Name: Caitlin Stasey
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Now lives: In a two-bedroom, 1950s ranch-style home on the east aspect of Los Angeles.
Claim to fame: Ms. Stasey is an actress, author and director who stars within the new Epix collection “Bridge and Tunnel,” a dramedy set on Long Island within the 1980s. She performs a latest school graduate caught between her big-city trend desires and a highschool sweetheart. Like most of her roles, the character is “incredibly strong willed,” she mentioned. “I’ve never played a character who’s been second in command. Even if she had power taken from her, she’s always managed to get it back.”
Big break: “I’ve always been a show-off,” Ms. Stasey mentioned of her childhood, which was crammed with choir and drama golf equipment. At 12, she auditioned for “The Sleepover Club,” an Australian TV comedy collection through which 5 younger ladies bond over weekly sleepovers. “When I got the call, I had no idea which character I would play,” she mentioned.
The provide was for Frankie, the lead. The present ran for one season, however a yr later, in 2015, she landed an element in “Neighbours” a well-liked Australian cleaning soap opera that turned her right into a fan favourite. “Honestly that job is what changed my life,” she mentioned.
Latest challenge: Edward Burns, who created “Bridge and Tunnel” wrote Ms. Stasey’s position along with her in thoughts after she appeared in his movie “Summertime,” which was additionally set on Long Island within the 1980s. Because of the pandemic, the “Bridge and Tunnel” forged spent every week in Zoom rehearsals earlier than capturing the six episodes over 5 weeks final summer time and fall. “Ed gives you a great outline of the character and expects you to fill it in with any kind of texture,” she mentioned. “And we really did define for ourselves the way things would sound.”
Next factor: This month, Ms. Stasey will direct a brand new collection for Afterglow, a female-owned pornography firm and sexual well being web site based mostly in Austin, Texas, the place she is a resident writer-director. “Porn sets tend to be a hell of a lot more inclusive than traditional film sets,” she mentioned. “There’s also a lot more conversations surrounding consent, respect and on-set conduct.”
Hampton desires: During the filming of “Bridge and Tunnel,” the forged stayed on the Hampton Inn in Rockville Centre, N.Y. At evening, the forged members remodeled their rooms into nightclubs.
Sam Vartholomeos, who performs Ms. Stasey’s on-screen boyfriend Jimmy, was the resident D.J. “I think it will be a thing I think about when I’m dying,” she mentioned. “I remember being young and cool and living in that hotel.”