Rachel Boston is a savvy-coed who starred in the movie “It’s a Disaster.” Boston started out in pageantry and transitioned into the world of acting. Boston talked to CL and told us about her latest movie, “It’s a Disaster.”
College Lifestyles: How was it working with Julia Stiles, America Ferrara and David Cross?
Rachel Boston: Working on “It’s a Disaster” was a wonderful experience, and everyone involved was very supportive. Before we started filming, our director Todd Berger encouraged us to spend time together outside of the set. Kevin Brennan, who plays Buck – my husband in the film, and I went on a lovely imaginary date. He wrote a song about our relationship in the movie and performed it in character at dinner, so everyone thought we were the most romantic married musical couple. It was magical and very funny. I met David Cross at the table read, and he is obviously hysterical but also genuine and truthful. I loved working with him. Julia, America, Erinn Hayes and I all had a ladies night the weekend before we started filming. We play childhood best friends, and that night was really helpful to the journey. They are wonderful, strong women. We all share a love of karaoke, so our wrap party was an epic night of singing and dancing.
CL: Tell us about your character. Do you feel like your character is a lot like you? Or, did you have to step out of your comfort zone in any way for this role?
RB: Lexi doesn’t live in the same reality as everyone else around her. So it was fun to disappear into my own little dream world, as everyone around me is falling apart as the world is ending. We both play the glockenspiel, so we have that in common. But other than that, we have a very different approach to life. She’s a wild card. She doesn’t really understand boundaries, nor have any for herself, so that was a fun world to explore. And she’s barefoot the entire film. Lexi does not wear shoes.
CL: Is there a particular day on set that stands out in your memory? Can you describe it to me and what significance it played, if any. Why was it so memorable?
RB: The last scene in the movie was very powerful to shoot because everyone’s walls have fallen down. We have accepted the end, and we are sitting around the dinner table figuring out what to do. It was also about 104 degrees in the house where we were filming, so that heightened our end of the world emotions. And David Cross kept making jokes that day, so in between the end of the world tears, my stomach was hurting from laughing so hard.
CL: Did the movie make you see things differently in your life, like what you would do if the world were really ending?
RB: Yes. It really did. Driving to work every morning with the awareness and consciousness that this could truly be the last day on earth; the last moment sitting in traffic, the last sunrise, the last cup of coffee. The sky was brighter, I hugged everyone a lot. It makes you think. Life is a precious gift.
CL: If you had to decide how to spend your last day on earth how would you spend it?
RB: Oh, my. There’s so much I would want to do before the last day. I guess the dream would be to spend it with my entire family on a beautiful farm looking out over the ocean and telling funny stories about our experiences on earth. Singing, dancing, praying, laughing and celebrating life. Surrounded by love.
CL: In the future, what kind of roles do you see yourself in and why?
RB: I’m about to start filming a new television series called “Witches of East End,” and I am so excited to bring this story to life. It is an amazing cast of strong women. Julia Ormond plays my mom, Jenna Dewan-Tatum is my sister and Madchen Amick is my aunt. When my sister and I are born, our mom casts a spell on us, so we don’t actually know we are witches, but we know we are different. She finally has to tell us that we have supernatural powers and must step into them in order to help our town and fulfill our destiny. It will be on Lifetime this fall.
CL: What advice can you give to college students who want to pursue acting?
RB: Everyone is on a different path, so stay focused on your own goals, perform as often as you can, dive inside and figure out what stories you really want to tell – listen to your own inner voice and trust your intuition. And drink lots of water. That’s what my grandma always says. Drink lots of water.
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