Interview with Mika Boorem
Mika Boorem has been an actress since childhood. Among her film credits are Hearts in Atlantis, Along Came a Spider, and Blue Crush. Her television work includes appearances on such series as Touched by an Angel, Dawson’s Creek, and The Ghost Whisperer. She was also featured in David Cook’s music video “Light On”. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing this young showbiz veteran.
Mika, what inspired you to become an actress?
I started acting at a very young age. I was put into theater to help overcome shyness. It wasn’t something I necessarily chose from a young age. It’s what I’ve always known and the discipline and structure I was raised with since I was a young child.
One of your film appearances was in Along Came a Spider, which starred the legendary Morgan Freeman. Any thoughts on working with him?
What a blessing that was. I feel so fortunate to have worked with such greats as him. To just be in the presence of someone who is a master of their craft and to watch them work is a real gift. I feel exceptionally blessed to have had that experience.
You also appeared in the music video for “Light On”. How was that different from acting in movies or TV?
Music videos seem to operate at a much faster pace. Also there is no dialogue from the actors, so the director is very specific with the shots and emotions they are looking to portray. Working with Wayne Isham—who has directed some of my favorite music videos, i.e. videos for Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones, etc.—was really really cool. If you’re going to do a music video, he’s the top guy and who you want to do one with.
Are there any actors or actresses you hope to work with?
There are so many. The talent pool is large with a lot of variety. There is one thing that has really struck my interest recently. My friend John Vogel sent me a script that centers around a young man with special needs. I love the idea of actors with special needs receiving a platform to perform on and this is a movement I’d like to support.
Are there any types of films you especially like?
I love all films. I think each one contains something special. Films are a collaboration of a collective of artists. And just that in itself is really phenomenal. That being said I really enjoy narratives where it feels like the actor is revealing something personal about themselves. Something secret, or private that maybe the audience connects with. I love the idea that a film can make people feel more connected to, related and a part of a community because of the themes and ideas that are represented in the film.
Do you have any favorites of your film and TV roles?
All have been individual experiences and I appreciate each one differently. My favorite role is my next role.
Your most recent film, Dweller, is currently in pre-production. Can you tell us anything about that?
I cannot at the moment.
You are a co-founder of the charity MadaKilonga, which helps children in Madagascar. What inspired you to help create it?
Education empowers the people. Through education the people can help each other and empower themselves.
Last year, you directed and co-wrote the short film Love Thy Neighbor. Do you find directing as fulfilling as acting?
Directing is a unique experience. I enjoy working with all of the artists and hearing their visions. I found it to be very collaborative.
Do you have plans to direct or write other films?
Yes. I just finished directing a full feature. Currently it is titled Hollywood.con. This film is a comedy based around a Hollywood production company trying to make the next big Mayan film. I’m very excited to share this piece with the world. Keep your eyes peeled!