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The Hottie Stop interviews Amber Marie Bollinger, star of Listening

09.07.2015by: Eric Walkuski

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Amber Marie Bollinger is a fairly new name on the scene, but she appears ready to make an impression. Having appeared in several horror movies and comedy shorts over the years, Bollinger is hitting the big screen this weekend in LISTENING, an ambitious sci-fi drama about a team of grad students who invent mind-reading technology, with potentially deadly results. Bollinger portrays Jordan, a sexy student with a secret who might just be working for the wrong side. (Check out the trailer for LISTENING right HERE.)

Amber was good enough recently to spare some time right before heading out on a ten-day meditation at Joshua Tree (more on that later). We spoke about the tantalizing technology at the center of LISTENING, playing a sexpot, unplugging from the 'net and the autobiographical TV series she's currently writing.


Thanks for taking the time to chat today. Where are you calling from?

I'm in Los Angeles.

Are you from L.A. originally?

No, I'm from Ohio originally.

When did you take the plunge to move out to L.A.?

Oh god, it's been so long I've forgotten how many years it has been already. [Laughs] I just feel like I'm here, man. I'm here now.

When did you realize you wanted to be an actress, was it something you always wanted to do?

Yeah, for sure. I had two older brothers, so I'm sure it came from just needing attention from them or something. I didn't really even start acting until college, theater productions and stuff. After I graduated college I was just kind of wasting time and my dad said to me, "You gotta go. You gotta go to New York or L.A. You've always wanted to do this and it's time." So I said, okay, and I went to Los Angeles.

He pushed you out of the nest.

Yeah, because he was tired of watching me waste away there.

Listening has a pretty intriguing premise; what can you tell me about it and how your character fits into it?

What's interesting is that the new trailer kind of gives it away a little bit. When you watch the trailer, you think my character, Jordan, is just another really smart student helping these grad kids develop this mind-reading technology, but then you realize she's working for the other team, which is a government agency like the CIA. When you watch the movie it looks like she's just this typical sexpot or something like that, but she has tools she knows how to use.

Are you anything like your character?

Jordan is awesome, she's way more interesting. She didn't have any parents and went to MIT when she was younger, then she's discovered by the CIA and gets recruited and leads kind of a hidden life. So obviously that's nothing like me. And even in terms of her sex appeal, I don't think I'm anything really like her.

Is it fun to play up the sexpot angle?

It's always fun to find a story in general that allows you to go crazy with your imagination. The characters are rich and multifaceted. And as women, we often have to play that up, that's what we're used to doing. So it's fun to tap into that sexy part of yourself, something that's not reality.

And that's sort of what you have to do as an actress trying to make it in Hollywood, right?

Yeah, we see it all the time. That's a tool, and it's a distraction of what we should really be focusing on, but in Hollywood that's what sells and that's what gets shit done.

Do you think this kind of technology is in our future?

Oh, it's actually happening. There are articles about the technology making waves in neuroscience right now, brain to brain communication is not that farfetched. It's definitely a sci-fi thing, but I think it's happening right before our eyes.

If it were real, would you want to take part in something like that?

Oh man, I don't think so. You don't want to be psychic and learn you're going to die in a year, it's like no thank you. And I don't want to be able to read people's minds, it wold ruin everything. What would happen to all the fun passive-aggressive games we play? It would be all gone. [Laughs]

It might make relationships easier, but maybe not.

Maybe not! It would be really horrible! But this technology can do really good things, like for people with communication problems. For these kinds of things, there's always a good and a bad. It's how you harness it. That's why I think it's such an interesting concept.


Are you a techie at all, do you like your gadgets?

I'm addicted, just like everybody else. I like being connected. But I also know that when I'm disconnected I feel better, I don't feel so concerned with what other people are doing. But it can be so great, things can be so convenient. But on the other hand, when your technology breaks down and you're used to this instant gratification, you get so pissed off when it stops working.

What's the longest you think you could go without your smartphone?

Interestingly enough, I'm going on a ten day meditation course. It's a silent meditation, no talking, no reading, no phones, no anything. Complete disconnection for ten days. I leave for Joshua Tree today, actually. I'll be doing a cleansing, I guess.

Are you an outdoorsy person?

I'm from Ohio, so we went camping, I would walk around with no shoes on, that kind of stuff. [Laughs] I'm not really a city girl, but I do love the city.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?

Trying to find work? [Laughs]

Just giving a quick look at your official site, it seems like you're really into comedy.

Yeah, I just started doing stand-up comedy about six months ago. It's fun, it's liberating. Very challenging; I still don't know what the f*ck I'm doing, but it's really fun. I'm learning how to write jokes and go out there and find an audience. With film, you have to wait so long for people to see your work. Film is still my passion, and that will always continue, but I wanted to try something different.


Are you trying to get a comedy project off the ground right now?

Yeah, I'm writing a TV series - aren't we all here in L.A. - but it's like, even if no one ever sees it, I'm working on developing my own voice, writing my own story. I think actors should learn how to write for themselves, like what sort of roles you want to play. I found a really great writing party, she's smart and funny and she gets me, so we wrote a pilot episode for a comedy. Not a sketch comedy kind of thing, comedy with reality. It comes from my own point-of-view.

Can you tell me about the plot?

I need to learn how to write a one-sentence description of this. [Laughs] It's kind of my story in Los Angeles, and just how Hollywood is. Not just being an actor, but being surrounded by celebrity obsession. It's not the Entourage view, where everyone's successful, it's the real view where everyone's just getting by. It's autobiographical, but has some kooky characters, some based on real people. I'm sure they're going to love it once they see I've turned them into a cartoon.

Thank you very much for your time, and good luck with your meditation.

Yeah, it will be nice! Thank you so much for shining a light on our little film.


LISTENING hits limited theaters and VOD on September 11th; check out the official site HERE. You can follow Amber on Twitter HERE or check her out on Vimeo HERE.  

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