Lauren Richards Stars With Angie Harmon on Buried in Barstow, and She’s Able to Fly

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Lauren Richards simply hit the jackpot, starring alongside Angie Harmon in Lifetime’s Buried in Barstow.

Lauren’s character, Pleasure, is the daughter of Hazel King, performed by Harmon.

We jumped on the cellphone along with her to speak all concerning the film and the way she landed this thrilling position.


It is a very enjoyable film. What was the audition course of like so that you can be a part of Buried in Barstow?

I received the breakdown from my agent with The Folks Retailer in Atlanta, and I received the breakdown. And I used to be like, ‘oh, my gosh, this character is so me.’ I beloved the entire feeling of who she was.

After which the opposite cool factor that simply really hooked me in was after I noticed Angie Harmon was going to be a part of the venture. And I instantly was like, ‘oh, I completely know that woman. She’s such a boss.’ I’ve undoubtedly seen some Rizzoli and Isles, and I might like to get the chance.

After which in fact, alongside that, I noticed that Howard Deutsch was directing and that even additional, I used to be like, ‘oh, my gosh, Fairly in Pink is certainly one of my favourite 80s motion pictures.’ So, I used to be freaking out about that as effectively. And so, for the audition course of, I simply sat down and considered how a lot I associated to Pleasure and I zoomed what am I providing.

My buddy agreed to be my reader, and it actually wasn’t this loopy course of. I felt like I did a stable job. My buddy was telling me he thought we did a stable job and simply to submit it, and I submitted it. Then actually, in all probability the subsequent day, I received in, which was so loopy. I had no callback for it. After which I began freaking out for positive.



So, what’s it that you simply determine with about Pleasure?

Yeah, I am so Pleasure. I might say she’s a kind of individuals who’s not afraid to talk her thoughts. She wears her coronary heart on her sleeve, and I can completely be like that at occasions.

She is fairly sassy, which, I am not going to lie, I, too, generally is a bit sassy in relation to my emotions. And particularly, if I am speaking to individuals who I am tremendous shut with. I am not afraid to specific how I really feel.

One other factor that I like about her is we simply actually need a lot extra for her life. I really feel like she is caught. She’s caught on this city. She’s caught with this job on the diner along with her mother. And I believe she’s nonetheless attempting to determine what she desires to do along with her life.

I actually associated; I’m such a dreamer. I’ve objectives and aspirations. I’ve issues that I actually need. You realize, this life that I’ve, so I completely beloved that about this character.



And clearly, you play Hazel’s daughter. What’s Pleasure’s relationship with Hazel? How would you describe it?

It is fairly rocky. Not going to lie, these two, Hazel and Pleasure, butt heads like loopy. They drive one another loopy. However one other factor that’s so stunning about their relationship is that they have this fierce love for one another. For Pleasure, Hazel is my mother, she’s all I’ve, you understand?

And I might say when it comes to Hazel, it is the identical approach; we really want one another. We’re all one another has. And that is why, though my mother’s love might be suffocating at occasions, I get it. I additionally perceive, and I, too, consider that Pleasure additionally seems out for Hazel on this movie, which I believe is simply lovable.

You realize, and it is no secret from the trailer. Hazel is hiding from a tough previous, and she or he’s hiding that from Pleasure. On condition that relationship you simply defined, if she found her mom’s secrets and techniques, how do you suppose that would change?

Hmm, that is a very good query. Yeah, oh, man. If something, at first, I might see Pleasure working away. Really, I believe she would not even know who her mom was anymore.

I imply, she is aware of her mom’s powerful. However being successful girl is a unique story. I might completely see Pleasure simply being like, I do not even know who you might be. I do not know who I’m. There are such a lot of questions that I have not answered. However I have to get away from you.

You realize, Pleasure does have this kind of rebellious spirit, and she or he desires freedom anyway. So, I see that being her preliminary response. However I undoubtedly suppose again to what we had been saying — the bond between them is so robust that it doesn’t matter what, even when it took time, I might see Pleasure attempting to grasp it extra and nonetheless wanting her mother and her life. Yeah, undoubtedly.



What was it like working with Angie Harmon?

Yeah, it is actually cool. Oh, gosh, Angie is great. Belief me, she really is simply so cool. And a boss woman and fierce. I used to be so scared to satisfy her. You realize, if you see her on display, she’s so intimidating, proper? And I used to be so scared to satisfy her.

However after I met her, gosh, she was simply so heat and welcoming, and actually hugged me the minute I noticed her and was so excited to have me. She does not do this only for me. She does that with everybody within the solid and the crew on set. She really makes everybody really feel like they belong there, which I completely love about her.

And I might say one other massive factor about Angie that, actually, actually took me abruptly is that she is so humorous. She’s a goofball. When she wasn’t tremendous centered and govt producer, she would make us all snigger in between takes or in between scenes. She had us all laughing.

And that was one other factor that basically made me really feel much more snug along with her as a result of I, too, can get be very foolish and a goofball. And I used to be like, oh, sure, I really feel much more of a connection along with her now. So yeah, she’s superior.


What does she do like form of bodily humor and being goofy like that? Or does she simply say foolish issues? How would you describe her humor?

She’s good at impersonation. She can be impersonating characters from motion pictures and TV reveals. She beloved to reenact scenes from motion pictures and that absolutely cracked us all up. However she’s actually good at these little voices and little characters that she comes up with. She would even be tremendous sarcastic as effectively.

So, it is each like she might be the tremendous foolish goofball, arising with characters and making humorous little voices, however then she will be able to immediately simply be so sarcastic. She has so many ranges and layers to her as an individual, which I believe is basically cool.

It is inspiring.

Yeah, she will be able to do all of it, she really can.



What was it like working with Kristoffer Polaha? He is certainly one of my favourite folks. What did you consider him?

Oh, actually? He’s so cool. And earlier than I even speak about who he’s as an individual, can I simply say his voice is liquid gold? I instructed him this on day one. I used to be like, ‘oh, man, please inform me you do voiceover work as a result of your voice is unbelievable.’

Yeah, his voice could be very soothing.

Undoubtedly. Not solely that, however Kris, too, is hysterical. Truly, he and Angie would goof round lots. It is humorous as a result of, you understand, they’re the adults and professionals on the set. That they’d be those cracking jokes and fooling around in between takes was so humorous. However belief me they’re very skilled.

One of many issues that I actually preferred about him, and I will always remember it, on set, there was a really lengthy day for me. And Kris instructed me earlier that day as a result of he additionally needed to work that day, he stated, ‘Hey, we must always seize lunch or dinner.’ I used to be like, ‘yeah, completely. I needs to be executed quickly.’



Seems, I had a number of extra hours of scenes to do. And after I received again to my trailer, I discovered he was nonetheless in his trailer ready for me. And I used to be like, ‘dude, you by no means have to do this. Completely not! It is best to have gone.’ It was late, you understand. I believe actually speaks to what sort of individual he’s.

We had a extremely good discuss that night time. And I simply thought it was so candy that he took the time to need to get to know me and never even simply me, however all the opposite actors and even the crew. He actually preferred to sit down down and get to know folks, which I believe, is essential as an actor, you understand? Attending to know who you are working with is so priceless.

You realize, you are still comparatively new on this enterprise. So, what did you be taught from these two veterans that may enable you to develop?

My God. Sure, for positive. I discovered a lot. I might say one of many largest issues that I discovered being a lead was that it is so cool to have extra time with the director. I used to be even luckier to have time with Angie.

As a result of, you understand, not solely was she the manager producer, she’s additionally my scene associate in so lots of the scenes, and I simply discovered a lot from her as an actor, from each her and Kris. They’re each very giving.

I might even throw in Timothy Granadaro, who performs Travis, who can be simply very giving. All of the actors I labored with need you to do your greatest, and I needed to do this in return. So, not solely are they giving, however they simply taught me so many technical issues.



I discovered lots about how vital it was simply actually hit your marks. There have been scenes the place we needed to do a number of blocking, and all this kind of shifting after which hit this mark after which flip and ensure I have a look at Angie, after which cross and ensure I caught it the suitable time so Angie will get by me. We needed to do all kinds of technical motion.

And that made me understand that performing is mostly a dance. So, not solely did I’ve to attach with the opposite actors on display, however I additionally needed to actually get my actions down. And as soon as you’ll be able to do each, it is stunning. It is actually cool.

Just a few staple items like that. One other factor that I discovered that I actually appreciated from Angie, and by watching the opposite actors is to convey to the desk what I need to do with Pleasure.

I felt like I had a number of inventive freedom with this venture. One of many issues that Howie did that I completely beloved was that he received the shot he needed. After which as soon as how we received his paycheck and would give us a freebie.

He’d be like, ‘okay, I received what I would like, and I am happy now. You guys do no matter you need.’ Sure, I like that. It actually loosens me up. And I believe that that is one thing so particular that I am not going to take without any consideration as a lead, for positive.



You realize, Angie has a ridiculously supportive fan base. They observe her all over the place. You realize, Lifetime motion pictures are large as it’s. And now you’ve got received one with Angie and Kris. Are you able to be thrust into the limelight?

Gosh, man, you understand, I have been working as much as this for thus lengthy. I grew up really doing theatre in highschool after which I went to varsity for performing after which you understand, from there, I received with my agent. So it really seems like it’s the subsequent step.

I am so excited that I received this position and so, so grateful to Lifetime and Angie and Howie for believing in me for this position. However yeah, I agree. It is scary, proper?

Oh, it’s thrilling. It seems like a part of me remains to be cowering within the nest, however a part of me can be so, so prepared to only fly, and it is a very long time coming, in my view.

What’s arising subsequent for you? I am hoping that you will be filming the second installment of this movie sequence.

Undoubtedly, that may very well be really what’s arising. I imply, I believe even Angie talked about it in different articles, however in line with Angie, we’re presupposed to be filming subsequent month. I don’t know what the dates are but. However that’s on the horizon. So, I am stoked.



And one other cool factor that occurred not too long ago was Buried in Barstow received me an LA supervisor with Untitled Leisure. They have been great and have been giving me some great auditions together with Folks Retailer Company.

So, I am simply again to the actor grind proper now and simply auditioning, auditioning, and dealing, and dealing. However I can not wait to be again on set with my Buried in Barstow household quickly.

Buried in Barstow premieres tonight on Lifetime at 8/7c.

This interview has been edited for size and readability.

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