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Actress Jenny Katrina appeared in Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? music video as a Skater Girl in 2015 and has recently finished filming for upcoming movie Pink Opaque. Jenny is also skilled in aerial and stunt work and is passionate about working with children and women empowerment. Speaking to Jenny recently, she tells us about working on Pink Opaque, auditioning for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and filming for Justin Bieber’s music video.
What do you remember about being on the set of Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ music video?
LONG, haha. It was originally only supposed to take a few hours but I was asked to stay overtime. Six of us girls were asked to do close-ups and ended up going until 6am the next day.
Is there anything you can say about Pink Opaque?
I would love to, but because of my NDA 😉, all I can say is that it’s going to be a great movie and that you should all go watch!
When did you find out you booked the role and how did you feel?
Well, I was sitting in a restaurant, some place in Hollywood, when one of the leads called me and told me that it had come down to two others and myself for the lead role, leaving me anxious and elated! A few days passed and I got news that they decided to go another direction, BUT loved the audition so much and would like to offer to keep me on as a feature. I’m just happy I got to stay on and work with such an amazing crew.
What was the audition process like?
Good! They were all so warm and welcoming. I walked into the room with two of our leads Elijah Booth and Daniel Chafflin whom I’ve known for a few years now which was comforting, as well as our producer and writer. Usually I’d be nervous and a bit intimidated, but they were all so wonderful and made me feel safe!
How was it working alongside the cast and crew of this production?
AMAZING, I love them all so much! The chemistry kicked off as soon as we got onto set.
Was there anything that prompted your interest in aerial and stunt work?
Definitely! I was a cheerleader for seven years before moving to LA, I was a flyer and loved being in the air. The closest thing I knew to being thrown in the air was climbing and hanging from silks haha.
Do you think being a specialist in these subjects help with your acting career?
Yes! I think the more skills and hobbies you’re involved in, the wider the range of opportunities.
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How did you get started in the industry?
Haha, it’s been a long time coming. To keep it short, I’ve always found myself entertaining others as a kid and loved performing. When I was about seven I discovered a show called Lizzie McGuire and told Mom and Dad that’s what I wanted to do too! Couple of years later, I was in Santa Monica with my family and was scouted by an agency. It wasn’t until after high school that I was really able to move out to LA and truly pursue it. It’s still a journey, but one I wouldn’t trade anything for!
What was it like filming for The Pastor?
It was fun! I got to work alongside such great actors and made many friends that I still keep in contact with till this day! 😀
How do you find the experience working on a big set?
It definitely takes a village to make a film so we have to appreciate those who are working around the clock to make us actors look good! And shout to crafty! 😉
We understand you are passionate about working with children and women empowerment; are you involved in any charity work around these areas?
Yes, 100% – I love working with children and women. Several times a year I’d travel to Mexico to visit and help out at local orphanages lending a hand and donating whatever I can. A little can go a long way and to see the smiles on these kids’ faces, it enriches my heart. As far as women empowerment, I believe we should always uplift one another and support each other!
Do you have a dream role you’d like to book this year?
OH YES! Haha, honestly, I would love to play a strong leading action role or something SYFY and unusual. I think that’s always fun 😀.
We heard you auditioned for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, what was that process like?
I did, I did. When I got the sides and breakdown for it, I was so happy and excited to hear they were making a movie with an Asian-American lead, as I feel we are so under-represented in this industry. Everything about Lara Jean was so relatable and seeing it all come to fruition, I couldn’t applaud Lana Condor any more, she’s killing it!
What are your career plans for the next few months?
HUSTLE HUSTLE HUSTLE!
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