She may play a mean girl on screen, but Kristine Froseth is anything but. She’s passionate, determined, and above all, fearless. Coming from a modeling background, Froseth never anticipated becoming an actress. She’s a die-hard cinephile so it’s only natural that she would give it a shot.
As the popular girl Veronica in Netflix’s Sierra Burgess is a Loser, Froseth shows that there is more to a woman than just the label she is given.
How was the transition from a model to an actress?
It all happened very fast. I was modeling for three years, and through my modeling agency, I received an audition opportunity. Through that process, I met my manager and the ball just kept rolling from there. It was very much luck, timing, and a great team.
Did you ever anticipate becoming an actress?
No, because I never knew how to get into that world. I’m a huge cinephile, but I didn’t know that acting was an option for me.
Well if you’re a cinephile, then what’s your favorite movie?
*Laughs* Oh gosh, how could you ask that? I love Ruben Östlund. Force Majure is one of my favorite movies right now. I also love his newest film, The Square.
Those are great films. I’ve never actually heard anyone say that they like or have even seen those movies.
Really? He [Östlund} just comments on human nature in such a great way.
In Sierra Burgess is a Loser, Veronica seems like a typical mean girl but, on the inside, it seems like she’s really similar to Sierra. She’s hurting underneath but doesn’t want to show it. What was it like prepping for that role?
I went back and thought about myself during my high school years. I was very similar to Veronica in that I felt lost and not sure about myself, so I put on an act for everybody. I think that’s what Veronica is doing. She’s fearful of her home situation and showing who she really is so she puts on this mean girl facade.
I also chatted with Ian (Samuels) about how to add some depth to her backstory. It was a mixture of conversations and collaborations.
What similarities and differences do you think that Veronica shares with Sierra Burgess?
They have insecurities in different ways. You’d assume that Veronica was the popular mean girl and Sierra was an outcast because those are the labels that have been put on them. But the beauty of this movie shows that that isn’t true. There is more to both of them than the artificial stereotypes.
This film is labeled as a rom-com, but I think there are a lot of things that really set it apart from other romantic comedies such as body positivity and female friendships. What would you like your audience, particularly women, to take away from this film?
I would hope that people would see that, in the end, it’s about staying true to who you are. If you’re not yourself, you won’t have a good solid relationship with anyone.
In research, I saw that you were really vocal about abuse against women in the modeling industry and the film industry. Do you have any advice for women in this #MeToo movement?
You’re never to blame. It’s incredibly brave to speak out about your abuse and know that we are all supporting you.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is now streaming on Netflix.