Filmoria sat down with actress, Ashlee Macropoulos to talk about the second season kick-off of the EMMY-nominated TV show ‘This Just In’ and her role in the new drama film ‘Glass Jaw’.
Congratulations on the shows EMMY-nomination Ashlee!
Can you tell us about ‘This Just In’?
‘This Just In’ is a teen-comedy sitcom that follows Liz Sandler, played by Elizabeth Stanton, and her friends as they navigate through high school, and the life lessons that they learn along the way.
You play Cassie in the show. Can you tell us about her?
Cassie is a headstrong young woman who is not afraid to say what’s on her mind. She’s a smart goal oriented teen who’s passionate about leading the drama club, seeking justice for the underdog and hanging with her best friends. She is a fun character to portray.
The show has just started filming its second season. Are you able to share what viewers can expect from this new season?
The first season was very much focused on introducing Liz Sandler to her new school and the new people around her. There are different personalities in every high school and so we see how she deals with them, and them with each other! In the second season, which we have just begun filming, you see more of the group of friends, who all seem so different, coming together to solve daily problems and generally support each other as they continue life at school.
Aside from ‘This Just In’, you play Zoe in the new boxing drama film ‘Glass Jaw’. Can you tell us a little about the movie and your role in it?
Yes, so ‘Glass jaw’ is an upcoming drama feature film, produced by veteran Hollywood producer Steve Perry of ‘True Romance’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ franchise fame. I play Zoe, the best friend of Ashley, played by Dana Melanie. The movie, which stars some incredible actors like Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Reynaldo Gallegos (Logan), Mark Rolston (The Departed), Vernon Wells (Commando) and hip hop artist Boosie Badazz, follows a one-time boxing champion who goes to prison and loses everything. After his release, he tries redeeming his reputation, his belt, and his true love. I have not seen the full film yet – it’s still in edit, but I can’t wait for it to come out.
From TV shows to film. Do you have a particular preference?
Honestly, I just love being on set. ‘Glass Jaw’ was my first feature film, and I was shaking like a leaf the whole time but, that’s how I was my first week of shooting ‘This Just In’ too! I’m just excited to keep working and expanding and experiencing being on different types of sets as much as possible. I love the work.
Who inspires you as an actor?
I love Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler, for everything they have done to the entertainment industry by being deeply themselves. I strive to touch people with my acting in the way that Meryl Streep and Viola Davis do, I mean they are just amazing powerhouses and since I was young I’ve always loved Drew Barrymore. Go women! That being said, Robin Williams is still an idol of mine.
When you are not acting, what do you enjoy doing?
I love being out in nature, going to the beach or camping in the forest are high on my list of favorite things to do. I also have a secret collection of pressed flowers, I like to frame them with poetry that I write. I have to say though, going dancing with my friends is my absolute favorite activity!
To learn more about Ashlee Macropoulos, visit her at: www.imdb.com/name/nm7957836/