Ever receive some ‘Bad Therapy’ after telling ‘The Honest Truth’? Well, rising actress Kaylee Sapieha can now say she has. In her new web series, “Bad Therapy” which just kicked off this week, Kaylee dishes out some lousy (but hilarious) counsel to her plagued patients. Kaylee co-created the 5-episode comedy series which she loosely based on her own advice-seeking experiences.
Later this month, Kaylee will be starring on-stage in the original dramedy, “The Honest Truth,” at the Complex theatre in Hollywood. The love triangle story is part of a collection of five original short plays known as “Into the Dark,” running on October 26, 27 & 31, 2013.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada, Kaylee has spent time honing her skills at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City, the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
We recently caught up with Kaylee Sapieha to find out more about “Bad Therapy,” “The Honest Truth” and more.
Tell us about your new web series “Bad Therapy.”
Bad Therapy is a web series that a friend of mine and I created. It centers around a character I play, named Pipa Whistler who is a terrible, terrible therapist. Pipa is socially inept and has pretty much no filter.
In each episode I have a painfully frustrating session with a different patient, where nothing at all, in the slightest, gets solved.
Have you ever been in therapy…good or bad? Or what inspired you to create this new show?
I have been in therapy! Many, many times. And it has always been incredibly helpful for me. I'm a huge believer in therapy and think pretty much everyone should be in it, who doesn't love talking about themselves for an hour? Especially in LA. It's interesting because the web series was inspired after doing a mock therapy session with a friend of mine who is getting her masters in marriage and family therapy. I was so frustrated during the session because I wasn't being told what to do, just given the tools to figure it out on my own. So, after that day at my friends, I started thinking about how fun and funny it would be to play a therapist that just disregarded all the rules.
What do you hope audiences take away after watching it?
I hope they laugh! I think the audience will be able to connect with the patients, maybe not with their issues, but with their frustration. Everyone has something going on in their world, and it's nice to be able to laugh at it and understand that it really is everyone, nobody is without hangups. Really though, we set out to make a show that we thought was funny and we're hoping that it finds an audience that feels the same way.
Did you learn anything from your experience working behind the scenes?
I learned that I don't want to be a producer! I don't want to be an editor or a grip, I'm an actor and that role is a good fit for me and that is where my interest really lies. The experience on the whole was a great thing though, I was able to see that side of the process and have developed a newfound respect for the art as a whole. I wouldn't have been able to do it without my co-producer and writer Thomas O'Leary, who is also the director on the project. It is insane how much has to go into a production, even one as small as ours.
You’re also appearing on-stage in Los Angeles in the upcoming dramedy “The Honest Truth”. What can you share with us about this show?
“The Honest Truth,” is a play about three people caught in a love triangle. The whole story takes place almost completely in one night, and circles around the characters constantly questioning what their own personal truths and values are. I think each character could use a session with Pipa!
Do you prefer working on-stage or in front of the camera? Or are they like comparing apples and oranges?
Definitely apples and oranges, they are two completely separate beasts and I love them both. As an actor you have to approach each one differently and contending with their distinct challenges is a lot of fun. They're equally important to me and I would love to, and hope to continually work in both, trying to grow as an actor.
Anything else coming up that fans can keep an eye for?
At the moment, I am focused on this web series and the play, but once the post production ends on this series, there are a few ideas that Thomas and I are floating around, so I am excited for what comes next!
Thanks, Kaylee! You keep dishing out ‘Bad Therapy’ and we’ll keep laughing!
Check out "Bad Therapy" at: http://vimeo.com/76094325