When you see a bright star in the sky, you make a wish. Others pass by them and look on. Miranda Kildee wasn’t only seeing a bright star and passing by them, she was trying to make that wish upon them come true. Through this interview, we will hear what fascinated her to go into this industry and what she has been up to recently.
Q: Has Hollywood always been a dream and fascination for you?
A: For as long as I can remember, Hollywood has always been a dream of mine. Both in a literal sense and for a career. Originally I grew up about 50 miles North of LA and remember always being fascinated by the lights in the city. All the old Hollywood stories and legends. As a kid I would even press my face against the back window of my mom’s minivan when we drove through the city because I was so captivated by it. I’m a huge LA defender. Probably since I grew up not too far away from here. The fact that I get to live in Hollywood now is something I’m really proud of.
Q: When did you first realize Hollywood was your calling?
A: I’ve always been a very theatrical person. Ever since I could talk and spell I knew I wanted to be an actor and writer. It was no surprise to my family and friends when I announced that I wanted to do this professionally. They had heard me talking about my dreams non-stop since I was a little kid. A defining moment when I really knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life was when I played Maggie in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in high school. It was one of my biggest roles ever and connected with the character in a way that most 16 year olds probably wouldn’t. After the show, I was hooked and knew there was no going back.
Q: If not doing this, what would your second dream be?
A: My family is full of teachers! My mom and a lot of my aunts are classroom teachers. So I would probably want to teach if I weren’t pursuing a career in the arts. I love working with little kids. Actually I helped out in a first grade classroom as one of my summer jobs one year and really loved it.
Q:What have you been writing about?
A: I love stories that are campy and period pieces. My writing is sometimes all over the place as far as genre goes. Usually there is some sort of through-line when it comes to the theme. I love writing about girls who are coming of age and what that means to them specifically. Over the summer, I wrote and filmed a little love letter to LA called “Beachwood Drive” for a virtual variety show.
I love writing about Hollywood as if it were a person instead of a place because I think this town is sort of an enigma in a way. I recently finished an 8 episode Sci-fi mini-series set in the 1960s, so I’m really excited to take the next steps with that project because the story is very fun and action-packed. But also has a lot of heart that I think lots of people will relate to.
Q: If you had a project that you worked on that you loved the most, what was it?
A: It was background, but last summer I got to be in one of Lana Del Rey’s music videos. It was such a dream to be on set with her because she’s one of my favorite artists. I loved everything about the video; the location, the old 50s cars, and the aesthetic. Sharing it with my family and friends was super exciting for me.
Another project that really stands out was when I wrote my first play which was performed at my college. It was such an amazing experience seeing my writing come to life off the page and sitting in the audience to watch it in a room full of other people seeing it for the first time is something I’ll never forget.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself! What do you like to do when not creating new work?
A: I love horseback riding! Since I was 12 years old I’ve had a horse and she’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Back then I used to do competition horse shows all throughout California when I was younger. Through horseback riding, I learned the importance of discipline and patience. It’s so amazing to have a bond like that with an animal because you can truly see the difference in their moods from day to day. They truly become part of the family. I’ve learned so much from my horse and I have no problem admitting I’m a horse girl. Even if it’s a bit of a meme now.
Q: If this Pandemic wasn’t happening, what would you be doing?
A: I had an amazing job outside of the entertainment industry that I really loved, so I would probably still be working there if it weren’t for the pandemic. It was for a very popular skincare and makeup company and had so much fun connecting with people who came into our store through our products. I had no idea that beauty products could be so uniting, but there was something very empowering about watching people light up at their reflections and admitting that they thought they looked beautiful. I think we need more of that in our society, since it’s so easy to be self-critical. They were very accommodating when it came to acting jobs. So if the pandemic weren’t happening, I would hopefully be on more sets as well.
Q: Fun questions, if doing a biopic on the big screen who would you portray?
A: I would 100% want to play Jean Harlow on screen. She’s the original blonde Hollywood icon and even inspired Marilyn Monroe to be an actress. I connected with her story a few years ago when a teacher of mine assigned me a part in one of her old scripts. The more I learned about her, the more I became fascinated with what she went through.
She tragically died at the age of 26 while filming with the legendary Clark Gable and I feel like not many people know about her or her story. Therefore it would be amazing to one day bring her to life on the big screen. A dream of mine is to write and star in her biopic. We’re also the same height, so that helps.
Q: Lastly, what is your motivation technique to keep yourself pushing towards your dream?
A: I think that comparison in this industry can be a bit of a blessing and a curse. It’s so simple to see comparison as a motivator. At times it can also be really destructive. That is if you let someone else’s journey get in the way of your own.
Whenever I feel myself getting down on my career, or feeling behind others, I always take a step back. There I allow myself the space to feel those emotions instead of pushing it to the side. You’ve probably accomplished a lot more than you think you have. It also helps to get off of social media from time to time. You have to remember that people typically only post their highlight reels.
I find that it also really helps to talk about my dreams out loud with friends. Having fun conversations about where I see myself in the future. What I want to do makes it feel more attainable and real. This career choice is full of highs and lows. So I think the best way to stay motivated is just knowing that it’s not always going to be amazing. Sometimes you can’t get too hard on yourself during the low times. But when the great moments happen, they will feel very worth it and deserved.
Miranda has a passion and a dream. Over time she is channeling that dream into a reality while creating art all around those she cares about. Ms. Kildee is participating in others work while creating her own and no surprise at all she is killing it. To keep up with Ms. Kildee, feel free to follow her on her social media pages.
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