By Ryan McPherson
She describes herself as having a “girl next door essence,” but it’s impossible to put such a simplistic label on Jasmin Savoy Brown. The talented young actress can be seen these days as a recurring character on Freeform’s “Stichers”, but labeling her as an actress would again be too simplistic. A fan of Broadway and a knowledgeable musician, odds are you’re going to be seeing her in many different settings. Her talents and desires are going to make it very hard to categorize the budding star. We chatted with her about “Stitchers”, her upcoming films, her love of stage performing, and what we can expect from her in the future.
Your character has recently joined the rest of the cast on FreeForm’s “Stitchers”. What can you tell us about your character and the role she will play on the show?
Nina is a happy, confident comic book nerd. She meets Cameron when he walks into her comic book store and is immediately charmed by her. They grab dinner that evening, and now they will continue to get to know each other… for an un-specified amount of time. 😉
According to your IMDb page, you have a few films coming in the near future. We can’t seem to find a lot of information on them. Can you tell us anything about your upcoming roles?
Yes! In “Before You Say I Do” I also play a comic book nerd, ironically enough. Her name is Hannah and she takes on the challenge of giving the new guy at the office a full on make-over transformation in order to woo the hot girl… and of course things do not go as planned. In “Newly Single”, I play Taylor Touring, the most sought-after teen actress of the moment, who has agreed to play a role in the film within the film – so meta. Comedy Bang! Bang! took me back to prom with Scott Aukerman as my date – what can go wrong there? And in “LANE: 1974” I was able to explore the hippie culture of San Francisco in the 1970s, which was an absolute blast.
What do you think it is about you that has found you filling roles of “unsuspecting characters” such as the “comic book nerd”? Are you that type of person in real life?
I definitely think that I have a “girl next door” essence that makes it easy to believe me as a “comic book nerd” or anyone more stereotypically approachable. In real life, I am a nerd about Broadway! I love all things Broadway. Currently I’m obsessed with Hamilton, right along with everyone else, but I’ve been a Lin-Manuel Miranda fan since day one. He’s a genius and I’d love to collaborate with him someday.
One of your early films was a Sundance hit from the incredible Lynn Shelton. What was that experience like so early in your career?
“Laggies” was a blast. I had a small role, but being on set and watching Lynn work with the other actors was an invaluable experience, especially at that time in my career. The role I booked actually started out much larger, but it was trimmed down until it was the single scene and that was an incredible compliment and honor, because Lynn really wanted to work with me and she was willing to change some things around to make that happen. I will forever be grateful to her.
You said you love the stage. Do you see Broadway eventually becoming your true calling?
I will definitely end up on Broadway. That was my dream, long before the movies. There is nowhere that I feel more myself or more at home than in a spotlight on a stage in front of hundreds and hundreds of people.
We’ve read you’re pretty musically inclined as well. Do you have any plans for a career in music to or this more of a hobby?
I plan to have a music career and to integrate music into my acting career. Musical Theatre was actually my first love, and there is nothing to me like singing on a stage. Right now, straight acting is working and I am finding joy and success there. At the right time, I’ll start putting my music out there.
Do you have any music recorded yet or any you’re working on?
I have written some songs, but none are recorded just yet! That is something that is coming down the pike, but not for a while.