Interview: Support The Girls’ Kat Rogers
Kat Rogers is an American actress and a dancer who is following her dreams. Kat is a native Texan, a talented dancer and actress, who began her journey with a musical when she was just 8 years-old. She stars in the new film Support The Girls.
Tell us about “Support The Girls”. What is it about?
Support The Girls is a comedy that is based on a Hooters-style bar. It tells the story of the lives of both the girls that work there and their manager, who is played by Regina Hall. In the movie, I played Jacqui, who is one of the veteran waitresses.
How did you get involved in the project?
I was called in to audition through my agent at the time, Kim Dawson (based in Dallas, TX). I went in for my first audition and when I walked into the room, I was definitely surprised when the casting directors (Brock Allen Casting) asked me to drop the script on the floor! Because of Andrew’s style, they wanted us to improve the audition. Long story long, they invited me back for a callback where I got to meet and work with Andrew (the director), and shortly after that, I got the call from my agent that I had booked the role of Jacqui!
What was it like to work Andrew Bujalski and Regina Hall?
I felt a bit spoiled getting to work with Andrew for my first film. He’s had several films before this one that has done really well on the festival circuit, and he is known for his style of directing which people refer to as “mumblecore”. (I recently read an article in which they named him a “legend of mumblecore.”) His style is built around improv style acting and character relationships, which is (in my opinion) the most fun as an actor. We really got to play around a lot with different things, which was so much fun!
Regina Hall was extremely sweet and humble. I think a lot of people assume that “Hollywood actors” are all divas and that is certainly NOT the case with Regina Hall. Even though she is very successful and well-known, she was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met & she really just lights up the room which makes for such a light and positive environment! She’s extremely professional & I feel lucky to have gotten to meet and work with someone as talented as her.
What was the reception at SXSW like? Was it your first time at the festival?
It was my first time at the festival, but I’ve always wanted to go! I don’t think it could have gone better. Not only did we have a crowded theatre, but the reviews were nothing but praise for Andrew, Regina and the film. I was pretty shocked to see Lea Dunham sitting in front of me, and even she tweeted:
Did you manage to catch any of the other films showing?
Unfortunately, I was in Florida at the time, so I only flew in for the night. There were so many that I wanted to see though! There was a documentary called “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, which I was dying to see because I am a DCC alum. I’ve heard great things though!
What are your thoughts on ‘tits and ass’ bars like the ones in the film?
Hah! Good question! I don’t have strong feelings about them either negatively or positively, but I do think they’re a big part of our culture and one of the things that makes us unique. Back when I worked at Sea World in San Diego, we would go to Hooters probably once a week for wings and sports. 🙂 Sometimes we’d go with the guys, but most of the time it would just be us, girls!
How did we get to where you are now in your career?
It’s been a long and curvy road! I started doing musicals when I was very young until I got really serious about gymnastics. I got back into acting when I attended Chapman University as a theatre major, but not long after school, I started searching for work with consistent income which led me to a few years in advertising. I learned A LOT in that industry but after a few years, I got the itch to perform again which led me to audition for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Not wanting to return to a 9 to 5, I started looking for an agent and signed with my agent shortly after.
What’s the future looking like for you?
Well as far as the near future, I was just recently cast in another Indy film that will shoot in Dallas. But the cast hasn’t been announced yet, so I’m afraid I can’t tell you what it is yet. Stay tuned! Other than that, I recently started a YouTube channel so I’m excited to get some momentum going! (If you want to check it out, the link is here.)
Anything else you would like to get off your chest?!
Thank you so much for all of the great questions! And also thanks in advance to everyone that goes out to support “Support The Girls”!
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