Miranda Millar is a Canadian actress whose work includes film, television, theatre, commercials, and new media content (i.e. web series).
Not only was Miranda raised by two professional actor parents, she graduated from Humber College's Acting for Film and Television program with honours. After starring in many commercials as a child and an HBO film, she branched into television in an episode of Angela's Eyes directed by Chris Grismer. Her work snowballed from there, starring in several theatrical productions, and the season 7 premiere of "Murdoch Mysteries." She's since performed in CBS's TV series "Incorporated" as well as a myriad of independent feature films and episodics.
Olivier Sabino's film entitled "Perfect" stars her as twin violinists. The film went on to the Atlantic Film Festival, Cinefest, and the Toronto Independent Film Festival.
Miranda is also extensively trained in classical violin and has spent several years in dance, with an emphasis on Jazz, Salsa, Lyrical and everything else.
She has collaborated with and learned from directors such as; Jodie Foster, Andrew Niccol, Chris Grismer, James Franco, Kenny Ortega, Tom McCarthy, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jeff Woolnough, Doug Liman, Norma Bailey, Laurie Lynd, John David Coles, Jonathan Wright and Stephen Kemp.
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Who, or what inspired you to become an actor?
My parents. They're actors and I wanted to do what they did. So the deal was, I got to decide if I wanted to go to an audition or not. But if I decided I wanted to go, I was agreeing to do the part if I booked it. It taught me a lot about commitment and sticking to my word.
What film can you not live without and why?
Definitely The Princess Bride. It's got everything! Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. Much like the book from which it's adapted, it is a timeless piece told in a singularly unique voice.
What film do you currently find yourself watching ad nauseum? And what about it keeps bringing you back?
I frequently watch Martin McDonagh's film In Bruges. I disliked it the first time, and every time I watch it I like it more and more. The casual blending of assassins and the most picturesque town makes for a strange and fun film with some well-placed reveals. Mainly from nooks and crannies.
What word of filmmaking advice would you give your younger self?
Keep writing. It doesn't matter how bad it sucks, you're young and that's okay. You're allowed to suck right now. Be proud and just create something. You can't fix something if it doesn't exist.
What actor has formed how you approach your own films and why?
Again, my parents. It's impossible to say what I'd be doing with my life without them. They coached me through auditions as a child and young adult, and always helped guide me.
How do you continue to educate yourself as an actor?
I am constantly training. Not necessarily in acting classes, but I am always learning skills. I speak French, and I've been teaching myself German. I love learning new types of dance and movement. I hope that one day I'll be able to incorporate these things in performances.
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Entertaining and making people laugh has always been Samantha's true desire. With that goal in mind, she also decided to academically foster her passion, studying English and Film at the University of Toronto in her hometown. Traveling towards Hollywood, she paused in Chicago where she graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago Law School. Finally, she moved to LA in 2010 with her California bar license in hand.
Beginning as production legal counsel on the short film Comrades, swiftly she could no longer deny her true destiny to be part of the creative heart of projects. Partnering with Landed Entertainments, a production company in Toronto, Samantha was able to split her time between coasts, during which time they produced a series of music videos for Japanese pop-stars and the comedy shorts Americanistan, Street Meet and Day Players.
Always a clever wordsmith, she teamed up with her brother Jesse, with whom she wrote the semi-autobiographical comedy Let's Rap. After producing a short version first, they produced the feature length in 2014, directed by WAF's Neil Huber and including a cameo by Jason Priestley. Jesse and Samantha are currently in development with their latest comedy masterpiece, The Adoption.
Samantha continues to write comedies solo and with partners who share her proclivity for off-colour humour and pop culture referencing. Due to a bet, she also wrote a romance novel and self-published it on Amazon.
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What lesson did you learn from your first moments as a writer?
Less is more. As a dialogue driven writer, sometimes I forget that films are visual and as a buddy once told me, a picture says a thousand words...
What word of filmmaking advice would you give to your younger self?
What filmmaker has formed how you approach your own films and why?
Judd Apatow and his crew have been a big influence. You can be snappy, sharp and profane while still creating characters that resonate. And he seems to be having a grand ol' time during the production process. Making films should be fun.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a filmmaker?
Shyness. You can't make films without letting people read your material first. That was a big step.
What’s great about making films in Canada?
Maple syrup with every craft service.
What Canadian film inspires you?
Fubar One and Fubar Two. They are both hysterical films.
What do you love about the art of filmmaking and why?
When you make a film you can be part of any time, place, industry or background.
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