Introducing Natasha Coppola-Shalom who plays our lead Kathy.

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What attracted you to the project Brian the Blessed?

Kathy is a pretty dark character, and I found her fascinating. I’m very interested in playing people who are a bit perverse, especially those who are driven to doing things that most of us would think are crazy. Kathy is someone who has a very big heart, and I think she views most of the “bad” things she does as acts of love or kindness. Her past is filled with so much pain, and when I first read the script I could not help but to be completely on her side. I feel so much love and empathy for her, and even though she does the most horrifying things, they seem to be the only course of action when you look at them through her eyes.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m originally from Manhattan. I grew up in a very artistic family, many of whom are in the industry. My mother is an actress, so I like to think it’s in my blood.

I spent four summers doing Shakespeare in England, before doing a year at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Afterwards, I received my BA from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I did multiple short and independent films in Europe, before returning to Manhattan where I’ve worked on a few new plays and short films.

Introducing Kathleen Renish who plays Mary.

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What attracted you to the project Brian the Blessed?

I had seen director Raine McCormack’s first short film, “He’s Gone” and was VERY impressed with his work. The visual aspects as well as the excellent sound/music choices and the excellent acting sold me. Then I worked with him on a short scene in Brighton in November last year called, “Red Widow” which had me playing a sort of femme fatal role which was new for me. It turned out great. I am really looking forward to doing the role of “Mary” in Brian the Blessed not only for the chance to work with Raine again but also with some great colleagues!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an American actress, singer, and voice actor and have been living and working in Cologne, Germany for the past 23 years.

I previously lived in New York City where I was cast in “The Golden Musicals of Broadway”, a musical revue which toured Germany, Switzerland and Austria for 6 months back in 1989-90 (I happened to be in Berlin performing exactly at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall). On this tour I worked with the then unknown Jennifer Lopez and Sandra Purpuro under the direction of UK directors Johnny Worthy, David Allen with music direction from Derek Barnes.

I recently also worked on my first  German/American feature film, STUNG, a horror/thriller directed by Benni Diez and produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion (Germany) and XYZ Films (USA).

For the past three years I’ve been performing in my own one-woman show, “A Lost American in Germany” mostly performing in German cities such as Cologne, Berlin and Stuttgart but also have had some performances in New York City and Philadelphia. I hope to bring the show to the UK this year.

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