Really cool surprise today! Marlee Roberts (actress/singer) recently revealed that she is the Rachel cover model from the new relaunch books! She also gladly accepted to join us for a quick Q&A here at Hirac Delest. You can read the entire interview all right here:
Hi Marlee, welcome to Hirac Delest! It’s a pleasure to have you here!
Hey! Thanks for having me
Tell us a little bit about yourself: How did you get started in this business? What was your first professional role?
I started in the business when I was pretty young, about 4 or 5 years old. It’s been quite a long journey. The first acting gig I did was for an Orajel toothpaste commercial. All I had to do was run up to my actor-grandpa and smile into the camera, haha. It was fun and easy. After that, I made appearances on shows like “David Letterman” and “One Life to Live”. When I reached about 10 years old, I auditioned for a musical called “The American Girls Revue” and got in! I joined the cast as Kirsten, Kit, and Felicity playing the three roles for the next 4 years. I hadn’t had much singing experience before that so the show taught me all the basics. Pretty soon I was writing my own music and after the show closed, I started releasing my own original contemporary pop songs. Throughout all of this, I did a lot of print modeling for brands like Hanes, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Rose Art, and Scholastic!
It seems like you have a wide range of talents in singing, acting, directing, and now modeling. Do you have a preference of one over the other? What are some of your goals?
Everyone always asks me this! Honestly, I just love the industry. Whatever I do in the entertainment world, I have a great time doing it. Acting has always been my first love because it’s what I started out doing in the business. I also think you can apply acting to anything… when singing, writing, directing, modeling or even presenting a project in front of class at school, my acting experiences have always helped.
My main goal is to continue pursuing what I love. I feel so blessed to have been able to dip my feet into so many aspects of the industry and I could only hope to continue. To me, being an artist (no matter what kind) means reaching out to our society and making a difference in a way nothing else can. To share stories and open up the world to readers, viewers, or listeners is so fulfilling.
For Animorphs, how did you land the role of Rachel? It sounds like you were surprised and only recently found out about this yourself.
My agent called me up one day and said that I got a job. Just like that. He said that I was chosen off of his site because they thought I had the perfect look for Rachel.
I did the photoshoot a little over a year ago so I completely forgot about it! Then some of my friends discovered the site and it all came back to me. I got sooo excited because I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to be morphed into a cat but there is something seriously awesome about watching your face morph into an animal. The new book covers are pretty sweet.
What was the photoshoot process like? Were there any special ‘morphing steps’ or stances you had to go through with animals or other cover models while there?
The photoshoot process was awesome. It was super quick, fun, and easy. Shortly after I arrived in the studio, we got right down to business. The photographer directed me to look fierce, directly into the camera. We tried some different looks and fierce poses and it went by real quick.
The shoot was on my first day of school and I went to the studio during my lunch break and was out in enough time to grab lunch and get back to class on time!
I didn’t get to meet any cover models although I’d like to meet my morphing friends
If you could morph into any animal, what would be your first choice? Last choice?
Hmnnn, this is hard. I think it would be cool to morph into a bird and be able to fly. Cats are pretty cool too because they can jump and climb and roll around all day. It seems as if their world is like an ever-changing obstacle course.
How familiar were you of Animorphs before this? Have you had a chance to see or read the new reprints?
Who hasn’t heard of Animorphs!? It’s a classic! I remember the books were such a big trend in elementary school. I haven’t read any of the reprints but I just got the new copy of “The Visitor”.
Rachel is a big favourite amongst fans, and is often nicknamed Xena: Warrior Princess. Is there a superhero or pop-culture icon that best describes your personality?
Ooohh good question! I have to say Rachel is pretty close to me. Shopping, good grades… all pretty important things.
What is your work philosophy? Any advice you would give to those aspiring to do professional work as well?
Never give up. To be successful, no matter what field you are in, takes A LOT of time and effort. But if you do what you love, then it’s never really “work”. It’s never easy but it doesn’t mean the journey can’t be fun.
Any future plans on returning as Rachel?
As part of the SAG book pals, I visit schools to get kids interested and involved in reading. I’m excited to share that I’ll be reading an excerpt of “The Visitor” for all the classrooms I visit this year. And now they can actually meet Rachel!
Very cool! Some of our fans are actually parents and teachers now. Any chance you have schedule or a list of schools you’re planning on visiting?
Generally, I visit schools in the Tri-State area. Parents, teachers, or schools can actually request a visitation via the contact form on my site.
Finally, is there any current or upcoming work we might catch you in?
Yeah! I just finished acting in two feature films: “The English Teacher” will be in theaters soon and “Spaz” premieres in August. This spring I’m also releasing a new EP of three original dance-pop songs. The first music video will be online next month. As far as filmmaking goes, I’m working on a bunch of new short films that will be available online after they run the film festival circuit.
All updates can be found on my site marleeroberts.com and fans can keep in touch through my facebook or twitter.
Thank you so much for your time! We’re looking forward to seeing you again in the future!
Thank you! It’s been a blast.
Marlee will also be returning as Rachel in Animorphs #7: The Stranger (June 2012). You can read more about the book in our relaunch book section, and pre-order it as well. Fans can also contact or follow Marlee at her:
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