Actress Brie Mattson, who plays the role of “Daisy” in the fantasy thriller, “D-Railed,” knew that she wanted to be an actress from the time she was fourteen. Her father, a theater actor himself, was playing Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and she joined him in the cast and sang, “Day by Day,” with him. She got bit by the acting bug hard. Soon after, she took an intensive at Margie Haber studios in Los Angeles and was offered a contract by a well-respected agency, AEF. She took her GED and moved to Los Angeles on her own at the age of sixteen. AEF sent her out to her first audition with NCIS. Upon the recommendation of her agents, she began her studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse where she met one of the future writers of D-Railed, Everette Wallin.
Through the years, Mattson went on to book more indie films and TV shows including, “Desperate Housewives,” and “Agents of Shield.”
When “D-Railed” was ready to start the casting process, Everette Wallin called Mattson and asked her to come in for an audition. “It was one of those who-you-know situations, that I was really excited about,” Mattson recalls. She went into the initial audition and was surprised to see director Dale Fabrigar in the room. She read for the role of Daisy, who in her words is a “thriller-genre Marilyn Monroe — always vying for the spotlight” and says that she likes to give directors “a very viable option.” She got the call that she booked the role two weeks later.
Mattson was pleased to know that other Beverly Hills Playhouse students had booked roles as well, including Jack Betts, Mia Christou, Ben Hopkins and Carter Scott, who plays her best friend “Evelyn” in the film. Mattson and Scott only knew of each other before the film, but because they shared a trailer in the Los Angeles location and a hotel room in the Philadelphia location, they grew close in real life.
“D-Railed” is currently on the film festival circuit and has won many awards including five Platinum awards from the International Independent Film Awards in the following categories: Concept, Costumes, Sound Design/Editing, Cinematography and Directing. It was been nominated for Best Practical FX at the PDXtreme film festival in January.
What was your favorite part about D-Railed?
“I really enjoyed shooting in Philadelphia and being on location. I love being far from home and really being able to focus on the work. I loved the last day because we were a little behind schedule and we needed to get four scenes in five hours… but it was such a collaborative experience. One of my favorite moments was an improvised moment with Carter and myself to help move the story along. It was so fun because we were able to think on our feet and have it be authentic.”
What was the most challenging thing?
“I would say the overnight shoots. Getting used to the sleep schedule was challenging… and being sticky and wet! Each day it would be: “Here we go, at 4 a.m., and we are going to be wet and screaming and terrified.” But that’s also what I love about films, being in trenches together especially when you have to be in an environment with high stakes, It helps you do your job better.
What do you hope happens with D-Railed?
“I hope that it becomes a successful cult classic. It definitely has the potential to be one of those movies that people watch over and over again. I hope that it is an amazing stepping stone for those involved… not just the director, producers, and the actors, but to all the people that were there for the ride and helped make the film.”
Written By: Misty Schwartz