Updated: May 5
This month we are revisiting people we have featured in earlier interviews to see how the C-19 isolation is affecting those in the arts. We chatted with Zenith Ander about her upcoming projects, the current collective re-evaluation of society, and how spending time alone can hinder or enhance creativity.
What have you been up to since we last interviewed you?
Wow - 2019 was a huge year for me personally and professionally. 2020 has shaped up to be quite a whacky one thus far, but we're not quite half way there yet and there is still so much to do!
After I spoke with CiLA last year I hosted two film festivals, both the World Film Fair, which was held in Santa Monica, and the Dreamachine Film Festival in North Hollywood. I met some great people through this work, and have teamed up with a couple of them as an actress on some of their amazing fresh projects. Before the lockdown, I met up with Rosemary Griggs, a super talented writer at the LA Under the Stars Film Fest, and we discussed working together on something she's written for me to star in, so I am really looking forward to that! She's a wonderful person and talented to boot.
How are you finding the current isolation is affecting your creativity?
In really interesting ways, in fact. I have felt a lot of different things creatively - mostly having a lot of time has been really cathartic and is offering up some space to really focus on what is coming next. I'll be shooting Love & Compromise as the lead with an incredibly talented filmmaker, MmJoe Sanchez around November, starring alongside Carlo Mendez. I'm excited to see everyone, as by then hopefully the world will be healthier and will have returned to some sort of normality. The isolation time has really made me appreciate relationships and how lucky I am to work with such wonderful people. I miss them all a lot right now. I have also signed a couple of additional deals with StandAsOne (MmJoe's production company) to work on another few projects over the next couple of years (Roller Daze and Uncommon Criminals). It's going to be a busy and magical release from lockdown! I couldn't be happier to have all this work with great people to look forward to.
Have you found it challenging to stay creative during this time?
Yes and no. For me this home-bound time has felt like a lot of catching up on things that have been on the back-burner. It's felt like a building (or rebuilding) time for me, which involves creativity, but I have largely been in a logistical zone. We don't know how long this is going to go on for - it's still potentially early days - so we'll see where that leads creatively! It has been a wonderful time to get ready for the projects I have coming up, and has offered up some time to really talk to people about what we want to do together and collaborate on in the coming years.
What gives you hope for the future?
A sense that we are all collectively evaluating our true values. I'm hoping that when we're all released back into the wild again, we will spend more time focussing on what and who we truly love. I'm also looking forward to my friends from out of Los Angeles returning, as many of them went home just before things escalated. My pals Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar (Wilfred, Mr Black) and I spoke about getting a show together before they legged it for Australia, and I'm looking forward to their return both personally and professionally.
What can we expect from you when society is once again released?!
Hopefully a more relaxed and grateful Zenith. I will continue to be busy, and I look forward to being more appreciative of my downtime and less worried in each moment. Really indulging in walks in parks, meeting up with friends in cafes and BAFTA LA screenings. I really miss the cinema more than most things at the moment!
See you all on the other side...