Rick Yaeger: Hello everyone. It’s Rick Yaeger with onequestioninterviews.com. Today’s guest is Brea Grant, who you will remember from “Heroes” on NBC. Back in the day, she played the speedster, Daphne Millbrook. Well, since those days, she’s gone and made herself a movie. She sat down with me today to talk about it. Check it out.
Rick: I have James Kyson to thank for introducing me to my guest today. TV audiences first got to know her as the speedster, Daphne Millbrook on TV’s “Heroes,” but she’s a woman of many talents. Ladies and gentlemen, Brea Grant. Welcome.
Brea Grant: Thank you. Sorry, I’m eating.
Rick: What have you got there? That’s not the question, sorry.
Brea: I just have an English muffin, nothing fun.
Rick: Tell folks what you have been up to.
Brea: I directed a movie in the last year, so it’s pretty much all I work on. I’ve been working on it for the past two years. I’ve been working on it for two years, but I directed it about a year ago. I’ve been working on that. We have distribution now for it, so I’m working on it less, which is cool.
It’s also in theaters, but we’ll miss that. I don’t know. I’m just writing and staying busy and auditioning. At some point, you think that hustle goes away. You’re like, “I’m not going to have to audition anymore. I’m not going to have to do all this crap.” You do have to do all that crap still. So that’s what I do pretty much.
Rick: You recently got back from SXSW.
Brea: I got back from Austin. It wasn’t SXSW.
Brea: We had a little screening in Austin of the movie, because we shot a lot of it there. I think we’re going to do another one, because it was a very last-minute kind of thing. There is a festival that goes…essentially we screened our movie originally at Slamdance, which is the indie filmmakers’ answer to Sundance.
At Sundance, although people consider it an indie movie film festival, not many indie movies actually get in. The majority are big stars with big budgets and that kind of thing.
Slamdance is a festival, where, in the competition, you have to be a first-time director. The movies have to be under a certain budget. It’s a very small indie film festival. They do at the same time as Sundance. There’s a new festival in Austin that’s trying to do a similar counterpart thing to SXSW, called the RxSM Festival.
It was actually great. It was a big screening room and a ton of people came. I was super excited, because I had no idea. I didn’t know anything about the Festival. They’ve only been going a couple of years.
Rick: Very cool. This is “Detour” that you were screening?
Brea: No, this is a movie I directed, called “Best Friends Forever.” It was shot on a shoestring budget. I have yet to pay anyone hardly.
Brea: We shot it about a year ago in Texas. It should be released on VOD this summer.
Rick: Very cool. I told you in the email that I consider you the first celebrity to have joined Twitter.
Brea: That’s funny. [laughs]
Rick: I looked into it. You joined in June, 2008.
Brea: That sounds about right.
Rick: You were Twitter user number 15,111,389.
Brea: That doesn’t seem like the first. That seems late. That seems not like an early adopter at all. It’s crazy. Yeah. My friend, Laura Roeder, essentially helps businesses get their name out there and she owns a company that does that. She was like, “You have to join this thing called Twitter.” I was on “Heroes” at the time.
Was I on “Heroes”? I had just started shooting “Heroes,” but I don’t think the episodes had aired yet, so it was pretty early on and I had just joined.
I was tweeting about being on the show and stuff. Yeah, it was fun. I know. It was funny, because it was like the New York Post did a little article and it was like, “Celebrities that do Twitter.” At the time, I had been on two episodes of “Heroes” or something.
Rick: Close enough. [laughs]
Brea: I was like, “I’m not a celebrity.” It was just their imagination. But yeah, I feel like I got a bunch of the “Heroes” people to be on there and I got all my friends to be on there. Now everyone is on, so it doesn’t matter. No one cares. [laughs]
Rick: Yeah. Now you’re on Vine. Tell me about that.
Brea: I don’t use that as much. When I first got it, I was really obsessed with it. Then I got really over it, really fast. Maybe I just used it too much. I like Vine. Vine is like the six second videos, where you can just video whatever. It’s fun, when I’m traveling or when I’m doing something.
I was doing a play recently and I kept doing behind the scenes Vines and stuff like that. I feel like there are people, who are doing really amazing things with Vine that I haven’t quite done yet, making little, short films and little joke films. I don’t know. I haven’t put the time into it to do that I guess.
Brea: Oh, I haven’t seen it.
Rick: You’ve got to check that out. [laughs]
Brea: Yeah. I don’t know. This is my problem with Vine. It takes too long to load. You’re watching a six second video. But, if you’re watching a six second video and it takes ten seconds to load, it’s not worth it to me. I’m too lazy.
Brea: I don’t know. I have no patience for it.
Rick: OK. As you know, the show is called One Question Interviews. I have almost a thousand different questions, ranging from the profane to the profound. I’ll choose one at random. You’ll answer it either seriously or in a funny voice, if you like. Everyone goes home happy.
Rick: Sound cool? Yeah?
Brea: Yes. How long do I talk for?
Rick: You can talk for as long as you want. That’s the thing. It could be one question, but go on for three hours, if you so desire.
Brea: I could just have a monologue over here. [laughs]
Rick: OK, Brea Grant…
Rick: You’ve been part of a TV phenomenon. You’ve produced your own comic book. We didn’t mention that. You saw the potential in Twitter long before any other celebrity. Many things about you have me curious, but I can only ask one question. Your question is, what is the phrase you would least like to hear as you awoke from cryogenic freezing? [laughs]
Brea: [laughs] I’ll have to think about that for a second. This is an important question.
Rick: Take a drink. [laughs]
Brea: Well, I’m going to walk you through my thought process. My first thing is that it would be like a world in which…a future in which I wouldn’t want to live. That would be the worst thing, if you cryogenically frozen your body and then it turns out you’re in “Idiocracy” or something like that, if you ended up in that movie. Maybe something like…that’s such a weird question. [laughs]
Brea: Maybe something along the lines of…I assume that I’m in the future and not necessarily that you cryogenically frozen me for a week and then it was like, “Ha, ha, the joke’s on you.” That would be horrible.
Brea: I would say that the worst thing that could happen is if someone said, “We also cryogenically frozen President Bush and he has just been re-nominated as President of the future.”
Brea: So it’s a horrible future. It’s like reliving the nightmare of a life that I’ve already lived. That would be pretty horrible.
Rick: Well, you would be one, who would be experienced enough to talk them out of it though, wouldn’t you?
Brea: [laughs] I don’t…sorry. Excuse me. I don’t know if I would ever cryogenically freeze my body. I feel like this life is probably good enough and enough that I would never want to do it again. I don’t know. I just would never want to live that far in the future and be that outdated.
I see the struggles my parents have with technology and the future and things. I would never want to go through that, as a person, who has been frozen.
Rick: Right. You would pull out your iPad and people would look at you like you had picked up a stone tablet and a chisel.
Brea: Yeah. Yeah. There was a short film I read. I don’t think they’ve actually made it yet. It was about people, who froze themselves. They were in the future and they were still young or they got their bodies youngified somehow. It was a couple. They kept going places and they felt so out of place. It was so uncomfortable and awful, because people would talk to them and they didn’t understand the lingo and they didn’t understand all the words they were using or the technology.
It was how horrible it was for them. As a couple, they wanted to be together forever in the future. They ended up breaking up, because one of them got it a lot more and the other one still wanted to listen to records and do all these things of the past. They ended up not staying together for that reason. It was a great short. Yeah, that would be the reason I would not be interested in that. I know that wasn’t the question.
Rick: [laughs] That’s your answer though. It’s a perfectly wonderful answer. You’ve been a wonderful guest. I hope you can come back again sometime, when I’ve launched this thing and become famous. Hopefully you won’t have to cryogenically freeze yourself to get to that period of time.
Brea: That would be good.
Rick: [laughs] Everyone, you can check out Brea Grant in “Detour,” which opened March 29. You can check it out on Video on Demand and buy that everywhere. You can also follow her on Twitter and find the latest information on her, on her website. All of these links are right here. You can also go to onequestioninterviews.com, where I’ll have shown notes, links to everything Brea has talked about, and maybe a link to her new movie. That would be cool.
Brea: That would be cool.
Rick: Everybody, this is Rick Yaeger from onequestioninterviews.com. Thank you so much for watching. Check back next week. Bye-bye.