Learn How To Be Unapologetically Yourself with Bailey Stender
I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Bailey Stender to learn five random facts about herself and what her experience was like to be on the set of the iCarly reboot. Check out my interview with Bailey below:
Loryn: What was your experience like being on the set of the iCarly reboot series?
Bailey: Filming the iCarly Reboot was one of the best experiences of my entire life. Miranda Cosgrove is a living breathing angel, and Jerry Trainor is somehow FUNNIER in person. (I have the biggest crush on that wonderful man.) Every cast and crew member was kind, uplifting, and welcoming. iCarly was my favorite show growing up, so to be on it (marrying one of my all-time favorite characters - Nevel Papperman!) was a literal dream come true. It was one of the most full circle times of my life and I'm so grateful to have had that experience.
Loryn: Who is an actor or actress you'd love to work with in the future?
Bailey: I would LOVE to work with Melissa McCarthy someday. She is such a beautiful, hilarious, brilliant queen. She's a trailblazer for women in comedy. Women are so often forced to play characters that are demure and fragile. I love women that aren't afraid to get ugly and play outlandish, weird, off-putting characters. I personally LOVE playing the weirdos. I would love to have a career just like Melissa, and to work with her would be my personal heaven on earth. I would also LOVE to work with Maya Rudolph and Will Ferrell someday. Oh! And Taika Watiti. There are a lot of people I admire in this industry! :)
Loryn: If you had a magic wand, what tv show or movie would you be interested in being a part of?
Bailey: If I had a magic wand and could magically cast myself in a project right now, I think it would be any A24 movie. I just saw Everything Everywhere All at Once, and I sobbed my face off. It was HILARIOUS, breathtaking, moving, etc, etc. I want to be in movies like that, that touch people's humanity while also making them laugh hysterically. Another great example of this is the movie, Jojo Rabbitt. It had hilarious moments but was overall incredibly moving and thought-provoking. Those are the projects I want to star in, and someday I'd like to create movies like that. Those are the types of movies that are changing the world.
Loryn: What lesson has the entertainment industry taught you so far?
Bailey: The entertainment industry has taught me that my biggest asset is to be myself unapologetically. I have the most success with roles when I'm an unapologetic weirdo in my auditions. I used to be actively trying to force myself into a box - I wanted to be a leading lady who was stereotypically pretty and let's face it, kind of boring. Now, I've completely changed my tune. Double chins are my new forte. I am completely and fully myself in every audition, callback, shoot, meeting, and interaction I have in this industry, and even though some may find me to be a bit much, I've never had more success than I'm having now. AND, I've never been happier. It's really hard to not let the industry change you and make you want to change yourself, but staying true to who you make all the difference. People can feel your authenticity, and in turn, want to work with you.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Bailey: Something people would be surprised to learn about me is that I'm actually kind of psychic! I know to those of you who aren't "woo-woo" this sounds crazy, but it's so real! At least once a week I have a vivid dream that gives me insight into what's to come in my life. My dreams have predicted some of my friends' breakups, my own breakups, acting jobs, acting bookings, and I constantly have dreams about people and then see them out in public the next day - completely unplanned of course! Let me tell you, it's a blessing and a curse!
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