The ladies with My Roommate's an Escort have some exciting news! Their webseries launches TODAY! So in celebration here is a follow up interview we did with the shows creators and talent Katie Uhlmann and Trish Rainone! Enjoy and be sure to watch!!
L21L: Where did the idea of My Roommate's an Escort derive from?
K&T: Initially when we started writing together, our series was about dating in the city. However, whenever we met up to work we would just end up swapping roommate and friend stories so we decided to write something that really focusses on the relationship between two women. When you live with other people, whether it be friends, family, or someone you met online, you learn a lot about them- sometimes too much! It can be hard to share your personal space with someone else, and we found comedy in exploring a nightmare roommate situation, where two women have polar opposite values.
L21L: How many episodes do you have planned out so far?
K&T: We have completed eleven episodes, and they are all four to five minutes in duration. Each episode leads into the other and the entire first season is approximately one hour of content.
L21L: Seeing as you are about to release what would you like audiences to know about your series?
We would like audiences to know that the series is formatted for binge watching. We hope our audience consumes the entire show in one go which takes a total of one hour.
It was also very important to us to hire a 50/50 male and female cast to create equal opportunities for men and women.
We also would like audiences to know that this project really wouldn't be possible without an incredible team in front of and behind the camera. We would like to make a special shout out to Joey Nixon at Adrenaline Toronto (Executive Producer), David Carruthers (Executive Producer), Stephanie Baird (Producer), and Julian Adderley (Producer, Editor, Composer).
L21L: Where can we watch My Roommate's an Escort?
K&T: My Roommate's an Escort is available at www.myroommatesanescort.com starting April 3rd, 2017!
L21L: Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Katie Uhlmann (Co-creator, Producer, Director)
Katie Uhlmann is a director, writer, and actor and was born and raised in Trenton, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in drama and psychology, she started pursuing a career in film and moved to Toronto. Katie has acted in countless shows (Workin’ Moms, Just Passing Through, Paranormal Witness), commercials and independent films (Kingdom Come). She is also known for her work as a host on her web show entitled Katie Chats where she completed over 3000 interviews with guests including David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, and Shannon Tweed. Katie has now turned to focusing on creating female character driven content. Her first short film entitled Pyramid Scream is an absurdist comedy about a woman who will go to any length to recruit a new member to her pyramid scheme business. The film has gone to festivals internationally, and won several awards including The Festival Director Award at the Toronto Independent Film Festival.
Trish Rainone (Co-creator, Producer)
Trish Rainone is an actress, writer and producer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Laurentian University.She moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film a few years ago after appearing as a Sunshine Girl in the Trailer Park Boys’ film Swearnet: The Movie, directed by Warren P. Sonoda. Trish was inspired to study film following her part in Swearnet. She has appeared in several commercials, short films and feature films since, including The Void, Brother(s), and Constance. Following earning a series of acting roles and with a desire to create, Trish began writing and producing. Her first short film, Constance, had a successful film festival run, earning her a Best Actress Award at the Horrorizon Film Festival. Trish met Katie Uhlmann in January of 2016 and they began writing together immediately.
L21L: What is your favorite part of filmmaking and why?
Katie: Directing is my favorite part of the process. It's so interesting to work on all of the different components telling the story. It's also great to get to collaborate with all of the other departments to really bring the vision to life.
Trish: I like to act and be a part of the creative team, as a writer and producer, because you really feel a great sense of accomplishment. You get to enjoy the entire journey from conception to filming to post-production and marketing. Watching the edited version that you share with viewers feels so special. You realize how much hard-work went into the project from start to finish from everyone involved and really feel like it's your baby.
L21L: What advice would you give to others following in your footsteps?
Write and produce your own work. Don't wait for somebody else to give you a job- it could take years or might never happen. The sooner you take control and start to work hard and make your own content, the better.
L21L: Have you ever had to overcome adversity to get to where you are today and how did you overcome it?
K&T: Sometimes as a young woman people don't take you seriously. Hard work definitely helps us overcome this particular obstacle.
L21L: Who are your influences?
K&T: Our influences are Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Kristen Wiig, and Amy Schumer.
L21L: What are your favorite TV series?
K&T; Seinfeld, Schitts Creek, Love
L21L: What are your favorite movies?
K&T: Bridesmaids, Home Alone, Mean Girls
Thank you both for this interview and we wish you the best of luck on your launch!!