Samantha Weller was born and raised in Virginia, but has also lived in London, England. She started acting in middle school and high school where she took drama classes and performed in various plays. This made her realize how much she loved getting into character, performing, and exploring different emotions through acting.
After college, she took every opportunity to take acting classes, audition, and pursue acting professionally and ended up getting a co-star role on a TV series. From the very first time on a film set, she realized her passion for film acting. Samantha has a broad range of hobbies including snowboarding, swimming, Tae Kwon Do, and yoga.
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By: Yitzi Weiner
As part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Weller. Samantha was born and raised in Virginia and started acting in middle school and high school where she took drama classes and performed in multiple plays. This made her realize how much she loves getting into character, performing, and exploring different emotions through acting. After college, she took every opportunity to take acting classes, audition, and pursue acting professionally and ended up getting a co-star role in a TV series. From the very first time on a film set, she realized her passion for film acting.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Thank you for this opportunity! A lot of things inspired me to but I started acting in middle school and high school by being in multiple plays and loved getting into character and entertaining others, so when I got my first film acting gig, an opportunity to be a co-star role in season 2 episode 3 of Dead of Night on Investigation Discovery, it was so incredible that I just knew I wanted to do film acting for the rest of my life. I was in Season 2 Episode 3 of the Dead of Night series.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
I would say my first red carpet premiere for one of the first feature films I was in was very interesting as I met all kinds of people and actually ran into an actor I had heard of and seen around my area but had never met in person, and later we ended up working together on a project and are now great friends!
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
There was this one scene I worked on a few months ago where I was supposed to throw my shoe at this one character, and I threw it too hard and it almost smacked the actor in the head. Everyone laughed after but I guess I was really in character and am also not that great at throwing or aiming (so perhaps I need to work on that, haha)!
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I just finished filming an upcoming psychological thriller called Psychopomp and it was such an interesting project not only because it was filmed in Northern California, but because the whole movie was so unique and fun to be a part of. I had never traveled so far or been to that area in California, so it was such a neat experience. I was on set for about a month and it was the longest I’d been on set so far and the biggest role I’ve gotten so it was quite exciting to be a part of and being able to work for that long as an actor. The role was also my favorite by far, a character named Birdie, and I relate so strongly to the character that I still feel like the character is part of me forever now.
Samantha Weller interview with Kelly Wayne Hughes