Britt Rentschler @opheliagrownup
Photography by Shaun Su @yourgghere
Muah by Hali McGowan @halimcgowan.mua
Styled by Sky Naval @sky_is_dlimit
Interview by Samantha Stricklin @f0rsake
In your opinion what do we need most in the world?
I think we need a lot of things, but we could definitely start with more compassionate and ethical politics.
If you were delivered a DVD with your whole life on it up to this point would you sit down and watch it? Why or why not?
Yes, absolutely! Reflection can be one of the greatest teachers. I'd love to see images from my childhood-- like seeing my parents hold me for the first time, or how we began to bond as a family -- how I first started to take in the world. Those are stories you hear from the memories of other people but what a gift to be able to see it for yourself. So... did you bring the DVD or nah?!
To you what is the meaning of life?
To work toward love in every moment.
What projects are you working on that you can tease for us?
I’m still sort of relishing in the success of Instant Family. It’s been an incredible journey and opened so many doors for me, but I’ve also been working on a children's book with my partner, who is an incredible illustrator. It's been such a delight to deepen our partnership on a project and to be setting my artistic radar to the place of innocence and honesty which children operate from.
If you were to die tomorrow would you be satisfied with your life? What would you change if you could?
I would be thrilled with my life. Perhaps I wouldn't have always said that, and there is a part of me that worries that I sound as if I lack humility in saying that, but embracing the unknown and surrendering to the present moment has given me that confidence. I sure as hell don't wanna die tomorrow, but if it came, I have loved really hard. That deeply satisfies me.
Would you rather be able to play every instrument or speak/understand every language?
Speaking and understanding every language would allow me to connect with so many more people on this planet. The medium which I work in, storytelling, is all about connection, and if I could somehow be a better translator in all of it, I would leap at the chance.
What was the greatest day of your life?
Yesterday it was yesterday, and today it's today, and tomorrow it will be tomorrow! And no bullshit here. Every day I wake up healthy and in a position to putter around adventuring on this crazy planet is the greatest day. I really mean that.
What, according to you is a sensitive topic that should not be joked about?
Domestic violence and Sexual Assault or Harassment.
Which is more important: what you say or how you say it? Why?
For my performances, it's how I say it. In life, people often hide the meaning of their hearts behind the language that they use, and I need to capture that layering as an actor in order to do them justice. But as a person in the world, it matters to me what I say. Words are incredible tools and it's important to me to be impeccable with mine.
What are the best ways to inspire or motivate people?
I believe the best way to inspire is to live inspired. Keep that fire in your heart lit and share your light wherever you go. I think motivation comes best when it's in relationship between people - if you want them to join you, do as you want them to do, and invite their company with your action and your inclusion.
You’ve just been announced back for the second season of AMC's Lodge 49, could you tell us what fans can expect from your character this season?
What’s so lovely about Lodge 49 is that there are so many interesting characters in this sleepy Long Beach town. I can’t say much more about what Beth gets herself into, but you can expect her same fun and lively point of view!