Actress Briana Evigan on her two recent queer roles and ideas on shifting sexuality

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AE: Shifting gears to ToY, Chloe’s a very different character from Jude. What attracted you to playing her?

BE: So crazy to do these kind of back-to-back. I did ToY first and Love Is All You Need? after. In my world, I’ve only met men that I’ve fallen for. I do believe that anything’s possible. I really do believe that you can meet a certain person and that could all shift, whatever their sex is. That hasn’t happened necessarily in my case, but that was what was really interesting for me with Chloe. Again, she wasn’t necessarily bisexual or lesbian or straight or anything. But she met this woman who turned her world upside down.

When I read the script, I loved how dark it was, I loved how crazy it was and weird it was and sensual. And the director was just super artsy and just explained things in such a cool way. I could see his vision for everything when we talked and I feel like he saw mine with Chloe and what I wanted to do with her. She’s just this troubled girl and I was really looking forward to playing her. I knew some people like her in high school so I was definitely able to tap into some people I know that really reminded me of what I had read. I was really excited to dive into this dark, kind of weird world of Chloe’s and Kat.

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AE: Why do you think Chloe is so fascinated by Kat?

BE: I mean, I think she does want a mom. There’s definitely a big mom issue there. I think Kat is the first person that stops Chloe in her tracks. She challenges her. I don’t think Chloe’s used to that. I don’t think she’s ever had that. Of course, besides her being this beautiful woman that’s intriguing to her, I think she puts her in her place. And she doesn’t like it, but she loves that. That’s something that she needs. I also think that because they have a dark history that she’s relatable. She’s able to relate to Kat on a level of pain that maybe is unspoken. They’ve both got something going on deep down and I think she feels that with Kat.

 

AE: Chloe seems at times to be unaware of the power dynamics within her relationship with Kat. She is the client here after all. Do you think she’s truly oblivious to her power, is choosing to ignore it, or is it a combination of both?

BE: I think it’s a combination of both. I think that Chloe is a little bit naïve. She’s young. I mean, Kat’s so much more mature than her. It can be annoying. Chloe’s wealthy and gets what she wants and treats people that way. She’s kind of a little brat, and that’s what she’s used to. So yeah, I don’t think it’s even. There’s a balance there, but I do think she is naïve.

 

AE: From the ease with which Chloe slips into a sexual relationship with Kat and how quick she is to present her as her girlfriend and the resulting lack of shock about that, I got the sense that Chloe’s been with women before. Do you know that to be the case?

BE: It wasn’t discussed. I think what was discussed, if I remember correctly, was Patrick Chapman, the director, bringing up, “She’s been all over the map. She likes new things, she likes change. She definitely goes with the flow and is on an adventure all the time.” But that wasn’t fully discussed.

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AE: You’ve now been involved with two queer projects in a short period of time. Do you find you get something special out of these kinds of roles? Can you see yourself getting involved with such themed projects in the near future?

BE: Absolutely. These two have probably been my two favorite films so far that I’ve been so fortunate enough to do. I really feel super blessed about these two. I would 100 percent say yes to any role like either of these two again. I think it’s so important and crucial to what’s going on right now in the world. Like we have to make a change right now with what is going on and people have to choose love over fear and violence and everything. It makes me sick. So yeah, I’d be glad to be a woman that’s standing up for all of these types of roles, for sure.

 

AE: The movies are still going around the festival circuit, but have you received any kind of feedback from queer women who have watched you in these roles? What’s your interaction been like so far?

BE: It’s been pretty small. Like you said, neither of them have hit the big screens in any way yet. I mean, ToY has come out and I’m getting really, really incredible comments from my fans on Instagram that honestly like, they’re blowing me away. It’s so cool. I don’t know what community they’re in or what they are or what they consider themselves, but I’m looking at it as just such a huge compliment that they’re even reaching out and writing these really kind words on my pages to me. I hope they are long-term fans and that many more of them come.

 

AE: So what’s next for you? I know you’ve been involved in producing in the past–are you still doing that? What’s next in terms of projects?

BE: Well right now, of course, I’m in the audition process. But I am developing four, five projects right now: action-comedy, a comedy movie, drama, drama for a cable TV show–a bunch of really fun stuff. And I’m working closely with animals. I’m going to Africa in two weeks on a big, big trip with the African Wildlife Foundation that I’m really looking forward to.

ToY is available for download and streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other video-on-demand services. Visit the movie’s website to find out more. To watch Love Is All You Need?, visit the film’s website to find out when it’ll be screening near you and for future release news.

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