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Genevieve Buechner – A Helping Hand

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Q) What are some of the most recent projects that you are working on?

A) Recently, I was at the sound studio to work on a cartoon called “Iron Kids.” I don’t know much about it or when it is coming out, but it just got here from Japan and I get to do one of the voices for the girls so that should be really cool.

Q) Tell us a bit about the movie Bob the Butler and your character.

A) The movie is about this guy who doesn’t fit in anywhere. He has job after job and he keeps getting fired. He decides to go back to being a butler and my mom (Brooke Shields) asks him to baby-sit. He agrees and baby-sits her kids for one night and then hires him as her butler. He messes up a lot and gets fired, but in the end she decides to hire him back. Tess, my character, is rude to her mother sometimes and doesn’t care what she says. She really wants to be popular at school and she designs fashions in her notebook and never shows them to her mom. Bob finds the pictures in her notebook and that’s kind of how they start to be friends. She’s pretty rude to her mom at first, but later on in the movie she warms up to her.

Q) You stare in Bob the Butler with comedian Tom Green. What was it like working with him?

A) It was really fun! I was really glad that Tom didn’t do anything gross or perverted. He was really nice to everyone and anyone who was upset, sad or grumpy to be on set he would cheer them up by making them laugh. I didn’t really spend much time with him because he would either be on the set doing a scene or in his trailer. There was one hilarious scene where he was cleaning the bathroom and a toilet attacked him. It squirted him in the face and it was quite funny. He was awesome to work with.

Q) You are a part of the cast of the show “4400” on the USA network. What is a typical day like on the set for you?

A) It is pretty regular. I go to set and then go to my trailer to find out what scene we’re doing. I look over the script and put my costume on. I end up sitting around for a while and then they call me down to go to set to do the scene a couple different ways. Then I return to my trailer and at lunch we all talk and have a good time together. We try not to talk about acting because that is what we are here to do and then I go back to set and do another scene. I like watching the cameras get set up.

Q) You worked on the independent film St. Monica. How do you feel being involved in a movie that is receiving so much acclaim?

A) I am really happy! That was really awesome! That was my first part too and it was so cool because I was the lead. I got an agent and my first audition was for St. Monica. I had six callbacks and I was really excited. I had never gotten anything before and they flew me Toronto, which was really cool because the only other places I have been were Calgary and Edmonton. So, going all the way to Toronto was really neat. It was really cool to see the film get into so many film festivals. Getting to go to them is really cool, too.

Q) You were ten years old when you were nominated for a Canadian Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a female and now you are nominated for Outstanding Performance in a TV movie. What is it like for you being in the spotlight at just the beginning of your career?

A) It’s sometimes kind of scary because what if I say something wrong, but you don’t have to worry so much about that. Going to the award shows is pretty awesome. They have so many people to meet and it is so cool.

Q) In your past projects, you have worked with Luke Perry, Robin Williams and Anthony Michael Hall. Who would you most like to work with in the future?

A) I would like to work with Drew Berrymore. I think she is great and a really good actor. She produces all of the movies she does and I think that is really neat. I would like to maybe do stuff like that. She seems like a really nice person. I’d also like to work with Robin Williams again because he was really awesome to work with.

Q) You are beginning your career at such a young age. Is this something you would recommend to others?

A) It depends on the person. If they are really into then start when you are younger. If you aren’t sure if you want to get into it, then try it out first when you are younger and then see if you like it. As you get older, you’ll get better and maybe you’ll like it more. I really love it that I don’t think it really matters when you start. If you really love acting when you are 23, then start acting at age 23. If you really love acting when you are 4, then start then. If you are not sure if that is something that you would like to do for a long time then you should try it out first.

Q) Recently you adopted a child from Africa. Why was this so important for you to do?

A) When I started acting, just a bit before that, my family was really poor that we were eating at the food bank. I felt like this really sucks and people in the world have it worse than this and this is so horrible that when I have enough money I will most definitely help someone else. After the movie, I had so much extra money that I didn’t need (I had everything I wanted and needed) that I wanted to help someone else. So, I went online and signed up to get a foster child from Africa. I’m very happy!

Q) What do you do in your spare time?

A) I like drawing a lot. I do horseback riding and I just started a little while ago with that. I also do circus training called CirKids and the kids have coaches and they learn how to do circus stuff like juggling, walking on balls and trapeze. It is really cool.

Q) What would you like to say to your fans and supporters?

A) Thank you so much! I love you!

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