By Julienne Graebner │ September 3, 2020
I got the opportunity to catch up with actress Tris Marie over Facetime during a break in her busy filming schedule.
“I always wanted to get into acting,” Tris says that she went to Ozarks Technical Community College to study theatre, “but everyone encouraged me to go out and get a normal job, and I listened.” She laughs, explaining that after ages of working a “regular” job, she began to get bored. “I started modelling seven years ago—just as a confidence boost for myself, really.”
In college, Tris studied how to be in front of the camera, but also how to work behind it, assisting behind the scenes on shows like the Emmy nominated “In Search of…” featured on the History Channel. “I just wanted to make sure that I was a very well-rounded actress,” Tris says.
Her big breakout came after an episode of “Xtreme Screams”, a reality show on the Travel channel, as it happened, Tris says, “It ended up being that they based the whole episode off of me.”
She’s been a working actress ever since.
“I love my job.” Tris laughs, acknowledging that not many people can say that and mean it. “I love the people, the community. We’re all family — it doesn’t matter how far you live. I have close friends in Australia and all across the world. It’s unlike any other field.”
Tris recently worked on “Shakespeare’s Mummy”, an upcoming GreenLitGo feature, and will be playing the character Mrs. Piper.
“It’s a family film,” Tris says, “so I think people of every age will really enjoy it! It’s got mystery, suspense, mummies — it’s comedic, but it’s also dramatic, so I think it appeals to a wide audience. And oh my gosh, Adam — he’s so fun!”
Tris is talking about Adam Boster, director of “Shakespeare’s Mummy”, “He keeps the energy on set so exciting. And his feedback is always great.”
Much like it’s predecessor, “Lost Treasure of Jesse James”, “Shakespeare’s Mummy” is mainly filmed in Missouri. “It’s definitely different than filming in LA or something,” Tris explains, “but I’m always so impressed with the locations the filmmakers find in Missouri. I’m always going to new places and getting to learn more about Missouri that I didn’t know before.”
However, with many of Tris Marie’s acting projects being put on hold due to the pandemic, she’s had to find new ways to scratch her artistic itch. Specifically the app that’s been all the rage with Gen Z: TikTok.
“Do you like my light setup?” Tris asks me over FaceTime. “I actually got it for TikTok.” She laughs, explaining that she has been on the app since November and has amassed a rather large follower count (80k at the time that this was written).
“It’s a good creative outlet! I know a lot of actors on [TikTok],” Tris goes on to say that because of the pandemic, many casting directors have turned online to scout new talent, meaning that for actors like Tris, a viral video could mean landing a role.
“I’ve had a few viral videos, and it’s gotten to the point where I can actually make money from TikTok.” Despite Tris Marie’s online success, she does mention that the app can be a breeding ground for some. . . interesting characters.
“My following is, like, 83% male. It used to be higher.” She laughs and gives me a sly smile before saying, “I even got offered 500 bucks by some guy to sell him a picture of my feet. I didn’t do it, of course! Too weird. Besides, you never know what kind of dirt people will try to dig up on you down the road and I do not want that coming back to bite me.”
Although TikTok has become a fun pastime for Tris, her true love is the cinema.
“I am always watching TV shows and movies. I’m obsessed with learning about the making and production of film,” Tris says with a gleam in her eye, “People always ask me what my hobbies are outside of set and I’m like, outside? Film is my hobby.”