Shannon Kiely


If you know The Ellen Show, then you probably know our latest feature, Charlestown, Massachusetts native Shannon Kiely – and if you love her recurring guests Sophia Grace and Rosie…then you definitely know this fantastic comedian. Kiely, who has TV credits including Shannon Kiely8200175_origroles in M.A.S.H.The Bluffs, and Behind the Scenes, has recently caught an amazing amount of attention for her short film, Sophia Grace and Rosie…25 Years Later – the YouTube sensation already with over 17 million views. We asked Shannon about this hilarious bit – she told us “I got the idea because I saw the girls on Ellen and I thought they were adorable. Then I thought what if they tried to live that way into adulthood. What would that look like? I also just needed footage for my acting reel, so I wrote it and shot it in a week. I never ever expected people to watch it. The numbers are still very shocking to me!”

If you haven’t checked it out yet, get to it – it will only take about 8 minutes of your time. And if you’re in LA, catch Shannon live on stage, as she’s kicked off a stand-up comedy career that’s gaining fans on the regular. Kiely is still busy on the web as well – she just finished filming a web series called Neil, Patrick and Harris, a story of conjoined triplets trying to make it in LA. Click to http://www.shannonkiely.com/ for much more (including Sophia Grace and Rosie…25 Years Later…), right after you finish reading all of the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Shannon Kiely

PensEyeView.com (PEV): As an actor who has seen every bit of the entertainment world, what drove you to purse acting from the beginning?

Shannon Kiely (SK): I love TV. I love films. I loved how they made me feel transported to a happier place. That and I love making people laugh.

PEV: Growing up in Charlestown, Massachusetts, what kind of movies or TV were you into? Do you remember the first thing you saw that really got you hooked?

SK: The first show I remember loving was a show called Oh Madeline starring Madeline Kahn. Her subtle humor was just the funniest thing I had ever seen. She has been an icon of mine.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the acting scene when you first started? What was your first show like? 

SK: My first “show” was in high school and I played a dog with her head stuck in a tree. So it wasn’t ideal.

PEV: How did you get the idea for your mega-hit short film, Sophia Grace and Rosie…25 Years Later? With over 17 million views, were you shocked at how well it was received – so fast? 

SK: I got the idea because I saw the girls on Ellen and I thought they were adorable. Then I thought what if they tried to live that way into adulthood. What would that look like? I also just needed footage for my acting reel, so I wrote it and shot it in a week. I never ever expected people to watch it. The numbers are still very shocking to me!

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when the director yells, “Action!”?

SK: Oh no!! Just kidding. I am usually already in the head space and body language of that character and ready to go.

Shannon Kiely435331PEV: Tell us about the auditioning process. What is a normal audition like and what do you think people – outside of the business – misunderstand about the process of auditioning?

SK: It was can be very quick and it is never what you expect. You always have to go in having a good committed choice but also be quite malleable.

PEV: Was there ever a role that you auditioned for that you didn’t get, then later saw and really wished you had? You know, the one that still sticks with you.

SK: I auditioned for a part on an ABC sitcom that shot at Disney World in Florida. I would have loved that!

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

SK: I feel proud that I created my own content that was successful. I never imagined I had that in me.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

SK: I can be very shy. No one believes me, but it is true.

PEV: With TV series credits including roles in M.A.S.H., The Bluffs, and Behind the Scenes, you recently started doing stand-up comedy around Los Angeles.  What was your first time on stage like for comedy? How do you balance between acting and standup?

SK: I loved my first time on stage for comedy. The immediate reaction you get is a real thrill. I also love writing with my friends. We always have a good laugh. There is room for it all.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed over the years since you started out?

SK: I think the importance of keeping busy doing the thing you love and being with people you love is more important now. Creating your own stuff can be very rewarding.

PEV: As a writer, producer and actress, what is the vibe behind the scenes?  

SK: On the day of a shoot, I try to make sure I have done all I have needed to do writer/producer wise, so I am simply an actor on set. Otherwise it is a bit overwhelming.

Shannon Kiely3unnamedPEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel to that you haven’t yet?

SK: Well who doesn’t want to go to one of those overwater bungalows in Bora Bora. All for “research”, of course.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

SK: My friends and family are really proud of me for sure. They show all their friends my stuff which is really nice because I am the least funny one in my family.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from acting?

SK: I hang with my puppy who drives me nuts. I write when I am inspired to. I like to travel and swim whenever I can.

PEV: Name one present and past actor/actress that would be your dream to work with. Why?

SK: I am a huge fan of Albert Brooks. Lost in America is my favorite movie. I would die to work with him.

PEV: We love music, so is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

SK: I am not that hip but I saw Beach House the other night and thought they were great. They may already be famous for all I know.

PEV: If acting wasn’t your life, what would be your career?

SK: Gosh I don’t know. Maybe helping dogs somehow. They find me hilarious. So that could work.

PEV: So, what is next for Shannon Kiely?

SK: I just finished filming a web series that I wrote with two other women called Neil, Patrick and Harris. It is a story of conjoined triplets trying to make it in LA.

For more information, click to http://www.shannonkiely.com/.

 

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