📷 : Michael Creagh
American teenage actress Ashley Gerasimovich can currently be seen on US TV screens as Delilah in the comedy series The Detour. At still only fourteen, Ashley has appeared in many films including the psychological thriller We Need To Talk About Kevin in 2011 alongside Ezra Miller and Tilda Swinton. We found out more from Ashley about starring in the series The Detour, filming for a long-running show and her time on set of We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Can you tell us about The Detour?
It really depends on the season. Season one is basically about The Parkers going on a road trip from Syracuse to Fort Lauderdale, season two is when The Parkers move to New York City, and season three is when our family goes on the run in Alaska. Tune in to see why all this happens!
What locations is the series filmed in?
It was different every season! In season one, we filmed in Atlanta, which I absolutely loved. In season two, we filmed in New York City, which was right near my house, so I got to sleep in my own bed! In season three, we filmed in Canada, which was such an amazing new experience for me!
Could you tell it was going to be a popular series when you first read the script?
When I first read the script, I thought the show was really funny! I laughed out loud a lot, and I really did think it would become a success and people would love it.
What’s it like being in the main cast of a long-running show?
Being a series regular on a show, and working with the same cast is so fun! It’s really nice knowing that when I say goodbye to them after a season, it’s not going to be forever and I have so much fun with this cast!
Can you give us a short bio of your character ‘Delilah’?
Delilah is the “smart one” in the family. She’s always quick with a salty comeback, and isn’t afraid to tell people what she thinks. She does have a quirky side, and is extremely protective of her brother. And, her fashion sense is always on point!
What is she like to portray?
Delilah is really fun to portray, I think mainly because we’re similar, yet different. It’s also interesting to play as someone I’m not and get away with things I can’t get away with in real life.
Do you have any similar traits to your character?
Yes, I do! Delilah and I are both super sarcastic and smart. We also have a weird side that can show its face at anytime! I think this role has had an impact on my personality in real life as well.
Can you describe the series in five words?
Dysfunctional family holding it together.
How long are you on set filming for?
I’m usually on set for about three months as we film the show. So about nine months throughout all three seasons.
📷 : Michael Creagh
What’s the most fun part about filming the series?
I think the most fun part about filming the show is that I get to see the whole thing come together in the end. I love watching it when it comes out, and seeing so many people’s excited reactions to the show.
Do you know if there’s a way to watch it in the UK?
I hope they’re getting it to the UK! There are ways to watch it that’s not on screen, such as the TBS app and Hulu. I hope people in the UK are able to watch it, they would love it!
You were in the multi award-winning film “We Need To Talk About Kevin”, what can you remember about being on the set?
I can remember that everyone in the cast and crew were so nice! That film set the groundwork for my love of acting! Ezra Miller, who played Kevin, was the greatest! I think I hung out with him the most. Also, Tilda Swinton got me a life sized black poodle when the filming was over. John C. Reilly was so fun, too! I won’t ever forget that experience.
Was there a premiere and did you attend?
There was a premiere of We Need To Talk About Kevin at the Toronto Film Festival and my parents brought me so I could attend, it was so fun! When they introduced Ezra (Kevin) on stage, he came out with me and he gave me a piggy back ride onto the stage in front of the whole audience! It was such a great experience!
Did you get chance to attend any of the award ceremonies?
Not yet, but I really hope to one day!
How different do you find filming movies to TV shows?
Movies are a one time thing. It lasts longer, but after it’s done, it’s done. Kind of like an actual movie! With a TV show, the experience is shorter, but we get to go back and film again with the same people as the TV show gets picked up season after season.
What was the last movie you saw?
The last movie I saw was Black Panther. I absolutely loved it, being the Marvel nerd I am! I’m super excited for Infinity War as well! It’s going to be so great!
Is there anyone you’d like to star alongside in a movie?
I would love to work with Chris Pratt. He’s a super cool actor and my little sister, Erin has worked with him, so I heard how much of a down-to-earth and nice guy he is as well.
What are your acting plans for the remainder of the year?
I’m auditioning and excited to see what my next opportunity will be. Stay tuned!
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