Ouch Magazine - Breeda Wool
Photo Credit: Kaliisa Conlon
How was it for you to grow up in the Midwest? What do you miss about it?
Urbana, Illinois was a champagne, liberal utopia in the middle of corn fields. I lived in a neighborhood where most people were professors from foreign countries, including my wild, Irish, chemical engineering father. I roamed around with a pack of academic brats, none of us understood discipline or useful life skills, but we could all play concert cello and discuss politics before puberty. It was a very fun place to grow up, I'm still very close to my childhood friends, but everyone eventually moved away. I haven't been back to my hometown in a very long time. I miss it like I miss my childhood.
Can you tell us a little about the process of getting the new role?
I was shooting Betas when I got the opportunity for UnREAL. I got home very late from the set and watched Sarah Shapiro's short film Sequin Raze and immediately thought "this is going to be amazing". Her short was so interesting and well designed with a beautiful balance of wickedness and empathy. Even though I didn't have a lot of time, I couldn't wait to get in the room and play around. The story of chasing a dream only to find out that you are there to be exploited and exposed is a very fun playground that Sarah built for us, and maybe even a little educational for us actors.
What is your character like in 'UnREAL'?
In UnREAL my name is Faith DeLuth and I'm a barrel racer in the Mississippi Rodeo. I read the Bible every day and hope to make my grandmother proud by finding a Prince on national TV.
What is your background in training and did you always want to become an actress?
Performance, dance, and art have been a pretty big theme in my life since I was a kid. I went to college as a Physics and Theater major and ended up getting a degree in Psychology and Theater and briefly wanted to pursue directing and producing. Strangely, it was actually my parents who encouraged me to pursue acting. I went to a dinner with them when I was graduating college and I was going to break the parental nightmare news that I wanted to try a career in acting, but they beat me to the punch, they said: "We really think you should pursue acting, we believe in you". I then proceeded to do theater in NYC which included Shakespeare, and the wildest avant-garde performance pieces in New York. I also toured with a group of street performing wolf dancers. After moving to LA I began studying with Diana Castle at the Imagined Life Theater. She has been an extraordinary mentor to me and has taught me that storytelling is a joyous, beautiful privilege.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I'm really good at portrait drawing, every once in a while I'll bust it out at Christmas. I'm also creepily bendy and double jointed, it's like “The Exorcism of Emily Rose".
If you weren't a successful actress what else would you like to explore?
I probably would have gone into the sciences like my Pops, or social sciences. Human beings are extremely fascinating to me, especially the human brain. Mirror Neurons were my interest for a little while
What are your hobbies?
I like to have in-house dance parties on the daily. Usually, disco or funk with whoever happens to be in the house at the time. I had a whole dance party with my parents' dog one time, she was an excellent dancer.
What is day to day like for you as far as eating?
Do you enjoy home cooked meals? Well, I've been a vegan for the past two years and have recently started eating cheese. So right now I'm pretty much just having variations of cheese meals. Boxed Annie's powdered cheese macaroni is my jam. I would eat it every day if......I should probably eat it every day. Back in Los Angeles, I get "farm fresh to you" organic vegetables delivered to my house. I love to make food at home but often find myself out at restaurants, the endless ice water at restaurants is pretty luxurious.
What dish are you just not into?
Are you active on social media? I am! Come find me, I'm "breed wool" on Instagram, Twitter, and WhoSay.
How do you feel about the 'selfie' craze with young celebrities?
There isn't an artist out there that hasn't been into selfies: Picasso, Frida, Norman Rockwell, Da Vinci. Van Gogh was addicted to the selfie. There's an interesting dynamic between a photographer or painter and their subject, but the result of a self-portrait or selfie says a lot about the subject too, maybe more. I also like that people can have control over their own image. Plus now everyone is super good at pursuing their lips, which is a selfie bonus.
What's in your music collection and who are your top 5 artists?
Right now I can't stop listening to Kendrick Lamar's “King Kunta"! "The yams is the power that is!" If I'm gonna have an insane dance party alone in my living room it's gotta be Michael Jackson or sometimes Kimbra. I grew up listening to The Beatles, The Kinks, Rolling Stones, and lots of classic Irish music. My father played the guitar and we were a sing-song family. I still listen to A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde, frequently. If I'm trying to seduce someone it's gotta be Led Zeppelin or Gilberto Gil.
Alright, Top 5: Janis Joplin, Billy Holliday, Tom Zé, Damon Albarn, Lauren Hill. 13. SPRING, SUMMER, FALL OR WINTER? and why? Fall, because it has lots of nostalgic smells, I'm always having "flashbacks" in Fall. It's an olfactory stimulator. Plus now that I'm an LA baby, Fall has become exotic.
How important is it to you that you are very famous or are you more on the lowkey side of fame?
Wow, this is a good question. I've always wanted to create art that could become bigger than me. Something that could be documented and exist outside of my transitory life. I don't think this desire is linked to fame, but in acting, fame can create opportunity. I guess I would like my work to be good enough that it out-games me as an individual.
Who inspires you? What inspires you?
I am very inspired by my father Richard Wool. He recently passed away and I'm learning all sorts of lessons from him that were lying dormant in me. He was a brilliant and accomplished green engineer with a ferocious appetite for adventure and a wide-reaching arm for generosity. I think a lot of young people especially in the arts feel like they can only have one thing in life, they think success comes in pin-pointed focus. My father had the opposite philosophy, life is about "having it all". That life, art, science, love, family, all interdependent and you should fearlessly strive to have everything, and invite everyone to come along with you.
Can you name a role that's already taken that you were like
"I could have rocked that!" Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, and Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. Secretly I'm just playing out their performances every time I do a job.
Any other projects we could look out for in 2015 or 2016?
UnREAL premiers June 1st at 10 pm on Lifetime. It's going to be awesome, you should check it out for sure. Also, I have a feature film that I recently did with Lola Kirke called AWOL, which will premier in the next year. It's going to be a beautiful film about love.