Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. I felt the need to delve deeper into the amazing 'White Elephant' film, Today I am chatting with the multi-talented Jessica Medina. Jessica worked on 'White Elephant' as Olga Kurylenko's stunt double and had the opportunity to work on the upcoming 'Black Adam' film. Jessica chats about working on 'White Elephant' teases 'Black Adam', and chats about her directorial debut short film 'La Oasis' (The Oasis). Unwind, grab some tea, time for Jessica to drop some action knowledge!
Danny Templegod: Since this is a hot new film on AMC+ chat about working as Olga Kurylenko's double on 'White Elephant'.
Medina: Doubling Olga on 'White Elephant' was Such amazing
experience. I was so grateful and thankful the Luke Lafountaine
trust me and called me to double Olga Kurylenko.
She was awesome and always ready to do her action. I was there to help with everything when she need it. I was ready to step in to do a dangerous stunt if the situation called for it.
know she can do the majority of her own stunts, but did you and Luke
go through the stunt sequences prior?
JM: In some instances we didn’t have time to rehearse, we walked through the stunt step-by-step on set several times and worked out the timing, We discussed what was going to happen and the stunt sequence. Luke and I took her (Olga) Step by step throughout the actual sequence and I stayed by her side for anything she may need during the stunt Pad Props etc...
DT: Without spoiling too much, describe one of the sequences and set up you did for the stunts in 'White Elephant'.
JM: I had to step in and double her near the final sequence. During the Olga shoot out at the character's house I have to step in in to double her when her car gets shot up. The police vehicle car was rigged with several large pyrotechnics to blow out the windows. An explosion also blew out one of the tires and as well multiple Zircs.
DT: Please let my audience know about the term 'Zircs'.
JM: Zircs are the special effects sparks that are shot out of a paintball gun. This makes it look like bullet hits on metal.
Above Image (C) 2021 Jessica Medina All rights reserved, image not monetized.
Thank you for that informative clarification. I noticed you worked in
Ben Ramsey's 'Interface' a cool short film! Chat about working on
that project, Ben is a creative guy with some solid sci-fi concepts.
JM: Working for Ben Ramzey it’s always been an amazing experience just working with somebody so creative and talented we can create magic. He is a mentor and a personal friend and he is just awesome.
Above photo: (C) 2022 Bridgette Bentley and Jessica Medina
DT: I am always interested in short films, chat about your short 'La Oasis' the concept, plot and ideas you had for the film.
JM: My short film 'The Oasis' was such an amazing experience just bring in my ideas to reality and show my views and just jumping into the directors chair was an amazing experience. the story about two sisters that they lost their parents and they took over a business hotel and everything went down south .and the story they have a visitor the creates mayhem.
DT: I realize 'Black Adam' is not out, but chat about working with The Rock and his work ethic, seems to be a honest, positive guy,.
JM: Working on 'Black Adam' and working with The Rock was one of the pinch me moments in my career as a stunt performer. I always admire The Rock and love his movies, he’s just an amazing person and has an incredible work ethic. It was inspiring just to see that. I am very thankful for my involvement and Black Adam. I am so thankful for Tommy Harper and Chris Brewster for believing in me and calling me to do that amazing job .
DT: You are very active in stunts and acting, chat about if you have a desire to transition more to acting or do you enjoy the thrill of a kick ass stunt?
JM: I love and I’m very proud on my stunt career. I am seriously transitioning to focus on my acting career, bringing my decade of action experience in. With the addition of over a decade of acting training to build my repertoire on interesting and diverse characters. I am determined to establish myself as a leading lady of action.
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicamedinaactress/?hl=en
Official IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3841862/