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Genevieve Buechner Talks ‘UnREAL’ and Role Models

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Genevieve Buechner’s character on Lifetime’s UnREAL has had quite the evolutionary arc. In two seasons, Madison, once a painfully awkward assistant turned manipulative junior producer, has climbed up from the lowest rung on the ladder to become a real player in the ethically and morally mixed-up world of UnREAL.

 

UnREAL tells the story of the behind the scenes scheming that goes on in the production of a Bachelor/Bachelorette type of reality show called Everlasting. The show deals with some fairly dark topics such as mental health, exploitation, and blackmail. Although the themes of UnREAL can be heavy, it makes for an ideal medium for Buechner to really flex her acting muscles. Here, we caught up with the Vancouver resident to discuss her role on the show.

Cliché: What got you into acting?
Genevieve Buechner: I wanted to do a million things: be a dancer, be in the circus, be some sort of artist, and since I couldn’t do everything at once, I chose acting. I always had a very active imagination—and still do—which had a big impact on my choice to start acting. I also love movies. Labyrinth is a favorite, and I wanted to be part of the magic. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else really.

Do you and your character Madison on UnREAL share any similar personality traits?
Madison and I share an awkwardness for sure. She sort of bumbles around a lot, and I am a very clumsy person. She is super ambitious, and so am I, but in a very different way. She is much more zealous with her ambitions and I tend to be a little more calculated with what I want.

What’s the biggest difference between you and Madison?
I think one of the biggest differences is how manipulative she can be. She gets a thrill out of manipulation and control. I’ve been manipulative before—I think everyone has at some point in his or her lives—but those aren’t moments I’m proud of. Madison is proud of it. She doesn’t seem to have a lot of empathy because she is just so focused on getting the job done, no matter how cruel it sometimes is.

How do you feel about your character’s evolution in the series?
I am absolutely in love with her arch and the changes she has gone through. I feel very honored that the show has trusted me with so much. She is super fun to play, and it’s always exciting to find out what crazy thing she’s going to do next.

You have been a Vancouver resident most of your life, which is where the show is filmed. Has being from the area been beneficial to you in any way?
So many series and films are made here in Vancouver. It’s definitely been beneficial in the sense that I’ve had a ton of opportunities to work on and audition for many different shows and genres. I think I’ve learned a lot from all the people who come to Vancouver from other cities. Plus, the set is never too far away from home for me!

I believe it’s very important for shows to push boundaries and talk about things people won’t talk about or think of as taboo.

UnREAL delves deep into the dark side of social psychology and ethics in the workplace. What’s it like to work on a show that pushes the envelope in many ways?
I believe it’s very important for shows to push boundaries and talk about things people won’t talk about or think of as taboo. There are so many important things that need to be brought forward and rarely are. I’m very glad to be a part of a show that does do this. Where’s the fun in no risks?

What do you hope viewers take away or learn from UnREAL?
I hope people will not be so quick to judge what they see on TV or social media. There is always so much that happens that we don’t see. People seem to jump to conclusions and judgment, even if all they have is a photo or a clip these days.

Do you have any dream roles?
So many. I would LOVE to work on something in a fantasy world or a period piece, mostly because I never have before. I grew up reading The Lord of the Rings and the fantasy genre is very special to me, as is sci-fi. I would be so excited if I got to do more sci-fi or something like Shameless. It’s just very real and raw. I want to try everything.

Who is your biggest role model?
Can I say my family, collectively? They are all so supportive and strong. I have a huge family and they all inspire me in different ways. There are so many amazing actors that I look up to, but it’s hard to say if they would be role models because I don’t spend time with them. I feel like role models are people I’m around. Some of the actors that inspire me are Maggie Smith, Paul Dano, Rooney Mara, Lakeith Stanfield, Kim Min-hee, Brie Larson, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong’o.

What do you do to unwind after shooting?
I get all cozy in pajamas and a fluffy sweater, make some tea, and either read or watch something in bed.

Do you have any shows you love to binge?
The shows I have recently been binging are Shameless, Game Of Thrones, Please Like Me, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Daredevil, and Battlestar Galactica. All over the place! I have a huge list of shows to watch, so I shouldn’t run out for a long while.


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Genevieve Buechner Talks ‘UnREAL,’ Role Models, and More: Photographed by Matthew Burditt

Characters We Love: Portia From Search Party

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TBS’s modern, millennial-centric mystery series Search Party is full of uniquely memorable characters. One in particular really stands out for being unexpectedly nuanced. Portia Davenport, played wonderfully by Meredith Hager, seems horrible on the surface but it doesn’t take long to see that she is more than a narcissistic Brooklynite. She’s adorable, well-dressed (yes, she rocked a crop top to a vigil for a missing woman), and often says crazy things, but a trope blonde she is not! Together with Elliot (John Early), she rounds off the main character’s, Dory (Alia Shawkat), group of friends.


Portia is a struggling actress who plays, as she describes, “a frisky rookie cop named Courtney Garcia” on a crime television show. A recurring joke is that Portia, who is the whitest of white characters, plays a Latina. Unfortunately for our budding actress, she gets killed off the crime show. We get to see how Portia handles her last day on set with grace. She may be a rich kid with a fancy apartment that’s likely paid for by her family, but she is passionate about her career. She is working hard toward being a respected professional, unlike her best pal Elliot.


Throughout the series, we see Portia mature as she becomes less self-involved. In an audience favorite scene, assuming she will be thrilled to hear he got a book deal, Elliot races to Portia’s place to tell her the news. However, she is taken aback and expresses how hurt she still is for him lying to her about having had cancer. She goes on to tell him the story of how her dad died of cancer and how he was her biggest fan. Elliot feels terrible about this, but then Portia says, “Now, what if I told you that my dad is totally fine?” It’s a very well-acted scene that sneaks up on you and leaves you realizing a few things, the first being just how much you have grown invested in her character because it’s impossible not to feel sad for her in that moment. Another is that she actually cares about moral integrity and honesty. And lastly, Portia can act, all of which comes totally out of left field.
Another touching moment, which is acted beautifully by Meredith Hager, is when Portia opens up at a hippy cult dinner about her insecurities. Portia says she can be both girly and smart, but people don’t see the smart side of her. Portia is laughable and absurd, yes, but she’s got depth and relatable insecurities that make you feel like you wish you knew a Portia in real life, or as she would probably say, “IRL.”
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Characters We Love: Portia From Search Party. Photos courtesy of TBS 

Documentaries You Should Watch on Netflix

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It wasn’t long ago that Netflix made its way into our homes via DVD deliveries. These days, we are flooded with options available at the tip of our fingers which is a double edged convenience. On one hand, we don’t have to wait to binge-watch seasons of our favorite shows, but we do have to sift through a whole lot of stuff we might not be interested in to find what we are really in the mood for. Fear not, fellow Netflixers! We have put together a short list of some of our favorite documentaries that are available now. These films are sure to please, whether you are an artistic soul, a true crime fanatic or a music buff!

 

Exit Through The Gift Shop
If you like off-beat people and are interested in the underground art world, this is a must see! This documentary tells the story of a French thrift-shop owner, Thierry Guetta, who compulsively videotapes every moment of his life. Guetta follows his street artist cousin, known as Space Invader, who introduces him to other street artists. Eventually, Guetta learns of the mysterious artist named Banksy, and becomes obsessed with finding him.

‘Paterson’ is an Underrated Must-See

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Paterson was released late in 2016 and flew under the radar, but is certainly not a film to miss! It depicts the everyday life of a blue collar poet, beginning on a Monday. Paterson, played by Adam Driver, is a bus driver from the city of Paterson, New Jersey who gets up early and goes to work to drive his bus. While he drives his daily route, he eavesdrops on passengers’ conversations and, during breaks, writes poetry. Each day when he walks home after work, Paterson adjusts their crooked mailbox on his way in, he takes his dog out for a walk and makes a stop at his favorite bar for a beer, where he observes the patrons and chats with the owner, Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley).


His supportive wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), is an unemployed artist/baker/country musician, who each day seems to be up to a new project, like painting their shower curtains in what we come to learn is her signature black and white design. Paterson and Laura share a sweet and loving home life together that’s best described as cozy. Though they are two very different people,  they balance each other out. It’s refreshing that there isn’t any romantic drama whatsoever.


The film does a great job of adding reoccurring touches that highlight the pleasant repetitive comforts of everyday life. For example, Laura leaves Paterson a photo of herself in his lunch box each day, and Paterson chats with his coworker Donnie at the start and end of his shifts. The scenes with Donnie are silly as he takes Paterson’s polite “How’s it going?” question very literally and goes on to list the number of things that aren’t going so great for him without one hint of sarcasm. One particular recurrence that is used well to show how coincidences are constantly popping up in daily life, is the appearance of twins throughout the film. Early in the movie, Laura tells Paterson about how she dreamed that they had twins.

The poetry (by real life poet Ron Padgett) is lovely and the way in which we get to hear Paterson labor over each word perfectly captures the focus of his talent. The poems echo the film’s theme of highlighting everyday occurrences via thoughtful and heartwarming imagery.

Paterson is a delightful film if you want a break from the usual dramas, or if you happen to be a budding artist who can relate to the main character. If the repetitiveness gets to you and you find yourself waiting around for some big moment, you have missed the point of this film – life is not about being saddled with daily problems, it’s about trying to be as perceptive and aware as a poet, to find beauty all around you.

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‘Paterson’ is an Underrated Must-See. Photo: Courtesy of Bleeker Street/Amazon Studios

Why You Should Be Watching “Mozart in the Jungle”

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Based on the 2005 memoir by Blair Tindall, a former New York City oboist, “Mozart in the Jungle” takes sex, drugs, and ambition and turns it into beautiful music. The Amazon show, now on its third season, has flown under the radar but has not been completely ignored. Winning Golden Globes for best television series and best actor, along with a prime-time Emmy award for outstanding sound mixing. It may be the most awarded, yet underrated, show yet.

These days we get our horror (“American Horror Story”), our politics (“VEEP”), and our dramatic plot twists (“How To Get Away With Murder”) fairly easily. With so many options and endless mediums to which we can access these shows, it’s shocking how little of it is actually something that makes us good. There is no loathsome villain, or even an ever more common, antihero. In “Mozart in the Jungle” you get fun, light humor. It’s realistic, yet outside of the realm to which most of us are exposed. The drama of professional orchestra musicians is not, on the surface, particularly exciting. But when you add a superb cast and a sweet thirty minute time frame, it’s just right.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Lola Kirke have a natural, yet mismatched, chemistry that is entirely realistic. The plot does not dwell on the usual tropes of sexual tension, rather it opts to focus on musical ambition. From millennials struggling with lofty goals, to the retirement aged audience who may be hanging up their hats on their careers, this show touches a very human nerve – the ego.
It’s very easy to identify with multiple characters on “Mozart in the Jungle,” or at the very least feel like you know someone just like them. The eccentric roommate, the territorial hard ass, the unabashedly nerdy music fan, or the retiree trying to find his place in the world – these people are people we know. The show brings together characters that are hard not to love, not in spite of their humanity but because of their humanity. It’s an absolute delight to watch this cast of players.
 
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Why You Should Be Watching “Mozart in the Jungle.” Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios

The Young Pope: A Ridiculous Premise Crazy Enough To Demand Viewership?

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The world of Catholicism, entrenched in striking symbolism and ornate rituals, is frequently showcased in the horror genre. HBO’s “The Young Pope,” which premiered in the U.S. on Jan 15, with episodes on Sundays and Mondays, offers just a small dose of horror with a heap of absurdity. The show is shot like a trippy dream, with a script that veers from dry humor to theatrical drama.


The ten-episode series begins after Lenny Belardo, played by Jude Law, is elected pope. Young and a complete unknown shrouded in mystery, the titular character is this horror story’s villain. Or at least we think so. It’s impossible to tell whether Belardo is a victim who lost his belief in God or if he is a self-motivated monster. At any rate, he is an entertaining, cherry coke drinking, handsome, chain-smoking schemer that right off the bat establishes alliances in the Vatican. One being his rather un-Catholic agreement with the impressionable Don Tomasso, to whom Lenny promises a cardinal position in exchange for information, essentially convincing Tomasso to break his vows as the Vatican’s confessional priest.



Belardo takes the name Pius XIII, which is cause for concern to the cardinals, foreshadowing the new pope’s legacy will be a dark one. An abandoned child, Pius was raised by a nun (Diane Keaton) in a catholic orphanage; we get the feeling that he has seriously unresolved issues. It’s clear that Lenny’s modus operandi is to act alone for his own interest and he is prepared to bulldoze all who oppose him.


Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the show is that the fresh-faced, seemingly modern Pius turns out to be utterly medieval in his beliefs. Pius declares the church has become too tolerant when he delivers his chilling first speech to a shocked and defeated crowd of onlookers. His first public interaction is not the anticipated loving introduction, rather he uses the opportunity to scorn his followers. “You have forgotten God!” he announces, declaring that his papacy will abandon the warm and fuzzy approach to Catholicism. “You need to know that I will never be close to you,” he says before storming off the balcony. “I don’t know if you deserve me.”


Even when “
The Young Pope” is bad, it’s still pretty good. It’s hard not to be entertained by its outlandishness. When it’s good, it’s far from perfect but is gorgeous to watch. Although uncomfortable at times, it’s hard to look away. Sorrentino, the creator and director, composes shots and manipulates lighting artfully. Each scene is unexpected and lush.

Regardless of the politics and scheming that feel familiar (“
House of Cards,” anyone?), “The Young Pope” offers something unique to premium television: dreamy beauty and larger than life characters juxtaposed with banal humanity. It’s both heavy and light with a plot so unreal in a world we never get to witness. It’s a genre of its own. Sure, it’s fodder for online memes, but it’s also a gorgeous nightmare within a dream. Bring on the bombast, just don’t wake me up.
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The Young Pope: A Ridiculous Premise Crazy Enough To Demand Viewership? Photo courtesy of HBO