Kat McNamara had a nice chat with Regard Magazine where she discussed her recent projects, working on her music and much more!
RM: You recently starred in the anti-bullying movie, Contest. What initially drew you to this project?
KM: Some of the producers are old friends of mine from my days working on Broadway in NYC. They approached me and said they had this great script of this amazing story of a kid who is bullied for doing what he loves and how he handles the situation. I read the script and fell in love with the story, the characters, and the message of the film. I understood that CONTEST was a very important film to make in that it has the opportunity and the ability to truly make a difference in educating society about bullying and bullying prevention. I knew I just had to be involved in this project.
RM: How has this film affected you personally since making it?
KM: The anti-bullying cause has always been very near and dear to my heart. Growing up, I was always the different one. As such, I was bullied quite a bit by people who didn’t understand that being different is okay. I learned to surround myself with people who supported me for who I am and are there to build me up instead of tear me down. I even had my face smashed into a water fountain once because someone didn’t like me. When I was bullied, it felt horrible. I was so sad that someone felt the need to make me feel bad about myself. I had however been taught what to do in these situations. My past experiences were a large part of why I was so passionate about being involved in the film. Truly, everyone involved in CONTEST has been personally affected by bullying in their own lives. Personally, I am of the mind that this passion for the anti-bullying message is a large part of why the film has been so successful.
RM: You’re doing some impressive things, both professionally and personally and we wish you continued success. What other projects should we look out for?
KM: Other than Happyland, be sure to look out for Little Savages, a film I shot this summer that should be out next spring or summer. Its a fun family film about a boy and his sister who are dropped off in this small town for the summer, somewhat under protest, but meet some great friends and end up on a race to find a treasure! Think National Treasure meets The Goonies. Also, stay tuned for more music from me. My first original single, “Chatter” was released on the CONTEST soundtrack and another song of mine “My Heart Can Fly” is featured in LITTLE SAVAGES. I’m in the studio quite a bit now working on more songs and they just keep getting better and better. Can’t wait for everyone to hear!
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