411 Movies Interview: Nikita and Jade Ramsey
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nikita and Jade Ramsey, and we talked about what it was like being twins in Hollywood. Recently, I received an email from the girls, and they informed me that they are now living in Los Angeles. This year they are already involved in three feature films, including the Lakeshore/Lionsgate movie GAME from the directors of Crank, starring Gerard Butler (300), as well as BLEACHERS with an all star teen cast from Disney and ABC and the MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER. With their British accent, voice-over work can’t be missed, and they have voiced characters for PC Games, the 20th Century Fox film SEEKER: The Dark is Rising and the popular series of BRATZ toys. In my latest interview with Nikita and Jade Ramsey, we talked about their move to Los Angeles, acting, voice-over work, Movie Mob, and a whole lot more.
TONY: How have you adjusted to L.A. so far? It seems like a completely different world compared to England.
Nikita: I really like Los Angeles. It’s very different from where I’m from in England and it’s a lot bigger. And there’s so much going on and so much fun stuff and just things to do that it’s been really easy to adjust.
Jade: Yeah, the same, really. I love L.A., but, at first, it was really weird coming here, because I imagined everything to be very close together. But, like Nikita said, there’s so much to do, and I just enjoy it so much, because there are so many acting opportunities out here compared to back home. And everyone is really nice and friendly, and you’re always meeting new people, so it’s been really easy to get used to L.A., especially the weather.
TONY: How did you prepare for the move to L.A.? I’m sure it took a lot of planning.
Jade: Well, we have been planning it for a while. We came here for a short trip in February 2005 when we were seventeen, and then we were like, ‘Oh, we want to move.’ So we had been planning it. We both knew that we definitely were coming, so we had to apply for a work visa and plan everything, and it came around really quickly, because we planned for about a year I think, and suddenly it’s like, ‘Oh my god, we’re moving!’
Nikita: We got in contact with people beforehand and tried to set up as many meetings as we could, but it was hard to really know what to expect. When we got here, it was easier to get everything moving. I couldn’t imagine ever being here until we actually got here.
TONY: What kind of adjustments have you had to make? Has anything surprised you?
Nikita: The hardest thing was not being able to just see my friends and family like every day, like back at home I see them all the time. That was the hardest thing. Other adjustments: We spend a lot more time together now.
Jade: Getting used to the other side of the road with driving, because I’m a really bad driver. I crashed my car the first day in England. I had to take driving lessons, and I still haven’t passed my test, so Nikita drives, because I’m a really bad driver. Other adjustments: Auditioning in American accents. Obviously in England, we just did an English accent, my normal speech. But we were prepared for that. We knew that there was gonna be a lot more auditions with American accents, so we got a coach and worked on that beforehand.
TONY: What has the audition process been like? How are you handling rejection?
Jade: When you get an audition and there’s a part that you know you really, really want to get, you go through it and work on it, and then you just go knowing that I think I’m right for the part, and you know that every single person there is probably going to be thinking the same thing. I really enjoy the audition process and meeting the casting people and the people involved in the project. Obviously, it’s hard waiting to see if you get the part afterwards or a callback and waiting and wondering, but I just move on to the next thing and hope that I’ll get the part. But I don’t want to dwell on it too much. Otherwise, if you’re constantly thinking about the part, you can’t really concentrate on the other auditions and things that are coming through. So I just try to do a really good job and hope I’ll hear something, and if I don’t, I don’t really dwell on it too much.
Nikita: Yeah, the same with me, really. Like Jade said, just move on to the next project and hope that I hear something, but if not, don’t get too wound up over it. Otherwise, you get really down, and I just think it’s best to move on, because there are so many factors that play into who gets the part.
TONY: Recently, you girls have done a lot of voice work for different animated characters. What has that been like? What is that process like compared to voicing a real character?
Nikita: Voicing a character is really cool, because you see the drawing of the character and then you get to create the voice. And I guess you have less to think about when you go to audition for those types of roles. You don’t have to think about what you’re wearing or how you’re moving or all that kind of stuff. You can just create a voice and go big and create this voice, and it’s just so fun to see the whole character with your voice. It’s really funny to finally see it. It’s completely different to normal acting, because I’ve gone to voice-over classes with a really good coach called Tony Gonzalez, and he’s really good. It’s something different.
TONY: What has it been like doing movie reviews on Movie Mob?
Jade: Movie Mob is really fun. We get movies all the time, every week, and it’s just been fun creating sketches and dressing up like things to relate to the upcoming movies. And we just get to say what we want about films, and it’s really cool that everyone is hearing your opinion. When you want to know whether to watch a film or not, they listen to what we have to say about the film and stuff. And it’s just so fun. You get to be funny, say what you want about the film and the people in it. I really enjoy it.
TONY: How do you stay on the right path in Hollywood?
Jade: I think it’s all about the kind of people you mix with. I enjoy going out and having fun and that kind of stuff, but I think it’s just the people you mix with. I choose to stay good and hang out with nice people. It’s the crowd you choose to hang out with.
TONY: How has L.A. responded to you?
Nikita: It’s weird, actually. In England, being twins wasn’t that big a deal, but here, every day, people are like, ‘Are you twins? Are you twins?’ As if they’ve never seen twins before. We’ve found that really weird. So that was pretty funny. It seems to get people’s attention a lot more in L.A. than it did where I lived before. No one was really that bothered about seeing twins.
Jade: And even being British, that seems to be something Americans are very interested in. We’ve made quite a few friends that are British here, and they all say the same thing. Everyone is like, ‘Oh, you’re from England? What part? I love your accent.’ So, yeah, that’s funny. Where we lived, we didn’t have an accent, so it’s funny coming here and everyone’s the other way around.
TONY: What advice did you parents give you before you went out to L.A.?
Jade: Our parents, they’ve never actually been to Los Angeles. Well, my mom has now. But they were just like, ‘Make sure you stay in a nice area and be careful with your money and your passports.’ We came here before when I was seventeen, and Nikita left her passport in a taxi. She was like, ‘I’ll just chuck this rubbish away,’ and there was actually five-hundred dollars of our money in it. But we found it. They were like, ‘Be careful of your things and make sure you stay in a nice place.’ They were pretty trusting of us. They didn’t seem that worried; I thought they’d seem more worried. We speak to them on webcam and email quite a bit, so they seem to trust us and think that we’ll be fine. I think it’s because there’s two of us, they’re not so anxious. If it was one child going away, they might be a lot more scared.
TONY: When you’re not acting, what are some of your hobbies?
Nikita: We like doing the usual kind of things: Going to the movies, hanging out with friends, going to the beach. We’re also involved in a charity called Kids with a Cause, where we go to help at different events with children. So I really enjoyed getting involved in that charity. It’s a good cause, and it’s been a great experience helping with children and getting involved with that. What else? Hanging out with the friends we’ve made here and traveling and going to different places.
TONY: What do you hope to accomplish in Los Angeles?
Jade: We’d love to have our own TV show, like a comedy-type show. And we’d like to get involved in as many projects as we can, really, and just have fun here. We love so many parts of the entertainment industry, like acting, hosting, voice-over. We want to do as many different things as we can, but our main goal is to get our own show. That’s what we’re really hoping for.
TONY: Finally, what are your currently working on?
Jade: We just finished a film in Michigan called The Myth of the American Sleepover, and I’m not sure when that’s out, but it’s set in high school, and it’s a coming of age film. It’s a really good storyline. And that’s a really good project we just finished, but I’m not sure when it’s out. We also finished a film in New York, and that was in August, and we are doing another film called Bleachers, which is a high school comedy, and that’s beginning either the end of this year or early next year.