Simone Recasner Is Taking Her Personal ‘Massive Leap’

There’s one thing thrilling about somebody reaching their desires, which is the premise of Fox’s The Massive Leap and of Simone Recasner’s life as nicely. Recasner, a Los Angeles native, performs Gabby, a dance contestant with a number of coronary heart and hope. 

With a forged that features former Scandal star Scott Foley, Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), and Ser’Darius Blain (Jumani: The Subsequent Stage), Leap facilities on a behind-the-scenes have a look at a aggressive dance actuality present, its producers, contestants, and the tragicomedy drama that ensues.

In actual life, Recasner has already taken the leap, and it’s paid off along with her first position in a TV sequence. In a cellphone interview, her solutions are filled with enthusiasm, capped off by a sly humorousness.

You’re a native of Los Angeles. For individuals who don’t know, what are the perfect locations you’ve ever frolicked at pre-pandemic?

Go to Philippe’s downtown — greatest meals. It’s nonetheless one in all my absolute favourite locations to go. It’s been the identical since I used to be a bit of child. I feel it opened in 1918, and my grandpa was one of many unique patrons again within the day. In order that’s positively like house. 

I’m additionally an enormous hiker so I like going out to Circle X Ranch. There are nice hikes in Malibu. A number of the shops that I used to go to are not open, however Play Garments [Burbank, California] is the greatest classic store retailer, and I purchased actually all my garments in highschool from Play Garments.

You’re in a present a few dance competitors through which individuals compete to win and make their desires come true. You dreamed of being an actress because you had been 12, right? 

Yeah, I feel I wished to behave sooner than 12, however 12 years previous was after I noticed a play on the Fountain Theatre [Hollywood] that basically modified my life. It was known as Yellow Man by Dale Orlando Smith. It was a number of issues; the shape itself was boundaries that I had not skilled in theater earlier than, but additionally, the topic that they talked about was colorism within the Black neighborhood.

It put phrases to a dialog I’d been having in my head that I hadn’t had out loud and I hadn’t been in a position to determine the best way to discuss both. I stated to my mother and father, “I need to be an actor.” And I mainly, in a short time, obtained very viscerally rejected. 

At 12 years previous, I simply had this perception someplace in my mind, reasonably than preserve making an attempt to do that factor proper now [saying], “Go and get your schooling and when you’re performed, refocus on making an attempt to enter this enterprise.”

Earlier than I did that, I went to Sarah Lawrence Faculty after which proper after, to NYU grad and obtained my bachelor’s and my MFA. I’ve been skilled ever since and have been auditioning out of New York. Actually, The Massive Leap is my first TV position. It’s a number of firsts that this specific job holds for me. 

And you bought your diploma in drama?

I went to high school the place you didn’t get particular levels. It was a liberal arts schooling so all people obtained the identical diploma, however my grasp’s was in appearing. Sure.

Now that you’re on set, what surprises you in regards to the day-to-day work?

A number of issues stunned me, one in all them being how a lot is required of all people on set. That features the actors, actually, but additionally the crew and each one that is part of the venture.

All people offers their blood and sweat to make the present occur. Initially, I prefer it. I didn’t know if I’d as a result of I’d performed some theater. I’ve performed small movies that mates of mine wished me to be in, however I had by no means performed something on this scale. I didn’t know if I’d take pleasure in the sort of appearing, however I’ve discovered that I not solely take pleasure in it, I completely adore it! In order that’s actually been one thing that surprises me — and the way a lot enjoyable it may be. 

You kind this neighborhood, particularly given the circumstances we’re all popping out of recently with the pandemic. Having an area that’s all about connection, neighborhood, [and] everybody working collectively has been actually rewarding.

What’s your character like and what’s it that you really want audiences to find out about her?

Gabby is that this liberal particular person. She’s difficult, she’s courageous, she’s daring, she’s loud. She’s additionally very timid and uncertain and, on the identical time, very positive. She’s a really difficult one that holds a number of religion. I used to be very drawn to that in her, and it’s been wonderful to find it all through the method of doing the present. 

One thing that I’d love for individuals to find out about her is that she’s flawed as nicely. She’s extremely earnest; she’s extremely pushed. If she decides to go for one thing, she goes 100%. 

There are occasions the place she flips, and he or she decides to not combat for one thing. Possibly she listens to the voices in her head and the voices round her and desires to recollect how she strikes by the world. However she at all times centralizes herself once more along with her morals and the issues that she believes in and, in the end, she does consider in herself.

What’s your tackle actuality reveals?

I’ve had, if I’m sincere, a sophisticated relationship with actuality TV. I actually loved watching [reality TV] when it first got here round as a result of my father’s an actor [Ron Recasner] and my sister’s an actor. I come from the world of storytelling. I believed [reality TV] can be taking away from these tales. However what’s been wonderful for the reason that beginning of actuality TV is that content material has expanded so vastly [that] I really feel there’s completely room for storytelling.

Actuality is storytelling, a scene created by a bunch of individuals. There may be room for that kind of storytelling, after which there’s additionally room for storytelling that has existed on Planet Earth for a whole lot of hundreds of years, and it will get us by onerous occasions. It actually obtained me by the pandemic. My tackle actuality TV is that it may be actually enjoyable. There’s a lot round, so you may select which one you need to watch. 

Any enjoyable issues that you simply do between taping with the opposite actors to interrupt up the stress whereas ready on set?

The actors and I get alongside like a home on fireplace, like a sofa to a distant management! Between scenes, we make enjoyable of one another, we chuckle, and we rub every others’ backs as a result of frankly, a number of us are sore from dancing. 

The phrases that we’re given by the wonderful writers’ room are implausible and provides us a lot, however we additionally actually take pleasure in ad-libbing. We try this rather a lot. Scott [Foley] was very candy and obtained us video games to play on set. We’re all busy on a regular basis. 

The Massive Leap airs on Mondays at 9 a.m. ET on Fox.


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