This photo and all photos were provided Jet Tranter andare from the Sets of Tidelands!
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, once again another exclusive detailed star interview! Jet Tranter came to my attention because of Lady Bloodfight, please check out our first interview.
Today, Jet discusses her role on perhaps what is the most insane show currently on Netflix, Tidelands! Trust me, put the kids to bed, and binge, and binge again, turn off the lights and binge some more! Get ready, strap in, time to get to the boat, get crazy, time to JET!!!! 3-2-1 Go! Text is blood red, for a reason!
DT: Jet, chat about the casting and auditioning process for Tidelands.
JT: The casting process is never easy - in fact, nothing worthwhile is ever easy. You get the call - you get the lines and then you have a limited amount of time to memorize, rehearse, find readers, tape, edit and/or audition on top of your day job. I was originally asked to test for Violca however the talented Madeleine Madden landed that role. Shortly afterwards I was asked to self tape for a guest role - Corliss. For this audition I had to perform a painful giving birth scene. We only shot 2 scenes of me screaming on all fours as I thought it was only a matter of time before the neighbors called the police. After my efforts I ended up landing the role of Leandra as the original actress failed to pass the physical requirements. Oddly enough they didn’t ask me to test for Leandra, I guess my previous hard work paid off.
DT: This show was the very first show that Netflix has done as an entire Australian production, chat about some of the sets and locations of the show. Most of my readers have never been to the area.
JT: The filming took place around Brisbane. There were several site locations, a huge studio for the interior scenes and a big tank where some underwater scenes where shot. My favorite place to film was Stradbroke island. It was like a working holiday with beautiful white sand and dolphins popping up on the beach to say hello. I highly recommend a visit there. The art department did an amazing job of giving the sets that unique mysterious “Tidelands feel”, the attention to detail was outstanding. It looked great on screen but the feeling I got being present on set was something magical..
DT: Chat about your character, Leandra she is like the most insane demon, violent enforcer, like the main attache to Elsa Patakay's maniacal Adreille, How did you get into your character?
JT: Leandra was a fun role to play, as a supporting character she didn’t have an extensive back story but my job as an actor is to take what I have and make it my own. I spent a week developing her life. I found a time where she was vulnerable, a time where she found her strength and I pinpointed the moments that changed her from an innocent child to becoming the ruthless Leandra. Adrielle was like a mother to Leandra whom she deeply loved and admired. Despite the violence in her nature all of Leandra's actions were justified, serving her Queen gave her life meaning, purpose and perhaps a little bit of pleasure. I don’t believe anyone really wants to be the “Bad guy”. Even bad guys have their reasons, their story to tell.
DT: Great advice, be your own actor, learn but no need to copy! Chat about your training regimen, once you landed the role, did you alter your exercising and eating?
JT: Whilst I normally maintain a certain level of strength and fitness - landing a role gives me that next level motivation to work harder and be the best I can. I had 6 weeks to get into great shape and I put in 110% effort. Eating cleaner, training smarter and increasing my overall intensity gets me the results I need. This all comes from having a solid plan, being well organized and staying away from distractions.
DT: Yes Jet you were really strong and forceful on Tidelands, Ok Jet, as you know Tidelands is a TV MA show, with copious amounts of nudity and of course violence. Chat about how you felt about your violent and sexually charged role, and how you handled it.
JT: It was a little confronting being in the opening scene for Tidelands wet and half naked, let alone having to fight some poor guy on a boat. I dealt with this by being naked as I often as I could. In my hotel apartment. I cooked naked, cleaned naked, read my lines naked, but I saved a lot unnecessary on washing! When friends came to visit me I tried to make them feel uncomfortable for not being naked. By the time we shot the opening scene I was very comfortable in my birthday suit. However the production crew was very respectful and professional. For these scenes we had closed sets and wardrobe would always run to cover us up between takes. The only thing they could’ve done better is given me a warm private jacuzzi after that cold night in the ocean.
DT: Wow, that is some incredible insight. Share a story from a particularly hard or long day on set, what did you have to do and how did you pace yourself to be as fresh and a ready to go from the beginning of the day to the end.
JT: There were long days and short days and you’ve got to make the most of them. Getting a good quality sleep is the most important thing, being well prepared, resting between takes, staying hydrated and nutritionally aware was necessary.
DT: Chat about working with the other actors, did you learn or watch the technique of others like Elsa on the set?
JT: It’s always interesting watching other actors work, everyone has their own way of preparing but what works for some may not work for others. As an actor it’s important to know what works for you and also to have a good understanding of others. I have a lot of respect for Elsa juggling her acting career as well as being a mother of two young children and having to learn lines in a second language. She is a very empowering role model for women. For me she is a great example of continued personal growth and not giving up on yourself even after you take on the responsibility of motherhood. I also admire her commitment to staying fit, fun and healthy and her overall warm spirit. With that being said the whole cast was a pleasure to work with, it was great to learn from each other and adopt some new lifelong friends.
Above: Jet gets to ride hard! In Tidelands!
DT: Chat about your action scenes, really looked fun, and challenging? How long did you have to rehearse the choreo?
JT: I love the feeling of achievement you get after performing a difficult task. The chorey was challenging, we learned most of it on the day due to timing pressure. I proudly performed all my own action scenes - no double required. I copped a few good ones from landing on gravel, smacking my head on concrete to snapping my toe and freezing my nipples off at times. Nothing a glass of wine and can do attitude couldn’t fix.
DT: Finally, if you have seen the show, curious as to hear your thoughts about it?
JT: Being the first original Australian Netflix series, Tidelands has opened up some great work opportunities for the locals. The diversity of the cast is a great benefit to the growing multicultural community in Australia. It’s very exciting to be part of this movement and I look forward to finding some time to binge watch the whole show.
DT: Wrapping up, chat about upcoming projects, I noticed you have posted a few of your cooking videos on your YouTube Channel.
JT: As much as I’d love to explore more my other hobbies in food, fitness and martial arts, I’ve decided to prioritise my focus on acting, keeping fit and maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle. I’ve learnt to stop getting distracted with things that have nothing to do with my goals. This year i am pushing myself to the limits with clear intentions and purpose.
DT: Jet wow, what an interview! Kicking ass as always! Watch for more on Jet, on your home for worldwide exclusive interviews! Dan's Movie Report, partnering with action-flix.com!
JT: Thank you for having me Danny, it is always a pleasure doing your interviews.
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For my review on Tidelands: https://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2018/12/tidelands-2018-netflix-season-one-review.html
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