australia.
There also must be plenty of funny stories you can tell me that went on during filming?
It was a pretty silly set…. there were men in womens clothing, dance routines, nude skateboarding, animals, duct taped crotches…. nothing crazy though!
You may know that I like books and I was wondering if you like to read much yourself, and if so, what types of books do you read, and why?
I love reading. Always have. Bit of a bookworm growing up if I’m honest. I would read constantly (much to the annoyance of my parents), in restaurants, at family get togethers, in the car, all night in bed…. bit anti-social if you think about it. I love science fiction the most. My favourite book of all time is 'Altered Carbon' by Richard K. Morgan. Its perfect. I love the vision of the future, and the technology really blows your mind. But then there is also a great detective story pushing the action along. I recommend it to everyone. And I also love 'The Amtrak Wars’ Series by Patrick Tilley. Best series I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down. Other than that I love Serial Killer thrillers…. and period romance. Throw in a bit of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland or Mills & Boon for good measure. Manly genteel Lords and strong minded beautiful young women... *sigh*
Using this website to promote reading is what I do, so to you Bianca, why is reading important, and why should people do it more?
Reading was always so important to me because it's my way of making myself happy. There is nothing better in life than sitting in the sunshine, or laying in the bath, and reading a great story, and escaping away from reality for a while. It's comforting. And safe. It's my happy place.
And it's really great for increasing your vocabulary, which is especially helpful for kicking peoples asses in Scrabble.
What does the future hold for you Bianca, what can we expect to see you on our screens in next?
Who knows what the future holds!! Something exciting I hope. But at the moment I’m in an Australian lesbian web-series called ’Starting From Now’. You can find the first 3 seasons online, and we are in pre-production for season 4 right now. Also I’m looking forward to continuing the Wyrmwood story. You never know…
Everybody wants to be famous nowadays, without doing any of the hard work it seems, but nothing is easy, does it annoy you that people want a successful career to land on their doorstep without them doing any training/learning/etc…?
I think life all comes down to being in the right place at the right time, and a lot of hard work. No one is an overnight success in anything they do. It all takes time and perseverance. And passion. I think its unrealistic to expect great things to just be handed to you in life. And I think you have to be doing this industry for the right reasons. Because there are going to be so many disappointment and rejections. The only way you can motivate yourself to keep going is if its something in your bones. Something you can't live without.
If I can ask you how you stay motivated yourself and gets you out of bed each day, and what advice can you give to others, to possibly have a career like yours?
If its something you want bad enough, don't give up. And don't measure success by fame or money. Measure it by how much enjoyment you get out of what you do everyday. Get out there and create your own work, and don't wait to for someone to give it to you. Make your own dreams come true.
Please name 3 things that make you angry?
Queues, mosquitos & bullying.
And also please name 3 things that make you happy?
Laying in the sunshine, surprises, & my dog Trigger.
If you were an "animal", what would it be, and why?
A unicorn. ‘Nuff said'.