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Interview with Anne Winters of "The
Bride He Bought Online" on
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audio Part 1
and Part 2
of our interview. I hope you enjoy it! She seems like a nice
young lady with a great future ahead of her. I also
interviewed Alexandra Paul earlier
today from the same movie; it was nice to get two different
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1. How did your part in the movie come about?
Well, I got sent the script from Christine (the
director/writer) and by my manager. It was actually my first
offer, which is pretty cool. And then I read it and then was
super into it. I was, you know, looking up cyberbullying and
the darknet, and just I really fell in love with the message
and what it was saying to kids and teens and families out
there, and I just I loved it and just took it on.
2. By "first offer" do you mean the first part you were
offered without having to audition for it?
Yes. Yes, yes, yes.
3. You've been doing this a while for somebody so young.
Yeah, I know. I mean, when people say that, I say, "Yeah,
I guess you're right, but it doesn't feel that way, you
know?" It just feels like it just kind of gradually comes
about, but when I look back at like every year, I really am
blessed and happy with what I've done, and, hopefully, it
keeps getting bigger and more as the years come. Yeah, it's
4. Did it take three weeks to shoot in LA?
Was it only three weeks? Is that what they told you? I
feel like it was longer. Maybe like four and a half weeks or
something. We filmed in LA, yeah, and different locations,
different cool houses and it was cool. We only filmed on a
sound stage one day out of the whole thing. The warehouse
area was the bottom of the Herald Examiner building
downtown, and I think they're actually closing it down soon.
It's where they filmed, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
It's at the very bottom, and it was super like humid and
dusty and bad for you down there, so we would have to wear
construction masks between each scene and go take breaks, so
we wouldn't get super lightheaded and dizzy.
5. Why do you think that some kids get into pranking or
I think it's just about their audience and their peers
and everything, and it's so easy for everybody around you to
kind of fall into like judging other people with the name
bullying, and then it kind of eggs it on, and it's kind of
easier to do that than to say, "Oh, that's mean" or "That's
rude." It's so much easier for everybody to be like, "Ha,
ha! Yeah, you're right. He's like this. He's dorky. He's
that. So I think like just having a crowd of people behind
you and, like, we have the blog, so we have this audience.
6. Your character, Avery, is the narrator and is sort of
the heroine of the movie. She's smarter and more
compassionate than her friends. What makes you different
Well, I think that I am more compassionate, and I do see
things differently. I don't like to judge people based on
what they're doing or their appearance and everything. I
feel like, you know, when we capture John, I'm just trying
to see the good in him, and trying to bring that about
instead of just like going along with stereotypes and
everything. I don't know. I just feel like me and Kaley are
just different people. We grew up together and now we just
have different views on things, and that's just how it goes
with friendships, especially in high school.
7. Did you and the other girls, Lauren and Annalisa, get
close while you were making the movie?
Oh, yeah. That I think was the most important part was
just to make relationships with them and become best friends
with them, so that everything on set is super real. But,
yeah, we just became best friends on set. We had so much fun
8. Did you do anything special before shooting so that
you would look comfortable together as good friends?
Christine, our director and our writer, took us to a
restaurant for dinner, and had us all kind of meet each
other and do a little meet and greet, and say "Hi" and talk
about our characters; and, you know, just have a little
girls dinner and have fun, so that was nice. That was our
first meeting. I mean, you're waiting around on set, and
we're all there at the same time and everything, so we get
super close right away.
9. You and Jamie Luner play mother and daughter. How was
I loved Jamie. You know, I like working with adults and
like mom and daughter relationships and father and daughter
relationships are so real and genuine. I really loved
working with her. She was really sweet.
10. Have you seen her other work?
I have, actually. I mean, she's been on other Lifetime
movies. I remember seeing the one like "Walking the Halls,"
I think it was, where she played the mom, and that was my
favorite Lifetime movie. [Laughs] So, I was like, "Oh, my
gosh. You're getting to play my mom this time. That's so
cool." But, yeah, I remembered her.
11. Anything else you'd like to tell us about making the
I mean, I just honestly liked being the lead character in
this. I think it was my first like real movie where I was on
set every single day of the filmmaking. I was there from
beginning to end of every day. You know, if you're not the
main character, you go and you're there for like maybe a few
hours or half a day once every, you know, like twice a week
or something, but I was on set for a month every day, and I
got so close to everybody. Not even just actors, but
everybody. You get close to the grips, and you get close to
the ADs, and you get close to the producers and, you know,
the lighting people and everything. Like you just kind of
become a family, and that was something that I really liked.
12. You've done a lot of singing in your career, are you
still singing now?
I mean, I sing a little bit. My boyfriend is actually in
this new upcoming boy band, and he's like the singer, and I
only sing for him if he asks me to, and that's about it. I
don't really sing like a lot. If you asked me to sing in an
audition or something for a possible acting role, then
that's like a good fit for me, because I can sing, and I can
also act, but I'm not going to pursue like a major singing
career for that to be anything like over acting right now,
but I still like to sing. Yes.
13. How is it going with Tyrant? Are you still on the
I am still on "Tyrant." I mean, the second season is
still going right now, and I did four episodes of the second
season, and my last episode was like last week, I think. So,
I'm kind of done on "Tyrant" right now until, if it gets
picked up for season three, then they'll have me back on it.
So, yes. I feel like the second season got really good, so
I'm a fan of it now, more than last year, actually.
14. Did you have to travel for that show at all?
Yes. I mean, from booking the pilot, um, that was my
first time out of the country, and it shot in Morocco. And
then the first season shot in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a while,
then we had to move to Istanbul, because there was a war
going on in Israel last year. And then this season I went to
Budapest, 'cause that's where they were filming it this
season. So, yeah, I've been pretty much all over with this
show -- all the Middle Eastern like cool-looking countries
is where I've been.
15. You have a new show coming up on ABC, Wicked City.
Yeah, "Wicked City" on ABC is like a one-hour crime drama
set in the '80s on the Sunset Strip. I decided to work on
it, because Ed Westwick, who is from "Gossip Girl," is gonna
be on it, and I love him. [Giggles] We haven't started
shooting yet. I think we're supposed to start shooting at
the end of this month. I mean, that's coming up, so maybe I
should know by now. I don't know. Or the first week of next
month, you know, somewhere around there.
16. You've really busy. Is it hard to juggle the shooting
schedule between these shows and movies?
I mean, not really. Everything has its time, and my
manager is doing a good job of kind of making everything
super orderly and like easy to do. So, I mean, I only have
one task at hand, and I do it fully, and then I move on to
the next one. I don't really think about it in like a huge
cluster of things. [Laughs] That's just a lot.
17. Anything else you can you tell us about Wicked City?
It is a good drama. I mean, it's just -- it's really old
school about sex and the whole sense that it's set in the
'80s, which I wasn't there for that, but I've looked it up,
and it seems to be really crazy. So, we'll have a lot of
drama and fun and, you know, murder. It's just -- it's
really cool. It's a really cool show. I'm excited to start
working on it. And it has big hair and cute outfits. Jeremy
Sisto just got cast as my dad, so that will be fun. I liked
him on "Clueless." [Laughs] That was a long time ago. I love
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LIFETIME TV MOVIE "THE BRIDE HE
BOUGHT ON LINE" PREMIERES JULY 18
of cyber bullying is the topic of "The Bride He Bought
Online," a thriller premiering
on July 18
on Lifetime. It stars Anne Winters ("Tyrant," "Wicked
City,") and Travis Hammer ("Dig",
What starts out as a harmless prank/blog takes a
dark turn for 17-year-old Avery (Anne
Winters) when her friends, Mandy (Lauren Gaw) and
Kaley (Annalisa Cochrane), create a fake profile
for an international dating site and begin to
communicate with a lonely, socially inept
computer programmer named John (Travis Hammer).
Having lived a life of isolation and bullying,
the humiliation he feels when he realizes he’s
been duped unleashes a wrath that no one would
have expected. Jamie Luner and Alexandra Paul
Bride He Bought Online” Explores
Internet Bully Inside All of Us
Winters, Travis Hammer star in
Premiering July 18
Who is the stereotypical
cyberbully? A lonely, bitter
adult with psychological issues?
Or your sweet, well-adjusted
son or daughter, surfing the Net
in their bedroom? Truth is,
cyberbullies can come in all
shapes, sizes and age groups—as
“The Bride He Bought
Saturday, July 18 (8pm ET/PT) on
The thriller tells how three
seemingly innocent teenagers
cyberbully a vulnerable male
computer programmer with
Starring Anne Winters
(“Tyrant”), Lauren Gaw, and
Annalisa Cochrane (“Baby
Daddy”), the story follows three
teens who create a fake profile
on an international dating site
to gather fodder for their
increasingly popular joke blog.
When a lonely, unstable
computer programmer named John
Bennett (Travis Hammer, “Dig”))
responds to their ad, the prank
evolves into all-out
cyberbullying as the teens
decide to emotionally destroy
Bennett in order to satisfy
their increasingly ravenous
Posing as a beautiful woman
who is looking for a husband,
they trick Bennett into falling
in love with a fictional person,
so seduced are they by the lure
of internet celebrity. “The
scary truth is, we all have the
ability to become predators if
we want,” says writer/director
Christine Conradt. “The
anonymity of the Internet has
created both crimes and
criminals that never previously
existed. Because people can hide
behind a screen name, they say
and do things online that they
never would do in person. The
Internet creates opportunities
for crimes without consequence.
“The Bride He Bought Online”
is a Shadowland Production.
Pierre David and Tom Berry are
the Executive Producers.
Producers are Ken Sanders and
Robert Ballo. The film was
written by the
prolific.Christine Conradt, who
makes her directorial feature
debut. Jamie Luner and
Alexandra Paul co-star.
Check out the movie’s
Facebook page or watch the
Lifetime Network’s website.
Anne Winters is
Dallas, Texas. She
now resides in Los
Angeles. At the age
of four, Anne
performed in her
production. And by
ten, she sang her
first solo to a
crowd of over 24,000
at the American
Airlines Center in
high school Anne
split her time
between LA and
Dallas, appearing in
over a dozen
Upon graduating from
Christian Academy (PCA)
in Plano, Texas,
Anne planned on
(SMU) in Dallas.
However, Anne made
the decision to
place SMU on hold,
and pursue her
college education in
California where she
could continue her
acting career full
time. The decision
to move paid off as
Anne has been
working non stop
after arriving in
Los Angeles. This
fall she stars as
“Vicki” on the ABC
Series WICKED CITY
and she is currently
airing on FX's
series TYRANT, from
Gideon Raff. She
recently recurred on
the ABC Family
series THE FOSTERS,
MTV’s AWKWARD and
Disney’s LIV AND
credits include PASS
THE LIGHT, FATAL
CASTLES & ALL IS
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