Check our interview with “Mother’s Day” young star on the rise actress, Jessi Case, whose dry humor and elegance on-screen has undoubtedly dubbed her “one to watch.”
Jessi starred in her first feature film, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” in 2012, and will be returning to a theater near you in Garry Marshall’s upcoming film “Mother’s Day,” starring alongside on-screen dad, Jason Sudeikis. A classic Garry Marshall holiday mashup, “Mother’s Day” tells the intersecting stories of multiple mothers. Jessi portrays Rachell Barton, a wise-beyond-her-years 16 year old who is having to takes on the role of ‘mom’ following her mother’s passing. With the burden of motherhood on her teenage shoulders, Rachell is forced to teach her father (Sudeikis) how to be Mr. Mom, in the hopes of returning to life as a normal, angsty teen.
Hi Jessi, please tell us a little about you!
I’m an actress and I spend my time traveling between Atlanta and Los Angeles with my Mom, Dianne, my brother and sister, Tyler and Ally and my puppies, Daisy and September.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Spunky, Kind, Witty.
We’re sure you have been asked this million times but how did you get in the industry?
Originally I was a self-proclaimed actress, singer, dancer: all of the above. I would put on plays, recitals and concerts for my family. I got into the film industry because my brother was an actor. I would tag along on his auditions and I saw how happy acting made him and how passionate about it he was. We would run lines often and after a while I found myself falling in love with everything that is in acting. My agent, Joy Pervis, has been with me for years and she has been a HUGE influence in my career and never stopped believing in me. I’ve known her since I was in a stroller!
Best advice ever given?
The best advice I’ve been given consists of 2 words. “Take Risks.” At the end of the day we regret more of what we didn’t do.
Do you have a role model?
I’ve been surrounded by such positive influences my entire life- my siblings and my mom are definitely my role models.
What is the best part of acting?
The best part of acting is how it effects people. Film is so powerful.
What roles do you like to play? And why?
I love playing any role. I especially love the roles that are quite different from myself, in the real world, because it makes it a friendly challenge.
Now how exciting is to work along top hollywood celebrities in “Mother’s Day” movie?
It was so exciting! Everyone was so warm and welcoming, we became a family.
Tell us about your character Rachell Barton?
Rachell is a mature, responsible individual who just wants the best for everyone. She’s a teenager so it’s inevitable that she’ll get cranky here and there, but she has a heart of gold.
How did you got selected for the role?
I taped my audition, sent it in and the rest is history.
What other acting projects you worked before?
I’ve done commercials and print ever since I was a little girl then, I did a film called ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ that came out in 2010. And now ‘Mothers Day’!
What we can expect of Jessi Case in 2016?
To be seeing more of me!
What is your favorite song? And why?
My favorite song is “Imagine” by John Lennon. It’s a beautiful song that contained a powerful message and it changed the world.
Any loves, other than acting?
I love animals, traveling and last but definitely not least, food.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
I couldn’t live without my dogs, my family and if we’re speaking technically, oxygen.
Name your strengths?
3 of my strengths: Optimistic, Loyal & Passionate.
How is a normal day in your life?
First things first, I wake up around 7am (depending on the time zone). Then I typically take a nap immediately after haha. I’m kidding! Then I hop out of bed, eat some breakfast, and read a few chapters of a novel. Next, I do homework and go to school for a few hours. Oftentimes, I’ll be studying scripts, writing, going to the beach or I’ll hike during the day with friends. I typically end my night with a bang by watching Netflix and eating pasta. That’s a day in the life!
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
My perfect Sunday would be a day boating on the lake with friends, family and barbecue!
Where we can follow you?
You can follow me on:
Quote: “Rejection is just proper redirection.”
Book: “The Giver”
Actors/ Actresses: Andy Samberg & Emma Stone
Food: Pizza (without cheese) or Mac N Cheese
TV Series: “New Girl” and “House of Cards”
Sports team: Manchester United the soccer team!