Tracey Birdsall on upcoming film Who’s Jenna Jameson?
Tracey Birdsall, 2014 Action on Film Film Festival Winner, one-time Michael J.Fox co-star, Malibu runway model, and now… Jenna Jameson. We speak to one of independent film’s driving forces about her latest role.
‘Who’s Jenna Jameson?’ is getting a lot of press online. Do you think that’s because the online media love to get behind independent movies… or have their ears pricked up because of the ‘porn star’ angle?
Oh I’m sure it’s the porn star angle… I think mainstream people are curious about the porn industry, and a comedy about it makes for fair game of thinking about it actually. It’s really conceptually a great idea for a comedy. There’s no shame in it whatsoever. It’s brilliant writing which will be followed up by brilliant performances I’m sure, which will be followed up by a release of an incredible film. What could be more seductive?!
It’s a comedy, right? Not a saucy film?
If you look at my history of my acting jobs, it will alleviate any concerns of it being too saucy! I love to ride the borderline of what’s “okay” to joke about, but this is particularly fun in and of itself. I’m a serious actress in the world, but I love a great adult comedy as much as the next guy.
And you’re supposed to be a lookalike?
Yes I am to some degree… a doppelgänger. It’s not really about what the rest of the world thinks, but more so of what her love interest’s best friend’s think. It’s a comedy based upon that.
How did you get the role?
Thomas Baldinger of 624 Productions basically sent me the script and asked me to play the role. Since I couldn’t stop laughing whilst reading it, I took it on. That’s basically how I work if I love the script. It’s all about the work at the end of the day.
You’ll be going from doing a science-fiction movie to a comedy. Do you like changing things up with each movie?
I think it’s really important not to get pigeonholed into a genre. Keep the audience guessing as to what you will do next and always make the performance spectacular.
Have the type of roles you’re offered changed over the years?
I get more exciting roles over the last few years, with the audience realizing that I enjoy all genres. One day I’m a superhero, the next day I’m a doppelgänger for a porn star, and yet the next I’m the Trophy wife who can’t contain herself. Sometimes I even forget who I am when I’m feeling what it’s like to live all of these lives. It’s a joyful thing.
Are you producing your own projects so that you can have more control of your acting career?
To some degree I am. I also love the opportunity to use my brain along with my ability. Producing is very much like solving a puzzle… you put the pieces together and it makes a beautiful picture. You also can challenge yourself like no other person can.
What project do you believe has opened the most doors for you?
I can’t cingulate out a particular opportunity; moreover, it’s the conglomerate effect of putting quality entertainment out into the marketplace that makes the audience want to see more. I also feel it’s important to stay relevant in multiple genres. Perhaps, however, Tick Tock was my calling card back into the industry after a several year hiatus and catapulted me into the next level of performance and relevance. Nothing is an accident…