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
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’