Christina Robinson – Emma’s Chance
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) My most recent projects include Emma’s Chance and a horror movie called Anders Manor. I’m very excited for the horror to come out!
Q) Please tell us about your film Emma’s Chance and about your character Lexi Smith.
A) Emma’s Chance is about a girl named Emma (played by Greer Grammer) fulfilling her community service hours at a horse rescue ranch. Emma forms an unlikely bond with an abused show horse who won’t let anyone ride him. She works with the main horse trainer (Joey Lawrence) and the main rider at the ranch (me), and hatches a plan to redeem herself and, ultimately, save the ranch with the help of her trainer and new friend. My character is Lexi Smith who has been riding at this ranch for quite a while. When Emma comes in, Lexi is very hesitant to trust Emma, but overtime they form a bond and ultimately work together to save the ranch.
Q) Was there something you added to your role that wasn’t originally scripted for you?
A) I believe I really just added a bit a flavor to Lexi Smith. Her person is very complicated, but I relate to her on many levels so it wasn’t a role that was very challenging for me.
Q) The cast consists of Joey Lawrence, Greer Grammer and Missi Pyle. Was there instant chemistry when you began working together?
A) When I first got on set, everyone was very friendly and outgoing. We were filming around horses all day and everyday brought something new. I personally really bonded with Greer and Joey the most because I had most of my scenes with them. Although. this film was very special because everyone got along really well and we always had a good time together.
Q) What piece of advice did director Anna Elizabeth James give you that you took to heart while filming?
A) The director really had a vision for this film and had spent so much time building up each character. It was inspiring. For Lexi, she really would just give me a backstory and would tell me how she thought Lexi was feeling in that moment and would then tell me to add some flavor to her.
Q) You will also be seen in the upcoming film Anders Manor. What were some of your memorable moments from filming?
A) My character is Anders Manor was by far the most difficult role I have has to play. But I can also say that this film was also one of the most fun because we shot it in Rhode Island and I got to stay at the actual Manor the entirety of filming. I would go out to eat every night with some of the cast and crew and really formed a bond with the people I was working with. I swear its haunted though! [laughs]
Q) What will make people want to take their time to see the movie?
A) If people like twisted films, this film is perfect for them. My character is so complicated and has gone through so much and when she finally gets out of the psych ward, things just start getting weird. It’s one of those films that makes you question things and has a big twist at the end as well. I’m so excited for it to come out.
Q) You have taken on a lot of dramatic roles. Is there something about the genre that really draws you to it?
A) The more serious roles I feel you can just bring a lot of depth to as an actor and really get to portray the real raw emotions that people have. That kind of acting I love and it challenges me to push myself and really bring some depth to that character. I’m not opposed to doing other genres, I just happen to be cast in the more serious roles.
Q) You are a part of social media. Do you enjoy the instant fan feedback you receive to your work?
A) Social Media is a huge part of today’s society. I feel like it’s a really good platform to connect the world around us and communicate with people you usually wouldn’t. I love that I can get instant feedback and respond to fans right away. It’s so fun and it’s exciting to think what new ways of connecting the world are going to come up in the future.
Q) Many fans still cherish the series” Dexter.” What did you take away from being a part of what was to become such fan favorite show?
A) “Dexter” is the reason I am where I am today. That show taught me so much growing up and having the opportunity to work beside such incredible human beings is mind blowing to me. I wasn’t even supposed to audition for “Dexter.” I have a twin sister who had the audition and I happen to go with her when the producers asked me to audition as well. I booked it and am so grateful to say I had the opportunity to work on “Dexter” growing up. I learned so much and it really helped shape who I am today.
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) To all my supporters, never ever give up on your dreams. You never know what the next day will bring and the world provides us with so many opportunities that we just need to take them. Surround yourself with good, genuine people and take the world by storm.