Model. Actress. Writer. Twenty-four year old stunner Julia Voth is a woman of many talents. She is a star on the rise, and I was was recently afforded the opportunity to speak with and interview her. She is smart, classy, and witty not to mention jaw droppingly gorgeous. Below, we discuss everything from how she got her start in the business, to the differences between filming movies and television series, to a certain star spangled superheroine.
Now, I'm sure you're all much more interested in what Julia has to say than what I do. So here without further ado, my interview with Julia:
How did you get your start in modeling, was that something you wanted to do even when you were a young girl or did it just kind of happen?
Performing was always something I knew I wanted to do, even from a young age. I basically grew up in front of my dad’s video camera. And when the opportunity arose to go to Japan and work as a model it seemed like a
Was it while modeling that you thought about trying your hand at acting or is that something you always wanted to pursue?
For a while modeling was great. I got to travel and meet amazing people around the world. But I got to a point where creatively it wasn’t enough. I needed something more to stimulate my mind. For me it was a natural progression to acting. As I learned and studied acting I found I approached modeling very much as an actor would a part. I created a character in my mind to portray whatever it was a designer or photographer wanted. And now that I am here in LA doing it, I know this is where I am meant to be.
What was your reaction when your agent handed you the script for Bitch Slap?
When I first read the title I was a little skeptical. But I read to about the 20th page when I called my agent back and told him to do whatever it took to get me in to read for Trixie. I knew I had to be part of this project and I knew she was the one I needed to play.
What was it about the part of Trixie that appealed to you, and how did you feel when you knew you got the part?
On the outside Trixie is a sweet, naïve, down-on-her-luck stripper, with a heart of gold. I saw a lot of me in her, well besides the stripping stuff. But what I liked most was the journey she goes on and the arch that she has in the film. She ends up being totally different from how she began. And that was very fun to play.
I get the vibe everyone had a blast and had lots of fun on set, would that be accurate?
Absolutely, it was so much fun on set. You can be working on the most amazing project but if the people are negative it can bring the whole thing down. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who believed in me and trusted me to take Trixie where she needed to go. Rick Jacobson and Eric Gruendemann (our director and executive producer), had the confidence
all of us to be the ambassadors of the film.
What was it like shooting your love scenes for Bitch Slap?
Bitch Slap was full of firsts for me including my first time onscreen kiss. I had two scenes and each time it was a closed set, I felt very comfortable about it. Everyone on set was so respectful of what we were doing. Each scene was a very important and appropriate part of why Trixie is the way she
is. (And besides that, I’d rather kiss a pretty girl than an ugly guy any day.)
Was the shooting in the desert difficult?
Shooting in the desert was very challenging. Both Erin and I were wearing 4-inch heels, which never came off, not even in the fight scenes. In the mornings it was SO cold. I am Canadian so I am used to the cold, but it’s a lot different when you are wearing nothing more then a little gold dress. Then everyday when 4 o/c hit, the winds would pick up to 40mph and we’d be doing our close-ups with sand and dirt and glycerin and lip-gloss all over our faces. It definitely pushed us mentally and physically. Not only did I prove to myself I could do it, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
America Olivo your Bitch Slap costar recently did a layout in Playboy Magazine. Were you and Erin Cummings approached as well, and is that something you'd ever consider?
Yes! She was the June Cover Girl! I am so proud of her and she looked beautiful! The female body is beautiful and being a model and now actress, showing some skin is not something I am uncomfortable with. But it's not for me at this point in my career, it’s not to say I would never consider it in the future, but not right now. I also think it is so much sexier when a woman is dressed and there is something left to the imagination. It’s the unknown, and to me that’s hot.
In a previous interview, you said there needs to be more female action heroes. As comic book movies are all the rage right now, have you auditioned for any?
No, I haven’t had an opportunity to... not yet.
Would a role like Wonder Woman be something that interests you?
Are you kidding I’d LOVE to play Wonder Woman. Growing up she was my favorite.
In addition to movies and commercials, you've also been part of video games. You're the model for Jill Valentine in Resident Evil games. How did that come about? Were you a fan or were you aware of the game series popularity beforehand?
I was modeling in Japan when I auditioned for it. There where thousands of girls up for the part. I was so honored when they offered me the job. She isan iconic character, who is beautiful and strong. I still feel a strong connection to her.
You have two upcoming projects. The Anniversary, and Love Hurts, what can
you tell us about them?
'Love Hurts‘ is a romantic comedy starring Jenna Elfman and Carrie Ann Moss as Amanda, and I play Young Amanda 20 years ago. Barra Grant wrote and directed it. It’s very funny and very sweet. Then I did 'The Anniversary’ a film by John Campea. It’s a romantic comedy about love and loss. I am the main character's love interest. It really is a fall-out-of-your-seat-laugh-out-loud kind of movie. And I just finished a show for MTV called ‘The Phone.’ Produced by Justin Timberlake ‘The Phone’ mixed the worlds of reality and scripted television and put them head to head in an intense race against time. I played a scripted secret agent, which was a lot of fun.
Love Hurts you have many highly successful actresses as your costars, did you learn a lot or get any advice from them?
You can learn a lot from an actress by just watching them work. I’ve seen the final product and they are all amazing. I feel very lucky to have been surrounded by so many talented actors so far in my career.
What type of actress do you see yourself as? Mostly action, drama, comedy? And, which actresses do you look up to?
I look up to actresses like Anne Hathaway, Scarlet Johansson, and Rachael McAdams. They are all extremely talented actresses who have range in their choices of films. I would love to have the opportunity to try all kinds of genres.
Are there any specific actresses or directors you'd love to work with?
Coen Brothers, Bill Condon (Dream Girls), Scott Charles Stewart are a few directors I’d love to work with.
Having worked on both movie sets, and TV series (MTV's The Phone) how would you compare the two, and is there one you like more than the other?
Movie and television sets are so different it’s hard to pick one. And I think as an actress it is important to work both muscles. I see myself more in movies as my career progresses, there is magic in movies, but I would never limit myself to just one or the other.
In addition to modeling and acting, you're also writing a book of what you've referred to as "dark poetry". When will that be released, and could you perhaps share a poem with us?
Yes I am, but I’m still in the process of writing it. I am hoping it will be completed by the end of the year, but I’m not sharing anything until it is totally done. But what I can tell you is this is the most organic, raw and real work I’ve ever done. It’s dark and unapologetic. And I am very proud of it.
Do you have any advice for the young girls out there who want to get into modeling and/or acting?
I think when it comes to anything in life you need to have an unshakable faith in yourself. Especially in this business there are so many people who will tear you down, you need to learn how to let it roll off your shoulders and get back up and keep going.
As you're from Saskatchewan, Canada, and while I've never been, I've always wanted to visit. When I do get the chance to go, what are the places to go and things I need to make sure to do?
Well if you like nature then Saskatchewan is a great place to go. It is called the land of the living skies for a reason. Every night, winter or summer, you can see the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. And in the winter on any clear night you can see the northern lights. They are so beautiful I will brave any freezing temperature to stand outside and watch them. Saskatoon (our biggest city) in the summer is alive with festivals and people enjoying the weather. There is a calm the people have. It’s so refreshing to be at home and to have people ask you how you are, not what you can do for them, it’s just that simple.
Well, there you have it folks. If I was a betting man, and let's face it, I am I'd say Julia Voth is a name to be remebered and her star will only shine brighter as her career progresses. If you want to learn more about Julia, be sure to checkout www.JuliaVoth.com she can also be found on her official myspace here
For any of you not entirely sure what exactly "Bitch Slap" is about, check out the trailer below