Left Behind with Cassi Thomson
by Bless Montajes
Bitmap: How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
Cassi: I started when I was 11years old when I got my first professional job, so I’ve been doing this for about ten years now.
Bitmap: What inspired you to pursue this career?
Cassi: Funny enough, it was my sister who was the one who wanted to act first. It was always her dream and something she wanted to do and when I was eleven, I wanted to be like my sister and thought, “well I’ll try it, let’s do it”. Once I started, I fell in love with it and my sister got into cosmetology and now she does hair and makeup. So yeah, she was the one and I owe it all to her.
Bitmap: I read on your bio that you are also pursuing a career in music. How is that like for you?
Cassi: I did release an EP a few years ago just so that people in the industry could know that I do sing but it is kind of impossible to do both acting and music at the same time. It’s just hard to balance the two efficiently but acting is really what I love to do. I also wanted everyone to know that I could sing for specific roles that would require that.
Bitmap: Currently, you are featured on the new film Left Behind. How was it like to be in a featured film?
Cassi: It’s my first theatre release but I have also done other independent films and television shows. This was amazing because I have been really lucky to work with a lot of really good people and really good productions. This was another one of them where I worked with Nicolas Cage and that was a dream because he is an icon and a legend.
Bitmap: What can you tell me about your character?
Cassi: Her name is Chloe Steele and she is the daughter of Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage). Chloe is very strong and independent. She was really fun to bring to life because so many female characters in disaster movies kind of need to be rescued and saved but Chloe is no damsel in distress. She can take control of her own life or destiny and is a real go-getter.
Bitmap: You are also working with some of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, and Jordin Sparks. How was it like to work with them?
Cassi: It was great and they both are really nice. Jordin Sparks really is so beautiful inside and out. She’s got this heart of gold and was always so sweet. Same with Chad, he was always professional and the movie would not have been the same without him.
Bitmap: Did you have any teachable moments with any of them?
Cassi: You know as an actor, if you can just sit back and observe someone they can teach you so much if you just shut your mouth and watch and listen. I mean when you’re acting, you are playing with each other’s character. Especially when you are working with someone who is giving you so much to work with, it forces you to be better and makes the job a lot easier.
Bitmap: You are also working with Lea Thompson again from Switched at Birth. Was it like reunion?
Cassi: Yes, it was great! She played my mother in law on Switched at Birth because my character was married to Toby (Lucas Grabeel) for a brief moment. On Left Behind, she played my mother and it was just great to have her around because she too is has this light about her.
Bitmap: Speaking of Switched at Birth, will you be revisiting the show anytime soon?
Cassi: I hope so, I haven’t been asked so far but I would like to see Nikki, my character, back on the show. I also love the show and the fans were just so wonderful and kind. I would definitely come back if I was asked.
Bitmap: Did you have to learn any sign language yourself as well?
Cassi: Weirdly enough, I really didn’t. You would think that I would but my character never had a chance to do it but it would’ve been something I would have loved to learn. I mean, I know the alphabet and got as far as learning that.
Bitmap: Other than Left Behind, what other projects do you have lined up?
Cassi: I just finished filming The Sunday Horse in Atlanta with the same director of Left Behind, Vic Armstrong. This was great because the film stars Nikki Reed (from the Twilight Series) and Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars) as well as William Shatner (Star Trek). The film shows you the world of English Show Jumping and was based on Debi Connor’s true story on competing show horses. Then, I am leaving to film in Virginia for the independent film, Where Are You Bobby Browning that stars Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Randy Wayne (Honey 2), and Samantha Cope (The Lake). I’m excited and it’s going to be a lot of fun!
Feature: Cassi Thomson
Photographer: Isaac Alvarez
Stylist: Jordan Grossman
Makeup: Dee Daly
Hair: Bobby Eliot