Trisha LaFache stared in the original God’s Not Dead mega-hit and now she’s back alongside stars Melissa Joan Hart and Jesse Metcalf in the follow up film that’s bringing new controversy, new debate, and plenty of new perspective.
One To Watch actress Trisha LaFache is a classically trained ballerina who began her acting career in New York City, appearing in films such as Garden State, Never Forever, and The Secret. Her television credits include Law &Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Criminal Intent. She has also appeared in stage performances with the LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater. Along the way, she also earned her law degree. Since moving to Los Angeles, her acting career has included roles in television shows Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Rake, and The League. She also played the hard-driving reporter Amy Ryan in GOD’S NOT DEAD, a role she reprises in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2.
Name: Trisha LaFache
Current City: Los Angeles
DF- Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Trisha LaFache- I’m from Utica in Upstate New York. I always wanted to be an actor and went to school for theater & political science. I also went to law school, mostly because I was scared to try and be an actor, but I started auditioning pretty much immediately. It was a wonderful time in my life…
DF-Where’s home at the moment?
Trisha LaFache- I currently live in Los Angeles, but New York will always be home.
DF- What did you wanted to become when you were little?
Trisha LaFache- Well to be honest, when I was little, I wanted to be an actress and a lawyer. My dad is a lawyer, and was my hero growing up and I think I was kind of born an actress.
DF-When did you realise you wanted to become an actress?
Trisha LaFache- When I was about four years old my parents took my sister and I to see Annie, on Broadway. When I saw those kids up there acting, singing, and dancing, I was IN. I remember trying to get out of my seat or off my mother’s lap once they moved me so that I could get up on the stage with them. Apparently that wasn’t the first time I tried, there was a failed attempt at one of my sister’s recitals, but that is the first moment I remember.
DF- How do you prepare yourself for a role/scene?
Trisha LaFache- Depends on the scene. In the first movie my character goes through a lot, physically and emotionally. But in the second film her journey is much different. To me it’s a more existential or spiritual journey.
DF- In God’s not dead you play the character “Amy Ryan”(a reporter and an atheist) who had to go through cancer all by herself after her boyfriend broke up with her. What can we expect from your character in the sequel?
Trisha LaFache- I love that you pointed out that she had to go through it all by herself. When I read the script, that was really interesting to me, honestly because I could not imagine it. In God’s Not Dead 2, Amy is struggling to put order in her life, after having gone through the whole experience.
DF- Could you tell us the difference in experience you had while filming God’s Not Dead 2 compared to God’s Not Dead?
Trisha LaFache- On the first film we had a much smaller crew and cast. It was a more intimate setting but as you mentioned, Amy was going through having a really serious sickness by herself. So it’s possible it felt more intimate to me as a result. In God’s Not Dead 2, Amy is out there in the world, so I got to play with a lot of the actors in the film. What was the same is how much I love working with my director, Harold Cronk. So walking on set felt like home more than the first day of school jitters you get when you walk on a new set.
DF-What has it been like working with such an incredibly talented cast and crew?
Trisha LaFache- It was amazing. The cast is stellar, we had the premiere last week and I got to see the film for the first time and everyone is SO good.
DF Could you Tell us some of your favorite parts of the movie?
Trisha LaFache- There are some comedic moments in the movie that surprise you and are really well done. I hate to give too much away, but there is a moment of song in the movie that is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. I was crying in the theater and I knew it was coming up!!!
DF What are your plans over the next couple of months? Any other projects that we can be on the lookout for?
Trisha LaFache- I just did a movie called “I Hate The Man In My Basement” and I directed a short film called “Low Places”. Mostly I’ll be editing and then I’m taking a vacation!!
DF- Would you recommend New York or LA for aspiring actors?
Trisha LaFache- I prefer New York but I live in LA. So maybe the grass is always greener?
DF- What advise do you have for aspiring actors?
Trisha LaFache- Don’t second guess yourself. If you decide to pursue a career as an actor, do it and try not to look back.
DF- Thanks so much Trisha for your time and for this wonderful interview!
God’s Not Dead 2 will be in theatres April 1, 2016
Special thanks to Chad Schubert from EMC|Bowery
Photography by Sean Samuels
Movie photos by PureFlix