Actress Tracey Birdsall has made the realm of science fiction her new home. Though best known for her work on television, the award-winning Malibu based performer solidified her future with sci-fi features after a bravura turn in Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter earlier this year.
WELAB: For several years TV seemed to be your bread and butter. When did you make the transition into film?
Tracey Birdsall (TB): Bread and butter is an interesting phrase when it comes to being an actor, as it’s the passion for what you create that drives you. Most jobs in the world are pay for time… however, as an actor, we sign onto a paying project but 99% of what we do is leading up to the project – the preparation. In the 80’s and 90’s, I focused on television mostly… transitioning to mostly film in the late 1990’s because of the depth of the characters. The process of working in film is extremely immersive wherein you create complex characters and their storylines weave – which is much more appealing. Lately, however, we’ve seen that television is becoming more like film with series such as Game of Thrones and Homeland. I do believe that with that change, I will be transitioning into television in the very near future.
WELAB: During those early years, how did your choose your film projects? Were they all projects you were passionate about and wanted to do?
TB: Those who know me well, know that I can be pretty passionate about any role! I can find depth of character in just about anything! Several projects, over the years, have been more about the pay than about the complexity of the character however. That is why they call it a job! My favorite roles are the most difficult and complex – the kind of stuff actors thrive on.
WELAB: You seem to be very fond of your film Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter. Why do you have such a soft spot for this one?
TB: There’s everything to love about Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter! It utilized every tool in my tool belt, and more. To me, the resulting film is a homage to the torture I endured physically, emotionally, and psychologically. This film, for both myself and the director, was a work of love – we gave it everything that we had – and more.
WELAB: How empowering was it playing a female action hero?
TB: Incredibly empowering and incredibly humbling. The resulting film is inspiring not only to other women, but even to myself. I would call it natural progression, as I was a complete tomboy growing up. To live the life of a character stronger, faster, and with more endurance was amazing – as I had to really do all of those stunts, and climb all of those mountains, and fight all of those robots. Why is it humbling, you ask? The injuries, the falls, the repetitive takes while you get it right and from all angles… there could easily be a blooper movie of all of my falls and injuries! All that, with a paid audience (crew), and out in the elements… I would do it again tomorrow, however, given the opportunity. It was a spectacular opportunity.
WELAB: Tell us about The Time War.
TB: The Time War – The most epic film I’ve ever been a part of to date. A time-travel film involving Hitler, the Nazi Party, genetic modifications, and various versions of the characters traveling through time re-writing history … The Great War, The War Machine, it’s all there. The Time War is the most complicated, dark, twisted film I’ve ever been a part of. It’s Science Fiction, Time Travel, Drama, and has multitudes of Horror elements. In most films I’ve been a part of, there are several huge epic moments, in The Time War, there are dozens. In the last film, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, I always say in the press how William Kircher and I compared Director Neil Johnson to Peter Jackson. In The Time War, I would compare him to Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, and Stanley Kubrick. Although this film is many years in the making, it’s worth it. I’ve actually never seen anything quite like it.
Rogue Warrior – Robot Fighter is now available on VOD/DVD.