Taryn O’Neill Chats with Hollywood the Write Way

I was thrilled to be able to interview Taryn O’Neill, actress and producer of the web series, After Judgment. The goal was to post the interview right after the Streamy Awards, however due to technical difficulties, I had to postpone posting the interview. So I want to thank Taryn O’Neill for being so understanding and finally, I am able to post the interview! Enjoy!

What is producing like for the web series, After Judgment between you and Michael Davies?
Mike and I work well together. It’s really my first official project that I have produced and I’m learning as I go but I was such a fan of the scripts I just knew that I had to get them made.

Can you tell us what we can expect in future episodes of After Judgment?
They’ll be bigger in scope! Everyone knows the characters now and the world they live in so now the villain is introduced and the story is taken to another level. The relationships between the characters gets intense.

Would you want to live forever?
(laughs) As a fan of vampire literature, it’s tempting but not unless my family and friends can too! I’d like to extend this age I’m at right now for another 20 or 30 years!

Now when did you start professionally writing?
I still feel like I’m not a ‘professional’ writer per say but I guess I am as my part time job is writing for a fashion site. I started writing almost two years ago when I started writing a short which turned into a film which is now a TV series. Then I started blogging last November.

What encouraged you to start blogging?
My brother actually. He started writing about his experiences as a trader for Lehman brothers – I figured blogging was a way to express all the different sides of me and establish my own voice.

What webisodes are you a fan of and what are you watching on TV?

I like With the Angels, Angel of Death, The Guild, and TikibarTV. On TV I love Lost, Fringe, Dollhouse, Terminator, Gossip Girl, BSG, 30 Rock, and The Office.

What are your upcoming projects?
Season 2 of After Judgment, a few writing projects that Mike and I are working on, and I have two commercials that will be airing soon.

Any chance we will catch you on Lie To Me again?
I’m hoping so! They mentioned that I would probably be back but I haven’t heard anything.

How many years have you been going to Comic Con?
Last year was my first year. Hopefully we’ll get to go again this year.

You also were a figure skater. Would you consider figure skating your first love, or acting, or something else?
I’d say performing is my first love- connecting with an audience, telling a story, which is what I loved about skating and what I love about acting, especially theatre.

I know I get envious when I see gymnasts since I used to be one, so do you ever get envious when you see figure skaters?
Sure! I love a great performance. There is no greater feeling that finishing a great skate in competition. But I don’t miss the training and I don’t think I’d want a career as a show skater and/or a coach.

Did you watch that Skating with the Celebrities show?

I didn’t but I used to skate with the guy who won it- Lloyd Eisler.

Last but not least…who would you like to work with in the future?
JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, the Coen Brothers, visionary storytellers that I can collaborate with, not just be a talking head on set.

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