Moments With Mercy - Interview With Andrea Brooks

Hey everyone,
I've been a fan of Andrea Brooks since she joined the cast of When Call The Heart, and I was thrilled when I was able to get her for an interview! 
She has been in Hallmark movies such as A Date with Love, Destination Wedding, The Bridge and others. She is also a series regular on when Calls The Heart as nurse Faith Carter as well as
portraying Eva Teschmacher on SuperGirl.
Without further ado let's get started!

1.  Tell us a little bit of how got into acting?
I started acting in film and television when I was fifteen years old. I was a competitive figure skater and I had heard that there was going to be an open casting call for small roles in the Disney film Ice Princess. After begging my parents, they eventually agreed to let me audition. To make a long story short, I wound up reading for one of the lead roles in the film, and throughout that audition process, ended up signing with an agent. While I ultimately did not land the role in the film, I guess you could say I ended up stumbling into a career path.

2. How did you get the role of Faith Carter?
I initially read for the role of Julie Thatcher in the show’s first season.  I remember being a little disappointed when that didn’t work out, as I’ve always been a fan of playing within different time periods. Eventually, I got a call about an upcoming nurse role at the end of season two. I was staying with a friend in Los Angeles at the time, and was unable to make the audition in Vancouver. As a result, I read the Faith audition scenes under terrible lighting, with un-brushed hair, and in front of my Macbook’s grainy camera. I actually still have that audition tape, and to this day I feel thankful that they were able to look past the less-than-superb video quality. I found out that I had landed the role a few days after sending in the tape.

3. What is your favorite part about being on Hallmark films?
The people. I don’t know what it is, but Hallmark always seems to attract the nicest people! I've worked with so many brilliant actors, directors, producers, and crew members thanks to this network, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with so many of my friends time and time again.

4. How long does it take for you to learn your lines for a scene?
It really depends, sometimes I only have to read the scene a few times over, other times I really need to drill the lines into my head. For longer scenes, I will record the other character’s lines into my phone, and practice until I can say mine perfectly. I generally find that the more you practice memorizing lines, the easier it gets. I’m always a little rusty after a good vacation.

5. Is there anything you can tell us about the upcoming season of When Calls The Heart?
Well… Just kidding. I’ll tell you after the season has aired. Deal?

6. Can you tell us about any new projects you're working on?
I am currently finishing up a Hallmark movie called Harvest Wedding. We have a wonderful cast, and It will be airing this fall. I am also back playing Eve Tessmacher on the third season of CW’s Supergirl, (which we are currently shooting).

7. What is something most people don't know about you?
I play the ukulele.

8. What actors/actresses have influenced your own acting?
I’m often asked this question, and I have so much trouble answering it! I’ve been inspired by so many performances over the years that it would be impossible to list them all. I think a more appropriate answer might be that I am influenced and inspired by many of the actors that I get to work with on a daily basis. I love how there is no correct way to do this job, and I love learning about other actors’ processes.

9. What is some advice you'd give a young person hoping to get into movie/tv shows?
When I was in high school, I had a film/drama teacher pull me into her office and tell me that I would never succeed in this business.  That moment could have crushed my spirit, but instead, it fueled me with the fire to prove her, and anyone who ever doubted me wrong.  Work hard, follow your gut, and don’t let negativity or rejection derail you from your goals. On a more practical note, be on time, know your lines, and find an agent that you trust.

10. Where do you live and what's unique about the city you live in?
I live in Vancouver. It’s a very active city, and we have the most beautiful seawall to run and bike on. It wraps around the majority of downtown, and it’s stunning! The food and coffee culture isn’t bad either! :)

Andrea, thank you so much for doing this!  You are one of the most lovely and talented woman to grace the screen and we are so glad that you continue to do Hallmark films.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!
~Mercy
P.S. Special thanks to Angelo and Jeff at Studio 54 Management for working this out!

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