Fan asks how she felt about shaving her head to play Cressida: "I was excited! That was one of the big selling points for me, honestly. They told me I'd have to shave half my head - maybe even the whole thing - and I was like, 'Yes! I'm in! Where do I sign?' I'm only sort of kidding. I mean, if you're going to do it, might as well have the excuse of doing it for your job, right? A woman shaves her head at random, for her own reasons, and people act like she's on the edge of a Britney Spears breakdown. But if an actress shaves her head for a role, all of a sudden we're talking about how committed and edgy and fearless that girl is. Same goes for gaining lots of weight or 'uglying' yourself up. If it's for a role, we love it. If it's not... prepare to have people voice their concern behind your back. It's a pretty ridiculous double standard but I had an excuse to do it so I went for it. And, I mean, I'm no Imperator Furiosa or anything but I like to think I did the shaved head thing some half-justice."
Charlie Brinke and Mike Colter as Jessica Jones and Luke Cage on the set of Marvel and Netflix's upcoming Jessica Jones series.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH CHARLIE BRINKE
IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFIC THAT MADE YOU TAKE AN INTEREST IN YOUR FIELD?
In all honesty, money was the real motivator at first. I was in the mall looking for a dress for junior prom when I was scouted by a modeling agent. That's a true story. As cliche as it sounds, that's how it all went down. And at first I blew him off, like, "Yeah, okay, dude. Sure, I'll be a model. Whatever." And I really didn't give it a second thought until some time later when more and more of my friends started talking about how expensive it was going to be for them to go to the college of their choice. College tuition is no joke. And that's what I thought modeling could be for me, it could be a way to foot the bill so I could get an education and go on to bigger and better things. I never really expected for any of it to turn into a valid, sustainable career. But that's what happened. I did some modeling, made some money, kept doing it, kept making money. And eventually that opened other doors for me, and acting was one of those doors. It seemed like it could be fun, so I thought why not? I took some classes, went on some auditions, and things happened. It progressed. It still is. I'm sure there are a lot of "legitimate" actors out there who look down on me for such crude beginnings, but I figure that's their problem, not mine.
WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST CRUSH ON?
U.S. Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson. He can put me in handcuffs any old time. Also, Eric Andre. He seems real enough but I'm pretty sure his entire existence is one elaborate, increasingly bizarre performance art piece and I'm into it.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
This idea people seem to have that the only worthwhile female characters are the strong ones. That's ridiculous. It's turning the "strong female" into as much of a trope as the "hot nagging wife" or the "manic pixie dream girl." Strong women are great, absolutely. But there's more than one type of woman out there. A lot more. And there's more than one way of being real and relatable and enthralling. Enough with the strong women, I'm ready to see the real ones. Strong, fragile, smart, naive, innocent, evil, good, bad, loving, closed off, violent, peaceful, messy, organized, career-oriented, slacker, married, single, maternal, childlike, righteous, narrow-minded, open-minded, angry, happy, sad, confused, anything, everything. Women are all those things and then some. Women are every single bit as nuanced and interesting and complex as men. The same thing can be said for women's stories. By pushing this idea that all our female protagonists have to be strong in order for us to care about them, we're just putting yet another set of limitations upon ourselves as a whole. So I'd like to see more women - all types of women - in film, on TV, on set, in video games, in music, in comic books, everywhere and anywhere. I just want more. No qualifying adjectives necessary.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER CHANGED SINCE IT STARTED?
I went from screwing James Van Der Beek in a movie, to playing his best friend on television. And I went from playing a comic book character in a movie, to playing a comic book character on Netflix. So I guess the answer to this question really depends on how you feel about Netflix and James Van Der Beek. Personally speaking, I feel pretty alright about both.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME TO GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ONE PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
There's going to be times in your life when think you don't deserve the help being offered, but you do and there's no shame in that.
GUESS WHO I MET?!?!?!?! that's right, charlie brinke. also, alec moran. i'm 1000% convinced that those two aren't getting back together btw, but i'll get to that point soon. as you can tell from the picture included above (pics or it didn't happen amirite?), i met charlie brinke at comic con this weekend and it was totally underwhelming. i wish i was kidding but i'm not. disappointment city, population: her. i actually ran into her twice (no i wasn't trying to stalk anyone). the first time she was out with alec and some mutual friends i guess. but the point is that the was out with alec moran, as in alec moran the perfect ray of sunshine she used to be married to something like three peter parkers ago (2005ish, for those of you who suck at nostalgia) before she went and messed it all up with her coke problem or gambling addiction or whatever it was.
fyi, if i sound bitter, it's because she made me this way. i was such a fan until she gave me the cold shoulder not once, but TWICE in as many days. which brings me back to the story at hand. so i ran into her that first night at some restaraunt or whatever, and she was with a group of friends and one of them was definitely alec moran and they were talking and seemed like normal people with friendly feelings, not like a tormented divorced couple with lingering feelings of remorse and regret or anything like that. anyway, i went up to say hi and tell them how much i like their work (his more than hers, lbr) and ask for a picture and that's when the steel curtain dropped and she was all awkward and distancing herself from everyone else, saying she'd rather not have her picture taken, blah blah blah. and of course the whole time alec is just like this perfect puppy of a gentleman, he was so nice and friendly and chatty and took a bunch of pictures with me (which i already posted here, if you're curious, i know you're curious). and she was a frigid ice queen bitch.
and before you brinke stans try to jump down my throat for bothering her on her personal time and then being surprised that she wasn't into it? i ran into her AGAIN (accidentally, AGAIN) at the concourse the next day, where she was totally there to promote her WORK and not for personal funsies or anything... AND SHE WAS STILL A TOTAL FRIGID BITCH. at least she posed for a picture with me this time, and signed some stuff and had some chit chat, but i could tell the whole time that she totally wasn't into it. she didn't even recognize me from the night before. girlfriend better learn to treat her fans better, that's all i'm saying. because she totally ruined it for this former fan right here.
Faces of the Revolution. Panem Unite.
Charlie Brinke as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
Official Synopsis for Marvel's Jessica Jones Series Revealed
"Ever since her short-lived stint as a super hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check."