God Friended me ac­tor on the ups and downs of show­biz

Britne Old­ford on how she got her big break and what it takes to make it in the TV in­dus­try

Bayview Post - - Currents - by Ju­lia Mas­troianni

Britne Old­ford, best known as Cadie Camp­bell on the U.S. ver­sion of the U.K. se­ries Skins and Alma Walker on Amer­i­can

Hor­ror Story: Asy­lum, got her first act­ing gig while she was still in high school.

Old­ford says she was in her last year at Earl Haig Sec­ondary School when her friend told her they were hold­ing au­di­tions for the U.S. ver­sion of Skins and asked if she would go.

“I said no be­cause I had done just a few au­di­tions at the time and they made me re­ally ner­vous,” Old­ford says.

But then she binge-watched the en­tire Bri­tish ver­sion of the se­ries in a night and ended up show­ing up at the au­di­tions.

It’s a good thing she did show up, as she landed the role of Cadie Camp­bell in the se­ries in Jan­uary 2010.

Old­ford then filmed the pi­lot in Fe­bru­ary, while com­plet­ing her last year of high school.

The se­ries it­self was filmed from Au­gust to De­cem­ber that same year in Toronto, and once film­ing fin­ished, she moved straight to New York.

“In ret­ro­spect, I can’t be­lieve I did. But I’m glad past me had the sense to take that huge risk,” Old­ford says.

Old­ford knew pur­su­ing act­ing would be dif­fi­cult, but she pur­sued her pas­sion with full force.

“I kind of al­ways knew I was go­ing to do some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” she says.

Old­ford has also learned to roll with the punches.

“In act­ing, there’s a lot of re­jec­tion, and you need to learn to have a thick skin, but you also need to learn to take the punches,” Old­ford says.

She says that, when she doesn’t get a role, she un­der­stands that she’s sim­ply not right for the role.

Luck­ily, Old­ford was def­i­nitely right for the role when she booked

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Asy­lum in 2012.

“I booked it from a sin­gle self tape that I did,” Old­ford says. “And then I was work­ing with such in­cred­i­ble tal­ent.”

Old­ford is re­fer­ring to her costars Jes­sica Lange, Joseph Fi­ennes and Sarah Paul­son, as well as the show’s creator, Ryan Mur­phy.

Old­ford says her ex­pe­ri­ences on-set there were some of her most mem­o­rable in her ca­reer so far.

“The work ethic of the peo­ple I was sur­rounded by re­ally stuck with me and see­ing how ded­i­cated they were to the ma­te­rial,” Old­ford says. “It was just truly be­ing in their pres­ence and be­ing able to sit and ob­serve and have the op­por­tu­nity to be on-set even when it wasn’t my scene.”

How­ever, even with all of Old­ford’s suc­cess, she warns against com­mit­ting to act­ing with­out think­ing it through first.

“If you can see your­self do­ing any­thing else, any­thing else and en­joy­ing and lov­ing your life, do that thing and do this on the side in­stead,” she says.

Old­ford does not sugar-coat how hard show­biz can be on an up-and-com­ing ac­tor, but it seems she’s got the right at­ti­tude to make it in this tu­mul­tuous biz, as she’s got a few wins un­der her belt.

“When you do get a win, it’s the most sat­is­fy­ing thing.” Old­ford says. “It’s those lit­tle wins that mean ev­ery­thing and re­ally fuel the fire that keeps you go­ing.”

Some of Old­ford’s most re­cent wins in­clude her re­cur­ring role on the new se­ries God Friended Me, as Dee, as well as her ap­pear­ances on a cou­ple of episodes on the hit show Blindspot that films right in Brook­lyn, New York.

God Friended Me airs on CTV on Sun­days at 8 p.m.

Old­ford plays Dee in the new TV se­ries ‘God Friended Me’

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