Ashley Leggat, The Perfect Boss
Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) I did Hallmark movies for the Good Witch series where I did the last two films and I ended up becoming involved with someone in the family. Then, I just had a vacation in Europe and the Caribbean. It was pretty busy for a bit so it was time to enjoy some time away.
Q) Please tell us about your film The Perfect Boss and about your character Renee Renfro.
A) My character is Renee Renfro. She is a Pre-Med student, but that doesn't mean she sits at home and studies all night. She's a young girl and she wants to have fun and she wants to party. At the same time, she is smart enough to maintain her grades and does what she needs to get done. She has a tumultuous relationship with her dad. He kind of treats her like she's a kid and doesn't think she is responsible enough to manage both being a kid and having some fun, but still get what she needs to get done. They have kind of a tough relationship and it takes his death for her to realize things could have been different between them. She does grow up after he dies and she knows something wasn't right. She knows it wasn't a robbery in which he got murdered and she's going to do the best she can to uncover what actually happened and get the people responsible.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the film?
A) I love films like this that are suspenseful. It's hard when you are watching something and you can pinpoint in the first ten minutes what happened. With this one, I was reading the script and it was just something I couldn't put down. I couldn't stop flipping the pages fast enough and get to the end because it had me on the edge of my seat. I love being a part of something like that because not only is it an amazing thing for me to film, but the fans will love watching it because they won't be able to stop and they'll be dying to find out what happens.
Q) What did you find challenging about the role and how do you manage to memorize all the amazing lines?
A) Memorizing lines is definitely one of the hardest parts. I kind of have somewhat of a photographic memory. I can't memorize the whole page, but I can see letters and things. Memorizing has never been too difficult for me. What was difficult with this role was going through the death of your dad. Because I am playing this character, I have to internalize it. So, it was really hard! I lived through what it would have been like to actually lose your dad. It's terrible to put yourself in that position and really feel the flood of emotions that comes in. Before I did my big scene where I am uncontrollably sobbing about the death of my dad and how I didn't know if I made him proud, I had a photo of my dad from my wedding and I looked at it. I couldn't stop myself from feeling these emotions of "what if" and regret. That's a trick I used to get myself there for the emotion.
Q) What was it like filming with costars Linden Ashby and Jamie Luner?
A) They are so amazing! I am a huge fan of theirs so it was really incredible to watch. I didn't get a lot of scenes with Jamie or Linden because our characters don't connect all that much throughout the film, but when they were shooting their scenes I stood behind the camera and watched them. They are so brilliant and so captivating to watch! I loved getting to learn from them, watch their tricks and just see them work.
Q) What makes The Perfect Boss a good fit for Lifetime Movie Network?
A) Lifetime movies are geared towards the type of people who are looking for an adventure film that is going to keep them on the edge of their seat. Being a part of a Lifetime movie is a big honor because I'm always watching them. I just think it's a great fit for Lifetime and that the audience is going to love it!
Q) What were some of your most memorable moments from filming The Perfect Boss?
A) I get embarrassed if someone makes fun of me or jokes about me. I laugh, but my face goes so red that I'm literally a human tomato. I had shot with the producers before on the film The Perfect Roommate and they just loved bugging me. So, then everyone on the cast would say funny things to me and my face would turn purple. I'd be so embarrassed! It's always an adventure because they love to pick on me, but I'm used to it since I have three older brothers. It's always a good time on set. Another not so great moment was when my parents came to visit me on set and I sent some of my clothes home of them. I had used some of my own clothing in the film and I sent home by accident the outfit that I was supposed to wear the next day in a scene. When they found out the next morning, it was kind of crazy because they had to find an outfit that matches it. Thankfully, we went through the script and realized there could have been a change of clothes in there and it didn't effect it. That was one of my not so fine moments!
Q) Was there anything about the role that wasn't originally scripted for you that you added to the character?
A) Not so much words wise, but there are things throughout it that we thought, "Does this make sense for her at this point in time?" With Renee, there had to be a real arc because she starts out as a party girl without a care in the world and she doesn't want to hear anything about authority to coming of age where all of a sudden I feel I'm alone after my dad's death and my life changes. I really had to make sure my arc made sense since we would shoot all over the place.
Q) Why will people want to take their time to tune in and see the movie?
A) Jamie Luner is absolutely fabulous! She, alone, just completely captured that role and I think that everybody in the cast really fit their role. You'll see movies like this and you don't really buy it. With this film, everybody played their role to the best of anybody's ability and I think that people are going to believe it. It's a situation that could happen anywhere at any time. For people to see, "Oh my gosh! This is really something that could happen in the pharmaceutical companies!" it's going to open their eyes for people to see that this could happen. It makes you become a lot more interested in it.
Q) Where can people go online to learn more about you and stay up to date with your projects?
A) They can find me on Twitter at @AshleyLeggat and I am on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AshleyLeggat. My website is alsohttp://www.ashleyleggat.net. I have all new exclusive images coming and information on what is coming next.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) All I can really say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it weren't for you, I would never be able to do what I do! Thank you for being so supportive! There is nothing that could make me happier than seeing the fans enjoy the work I do! That is all I need to keep going and I can't thank them enough! It's really all up to them and I love them all for it!