If you’re a science fiction or TV drama fan, you may recognize Seychelle Gabriel, who plays Lourdes on TNT’s popular series “Falling Skies“.
How did you become involved in acting as such an early age?
My parents put me on The Wonder Years when I was 3 weeks old, and then I’d join them on commercials from time to time throughout school, getting the hang of it.
What was your first paid acting gig? How did you celebrate that important milestone?
That one! And I didn’t really go too crazy.
You play the role of Lourdes on TNT’s Series, “Falling Skies”. Tell us about the series.
It’s about the repercussions and continuing battle for humans after an alien invasion has pretty much taken over the planet. And it zones in on this group of survivors who have banded together and call themselves the “2nd Massachusetts”, and that’s us.
And your character?
She’s a former med-student turned 2nd in command field medic, after Moon Bloodgood’s character Anne Glass, who is the community’s main doctor. But she’s also just a young chick trying to make sense of everything as she’s having to grow up rather quickly.
What have you learned from the more experienced actors of the team, like Noah Wyle, Bruce Gray and Will Patton?
Focus is pretty key, knowing what works for you uniquely.
What are the similarities between “Seychelle” and your character “Lourdes”?
Always down to help the team out, good taste in guys…
What would surprise us about the series?
The power of the younger generation and some pretty cool art and quotes lining some of our sets.
What’s a typical day like for you when you’re filming Falling Skies?
Pretty quick hair and makeup, and then it all depends really. Sometimes we’re up early on a huge bridge over a highway, or we’re watching the sun rise from a cold underpass, but we’re always in good company so we all enjoy the weird sleep schedule together.
What can we look forward to this season in the series?
Great new aliens and characters…and also a very scarred but definitely more developed and determined 2nd Mass.
How has your educational background molded you both personally and professionally?
It’s shown me you can always be honing something. And when there’s a lull in work or inspiration, there’s always something new to learn or to take a class in which keeps things interesting.
Tell us about your family. Were you the oldest? Only child? How do your experiences growing up influence the portrayal of your characters?
I’m the oldest with one younger brother. My family has always been pretty big and close-knit, and it’s the most important thing to me. So I guess knowing what’s always been my support gives me something for my characters to fight for. Laying on the cheese right now is what I’m doing.
What’s one thing about you that people may find surprising?
I can do an okay Ozzy Osbourne impression.
What is the most challenging part of maintaining privacy in this digital age? Do you feel you are sometimes too accessible to fans or not accessible enough?
Sometimes it’s too much, but it’s been alright up until now. There’s always gonna be that weird factor about the internet and how everyone can just alter information on a whim.
Is there a role model, mentor, or other person who helped you along the road to success? Is there someone you act as a mentor for?
My high school choir teacher, my parents, some motivational rastas in Washington Square Park, and a few others.
How do you stay in shape with a grueling filming schedule? Tell us about your workout routine and eating habits. What is your “go-to” meal?
I’m not very active, but I do dig a yoga class whenever I can, and my go-to meal that’s kind of healthy is some caprese. Always pretty delicious, and easy to make.
What do you do during your downtime?
Travel, see live music, kick back like a boss…
If you weren’t an actor, what would you “be when you grow up” ?
There’s still time to involve myself in other things which I definitely plan on doing, but I’d say maybe doing some animal field research or something cool like that.
What are the “top five” songs on your Ipod?
Lately, I’ve been had Louis Prima’s “Buona Sera” on repeat, Sarah Jarosz’ cover of “The Tourist” with the Punch Brothers, some “Hold On” by the Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan’s cover of “House of the Rising Sun”, and then I’m just always turning back on Krystle Warren’s “Central Park”.
What other projects are you working on? What’s on the horizon for Seychelle Gabriel?
Possibly a third season of “The Legend of Korra,” and hopefully some music.
YOUR TURN: What one question have you never been asked, that you’d like to answer? (And what’s the answer to it?)
Would you like to come with me to a land of the new rising sun? And my answer would be yes.
Photo Credit: ANDREW MCLEOD