#HRFF25 Got an exclusive interview with RAINBOW AWARD 2014 CLOSING NIGHT FILM’s Breakout Star of “BOY MEETS GIRL” Michele Hendley!
Is BOY MEETS GIRL based on a true story or what do you know of where the script and characters came from?
No, BMG is not based on a true life story, but there are definitely parallels between Ricky’s life and my own. Everything else came from Eric’s fascinating imagination.
How are you and the character Ricky whom you portray similar and different with your experiences from childhood to being a young adult?
Unlike myself, Ricky knew who she was from a very young age, and had the courage and understanding to live as the person she wanted to be despite her southern country roots. It took me until my teen years to really figure out this whole transgender thing and to embrace who I am. Ricky and I both live in very supportive communities with very accepting friends and family, and she and I share a love for sarcasm.
Describe the process of the talent search and how you landed the role to portray Ricky.
Honestly, I had no idea that there was a talent search going on until Eric found me. He (for whatever reason) seemed impressed with my YouTube blog and contacted me there. Can you believe it?!
Tell us about filming and being cast with Michael Welch as best friends?
This was my first filming experience, and I loved every minute of it. It really is incredible to see how much work and how many people go into making a film, and I tried to absorb and be present in as much of the experience as I could. Everyone on set got along great, and worked excellently together (which I hear isn’t always the case), and I bonded with all of my costars. Michael and I in particular had a really terrific chemistry on set, and we are friends in real life. He taught me so much in the short time that we worked on BMG, and I hope we have more opportunities to work together in the future.
What is one of your favorite scenes in the film any why?
The scene in the coffee shop between Francesca’s mother Helen (Elizabeth Ward Land) and Ricky is by far one of my favorites of the entire film. I love strong female characters – especially when they butt heads. Filming the scene with Elizabeth was kind of stressful though. Elizabeth is such a fantastic actor, and the way she was able to deliver her lines – with so much juicy, venomous, southern tact – made it difficult for me to keep a straight face while we were shooting! I had to focus on how nasty her character was being to me, internalize it, and focus my energy on Ricky’s comeback. It was a lot of fun to film!
What does this film teach people about transgender?
BMG touches on a lot of the everyday issues a transgender person might face as well as larger, more encompassing topics like gender and sexuality. As a transgender woman, I truly feel that this film has the ability to demystify the word “transgender,” and really show people what the life of a trans person can look like. Like anyone else, we are not defined solely by our gender identity, and we lead lives like anyone else. We have families, we date, we have good days and bad days, we work at coffee shops, we make love, and ultimately we are just trying to get by like everybody else.
Who should see “Boy Meets Girl” and why?
Everyone! And I’m not jut saying that because I want the world to see our work. I am very passionate about spreading awareness and educating people on trans issues, and this film touches on some major subject matter that the masses deserve/ need to see.
MAHALO MICHELLE for this amazing interview!
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BOY MEETS GIRL SCREENS THIS SUNDAY JUNE 15 @815pm.
Film includes CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION.