By Maria Rochelle (@duraniemaria) -Guest Contributor
Two ambitious and talented women: one from Los Angeles and the other from New York who are both in the entertainment industry. I had the privilege of interviewing them: Anna Lakomy of New York and Julia Montgomery of Los Angeles. They both are actresses, but they are so much more. They’re beautiful and blue-eye blondes who want to see more women in film and not just with the typical roles for women. They want to make an impact in the entertainment industry and they are doing that in film.
They have starred together in the film short “Appetence” where Anna plays the daughter of a controlling stage mom played by Julia who just wants to see her daughter make it in Hollywood but she goes a bit far in it. Here’s the description of the film from the press release:
The film “Appentence” is about a loving but, manipulative stage mom who convinces her idealistic and ambitious starlet daughter “stop eating to save the world” and ignites the Feeder Diet Revolution that propels her to ultimate stardom, but at what price? Ultimately the story is about a very strong almost parasitic mother-daughter relationship under tremendous pressure-to attain the Hollywood dream.
“Appentence” was screened at Take Two Film Festival in New York on April 23. It was also screened in London at Sci-Fi-London Film Festival on April 27. It will also be screening this weekend on Saturday, May 7 at New York Los Angeles International Film Festival.
From what I read, and listening to Julia and Anna talk, was that the film hit close to home for both of them. One of the things that the film has an emphasis on is the outer appearance in which Julia (who plays the Mom), puts pressure on her daughter Scarlet (played by Anna) to have the perfect look so much so to the point where she doesn’t actually eat normally but feeds herself through an IV. Crazy notion to think that could ever happen but it might in the image consumed society we’re in. From what I know about this film from the viewpoint of Anna and Julia is that film was a little like “art imitating life.” Both experienced growing up with the struggle and pressure put on them from either their Mom or classmates or society to have a certain look.
Julia started modeling and acting at a young age on the soap opera “One Life to Live”. Her Mom was not so much a stage Mom. She was just always concerned with Julia’s appearance, but Julia felt the need at times to please her. Anna had the pressure to succeed in school where she studied voice and piano in the “fame” high school in NYC. She struggled with thoughts that she wasn’t pretty enough or talented enough to pursue acting.
Julia, what was it like to play the Mom?
Julia- I was able to play a version of my own Mom which was an eye opener. It hit a nerve so close to home, and I understood my Mom through this role. I also got along immediately with Anna. We didn’t have to work at it. Overall, it was a fulfilling and extraordinary experience.
Anna, what was it like to play the daughter?
Anna- I’ll second what Julia said that it was fulfilling. The director encouraged us to improv in the script. We do resemble each other, and we did bond over by discussing things. With playing the daughter, I have felt like the character did like you just can’t win because either because you’re “too thin” or ‘too chubby.” It’s like there is no winning.
What did you think of your director Cristhian Andrews?
Anna- He is brilliant at capturing the human emotion. He wants you to be the character and not portray the character. He would help you connect the essence of the character to your personal life and bring it out in the scene.
Julia- He’s really talented. He gets you focus…to fly with it. He took the lid off and encouraged your imagination and encouraged improv.
I know both of you think, as I do, that we need more women in film — in acting roles as well as directing. By both of you being involved in the Indie film industry, what do you want to contribute to it?
Julia- As women, let’s shine and let our story be told. We need more female leads.
Anna- Most fascinating thing about film is that it’s all perspective. I would like to do that for the audience by making them feel empathetic. I think one of the ways that we can get rid of prejudice is by inducing empathy.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
Julia- I find Robert Deniro is a beautiful kind of guy because he doesn’t sell his sexuality. He has charisma. I admire that.
Anna- Gretchen Mold of “Boardwalk Empire” because of the roles she plays and leads her life by striking a balance.
I love sharing motivational quotes with the readers. Can you share one with me?
Julia- It’s not a motivational quote per se, but it’s a way of living. I think in life we should try to make an effort to make someone else’s day be better. I might say to your readers “How can I make someone’s day better?” I think by doing that we can make the world a better place and learning to be appreciative.
Anna- Here’s a polish quote: “Miej serce, patrzaj w werce.” Adam Mickiewicz . Translation into English is: “Have a heart and look into the heart.”
We’d like to thank Maria Rochelle for this interview, as well as Anna Lakomy and Julia Montgomery for their time and the photos they provided. We’d encourage you to follow Anna (@AnnaLakomy) and Julia (@JuliaReede) on Twitter. **A previous version of this interview can be found on Watch This Space Film Magazine.