Saturday, 13 October 2012
Hey people! I'm Queen Allen and I'm an Actress that has performed on stage and film, Plus Size Model of print and catwalk and a full time foster carer.
2)Which words best describe you as a person?
The words that best describe me as a person are determined, loyal, ambitious, loving and hard working. I love a good laugh as well!
3)What perfume are you wearing now as we speak?
I'm wearing The One by Dolce and Gabana.
4)Your nominated for a BEFFTA award as Best Actress tell us all about that?
I had an amazing year, concentrating on my Acting, and it has been a really successful. I've been in a 3 time sell out play in London, a 4 star reviewed Edinburgh Fringe play as well acted on screen on an advert and short film.
I feel so honoured that so many people and BEFFTA appreciate my work enough to nominate me for Best Actress. I'm blown away by my nomination.
5)Do you think you will win that award?
I'm in a great category with some really amazing, high profile Actresses so we will see on the night. Just to be in their company is such an experience.
6)How can people learn more about you and vote for you to win this award?
People can have a look at some of my work at either http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/9178-9085-5083
or www.starnow.co.uk/queenallen where you can view some filming of my work.
To vote on the BEFFTA Awards for me click on: beffta.com/voting.htm Select Film 3 - Best Actress - Queen Allen.
7)What was your reaction when you heard you was nominated?
You could have knocked me over with a feather! I was so pleasantly surprised and humbled by my nomination. It feels so good to have all your hard work recognised and be given the opportunity to reach a wider audience.
8)What advice do you have for aspiring actress/actor out there?
I have been Acting on and off for 19 years (9 years being the longest break) but I always came back to it as it is all that I wanted to do. My advice would be to always keep learning and practising your craft. Live and breathe your passion as it will give you so much joy. To quote David Ackert "Actors are willing to give their entire lives to a moment--to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul."
9)Which British actor/actress aspires you most?
I am a big fan of Idris Elba and Marianne John Baptiste. Their film choices and careers are truly inspirational and attributed to their hard work.
10)When not working what do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with my friends and family. I love cooking and entertaining. I also enjoy social media and graphic design. I'm always designing posters and pictures.
11)Do you think your a true representation on a today's woman?
As a full time carer with many different roles to juggle, I feel that I do my best to be the best kind of woman I can be. I am a multi tasker, ambitious, caring, comfortable and confident in my skin and when I'm out and about, I like to look my best.
12)If you was to walk the red carpet which designer would you wear?
I really love Plus Size designers such as Igigi and Monif C but I'm also a big fan of Asos as well as vintage clothes.
13)What makes a good actress?
A good actress should be versatile while knowing what their strengths are. I really love good character actresses like Miranda Hart, Michelle Williams, Angela Bassett and too many others to mention. I love watching an actress whose portrayal is so convincing that I get lost in their story. I strive to be of that standard.
14)Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I hope to continue be a successful actress as well as have my own media company. I also hope to enjoy my family life with all it's success.
15)Who are your 4 best friends you would ride and die for
My friend Shantelle is also up for a Best Web Series BEFFTA Award for 'Before the Big Time'. My friend Layla whose has been there for me through thick and thin. My friend Michelle who I have so much admiration for as she juggles being a Mum to 3 young kids as well as being a teacher and, of course, my boyfriend Shawn.
16)What would winning this award mean to you?
Winning a BEFFTA would mean that I am recognised and appreciated not only by my peers but by the public as well, which would be a huge honour. I also think it may open some more doors for me as it will raise my profile enormously.
17)Why should people vote for you?
People should vote for me if they have seen and enjoyed my performances and to help me reach a wider audience. I love acting so much and I hope this shows in my performances. It would mean the world to me to be able to make my friends and family proud!
18)If we was a fly on your bedroom wall what would we be shock to see?
19)What are 4 things you love most about a man?
I love it when I can make a man laugh and we have a shared sense of humour. I love easy going men. I love the support you got from the right man, and you gotta love those man hugs!
20)What was some of your best filming experience?
Filming the 'Southside' trailer was a blast as we were like a big family as most of us knew each other from before. Plus there were loads of fight and chase scenes which are always fun.
21)What do you think of men who teaches women to walk?
If you are on top of your game, like Catwalk Professor, then teach on and share your experience.
22)What do you think of fashion police news blog?
I always love reading this blog as the interviews are a great read and it's always good to see what other creative people are up to.
23)Tell us all about you as an actress!!!
I've been acting since I was 16 when I went to the Brit School and did so for 8 years doing mostly stage and theatre in education. I stopped as I got disillusioned with the industry. I started back again 4 years ago as I missed it terribly and I wanted to be a good role model to my sisters, who I have fostered and cared for since 2005. It is much easier now to network and create more opportunities due to the Internet.
This year has been amazing, especially going to the Edinburgh Fringe with Skyers Productions. I played a crazy Facebook stalker in a 4 star reviewed play called 'Words and Women'. It was a huge stretch to play that character... Honest...
24)How can people vote for you..when does voting start and end and when is the official nite?
To vote for me click on: beffta.com/voting.htm Select Film 3 - Best Actress - Queen Allen. Thanks!
The voting started on Sunday 7 October and ends on Sunday 21 October. The BEFFTA Awards ceremony is on Saturday 27 October.
25)What will you be wearing on the red carpet?
26)Any last words for our many blog readers.
I hope you enjoyed this interview and vote for me. Thanks for spending some time with me and don't forget to share this with your people!