Welcome to the FFB BFF Series, featuring Cassie Silva, my best friend, nearest and dearest, unicorn, mermaid, wonder woman, goddess, seeker of everyday magic, Broadway beauty, acting angel, and tremendous talent ready & willing to steer the ship of this new series! This series is devoted to sharing meaningful conversations between Cassie & I (currently over Skype as we reside across the world from each other– LA to Londontown!!). We’ll be answering any and all of your questions about Broadway, health, fitness, wellness, or anything you could possibly dream to wonder about… if we can help, we’ll talk it out! If we don’t know, we’ll ask our pals.. if they don’t know we’ll get out our sandcastle tools and dig through information to find the answer. You are heard and no question will go unacknowledged! This is a sneak peek of a big FFB project launching in the Fall and I couldn’t feel more Honored & Inspired to have this honeybee next to me for it! ?
NOTE FROM CASSIE: Hi Fit For Broadway World! Thanks for having me back. I’m Cass! I love Jane with my whole heart (who doesn’t). I can attest that she is relentlessly inspiring with a heart of radiant gold… And mermaid hair. So, when she invited me back to talk Fitness Vibes & Healthy Strides with the Broadway Tribe, I felt truly honored. I’ve been an actor for a super long time on TV, in some movies and even on Broadway a time or two. I’m happy to be here. Let’s make some magic!
FFB BFF, x Cass
Photo by Tynan Daniels
Fun Fact: Cassie thought of the new FFB motto “Broadway Tribe, Fitness Vibes, Healthy Strides” which I am OBSESSED with!! Shimmy over to FITFORBROADWAYAPPAREL.COM to snag your muscle tank, crop top, or t-shirt featuring this new design!!
J: First of all, stop taking snapchats of me on facetime.
C: *giggling* it’s so good. *more giggling*
J: You’re not going to post any of those… delete ‘em nowwwwww.
C: Can I post this? (Ping pong balls flying at Jane’s face on snapchat) *excessive giggling*
J: Nope, no you can’t. You can save it for a rainy day. You can not post any of these. Zero.
J: *laughing* Are you ready for rapid fire questions?
C: *makes antlers with her hands* yep.
J: Ready. last thing you ate.
J: What kind?
C: Airone Sushi platter.. they do gluten free crispy rice?! What?!
J: Last workout you did?
C: Lingerie. (Sidenote: we have an ongoing joke that we can’t pronounce anything, especially the pilates practice, Lagree so we call it lingerie)
J: She mean’s Lagree. *giggles* Was it really hard? W
J: What was your favorite move?
J: Last person you called?
C: Ashlee at Paradox at the crack of morning.
Photo by Tynan Daniels
J: Favorite audition song?
C: Taking Chances Celine Dion. Ooooo Touch-A Touch-A from Rocky Horror
J: first performance you remember?
C: Oh when I was 3 I remember whacking a boy in an arabesque.
J: What color was your leotard?
C: White with white tool (*motions to shoulders*) with foil gold stars that were stapled on.
J: last song you sang?
C: Changing my major from Fun Home
J: last time you cried?
J: Was that the vinegar day?
C: Yea *laughing*
J: Ahhh (sidenote: Cassie dropped a bottle of vinegar with her phone and both broke. sad sad day)
C: *laughing* and when I got charged for Classpass because I had to clean up the vinegar and miss my class.
J: The worst!! I can’t deal when they charge me. Nope Nope Nope.
J: Nail polish color?
C: Mode about you OPI
J: Is it on you right now?
C: No, it usually is.
J: Last text you sent?
C: (shows phone with a recent text of a cat photo and a psychedelic sloth meme that she refers to as “intergalactic party sloth”)
J: *can’t stop laughing* Meme Queen. Ok. Favorite phrase?
C: Good for you.
J: Sarcastic good for you or geniuine.
C: No, definitely not sarcastic. Or “No time for that”
J: What’s your outfit at the moment?
C: A shirt that says “Lettuce Turnip The Beet” and My FFB Sweatpants.
J: YESSSSSSSSSSS. What’s your favorite recipe?
C: Golden Milk— turmeric black pepper rosemary coconut oil raw honey cinnamon star in the east fennel seed cardamon cloves nutmeg milk
J: That is so serious.
C: It smells like a dream. OH! Recently we’ve been putting in a little bit of cinnamon rose tulsie tea.
J: In my dreams, I’m as with it with all of these magical potions as you are.
C: Oh, we’ll make it when you come.
J: Last time you performed?
C: All the worlds a stage, Jane.
J: Favorite marker color? (or crayon?)
C: What kind of question is this?
J: I really like markers and my aqua is my favorite.
C: They have this purple thing sharpie, it’s a lilac or lavender.
J: Oh I could definitely see you with a lavender market girl. Favorite smell. Mine is fresh baked cookies.
C: Eucalyptus. I love the smell on the trail of the hike I go on.
J: One thing you do before a show?
J: Can we get a preview?
C: Goooooooaaaaagayyyyygayyyygayyyyyyyiiuuuhhhhhgooooooo *sung* or “HEY YOU OVER THERE, THAT’S MY BARBIE!” *yelled in new jersey accent*
J: What’s your coffee order?
C: Black, darker the better. dark dark dark.
J: I wish I could have black coffee. I’m like, “Hi I’ll have almond milk, preferably homemade or cashew milk with a tsp of honey and a few dates blended in over ice with foam on top” They look at me like I’m insane.
C: I feel like coffee foam is adult whip cream.
J: True. And matcha foam!!
C: If it’s not black coffee it’s an almond latte or an almond matcha.
J: What tv show are you watching right now?
C: We just finished Unreal! It’s the guilty pleasure in our household. The olympics!!!! Are you kiddingme. THE OLYMPICS.
Photo by Tynan Daniels
J: Cat or dog?
C: Dog. *as she shows me her cat Mr. Columbus over Facetime.*
J: Last song you listened to?
C: Something on the country station.
J: What book are you reading right now?
J: Couldn’t get through it. Yoga or Pilates?
J: Yep, yep. yep. Ok. Rapid Fire Questions are over. You can breathe. An amazing question came in from Hannah K. about the difference between living in New York and Los Angeles while pursuing Musical Theatre. Whatcha think?!
C: New York is dog eat dog. If you really really want to go for it, you have to be able to run with the big dogs. LA is one of those places that really pushes on the ego and things like that.. you’re alone a lot, in your car whereas when you’re in New York, you’re always IN IT. Perhaps if you’re just getting into it— the caliber of classes, the workshops, just being in the city is an undertaking on it’s own apart from working professionally and I think if someone were to come to LA after that…even me, after living in New York for 6 years and coming back to LA. I think WOW, it’s so much slower, I can ground here. I can have an actual headspace that’s built in ethic, not vanity so I can go forth and focus on the real work. Whereas I feel like when I went to New York from LA, granted I was much younger, I went and was hot headed and thought “I can do anything.*hair flip*” And then I was schooled real quick because everyone in New York is ON POINT.
J: Yep. Couldn’t agree me. I went to school in Los Angeles and I’m really all about the feels of the city. Los Angeles just didn’t do it for me. I know there are amazing opportunities for actors there but it didn’t jive with me whereas in New York, the space and the people and the pace really push me. Specifically for musical theatre, it kicks you in to high gear in New York. It’s also an amazing awakening in New York, you really understand where you measure against everyone. When you get out of school it’s hard to get to New York and face that but the sooner you do, the easier you see your path for wherever you want to go! Butttt I am SUPER jazzed to spend a few weeks in LA with you in October!
J: We received a question very specific for you from Melissa S. “I had an immediate, visceral reaction to the emotional abuse Matilda was subject to, especially from her parents. In the end, Mr. Wormwood began to soften, finally acknowledging Matilda as his daughter. But Mrs. Wormwood was just as unloving and obnoxious as ever. What were your initial thoughts when presented with the character and how did you deal emotionally with playing that character every night?”
C: I will borrow Quinn Mattfeld’s saying, It’s good to be bad. Thats what makes Matilda so good. Wormwood doesn’t believe that she is wrong (ever). So, she isn’t phased by what you see on stage in the way you as the audience members are. As an actor, I worked a lot on having “an opinion about parsley” as my mentor would say or “a really specific point of view”. Then I would make sure that myself, Cassie, would connect with each girl in a really sweet loving way off stage. That was important to me because I do tend to stretch or mold into crazy characters that live down the yellow brick road inside of me so connecting with them offstage helped create a safe space on stage to be that character.
Photo by Tynan Daniels
SPECIAL THANKS to my sweet pal, Tynan, for taking these amazing mermaid photos of my gal, Cass! ? Check out his amazing work and for goodness sake, if you’re in LA don’t miss out on shooting with him! Head to his website tynandaniels.com for more information!