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The Hottie Stop interviews Analeigh Tipton, star of All Nighter and ANTM!

03.06.2017by: Eric Walkuski

If you're confused by the "ANTM" in the headline, that would stand for America's Next Top Model (which, believe it or not, has been on the air since 2003). Analeigh Tipton is one of the most notable - if not the most notable - contestants to ever participate in the reality series. She didn't win "Cycle 11," she placed third, but when it's all said and done she may have ended up with the best career of any of the lovely ladies who have been a part of it. Leaving modeling behind soon after the series, Analeigh went on to have significant role in the Steve Carell/Ryan Gosling comedy CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. That same year, she appeared alongside Seth Rogen in THE GREEN HORNET and has since gone on to have ample screentime in films like WARM BODIES, LUCY, TWO NIGHT STAND and MISSISSIPPI GRIND.

You'll soon see Analeigh in ALL NIGHTER, a comedy starring J.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch. In the film, Tipton plays Ginnie, a sweet girl who must undergo that most awkward experience of introducing her new boyfriend to her stern father. Soon after, Ginnie disappears, and the two men must work together to find her.

Analeigh was refreshingly candid in our conversation, as you'll see below. We talk about how she's the artist of her family, why she didn't want to be a professional model, her experience on ANTM, her passion for filmmaking, and more!

Tell me about your character in the film.

Ginnie is one of the most interesting characters I've played. We see her in the beginning and we see her at the end, but she's on every page. She's a very sweet, intelligent young woman, and she's very much in love with Emile Hirsch's character, and I think what we learn is that she really had to go her separate way, and she did that without a whole lot of support from her father.

What's it like having JK Simmons play your dad? Is he awesome to work with?

Yeah, he was really incredible to work with. He kind of reminds me of my own father, and I think my character is like my older sister. I think I used a lot of her voice when I was going over lines, I was trying to hear my sister's voice in my own head and emulate that a bit. There's something a bit straightforward about how my sister speaks, she's a lawyer. [Laughs] To have anyone step in and play your dad in a really emotional scene can be a little bit intimidating, especially with JK Simmons, but he was very warm and made me very comfortable, so I was able to yell at him when I had to. [Laughs]

That's funny, I was going to ask if he's anything like your real dad? Can you relate to the awkward dinner situation at all?

Oh god, my poor parents. My dad is a computer engineer and a mathematician, and I'm an artist, so I think I certainly had those experiences, especially dating other actors, and my dad goes through flushing someone out to make sure what they're doing is of quality. [Laughs] It's a very difficult thing for, I think, anybody in business that something artistic is worthwhile sometimes? But yeah, honestly, I pulled a lot from my own life in that situation, because I did come from a family that's very, you know, a man stands when I come to the table, and there are formalities that seem a little bit archaic in a way, but it's something that I was raised with. The pressure of having somebody that you love go into that situation is almost cruel. [Laughs] That was very much a relatable thing. Also very fun, because those awkward moments were very fun to find with Emile and JK.

Was your family supportive of you getting into modeling and acting? I'm sure it helps that you were successful at it, but you took a totally different path than they were used to.

I moved to L.A. for filmmaking, which they were very supportive of. I think it seemed like a path with a more straightforward situation, and modeling just kind of happened and that whole situation with the show and everything. I think that was a lot harder for them to get behind. It was for me too, it was not an industry I felt comfortable in. I got a commercial agent and then they randomly sent me out on an audition. And after Crazy, Stupid, Love... well, first of all, I got Green Hornet and my role was "Hot Chick," and I had to explain that to my family, before they thankfully changed my character's name in the credits. I don't know how parents do it, to send their kids out to L.A. to do any of that, it must be terrifying. Especially after Crazy, Stupid, Love my dad kind of just... you know, in his line of work, you do something at one level and then you stay at that level, or you go above it. Having to explain to him, "No dad, I'm not going to walk into Spielberg's office and say, 'I did this and my next thing is this.'" To go into indie films, it started to be heartbreaking. My next film was with Whit Stillman, who is a really incredible director, and I was really stoked, but it was really difficult to explain to my parents that just because it wasn't at a studio it wasn't a step back. Things like that were kind of tricky, but I think in the last two years they stopped asking, "Is it a studio film?" Because every time they did, I had to be like, "No, it's an independent film, but that means something very different that what you think it does." You could just see their hearts fall just a little bit. But they finally let that go.

They think you're making a student film for, like, $200.

When I tell them what I get paid sometimes, because it's not too much more than that on most of the films I do, and most of those films I stopped doing, I think that's what stresses them out. [Laughs] Sometimes it stresses me out too.

Have you left modeling behind for good?

I think that modeling for some individuals is great, and I met so many people whose minds can handle that. I felt it was hard for me to justify why I would be doing it. I did not find it creative, I did not find I was saying the things I wanted to say with my time. And I think I just had too much of a big mouth and I made stylists and photographers very uncomfortable. [Laughs]

When you look back at America's Next Top Model, how did you think you were portrayed? Was it accurate?

I do think it was accurate, but I also think it was really only a snippet of all of the girls on there. I was very aware of my role, and I very much stuck to it. Thankfully, that was an earnest part of my personality, but I did get kind of boxed in as a very sweet, when I look back on it, sugary-sweet individual. It kind of kept me out of having to say mean things about other girls. I don't know how the show has changed, I haven't watched it, but I think it's a little more drama-based nowadays, and it was starting to get that way when I was on there. It's fascinating how many people, even in L.A. like casting directors and directors, just assume that that is all of someone. It's baffling to me, because we all know how much it's edited towards a certain thing, and I don't fault people who've grown up on reality television for not fully grasping that, but I do get a little bit short with people I meet in this business kind of assuming- not short, but it does make me curious as to why they would think that.

I could be wrong here, but I think you're the most successful of the entire bunch, like of any of the seasons.

Honestly, I think it's because I didn't want to model. I didn't want to act, it's always one of those weird things in interviews where people say, "So you're a model turned actress." I can see why that would seem like the case, because on people it completely is, but I've always had the drive for story and for filmmaking, which is something that's very much with me.

Do you have your feature debut mapped out?

I don't, and I would love to, that would be fantastic. Honestly I have some shorts that I think would be pertinent to what's happening around us right now. Getting the female voice out there on some issues is kind of the goal of this year, because I do need to make a short before I jump into a feature.

ALL NIGHTER will open on March 17th in Los Angeles and then move on to additional markets, as well as VOD, on March 24th. You can follow Analeigh on Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Have you ever watched America's Next Top Model?
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