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Regine Nehy :: Interview

Regine Nehy stars in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson.
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By: Sindy


Regine Nehy is an emerging actress who is building a career in dramatic films like Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson. Kidzworld catches up with this budding young star.


Sindy: How did you get started as an actor?


Regine: I started acting when I was six years old, doing Off-Broadway and local auditions in Philadelphia. Then I moved to LA and started working within three months of living here. I found my manager and agent from a talent competition called IMTA New York.


Sindy: And you have a background in dance too. Does that help?


Regine: Yes it does. I think dancing in general is good for actors because it frees your mind and allows an actor to be in tune with their body. Also ballet is great, because you are trained to be able to take direction from the teacher and perform on the spot perfectly. And that relates back to acting, when you’re on set, and the director gives you direction.


Sindy: So far you’re known for some very dramatic roles. Do you like those types of characters?


Regine: I do enjoy playing those types of characters right now in my career, because they mean something to me. I would love to do comedy as well, but I just haven’t found the right role yet.


Sindy: What was it like to be on a huge show like Grey’s Anatomy?


Regine: Well for me it was different, because I didn’t know how big the show was when I did that episode. And so after it came out, and everyone started talking about it, that’s when reality kicked in. And then it felt great that I was picked to be on the show.


Sindy: What kind of movies do you like to watch when you’re not starring in them?


Regine: I love romantic comedies and dramas! I am a huge fan of romantic movies. That’s all I watch a lot of the time. Right now I like The Notebook, Atonement and French Kiss.


Sindy: Tell us about Lakeview Terrace.


Regine: Lakeview Terrace is about a couple in LA who terrorize the neighbors next door because they are an interracial couple. My character, the daughter of the guy terrorizing them, falls in love with a guy at her school who is white. When dad finds out he goes crazy. Not just for me, but because of the neighbors.


Sindy: Samuel L. Jackson is a true Hollywood veteran. What was it like to work with him?


Regine: It was a great experience working with him. He is very professional, and sweet and amazing! He has definitely become my favorite actor.


Sindy: What is it like to see yourself on the silver screen?


Regine: It’s great! I work so hard when I’m filming a movie, so it’s nice to be able to sit back and watch the final result.


Sindy: Up next is Transfer with Brian White—you must be excited.


Regine: Yes, I’m filming Transfer right now, and a lot of things have changed about this film since we started shooting. For one thing, my co-star BJ Britt and I no longer have German accents in the film, which is a relief! But everything is going great.


Sindy: Any advice for someone who wants to be an actor? How did you get started as an actor?


Regine: Well, my advice would be, to get active in every way possible. I was always running around in school, doing sports, clubs—anything I could do to get to know people, which made it that much easier to find my path to acting. Whichever route you take all depends on your lifestyle and how far you are willing to go, but just keep doing and dreaming big, and it will happen.



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