Aussie actress scores role in US comedy

27 May, 2014 by Don Groves

When Stephanie Louise May heard that a movie inspired by the US TV comedy Blue Mountain State was to be shot in Canada, the enterprising Aussie actress made an audition tape and sent it to the producers.

They liked what they saw and May, who doesn't have a US manager, heads to Montreal in August to appear in Blue Mountain State: The Movie, which will star Denise Richards (reprising her role from the Spike TV show), directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, whose credits include The Dukes Of Hazzard (2005), Super Troopers (2001) and TV’s Community, Ben and Kate and Happy Endings.

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“I am cast as a funny sorority girl who more or less thinks she’s cool, but she’s really not,” she tells IF.

The TV show, which Jay directed, followed three freshmen at Mid-Western college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State who must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing. Producer Eric Falconer funded the film via Kickstarter, raising an impressive $US1.9 million.

May has been working as a professional actress for four years. She will play a babysitter in writer-director Heath Davis’ Broke, which starts shooting in Queensland next month, starring  Steve Le Marquand as a washed up, former rugby league star who battles a gambling addiction, helped by his single parent daughter (Claire van der Boom).

"Stephanie auditioned for two roles and was very professional; she is a go-getter," says  Broke producer Luke Graham.

She portrayed a resistance fighter in an elite force that is fighting for the survival of humanity In Stuart White’s sci-fi thriller Other World, which is doing the festival circuit in Europe.

In Mack Lindon’s Rise she played a nurse who is a friend and co-worker with the male lead Will (Nathan Wilson), who winds up in a maximum security prison after being falsely accused of rape.

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