An interview with the beautiful and talented- Sophia Davey and her latest career move to New York from Australia!
How and when did you first get into performing?
I used to dress up when I was 6, 7, 8 years old and dance for my parents and for their friends at parties! I had a little portable CD player that I would set down on the floor and bust out my practiced moves- haha! I have always loved to entertain! but I was first asked to play the lead in an Art House Film when I was 17, I was working as a waitress at the time 2 nights a week (my last year of school). I couldn't believe it really, I was shocked and thought it was a joke, but then the script arrived and I accepted the role. We shot for a month in the tropical haven of Port Douglas. I thought that all my Christmases had come at once! That was the start of my love affair with living the life of different characters. I always feel like it is a true honor to live the life of a character through my own interpretation.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Oh my goodness, there are so many! I would have to say Judy Dench and Meryl Streep are two of my biggest inspirations for females in this field, their immense and stellar careers have been so notable and they leave an impact on me for sure and I have always admired and been inspired by Kevin Spacey, I just love his work in everything that he is involved in. In all honesty I would have to include my husband in there as well, he inspires me to be the best me I can be and that is truly satisfying.
What kind have training have you done?
I have made it a point to try and train with the best people I can, I started out with a university degree majoring in Theatre and Creative Writing and then went on to work with Head of Movement at NIDA (Gavin Robins), Peter Kalos (Melbourne Actors Lab), Ivana Chubbuck (16th St Studio Melbourne), Margie Haber (Los Angeles), Anthony Meindl (Los Angeles) and Susan Batson (New York) to name a few, all of whom I am so grateful for in the world, they are all so giving and generous, I am and have been blessed to have worked and trained with some coaching leaders.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Oh that is such a hard question! I would say that all of my characters have lived in me and I am attached to all of them... yeah they are all just a slice of human life that I experienced for that moment and I couldn't single any of them out.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have been working on my own feature film and we are about to start pre- production on that, which is hugely exciting! Titled Sweetwater Rd, the feature is a dramedy about 4 childhood friends that reunite after 10 years in an array of fairly unusual circumstances! It has guts and emotion and a few twists that will keep you laughing and crying until the credits. The process so far has been the most rewarding, seeing the whole picture come to life from an idea to treatment to screen play, to then some great attachments and so on- knowing that I was the seed in this creation, is very rewarding indeed. Of course there is Pilot Season looming and some theatre works in the casting phase. My last 2 short films are doing really well on the festival circuit, so that is always nice.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I admire great actors and there are so many great ones! I could reel off a handful of names- Jennifer Aniston, Rose Byrne, Julie Bowen, Sandra Bullock - just because I admire their work and would love to have the pleasure of being in their company.
What are your plans for the future?
I have just settled in New York with my family, my husband and two boys. The move from Australia has been in the pipe line for some time and it is wonderful to have now committed to being where we have always wanted to be and closer to opportunities for work and closer to Europe (which I absolutely love!) It has been the most exciting time for us, over the past few months. Now we are concentrating on living as well and as happy as we can and being available for luck to happen at any moment.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Never ever give up on yourself even when you feel all is lost, keep sewing seeds for your art, network and keep learning from great teachers. I say that the longer it takes you to build success the more chance you have of sustaining it! Have fun - it's all about fun and that is why I Iove being an Actor, because even in the darkest roles and the darkest moments, the joy comes from knowing yourself all the more.