I have a real treat for readers and blog followers today. I cannot convey how excited I am that actress Kim Poirier is here to answer a few questions. It has been a huge blessing for me to have this awesome and beautiful actress embrace my Emily Stone character. When I was first discussing the possibilities of a “live-action” book trailer about my fictional heroine Emily Stone with director Andy Palmer, I was very adamant about the type of actress I wanted. To be honest, I did not think we would find the right person to fit the role. Appearance, voice, and physical abilities were important to convey this character. I was ecstatic, to say the least, that Kim Poirier would even consider the part! She was perfect to play Emily Stone!
Enough of my rambling and on to the interview.
JENNIFER CHASE: Please tell us a little bit about you and your background. What inspired you to film/television as a career?
KIM POIRIER: I started out (technically), in my mom’s stomach! She had a part in a film and I think that’s where I caught the “bug”. From that point forward, I started doing commercials growing up and lots of catalogue work. When I got out of high school, I pursued a career in acting full time. I trained privately in acting and in voice (so important), and worked in film and television moving forward. I’ve also had the pleasure of being a host for a few years. That was really fun!
JENNIFER CHASE: Wow, talk about having the film bug in your blood! What are some of the pros and cons working on a trailer as opposed to filming a full-length feature movie?
KIM POIRIER: I wish I had more days on set! I fell in love with the Emily Stone character and it really spoke to me. I felt blessed and inspired to step in her shoes. I truly look forward to the project getting funded so we can all sink our teeth into this.
JENNIFER CHASE: I’m crossing my fingers for a feature film, but anything is possible in the movie industry. What was it like filming the Emily Stone Book Trailer and jumping in “hands on” for the action scenes?
KIM POIRIER: I worked with the director, Andy Palmer, before on another film and he called me asking if I’d like to be a part of this. I immediately jumped right in with both feet, read the book, got a fight choreographer to map out the fight scene, trained with him pretty extensively, went shooting a few times so I could get used to a Glock (Emily’s gun of choice), and did drills running up and down the halls of my place.
JENNIFER CHASE: I’m so glad that you did! I LOVE it! Actually, that’s so Emily Stone!
KIM POIRIER: I wanted to genuinely and authentically feel it in my body and have that visceral level of understanding. I didn’t want to fake it. I also felt a responsibility after reading the novel to really bring my A Game. It rocked me to the core and I wasn’t going to be anything less than my best.
JENNIFER CHASE: It definitely shows in your performance. Were there any fun or memorable moments that you would like to share with us?
KIM POIRIER: A funny moment (well not so funny when I was in it), was when we were training for first time with the choreographer: I got thrown on my back and had the wind knocked out of me. It kind of shook me, but I realized that getting punched in the face or getting the wind knocked out of me (once you get over the fear of that “happening”), is really freeing. Once you aren’t afraid to get hit (because you know you can take the pain and it’s no longer a shock to your system), there’s a fearlessness that takes over you and empowers you.
JENNIFER CHASE: That’s so true, but I’m sorry that you had endure a bit of pain for this part. Do you have any special preparations or acting rituals that you go through before you get to set?
KIM POIRIER: I did a ton of research on the character so that I could really get into her head. I also worked on the physical aspect quite a bit too. Being a trained dancer growing up (Jazz, Tap, Ballet), getting the physical component down is the quickest way for me to understand a character, really live it and feel it and express it authentically. In terms of a ritual…I don’t really have any. Other than making sure I am relaxed as possible. I do a lot of breath work, yoga, running and meditation. That keeps me limber and free in my mind and soul. It’s so important to be centered and present.
JENNIFER CHASE: That’s so insightful and a great way to live. What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
KIM POIRIER: I shot a film last summer called, “No Solicitors” with Eric Roberts. It’s about a very “Norman Rockwell-esque” family with a deep twisted underbelly. They definitely aren’t what they appear to be.
JENNIFER CHASE: Thank you so much Kim Poirier for allowing us into your world today. I cannot thank you enough for your great performance of Emily Stone in the Thriller Book Trailer!
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Be sure to check out Kim Poirier in the Live-Action Book Trailer!