What do Jason Statham, Ludacris, and Wilson Phillips have in common? They are all center stage on the page today as Chicago-based Casting Director Brittani Ward, whose casting credits include Marvel Studios series The Punisher, The Defenders, and Iron Fist, stopped by for Five Questions with SCREEN…
SCREEN: Most famous person you’ve ever met?
BRITTANI: Working as a casting director, I’ve met many famous people while working on movies. A few favorite memorable moments that stand out: Jason Statham kissed me on the cheek on my 25th birthday, I had dinner with Ludacris in Napa, and I got to sing a duet with a Broadway star Javier Munoz!
[Editor’s Note: here is Hamilton star Javier Munoz singing his heart out on some Pearl Jam for you…]
SCREEN: Your best summer vacation ever?
BRITTANI: My husband and I went to Reykjavik, Iceland as our honeymoon, and that is certainly the best summer vacation I’ve ever had. We also love Idyllwild, CA – an eccletic hippie mountain town near Palm Springs – or anywhere we can hike and swim in the same day!
SCREEN: Your favorite Olympic event?
BRITTANI: Gymnastics, especially the floor routine!
SCREEN: Whats your go-to karaoke song?
BRITTANI: I’ve sang Black Velvet by Alannah Miles about 100 times karaoke, because it’s a song few think of but everyone recognizes, I can sing it well no matter the time of the night, and it’s a good fit for my and nostalgic & passionate personality.
[Editor’s note: Let’s leap back to 1990 for this fave Grammy winning track of Brittani’s]
SCREEN: If you could be a member of any band/musical group in music history, what would it be?
BRITTANI: Wilson Phillips, I think, so that I could sing “Hold On For One More Day” over and over again — another one of my karaoke go-tos!
[Editor’s note: back to the 90’s once again, as we break free break from the chains with Wilson Phillips]
SCREEN: Your favorite restaurant on the planet?
BRITTANI: In Chicago, I’m dying to go back to Avec – a friend took me there right before the pandemic and ordered just about everything on the menu. In Crystal Lake, IL, where my family lives and I grew up, there is breakfast restaurant called Benedict’s La Strada, which might be my favorite restaurant on the planet.
SCREEN: Worst job ever?
BRITTANI: Telemarketing. 100%.
SCREEN: What’s that TV show you’re a little embarrassed to admit you love to watch?
BRITTANI: Over the past 18 months, I have watched more procedurals and first responder television that I had in the 10 years prior. I watch 9-11 Lone Star for the great cast and the over-the-top drama. The episodic situations are ridiculous and I am here for it! Because they get completely solved within the 1-hour episode which is very cathartic.
SCREEN: What’s inspiring you today?
BRITTANI: Science, medical professionals, teachers — heroes of this pandemic and the effectiveness of the Covid vaccine are definitely atop the list. And I am pretty constantly inspired by my students and clients at AoC – the way they interact with, consider, respect, and care for one another while doing vulnerable acting and writing work.
Photo Credit: Chuck Oluabi