NY based actress and writer, Amber Reauchean Williams is a supporting lead in the new film One Bedroom written and directed by Darien Sills-Evans. The Philadelphia native and current Brooklynite has been acting professionally for the past 6 years since leaving Boston University where she studied Theatre Arts for four years. She has worked in film & television and performed in theaters around the world from New York City to Oslo, Norway. She also regularly performs in comedy shows at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC.
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
Amber Reauchean Williams: One Bedroom written and directed by Darien Sills-Evans.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
Amber Reauchean Williams: I play the character Cora, who is the best friend of the main character in the film, Melissa. Cora was such a fun character to play. One of my favorite things about Cora is that she is an extremely loyal friend. She’s a fighter and would fight tooth and nail for the people she loves; and that’s exactly what she does in the film. She always speaks her mind and is not afraid of confrontation. She’s the kind of person who will tell you the truth, no matter how hard it is to hear. She can be a bit “extra” at times, but I imagine that’s a part of the reason why people love her. I also love that she has this unshakable confidence. She has this bold and infectious personality. She is also flawed. She can be selfish, self-centered and a bit impulsive at times, but I think the flaws are so necessary because they make her more real. Human beings are flawed creatures and Cora is no exception. But, even with all of her flaws, Cora is a person who lives life to the fullest and I am so happy that I was able to bring the character to life.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Amber Reauchean Williams: Darien was so great to work with. He was the writer, director and lead actor so he was wearing a lot of hats, but he tackled each role with such ease. It was amazing to watch him work. He created a work environment that was fun, safe and stress-free. It was actually one of the most stress-free projects I’ve ever worked on. He also did a phenomenal job at assembling a magnificent team. The producers, cast and crew were all so amazing and we still keep and touch!
NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?
Amber Reauchean Williams: One Bedroom is actually my first project where I was top billed cast which was so exciting for me. But, I have played lead roles in various short films, theatre productions, comedy shows.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Amber Reauchean Williams: This question is tough! But, I would have to say that my favorite role that I’ve played thus far actually wasn’t in film. It was in a theatre production of a play called “How to Break” written by Aaron Jafferis and produced by the Collective Consciousness Theatre Co. based in New Haven, CT. The character’s name is Ana and she’s an 18 year old dancer whose dreams are put on hold once she is diagnosed with Leukemia. What I loved the most about this project, aside from its powerful message, was that I was I was able to combine a ton of my passions into one role. There was a visual art aspect where I was able to learn graffiti writing from the legendary graffiti writer, Part One. I had the honor of receiving dance training from hip hop pioneers Quickstep and Rocafella. I was able to sing some amazing songs, I even rapped! I played the role for about 3-4 years at various venues including the HERE Arts Center in NYC and Nationaltheatret in Oslo Norway.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Amber Reauchean Williams: I’m also a writer. I’ve written plays, screenplays, short stories, sketch comedy, poetry etc. I also love to draw. I carry a sketchbook around everywhere. I also love naps. Haha!
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Amber Reauchean Williams: Yes! I’m working on multiple projects right now including a play, two short films and a couple comedy shows.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Amber Reauchean Williams: Three things: Be fully prepared, be punctual, and be yourself. These are really the only things you have control of as an actor in the audition room.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Amber Reauchean Williams: I am a member of the NAACP and have been a member and supporter of the ACLU for almost four years now. I support a number of charities that primarily focus on social justice, anti-discrimination, and combating police brutality.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Amber Reauchean Williams: I am grateful for so many things. The list goes on for days, but I would say I am the most grateful for my family, fiancee and my friends for their unconditional love and unwavering support. They have been with me for every achievement and every rejection and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything they’ve done to make me the person that I am today.