The Paddy Lincoln Gang are a smoking hot Los Angeles rock band on the verge of huge success. But their complex and troubled Irish lead singer, Rob McAlister (Dean S. Jagger) is haunted by his own paranoia and suspicions that something is not right with the band, his manager, Dan (Stephen Bridgewater – TWELVE MONKEYS) or his sexy girlfriend Leyla (Amy Lawhorn – GONE). After the band causes havoc at the home of their record label chairman, placing their whole future in jeopardy, Rob is forced to confront his demons. But if The Paddy Lincoln Gang implodes, the results will be more shocking than anyone could imagine.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Can you tell us a bit about The Paddy Lincoln Gang?
I thoroughly return the sentiment! Thank you for asking to chat with me!
To quote Rob McAlistair (played by Dean Jagger) “The Paddy Lincoln Gang is 4 blood brothers kicking ass and taking names” haha!
To me it’s essentially the story of a band on the rise and their eventual demise, but not in the way that you may think. The film does a good job of making you think you are getting one story and completely gives you another. It’s a story about the dynamic of relationships: loyalty, trust, conflict, deceit, and the internal struggle of the lead singer Rob McAlistair. It’s a story about someone who is silently suffering and his world is seemingly crumbling all around him. To me it’s a story about salvation, in a way.
How would you describe your character Leyla Dufresne?
Leyla is a firecracker. She is playful, supportive, expressive, passionate, and fiery and gives Rob and the rest of the guys a piece of her mind without a blink. She verbally spars in a playful manner with the guys with ease but also packs the heat when the situation calls for it. She’s a woman in love with a man who is not fully available to her which makes her doubt her place in his life. She covers up her hurt with anger. We are much alike in many ways, which I find true for the 4 leading guys who make up the band, in relation to the actors playing them.
You don’t get much of her story outside of her life with Rob, but you get a sense that she feels small in his world. She’s frustrated being in love with this enigma of a man who says he cares for her and at times shows her sweet adoration, but yet won’t share the deeper part of himself.
The Paddy Lincoln Gang is 4 blood brothers kicking ass and taking names
What attracted you to the script?
I actually didn’t get the full script to read before I was cast. I received only the coffee shop scene for my audition. So at first, it was my intrigue of the dynamic between Rob and Leyla that attracted me to the film. Then it was the easy feeling I got from meeting with Ben and Dean at my second audition/chemistry read with Dean that brought me in coupled with the fact that I knew and trusted Joe, who not only did casting but played Steady Eddie in the film. I was not aware of that fact until after I was offered the role.
However after reading the script and watching the short that it is based off of, A Night At Robert McAlistair’s , I liked that it was not just some story about a band on the rise and their escapades, but rather a ride in the relatable dynamic of the friendship of Rob, Tom, Eddie, and Rick. I loved the twist at the end that completely throws you for a loop. I actually cry at the end, every time I see the movie, which has been about 5 times.
What challenges did you face when filming?
Nothing was abnormally challenging except the love scene, but that was only challenging prior to the actual filming. It was my first time filming one and I was nervous and had to speak with Ben at length about it before we shot. I am not a fan of gratuitous nudity in film and I wanted to make sure that wasn’t what was going to happen, and it wasn’t. Any role that requires nudity I am very careful of and specific about what I am and am not willing to do. Ben was very respectful, as was Dean and the rest of the crew. I was a nervous wreck the morning of but calmed myself by the time we were ready to shoot.
Other than that, the only other “challenge” was the pace in which we moved; I was cast as Leyla on a Thursday and we started filming on Monday. However, that is not abnormal for a film shoot. You just learn to adapt quickly. The fact that everyone worked so well together and it truly feeling like we were one big family made it a great set to be on.
I actually cry at the end, every time I see the movie, which has been about 5 times.
As well as starring in this film, you also recently starred in Gone alongside Amanda Seyfried. How would you describe your experience on this film?
Working on Gone was great! It was my first studio feature, and my first time travelling outside of the state to work (we shot in gorgeous Portland, Oregon). This brought with it my first experience of the “actor perks” of travelling for work: car service, fancy hotel, and the opportunity to experience a new city. The first day I had a very early call time but did not work until after dinner so I chose to spent a lot of the first day in the back of set watching Amanda work. I’m not one to just sit in my trailer isolated unless I have a lot of prepping that needs done. I love watching other actors and observing all the behind the scenes work that goes into a film or TV show. Amanda herself was very kind and easy to work with. She didn’t have any pretense about her which was very relieving. Heitor Dalia, the director was great to work with as well. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to work with them again.
What has been the biggest achievement in your career so far?
Aside from the fact that I am still in the game making this dream happen 13 years after I started in Dallas, Texas and being affirmed in this journey by those that I work with and people who see my reel or work, I won an award! I actually received Best Female Performance at the 2012 SoCal International Film Festival for my work as Leyla in The Paddy Lincoln Gang, as well as Dean being awarded Best Male Performance and the film winning Best In Fest. I’m not in this career for the accolades and such, but it is a truly amazing and humbling experience to be awarded for doing something you love to do! To me that means “mission accomplished”; I affected someone with my performance in a way that touched them on a human level and that is what I aim to do because that is what connects me when I watch film and television.
I love watching other actors and observing all the behind the scenes work that goes into a film or TV show
What advice would you give to an aspiring actor?
BELIEVE! Be true to yourself. Don’t sell yourself or your standards short for a role. No role or paycheck is worth your dignity. Don’t run away when the work is hard; get in there and get dirty. Study, study, study. Work on your craft every day. Lose the fear because it only traps you. You have to be fearless in this profession. My acting teacher, Aussie director Paul Currie, always says: “Take yourself to a state of fearlessness in your acting”.
Be kind and respectful of other actors because we are all on this journey together. Share what you know. Know that it is always better to book the room then the job (although yes we all want to get the job!!) You book the room, they will keep bringing you back until you book a role.
Have interests and a life outside of acting. Be a giving scene partner.
There is so much more advice, but I have one last thing. Dean actually just said this in a recent interview (don’t be mad I am saying this one Dean!!) and I agree wholeheartedly: Don’t have a back up plan! I actually cut out a quote from actor Dillon McDermott (American Horror Story, Stalker) a few years ago and have it on my Vision Board. It says “ If I had said, “I better have a backup plan just in case it doesn’t work out,” guess what? I’d still be busing tables. Never have a backup. It’s a very dangerous thing”
If you could work along side any actor of your choice, who would it be?
You didn’t say alive or dead so I am breaking the “rules” a bit by naming someone who has left us and more than one, however this is not a finished list!!!
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (RIP), Tom Hardy, Kerry Washington, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Fassbender, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Ryan Gossling
What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
Apparently I went on a horror film spree and just finished working a few days on Saw II-IV director Darren Lynn Bousman’s latest film, The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia as a wide eyed Applicant to Heaven, and last year I finished a psychological thriller/horror indie film called Scream at the Devil which should be coming out soon. To follow in those footsteps, I am reading a horror film script in which I would play the lead who is a witch.
Maybe another Jagger/Lawhorn collab in the future??
I’m interested in roles that stretch me physically, mentally, and emotionally as an actress. Action films, period pieces, deeply psychological films, and project that have a mystical/magical theme are all of interest to me. I have a short film idea that I am looking to bring to life as well. We shall have to see what the future holds.
On another creative note, I have begun to delve into my first artistic endeavor, singing, so there will possibly be some music coming out from me. Right now I’m working on some covers and exploring the range of my voice.
Never have a backup. It’s a very dangerous thing
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