By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS – Feb 16, 2016) – Jane Seymour, the beautiful British actress, who in 2000 was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, and has starred in scores of hit films and TV series, such as a Bond Girl in LIVE AND LET DIE, and the lead in the American television series, DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN (1993–1998), has now finally become HIGH STRUNG.
I discovered more about this at the at the recent 24th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Gala in Hollywood on Friday, Feb. 5), when she was joined on the Red Carpet by Nicholas Galitzine, a fellow Brit and co-star of the HIGH STRUNG movie.
They chatted with me before Jane and Nicholas were off to be two of presenters for Best Movie for Mature Audiences at the event, also known as The Christian Oscars. (By the way, THE 33 won that award. The PG-13 film tells the real-life story of miners trapped in a collapsed gold and copper mine.)
Seymour, who was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, on February 15, 1951, began the interview by explaining her role in the movie.
“I actually don’t spend any time with him [Nicholas] at all, but I’m giving a hard time to the ballerina (Keenan Kampa) and I’m also executive producer of the project. It was a dream project beautifully written and directed by Michael Damian with Janeen Damian as the co-writer, and it’s a wonderful dance movie.
“I used to be a dancer, so it was particularly appealing to me because it features every kind of dance. We have ballet, modern dance, tap, Irish dance, and even hip hop.”
Nicholas, with his impeccable British accent and also known for his roles in THE BEAT BENEATH MY FEET (2014), and HANDSOME DEVIL (2016), then explained the plot of HIGH STRUNG.
“It’s about a young British busker [street musician] who goes to New York to busk there. He’s illegally there and meets this beautiful young ballerina [Keenan Kampa) who’s also kind of fighting for her place at a conservatory and it’s about their love story how they come together, and how they share their passion for creativity and art. It’s not an easy love that they share, and there are some bumps along the way, but it’s a really great story and Jane plays this really mean dance teacher of Keenan, the ballerina.”
He added with a smile, “I’m not a dancer, but I did a tango in the film.”
Jane then cut in and said with a smile, “And he’s not a violinist, but he plays a violinist and he had to learn the violin in one month having been a guitarist and a singer in a rock band. But playing a violin is quite a different thing.”
Now on his third trip to Hollywood, Nicholas then said, “It’s certainly different to London, but I love it here. The people are really friendly and don’t have that typical London ‘not interested in talking’ way of acting, and also the weather here is beautiful. It’s a different beast entirely.”
I then asked Jane Seymour when she first moved to the United States, and she replied, “It was in 1976 when I came over permanently. Originally, I first came over because an American casting director told me that if I ‘could lose my English accent’, that I’d never stop working; and I believed her. She was right.”
I then asked Jane what she would you were her all-time favorite roles?
“Oh that’s hard,” she replied. “Obviously, SOMEWHERE IN TIME was a classic, and I just did a movie that’s coming out soon called BEREAVE ME NOT, with Malcolm McDowell, which everyone whose seen it thinks is one of my better ones. Of course, I loved DR. QUINN. I got to play 170 hours of that lady. Another was the mini TV series, WAR AND REMEMBRANCE, with Robert Mitchum. I’ve been really, really fortunate to have so many great roles.”
As this was a faith-based event, I concluded by asking Jane if she had a faith herself, and she replied cryptically. “I have faith that faith is necessary (laughs). I’m of no fixed faith abode.”
To find out more about HIGH STRUNG, which will be in movie theaters on April 8th, just go to their website at http://www.highstrungthemovie.com
Photo captions: 1) Jane Seymour and Nicholas Galitzine being interviewed on the Movieguide® Red Carpet. (Photo: Dan Wooding). 2) Nicholas Galitzine dancing with beautiful young ballerina [Keenan Kampa) in HIGH STRUNG. 3) Jane Seymour pictured in a scene from the movie. 4) Dan Wooding with another of his interviewees at the gala, Dolly Parton and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played the young Dolly in COAT OF MANY COLORS.
Note: I would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing the interview.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books and has two US-based TV programs including “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding,” for which he did a group of filmed interviews on the Red Carpet at the gala. He also hosts a radio show called “Front Page Radio.”
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