The bit-part play­ers who stand out

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW -


IT’S A DE­PRESS­ING fact that if you’re a young ac­tress you can ex­pect to see a dis­pro­por­tion­ately high num­ber of cast­ing calls for strip­pers or hook­ers. Chelsea Mee is not ex­empt, and says she gen­er­ally rolls her eyes and passes on such roles. But Dog Eat Dog was an ex­cep­tion. “It was a paul Schrader movie with Ni­co­las Cage and Willem Dafoe,” she laughs. “I was like, ‘You know what? This sounds pretty okay...’ I walked into the au­di­tion in a tight span­dex dress and the high­est high heels. I wanted them to en­vis­age me as a strip­per.”

Her ap­pear­ance in Schrader’s de­mented crime caper is brief but mem­o­rable as she swaps la­conic lines with Cage while giv­ing him a lap dance. Cage, she re­ports, “would ba­si­cally talk about any­thing other than the fact I was un­dressed. Although he did ask me what sort of clothes I nor­mally wear.” He was also in­ter­ested in her tat­toos. “He told me he’s got a lot, too, and that he only gets them done in Bei­jing.” None more Cage.

Rel­a­tively new to act­ing, Mee has al­ready filmed scenes with Bruce Willis in the forth­com­ing ac­tioner First Kill and Tyler Mane in hor­ror Bring Me A Dream, and has three self-penned screen­plays she’s hop­ing to get off the ground. Her eye-catch­ing turn in Dog Eat Dog has also worked won­ders for her so­cial­me­dia pro­file (you can find her on Twit­ter as @Chelsmeezy). “None of this makes sense to me yet!” she beams. “I can’t even fathom the things I’ve got­ten to do so far, and I can’t wait to see where it’s all go­ing to lead.” OWEN WIL­LIAMS

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