Raised in Montville, actress Angeline Rose Troy prepares for her moment in the spotlight in the upcoming dark comedy Just Before I Go starring Seann William Scott and directed by Courtney Cox. Just Before I Go hits theaters April 24.
New Jersey Monthly: Tell us about your childhood growing up in New Jersey.
Angeline Rose Troy: I grew up in Montville, and it was a bit of a dream come true. There was hiking right behind my house, we lived on a beautiful lake, I went biking with my friends all the time and had bonfires. I began modeling with Ford Model Management, and was home-schooled since I was so busy working, from films, to commercials to television.
I did a semester at Drew University [in Madison] but wasn’t ready to stop working yet. But a year later I started at Farleigh Dickinson University, and made some of my closest friends there. There’s wonderful teachers and a beautiful campus; it felt like home for me.
NJM: Did you perform in any local plays?
ART: I was used to commuting to Manhattan for work, but the Barn Theater in Montville was literally a three and a half minute drive from my house. I was so spoiled! At the Barn Theater, our all-female cast production of Daughters of the Lone Star State (2006) won several awards.
NJM: How did you get involved in producing?
ART: When I was at FDU I got into the technical side, since the film people there were really welcoming to the theater group. The spring semester of my senior year, I produced and starred in Ever Last, which was the first feature film to come out of FDU as a senior thesis.
Chris Dimoulas, the director, wrote a wonderfully unique and female driven role, and I asked if I could produce it. It was a huge learning experience, and shortly after that I started my own production company called Cassiopeia Productions.
NJM: Why that name?
ART: I used to star gaze with my grandfather on my mom’s side, and we always had a great connection with that constellation.
NJM: Would you say you are an actress or a producer?
ART: Definitely an actress first, but being able to produce is great because you can get the content out there and let people see it. Instead of ideas for projects getting buried in a drawer, you can make them!
NJM: Let’s talk about your new movie. Just Before I Go stars Seann William Scott, Kate Walsh and Elisha Cuthbert, and is about a guy (Scott) who plans to commit suicide after making amends with people from his hometown. Tell us about working on this dark film.
ART: It’s Courtney Cox’s directorial debut of a feature film, though she did direct a few episodes of Cougar Town. She was a very actor-driven director to work with, you love working with someone coming from your point of your view. This is definitely not a rom-com; it’s a dark comedy. There are moments where I think, “This is so awkward and uncomfortable but so funny I can’t look away!” Especially the scenes with Kate Walsh.
I play the young version of Seann William Scott’s mother in flashbacks, alongside Tate Berney (the young Scott).
Seann is such a sweetheart, very nice and kind. I told him, “I thought you were going to be a jerk!,” and he laughed, “I know, I always get that.”
Be sure to catch Troy in Just Before I Go, in theaters April 24!
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