As I’m helping with publicity and public relations for feature film Misogynist, with my family’s movie company Ryan Pickett Productions as a promoter for the movie, I was gracious to have the opportunity to interview actress Danielle Lozeau. Having worked in movies since 2003, Danielle has numerous acting credits to her name, including television shows and movies, and she is looking forward to several projects this year. I discovered a great deal of information about Danielle on her elegantly designed website and her IMDb page, while the following five question interview helped delve into more detail about her life. Learn more about Misogynist on Facebook and IMDb.
Theresa Pickett (TP): You’ve recently finished shooting feature film Misogynist. Can you tell us about the role you have in the movie? Did you prepare for your character April the way you do for all your roles, or did you do anything different?
Danielle Lozeau (DZ): I play April, the young virgin, who is to be married to Harrison. April is very young and naïve, and she sees that everything in her life is just perfect — but it’s not. I think we have all experienced where April is in this movie at some point in our life, and for me that life experience helps me draw things for her. As for preparing for the role, I don’t really need to do any sort of method acting or anything. I show up on set, with my lines memorized, and I allow myself to be open to the moment. The emotions in several scenes just came naturally, really. It was just being present in that scene and connecting with both Jonathan Bennett and Jon Briddell. Listening and thinking during the scenes was really the key. The only different I faced when doing those emotional scenes, was having to come down off this ledge at the end of the night. Driving home from set at 3 a.m. – 4 a.m., and having to listen to peppy lighthearted music to bring my body down from shaking. I love doing those scenes, but your body goes through so much in just a short amount of time, and you have to be willing to go there and know how to get back out.
TP: You were a prima ballerina before you became an actress. What inspired you to go into acting? Do you feel that dancing competitively helped you become a better actress?
DZ: Being on stage dancing my whole childhood really fueled the acting bug. I loved to perform for audiences and create these stories with movement and music. It was a journey every performance, and the journey was always different depending on how you felt that day. Although I acted in several plays while pursuing dance, I didn’t try to audition for anything until I was 14. I feel that having so many years of dance, learning routines, has assisted me in feeling comfortable moving about in a scene. Acting is very much like learning choreography in a different sense. You have to know your lines and be willing to move about the scene and bring objects into your character without hesitation.
TP: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of acting?
DZ: I really enjoy arts and crafts. Pulling DIY projects off the internet and putting the projects in my home. I recently made a succulent terrarium out of a fish bowl I bought at a thrift store. Yes, two of the succulents have died from over-love — but I am learning how not to over-love plants. If I can be creative in another sense when I am not able to act it helps me stay sane.
TP: You must travel a lot for work. What helps you most when you’re on the road?
DZ: I personally love spending time (in) hotels in other states. I wouldn’t change my traveling for the world, I actually prefer it than shooting near my home. It has led me to experience so much in life, and see and meet so many people. I always try to take a day and explore the area I am in, see a local land mark or such. I know there are times that being on the road does get very lonely, but I tell myself, it’s an experience you will never forget. I usually take my cat with me everywhere I go. I know that sounds wildly insane, but I have spent five to six months this year on the road and in hotel rooms by myself. So my Siamese has flown with me everywhere, and she makes me feel that slight feeling of stability. She is my travel buddy, and has seen the world as much as I have. She makes the world of acting less lonely.
TP: What other projects do you have coming up in the next year?
DZ: Well, I have just recently finished my sixth feature this year in Chicago, called “The Glass House.” I shot a feature at the beginning of this year called “Black Water Vampire,” and it will be released on DVD on January 21st by Image Entertainment/Ruthless Pictures. Just days before filming “Misogynist” I was in Ohio filming “The Murders of Brandywine Theater,” which will hopefully land a great distribution deal or hit festivals next year. Working on Murders of Brandywine has lead me to obtain another role in the feature “Brothers Grimm: Pest Removal” which will shoot next year and will star Roddy Piper, Dian Bachar, Bill Mosley and Kane Hodder. I am also leaving in a few weeks to start filming another feature in Maryland called “Days of Power.”