Thus far, 2016 has been a busy year for actress Lorynn York who stars in Lifetime’s “The Carpenter’s Daughter” which is scheduled to air at the end of March. The movie tells the story of a single father that struggles to come to terms with his increasingly distant 15 year old daughter after she loses control at a high school party. Lorynn plays the ‘mean girl’ of the movie, Kalie. It airs on Lifetime Sunday March 27.
Lorynn has already been part of several high-profile films including “Iron Man 3”, “Safe Haven” and “Whitney.” Most recently, she appeared as Janet in the film “Babysitter’s Black Book” which premiered on the Lifetime Network February 21, 2015. Lauren trained as a ballerina at the prestigious School of American Ballet in NYC and at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. She started her acting career during high school with a small role on The TV movie “Shelter”. She then signed with Link Entertainment and moved to Los Angeles. Now also represented by Osbrink Talent, she has had small roles in movies and television shows including “Rosemont”, “Whitney”, “The Neighbors” and “Anatomy of Violence”. She also has a National Commercial and billboard.
Recently, Lorynn spoke to the Examiner about her experiences working as an actress and her hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): What inspired you to become an actress?
Lorynn York (L.Y.): I always knew I wanted to be a performer. Acting just kind of fell in place of dance.
M.M.: Growing up, what movies and characters had the biggest impact on you? Why?
L.Y.: I loved “The Sound of Music” growing up, I loved that singing and dancing were incorporated into the film. I knew one day I wanted to do that. When I got a little older, I respected a lot of actors. But one on particular stood out to me when I was just starting to learn everything–Claire Danes. I watched her perform on the set of “Homeland”. The work she puts in for her character really inspires me. Her performance is beautiful every single take.
M.M.: So far, what films have you acted in and what has been your favorite role?
L.Y.: You want me to list all my films? OK. I’ll list the ones I have done in the last year or so. “Rosemont,” “Babysitter’s Black Book,” “Broken Promise,” “The Carpenter’s Daughter,” “Flight 192,” “The Repairman” and “2Lava2Lantula.” These are all movies on television; Starz, Lifetime and Syfy Channel. To be honest, my favorite role to play was Daniella on “2Lava2Lantula”. It’s Syfy Channel’s sequel to “Lavalantula”. I was running around getting attacked by giant spiders with Steve Guttenberg. I had a blast.
M.M.: You have worked with Lifetime at least twice. They are a very well-known channel and company. What was it like to work with them?
L.Y.: I am such a huge fan of Lifetime. The network produces so much material in such a short amount of time. It’s only possible because it is filled with kind, hardworking individuals. Their crews are not only extremely talented and fast, but each and every person on set exudes amazing energy. Each time I book a new one, the crew and I have a mini reunion at the first breakfast at craft services. It’s like a little family! I’m so lucky.
M.M.: If you could be in any kind of film, what type/genre of movie would you star in and why?
L.Y.: I would love to be in a film like “Pride and Prejudice”. The mix of doing a period piece and outstanding character development would definitely fulfil a dream of mine.
M.M.: So far, what has been the most rewarding thing about being involved in the movie industry?
L.Y.: It took a few Indie movies for me to realize how hard you have to work to carry a film. The consistency in the characteristics of your role is very important. You never film in order. Sometimes you film the last scene of the movie on the first day. So, you have to build relationships, live in the script moment by moment, and think about every aspect of your role in the film before the first day. If you do the work before you walk on set, it will be easy to know exactly how to feel/act no matter what you shoot!
M.M.: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
L.Y.: In ten years I will be getting paid to do what I love.
M.M.: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
L.Y.: I am so excited about “Broken Promise”. I filmed that with Louis Mandylor from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. He is so great to work with. He kidnaps me! It will be on lifetime in late summer.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an actress?
L.Y.: I would tell them to get in class as soon as possible. Every beginner must learn that it takes work to actually book roles. The competition is so high; especially in LA and NY. You have to know that you worked harder or just as hard on your audition sides as everyone sitting in the waiting room next to you.
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To learn more about Lorynn York visit her IMDB and Twitter.