Check our interview with talented actress Ally Maki, who can be seen as Jess—the fun, feisty, and hopeless romantic of the ensemble cast on the new TBS comedy “Wrecked” which will premiere on June 6th. The comedy centers around a group of plane crash survivors adapting to life on a remote island, and adjusting to a new world without their usual comforts of social media, WiFi, indoor plumbing, and Chipotle. The brilliant new series can be best described as Lost meets Gilligan’s Island.
Her previous television credits include recurring role on popular series such as “New Girl,” “2 Broke Girls,” “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” as well as the role of ‘Min’ in the 2013 film, “Geography Club.” In addition to acting, Ally was approached by Columbia Records upon arriving in Los Angeles to ultimately join the all-girl band “The Valli Girls.”
Who was your role model as a child?
My grandmother will always be my role model. She was the strongest woman I know.
Describe yourself in one word?
How’s a typical day in your life?
You can see on my Snapchat, my friends and I love going on fun adventures and capturing weird, random moments. When I’m not working, I love taking dance classes, exploring new places, and spending time with those I love.
What was your first acting role?
My first acting role was guest starring on an episode of “That’s So Raven”. I had to work with a giant dog. I think he was bigger than I was at the time.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
There are so many people that have impacted my life. My parents instilled a good work ethic in me and taught me to never give up. My best friend really unleashed my quirkiness and taught me how to laugh at myself.
Please tell us about the new TBS comedy “Wrecked” and about your role as Jess?
“Wrecked” which premieres on June 14th at 10/9c is a single camera comedy about a diverse group of strangers who get stranded on a deserted island and have to learn to function in this crazy new world.
My character, Jess is a sweet natured romantic who definitely has a mind of her own and strives to be the strong independent woman she’s always dreamed about. I can’t wait for everyone to see what she goes through this season!
How did you got selected for the role?
The amazing casting director Julie Ashton, who had previously cast me in “Two Broke Girls,” called me in for the role to read in front of producers and The Shipley Brothers (who created the show). I really applaud Julie for always thinking outside of the box in terms of diverse casting. TBS really killed it with the diversity on this show, I’m so proud to be a part of it.
What is next for Ally Maki?
My goal is to continue doing fun and fearless roles that break industry standards and are in some way outside of the box.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
I love Jennifer Lawrence for her fearlessness and ability to talk about the things most people won’t. Amy Poehler for her comedy, she makes me laugh so hard.
Any advice to new young actors?
My advice for young actors would be to just keep going. If it really is your passion and something you love, just keep at it and never stop learning. My mom always told me that.
Name one beauty product you can’t live without?
I cannot live without Drybar Dry Shampoo. It smells so yummy, I’m addicted.
There are so many! My favorite designers are Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, and of course Coco Chanel.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 year?
I see myself continuing to do what I love and hopefully making people laugh in some way. If I can make someone smile then I feel like I’ve done my job.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was “The Girl on the Train.”
What are guilty pleasures food wise?
My guilty food pleasures are any and all sour candies, blueberry muffins, and Korean BBQ.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
My idea of a perfect Sunday includes drinking smoothies on a beach somewhere while watching Netflix? If that’s not a thing I’m making it one!
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
My dream is to go and explore Tokyo with my family. It’s #1 on my bucket travel list.
What do you do in your free time?
I love hanging out with my dog Jesse. We do lots of cuddle time. Beyond that, I love to read and DANCE! I want to get more into cooking this year, too.
What do you like to watch on Tv?
I’m a big fan of binge watching Netflix. I also love comedies of all kinds, especially The Office, Parks and Rec, and Bridesmaids. I’ve also been into crime shows lately, even though they freak me out!
Do you support any charities?
My pup is a rescue from Wags and Walks which is such a great organization. Beyond that, I want to get more involved with any organizations that promote a strong self image amongst women.
What do you think of Social Media?
I think social media is such a great form of self expression and a way for people from all over the world to get to know you better. It’s kind of a beautiful thing.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.” -R.M. Drake
Drink: Iced coffee with soymilk
Travel Destination: Puerto Rico, where we shot “Wrecked”
Music: “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris, Rihanna
Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks
Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin