Interview with Mela Hudson (Split Cost)

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  1.  What first inspired you to become an actress?

I’ve always enjoyed being in the spotlight. When I was younger I danced on stage and I also acted in theatre throughout my school years. I’ve just always known I wanted to entertain.

2.    What is your favorite part of Acting?

My favorite part of acting is connecting with people.

 

3.    Are there any actresses that you would say inspired your style of acting?

I was very inspired by Lucille Ball when I was a child but I’ve sort of gravitated towards more dramatic roles, so I would have to say Jessica Chastain. I’m in awe when it comes to her, I think she is absolutely phenomenal and any chance I get to watch something she’s in, I do. I would love to work with her some day, she has taught me a lot.

 

4.    Could you tell us a bit about “Split Cost”? What’s the general plot and idea behind the film?

Split Costs is about two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts where traumatic setbacks for each to make pivotal decisions at an unforseen crossroads. The story is very powerful in that it illustrates the beauty of two strangers who find each other during the most tragic moments of their lives.

 

5.    Could you tell us a bit about your character in “Split Cost”? What would you say is her most defining aspect is?

I knew I had to play Emma the moment I read the script. Her character is so complex and layered, I knew it would be challenging but that got me excited. She’s so misunderstood, and I think her tough exterior fooled a lot of people. She is a fragile human being and a bit unstable with nothing to lose. She was raised by an addict and learned to survive on her own. Emma has no idea what love is or how to have a normal relationship with anyone, she’s always felt abandoned. It’s such a beautiful story and character, I can’t thank my director, Jeffrey Palmer, enough for giving me the opportunity to bring her to life

 

6.   What would you say is the most unique aspect of “Split Cost”? What has the general reaction to your “Split Cost” been like?

The most unique aspect of Split Costs is that we had an all female cast, and we shot the “dead of winter” film during the warmest winter ever recorded in the northeast.

 

7.   What has the general reaction to your “Split Cost” been like?

The reaction to Split Costs has been overwhelmingly positive. I couldn’t be more happy with the feedback and reviews it’s received. So far we have been the official selection to 27 festivals and have won 14 awards.

 

8.   Since you’ve acted in several films in the past, what would you say is the most important thing to know about acting?

I think the most important thing is to believe in the work you’re doing. It’s also a lot of work to be an actor. Nowadays everyone thinks they can be an actor but they’re not willing to put in the work. Whenever I do a film I put countless hours of research towards my character. I really live the creating process, your character comes from somewhere, their life doesn’t just begin where your lines begin.

 

9.   If you could work with any actor or actress, who would you pick?

I would love to work with Jessica Chastain, Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and I’m deeply saddened that I’ll never have the privilege of working with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was truly an inspiration, and so passionate about the craft of acting.

 

10.   What qualities do you think make a great film, and could you give us a few examples of films that you would consider great?

We’ll besides having an amazing story and cast, I absolutely love when cinematography is used to communicate with the audience. Adding underlying characteristics or hidden messages, or just the craziest plot twist ever gives the viewer that, “Oh shit” moment and that’s what I look for, and strive to use in my own films. Fight Club, Shutter Island, and The Sixth Sense had the craziest plot twists of all time and it keeps you talking about them years later. To get back to story and cast, take Seven Pounds for example, it is truly a remarkable film, the story is beautifully crafted. There is this constant struggle between life and death throughout the entire film and Will Smith gives the most honest performance. I seriously can’t watch that film without crying

 

11.   What advice would you give to any who wants to begin acting?

To anyone who is just starting out in acting I suggest you get as much training as possible. It is so important to be constantly learning and working towards perfecting your craft. Take any opportunity you are offered to act in front of someone. Don’t be intimidated by the audition process, it’s part of the journey and helps you grow as an artist.

 

12.    Where can we watch “Split Cost”? Where can we follow you to learn more about “Split Cost” and any other projects that you will be working on in the future?

You can watch Split Costs at and the password is 2journeys1ride You can also view our press kit here: I’m currently working on my animation film Tomboy, and my short dark drama Eight. I’m directing and starring in both so I’m very excited. Indiegogo campaigns coming soon! Connect with me on: Snapchat: ItsMelaHudson

 

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