10 THINGS – Genevieve Buechner
You’ve been acting for quite some time. When did you realize that you wanted to be an actress and how did you get your start?
I wanted to be an actress from a very young age. I had an overactive imagination and limitless energy. And, I loved to dress up and pretend to be someone else. When I was nine, I told my parents I wanted to act, and they weren’t sure about it at first, but they let me take a class and I loved it. The class had a performance at the end and an agent was there. He asked my mom to bring me in for a meeting, they signed me, and I’ve never stopped.
Being in the industry has provided you with opportunities to play alongside seasoned actors. Which one of these has had the most impact on your career choices and your growth as an actress?
I’ve been lucky, and very honored to work with so many amazing people. It’s hard to say who has had the biggest impact and influence.
I will always hold the time I spent and worked with Robin Williams very close to my heart. He was an exceptional human. I was so young and he was so lovely to my family and I. I still have the gifts he gave me at the end of the shoot. He was an absolute joy to work with.
Currently, you’re on Lifetime’s UnREAL. How were you first introduced to the show and why were you excited to take on this new project?
The first introduction was with the audition for Madison, which originally was a small role, and it seemed like Madison would only be in a few episodes. I thought it was a super funny role, I loved her goofy awkwardness. I loved the ideas of the show and the fact that everyone is sort of an antihero. I hadn’t really seen anything like that on TV yet. When they kept bringing me back for more episodes, I was very excited to continue working with all the talented people involved.
On the series, you mentioned playing the role of Madison. What can you tell us about her personality and what makes her tick?
She is super eager. She wants to get to the top as fast as she can and is willing to do anything to get there. She loves the idea of playing mind games and getting what she wants from others through manipulation, but she still has a lot to learn. She’s no master like Quinn or Rachel. She’s also still pretty young and can be very naive.
What do you enjoy most about playing Madison on screen?
I love playing a character that makes people think “oh boy, what is she up to now?” She’s goofy and I’m always excited to see what crazy stuff she’s going to get herself into. It’s very fun to play a character where literally anything could happen. It keeps me on my toes!
The show is a look into the wild world of reality television. Where does Madison fit into things this season and what can the viewers expect to see?
This is really the first season where Madison is on her own when it comes to producing. Whereas in seasons one and two, she had people guiding her the whole way. This season, she needs to do it herself, and she has a lot of big decisions to make about where her loyalties lie.
There’s a lot of girl power on this show. What’s the dynamic like working on set?
It’s a wonderful set. Everybody cares about what they are doing and is so good at their jobs. All the women who work on UnREAL are phenomenally talented. Our whole crew is fantastic as well. It’s a confusing show to film sometimes because half of the cast looks like crew and vice versa.
What kind of career would you have if you weren’t acting?
I almost went to culinary school, so maybe something in the food world? I really like baking, I’m good at it. I think it’s relaxing, plus you get to eat after. Or just something else in the arts. I do paint a lot! Or fashion design? I think I’d be happy as long as I got to make things.
When it comes to fashion, who are your favorite designers and which styles appeal to your personality?
There are too many! I wear a lot of All Saints, Apiece Apart, JNBY, and I really enjoy thrift shops. There are quite a few websites and boutiques I shop at, that carry things from all over the place. I can always find something interesting that nobody else will have. I love mixing things that are second hand and unique with things that are a little more high end.
For red carpet looks though, I love Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Yulia Yanina…this list could go on and on. I love fashion.
We look forward to catching you on UnREAL this season. What other projects do you have coming up?
We filmed two seasons of UnREAL in one year in 2017, so look forward to season four in the future. I also worked on an episode of The X-Files, which was super fun! I was lucky and had a few days off UnREAL and got to spend them on X-Files doing something very different than Madison. The episode is called “Nothing Lasts Forever”. It was so much fun!
Photos: Matthew Burditt