What do a devious girlfriend, eccentric party girl and a ditsy little pixie-like creature all have in common? They are all character’s Australian actress Jessica Dowdeswell
is bringing to life on-screen in America.
Originally from the Gold Coast, Jessica got her first taste for acting recurring in the Jessica Alba lead TV series, “Flipper.” She went on to shine being named Miss Australia 2014-15 Queen of the Universe before making her way to Hollywood. Her credits also include indie films “Chastity Bites,” “Mr. Jones” and the TV movie “Malibu Shark Attack.”
Jessica Dowdeswell recently found time for a quick interview:
Tell us about your role in the classic noir stylized film “Los Angeles Overnight.”
Jessica: My character, Stacey Navel, in “Los Angeles Overnight” is a seemingly sweet girl but is really a devious one. It was a very different character for me, I got to be a bad guy essentially. I am the worst girlfriend ever. It was such a blast playing a character that is so deceptive.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned from working on this project?
Jessica: The biggest lesson I learned from working on this project is to not give up or think you failed. I originally tried out for a different part but I ended up playing Stacy which they rewrote specifically for me after my audition.
You’re set to appear in the upcoming dramatic indie “Lemon Drop,” correct?
Jessica: Yes, that is correct.
Any interesting stories from the set you can share with us?
Jessica: I hope this isn't a "you had to be there" type of story, but when you watch the film you may notice a giant stuffed Banana in a tuxedo. It was meant for one quick scene, but he very quickly became like a mascot. He got taken everywhere, so the banana is in a lot of unexpected places throughout the film.
We hear next you’ll be working alongside Priscilla Presley in the sci-fi film “Almythea Episode II: Rise of the Astra”; what can you share about that project?
Jessica: This project is the first of a series of three sci-fi thriller films. I portray a creature called a ‘fleaf’ which is like a pixie and they act as messengers and spies in the film. My character, Scootch, is a trainee. "I'm not saying you are stupid, I just said that you have bad luck when you're thinking" is what another character says to her, so she is definitely not the brightest little creature. Priscilla’s character is the Keeper of the Fleafs and is very sweet.
Are you doing anything specific to prepare for the role?
Jessical: Working on being really ditzy- just kidding. I am actually working on my voice-over skills because there will be a lot of moments in the film where you hear me and don't see me. It is important to get emotion through just voice, so I am in a voice-over class right now.
It appears that you haven’t skipped a beat since making your way to America; what’s the biggest difference working here now?
Jessica: There isn't really a big difference, yet. It's still working hard, creating opportunities, and working on my craft. I guess the biggest difference is now that I have been in LA a while, I have local friends. That makes a big difference in all aspects of your life because having people to share your stories and go on adventures with is what life is about.
And, now just for fun:
Who’s your favorite actor/actress?
Jessica: Audrey Hepburn, I have loved her since I was like 6.
What role from the past do you wish you could have played?
Jessica: The Ramen Girl
Favorite movie or TV show from your childhood.
Jessica: A TV show called “Genie from Down Under” -- no one is going to know this show…LOL
Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.
Jessica: I have a degree in Business.
How can fans keep up with you?
Jessica: On social media Instagram: @littlemissjessd link
and Facebook: Jessica Dowdeswell link
Jessica Dowdeswell in "Los Angeles Overnight"
Jessica Dowdeswell - behind the scenes
Actress Jessica Dowdeswell