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Interview Kyra Greene
You currently have five projects in post-production and wear many hats, is that difficult in the current climate?
I’m extremely blessed, I have a team of people around me that are some of the most creative, reliable, and hard working individuals I’ve ever met. But truthfully, they make my life easier and they give me the ability to focus on the art. Without them, none of this would be possible.
How is it being a native Bostonian living in Los Angeles?
I love being a Bostonian in Los Angeles. I love living in Los Angeles and I have also loved rooting against the hometown team a bit out here. I’ve always enjoyed being different in that way. California has a lot of people that have made their way from the east coast; Los Angeles is like a melting pot so I actually have found quite a few Bostonians here.
You started acting later in life, how did that come about?
It’s funny, I get this a lot when asked about acting. I personally felt like it had a lot to do with my confidence. From when I was young, I always wanted to entertain and loved the arts. I tried out for a few things when I was young like 10 or 11, but I just never really had the confidence to go for it until I was about 20 or 21. I’ve been a late bloomer all my life, so it wasn’t a surprise to those around me.
You’ve gotten to work with some pretty heavy hitters in film industry, what was the best piece of advice you’ve gotten and from whom?
To be able to work with some of your heroes and actors/actresses you look up to is a feeling I can’t really describe. Its gratitude at its highest form. One thing that stuck out to me was some advice I got from Josh Duhamel, he told me to just “dont try too hard, just be yourself. Genuine will always shine on screen.” That stuck with me a bit, he was one of my favorite actors to work with, and an all-around humble and good guy.
Have you enjoyed frequently playing a cop?
I love this question. I did play cop a bit when I started out. It wasn’t necessarily by choice, but more so what they needed me to do. The truth is I enjoy acting in general, so if duty calls..duty calls.
What is your dream role?
Me and my friends talk about this quite a bit. I am an avid and die-hard sports fan. I always wanted to do a boxing movie. If I had to choose a specific role, I’d want to play Arturo Gatti.
You’ve already tackled acting, music and producing is directing in your future as well?
I think one of my goals in the next ten or so years is to get behind the camera and see my potential. I would want to do some sort of shadowing or instruction prior to it, but I definitely would want to give it a go.
You are an executive producer on the film Monstrous starring Christina Ricci, what is the project about and how did that opportunity come about?
Monstrous’ story centers on a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with. I was able to get in on production thanks to a close friend producing as well, Sean Reilly.
How is Bad Habits doing?
Bad Habits is going well, the reception was great to both the track and the video. I’m hoping to get back into some more music by the end of the year. Acting has taken over a bit, but I still have such a love music.
What are some of your Bad Habits?
Oh man, how much time do we have? Some of my notorious bad habits are probably junk food, overworking, dad jokes, and a bit of weed on occasion. I’ll save us the novel of them, but those are some off the top of my head.
What would you describe your music genre?
This is always a tough one, but I would say its melodic hip hop/rap. It’s got some rap elements but definitely strays into more of the R&B and hip hop lane. I just like making music that sounds good to me, whatever genre that is, I’ll take it.