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There really is no alter ego. I’m always the same freak, the seriousness and the sillies; on the track, at my real job and at the after party. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by great, very patient people!
I never say no, just ask.
What’s your favorite derby position and why?
Blocker, cause the grass is always greener.
How did you get involved with the movie?
It came at me from two angles; I was invited to an open casting call for Michigan skaters and was spotted while playing with Team Awesome at LA Derby Dolls, Battle on the Bank. I went to a casting call, wearing my jean chaps and that was it.
Describe your experience, and tell me what your most favorite part was about being involved.
As any derby girl, I love going to derby functions – cause the people are so amazing – that was the case with the movie. I got to play myself, and I play for the Holy Rollers, wearing a catholic school girl uniform – and everyone seemed to get new hairdo’s but me (I think they were scared of my mess) – so – being myself and having went to catholic school – I felt pretty at home. I loved getting to be part of the experience, meet all the amazing people and have a glimpse at the process of the industry. There were a couple times during long days where Drew and the crew would take a one minute dance break, literally. They’d blast a song and everyone – cast and crew – would dance for one minute, then back to business. I think my very favorite part, early on while many cast + crew were just learning our game was Juliette Lewis overheard me talking to Detroit girls about “skaters always going to the box” and she said “what’s in the box?”, like as in, why is everyone going there, what’s so great about it? It was awesome! She is my captain in the movie and added to the experience with her great attitude and infamous dancing.
What was the worst part about being involved?
Gaining weight...holy buffets and down time!
Did you meet anybody famous?
Yes, we pretty much got to meet the entire main cast and crew, and spent fairly considerable time with some on set. Juliette Lewis is my team captain in the movie, so most of my scenes and wait time involved her. We also met most of the well-known, hard working and experienced crew members.
What was it like watching those famous people try to skate/play derby?
Many had been training all day for many days/weeks prior to filming – I was actually jealous of their daily regimen of skating! But seeing them skating, learning or playing – didn’t seem odd to me. I was either cheering them on and proud or giving helpful hints, as any other new player. Especially towards the end, they were derby girls!
Do you have plans to go out to Hollywood and become more than a body double?
Hahahaha. I actually play myself in the movie. If anyone ever needed a set of thighs like these to body double anyone, I’d be shocked. I think I’ll stick to enjoying the great lakes state with my family and my team. People from the mid-west are like rollergirls, they are great just about everywhere you go. It’s good here.
Were your leaguemates jealous of you? (And you can tell the truth!)
I think some definitely wished they could be part of it, but everyone was great (at least to my face!) about it. They all knew it was a huge commitment and thought I was a great person to represent GRRG. I have been around since the beginning and a huge contributor to all things behind the scenes, so I think they could at least rest with thinking I deserved it!
What do you do outside of derby?
You mean what did I do before derby?!
For work, I am a project and production manager at a graphic design firm, Square One Design. It’s a small company where I have been able to gain experience and knowledge through varied tasks in many years there, which have contributed to derby and vice versa. They are very supportive of derby.
For fun, I think up crazy outfits to wear to the next derby skating event. I really enjoy the outdoors and the arts and am looking forward to having more time to do both of those AND derby in the near future.
Where do you see derby in ten years?
It’s really hard for me to say, when I started skating, I never imagined it’d consume my life, and that I’d be an instrumental member of my league’s management and team. I didn’t expect to be working with WFTDA and so many amazing people doing great things for our derby community and our outlying communities, while getting so many opportunities to play, travel and host amazing teams. I’m sampling some boot prototypes with/for Riedell which is so very cool to be a part of. Where we’ll be in 10 years is hard for me to imagine, never having dreamed we’d be this far. But, with everything we’ve got going for us and all the people involved – I know we’ll get exactly where we want to be.
Do you think derby should go professional?
I think derby and WFTDA have been moving in the right direction and at a great pace. I am excited to see and be a part of where we take our sport.
Anything else you want our readers to know?
If you ever wonder, “who does that?”, in any context, I probably do!