Rebekah Miskin is versatile actress whose films include A Subsequent Life, Pooka, Anya and Bobby Roth’s Reviving Ophelia, which was nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Prize. This young and supremely talented actress is also known for her roles on the hit television shows Murdoch Mysteries, Mayday and Long Story Short, as well as for her incredible theater repertoire which includes performances at the renowned Second City in Toronto, Canada.
Read our interview below to find out more about Rebekah Miskin’s work and her upcoming projects!
PLM: Where are you from? When and how did you get into acting?
RM: Born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I started off as a dancer, taking my first dance class at age three. At age thirteen, I asked my parents if I could enroll in a summer drama camp and luckily they obliged. From there I was hooked – but always loved performing from the moment I stepped on a stage as a bumble bee in pre-primary ballet at age three.
PLM: Can you tell me a little bit about the film and television projects you’ve done?
RM: Most recently I guest starred in an episode of Mayday. It was really exciting because I was playing a person who actually exists – this incredible 19 yr. old girl Nicole Williamson, who was on a plane that crashed on the side of a mountain in the middle of the Arctic! Single handedly, she rescued the only other two surviving passengers (a 6 yr. old girl and a 45 yr. old man) and carried them out of the wreckage to safety despite having a broken foot and a broken pelvis! The real Nicole Williamson is a true heroine … I guarantee you it was much easier playing the TV version of Nicole than being the real Nicole rescuing two people from a burning plane but it was so enthralling. It was very empowering for me to get to play the hero!
I’m set to star in a feature film called Records for Magnolia where I play the role of Magnolia Blossom, (Maggie for short). The film is about a young woman who must find her way after the sudden death of her father who owned a world-renowned record store and left a lot of mysteries behind in the wake of his death. I’m so excited for this movie! Although the subject matter sounds dark, it’s actually a coming of age comedy that deals with a lot of the most relatable and universal issues that young women face today. It’s really exciting to get to play a character that finds a way to make lemonade against all odds when life is giving her nothing but lemons!
PLM: Have any of your projects won awards, or have you worked with any award-winning directors or actors?
RM: Working with Bobby Roth on Reviving Ophelia was a total honor- he’s one of my all-time favorite directors who’s films have won awards at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world including the award for Best American feature at the Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film fest and his film Heartbreakers was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance among several other accolades. He’s also directed several episodes of almost every popular network TV show you can think of including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Revenge, Scorpion, The Mentalist, Beauty and The Beast and many more than I can even list.
As far as awards, one of the first films I did, Pooka (Dir. Maurey Loeffler) won for Best Drama and Best Original Screenplay at the Dixie Film Festival, as well as The Golden Sheaf Award for Best Drama at the Yorkton Film Festival.
I also worked with my favorite collaborator Katie Boland on A Subsequent Life (chosen as Official Selection at The Toronto Int’l Short Film Festival, Toronto Independent Film Festival LA Femme Int’l Film Festival, Inter’l Festival of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, Zero Film Festival Montreal and New York, among others) which we starred in together and then on Long Story Short, a web series Katie wrote, which is one of the most successful web series’ ever was a total honor. Katie is one of the most talented actor/creators I know and working with her is a phenomenal experience. You can catch the first season of Long Story Short on HULU and the 2nd season is in the works- another upcoming project I’m really looking forward to!
PLM: They are all very different, what made you choose to participate in these projects?
RM: Well, exactly that. I think the most important quality to possess as an actor is the ability to diversify – although there are some similarities between the roles I’ve had the opportunity to play, all the characters and projects are vastly different in their subject matter. I think I’ve been incredibly lucky in the sense that I haven’t gotten boxed in or typecast into playing one certain kind of role.
PLM: You get approached all the time to work on projects with people, what makes you pick one role over another?
RM: I want to work with other artists who inspire me and push me to be better. The greatest gift from working on all the projects I’ve been a part of, is the incredible people I’ve been able to work with along the way. To continue to work with and learn from talented, generous artists & people is truly the privilege of this business. Ultimately, if a script makes me laugh, makes me think, makes my cry or all of the three! …then I know it’s a project worth working on.
PLM: Can you list some of the theatre projects you’ve participated in up until now, and the roles you’ve played?
RM: Well the most recent theatre project was a play called Proof written by David Auburn where I played the starring role of Catherine- a young woman whose father is a mathematical genius but he’s suffering from dementia. Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. It’s a very well written play and it was an amazing experience getting to immerse myself in a role written with such depth. I also had the pleasure of performing at Second City doing improv. This is one of my most valued experiences as an actor because there is nothing that makes you stronger as a performer than being able to think on your feet and generate funny stories and plots with your fellow improvisers on the spot, in the moment making it up as you go along.
PLM: What commercials have you done?
RM: I did an American national commercial for Carfax and a commercial for Kraft Dinner, however it’s been a while since I’ve worked on commercials – mostly film, television and theatre projects recently.
PLM: What have been a few of your favorite roles so far and why?
RM: The most recent role playing Nicole Williamson was pretty special because she’s such a heroic young woman and her story is really inspiring. Getting to portray strong women is one of the greatest parts of my job as an actor- I feel truly blessed to get the opportunity to do so, so often. I also loved playing Anna in Long Story Short– she’s a really cool DJ who’s super smart and tells it like it is.
PLM: As for genre, what is your favorite?
RM: I really couldn’t pick a favorite. I think if I absolutely had to pick one, I’d say comedy because it’s the most challenging – which makes it the most rewarding when you finally get it right. Making people laugh is one of the most gratifying feelings I think you can experience as a performer.
PLM: What separates you from other actors?
RM: I think my ability to be authentically grateful is unique in that I still feel the same joy and excitement for every job as I did the very first time I found out I “got the part”! And the fact that I also write, produce and direct as well hopefully stands out and ultimately makes my acting stronger and more dynamic. I’ve also had to work really hard for every opportunity- nothing’s ever been handed to me on a silver platter and I think that’s made every opportunity all the more rewarding. So I’d say the gratitude I feel every day for getting to do what I love as my job is something that makes me unique and I hope that stands out in my work.
PLM: What would you say your strongest qualities as an actor are?
RM: I think one of my strengths is my ability to diversify. The actors I respect the most are the ones you don’t recognize from one role to the next. I believe I’m able to immerse myself in whatever role I’m playing enough that I’m able to be a bit of a chameleon. I also think I work well under pressure- which is a definite strength! When you’re playing a critical role in a production, the heat is really on to perform and you always hope that your work will be at its best when the camera’s rolling which can sometimes be a lot of stress. I think that pressure fuels me to be better because it gets my adrenaline pumping and that awesome feeling is scary but wonderful at the same time.
People often think that film isn’t as hard as theatre because you can do several takes. But that isn’t always the case- timelines are tight when you’re shooting a movie or TV show and you want to ensure you can give the director the take they need within the appropriate time-line.
PLM: Can you list some of the people you’ve worked with that our readers might know?
RM: Actress Katie Boland who you can catch on CW’s Reign, and in more films than I can count, as well as in Long story Short, which we worked on together. Carleigh Beverly, also one of my most beloved collaborators who I worked with on Reviving Ophelia. On Long Story Short I also worked Lauren Collins of Degrassi fame, and Tommie Amber Pirie who’s another phenomenal actress who you can catch on SyFy’s Bitten and in What If alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Megan Park.
PLM: What projects do you have coming up?
RM: The feature film I’m starring in, Records for Magnolia and a series I can’t yet talk about… more news to come! Sorry.
PLM: What are your plans for the future?
RM: I plan to act as long as I can talk and walk! I want to continue to collaborate more and more with awesomely talented and wonderful people! I’d also like to buy a house soon and several cars… I love cars!
PLM: What do you hope to achieve in your career as an actor?
RM: I’d like to play roles that genuinely connect with an audience – enough for me to make someone think, or laugh, or reflect. I think the greatest actors eternalize certain characters that take on a meaning and importance of their own. If you think about an iconic actor like Robin Williams (RIP), he will live on forever through all the incredible characters he portrayed over the years that connected so much with audiences that they will never be forgotten- Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, Patch Adams- these characters transcend time and will always connect with people.
PLM: What kind of training have you done?
RM: I have a fairly long list of training- from the Intensive Study Program at Margie Haber Studios in LA, (who has coached the likes of Brad Pitt, Halle Barry, Heather Locklear to name a few), to studying with David Rotenberg for years (who taught Rachel McAdams, Scott Speedman and many more incredible actors). Of course Second City, (which bred people like John Candy, Tina Fey, Mike Myers) where I graduated and completed their entire training program, to Equity Showcase Theatre, Sterling Studio Theatre, The Actors Workshop, Groundlings and… there’s more but you’re probably bored by now.
PLM: Why is acting your passion and chosen profession?
RM: I love acting because it’s a way to be an integral part of telling stories- and I believe that’s really important because we can learn so much about people, places, things, history, and psychology through storytelling. Great theatre, film and television, at its core, is about telling great stories that resonate with people. That’s why I love acting so much. It’s the ultimate way of connecting and understanding other people.