Q&A: Brianna Hildebrand

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Actress Brianna Hildebrand stepped onto the scene with her debut feature film, “Deadpool,” opposite GQ cover star Ryan Reynolds. She plays the bad-ass gothic X-Men trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who does a pretty good job of keeping the playfully snarky and vengeful Deadpool in line. Hildebrand has also starred in a Sundance indie film, “First Girl I Loved,” and the Web series “Annie Undocumented.” Oh, and did I mention she’s a songwriter with the voice of a heavenly angel?

At only 19 years old, she’s just getting started, and we can expect much more from her to come. Endowed with a sweet spirit and a lot of ambition, her impact on the film industry is a breath of fresh air.

With the much anticipated Supercon event (July 1-4) in Miami Beach this weekend, I had the chance to interview Hildebrand about her rebel “Deadpool character,” what she has planned next and why she’s excited for Supercon.

I loved you in the “Annie Undocumented” Web series, and I was thrilled to see that it was named Best Web Series at the 2014 New York TV Festival. What was it like making the transition from a Web series to the big screen?

I don’t think I really knew what to expect, but it was a lot of fun. I was super lucky to have such a big movie be my first feature film. I got a lot of advice from seeing other actors on set, and they definitely made me feel at home.

I think “Deadpool” is really cool since it’s a different kind of Marvel film than what we’re used to, since it’s R rated. It was a pretty risky move for the studio. How do you think it will be remembered?

I think it will be remembered pretty well. I think most of the audience really liked it. “Deadpool” makes fun of superheroes in general, and I think that was refreshing for the audience to experience—definitely very risky and out there.

Can you talk about landing the role of Negasonic Teenage Warhead? Did you do anything unique to show you would be perfect for the role?

I’m not sure. I did show up with a shaved head. I had my head shaved for like a year before I auditioned. So I think they really liked my look in general. I also just really connected with the character. I had a lot of angsty teenage years, and I’m still a teenager, so it wasn’t really hard to tap into that. I feel like Negasonic is my spirit animal. She’s everything that I feel on the inside but am not courageous enough to show in my daily life.

Was Negasonic always supposed to have a shaved head? Or was that unique for the film since you already had the shaved hairstyle?

She wasn’t originally supposed to have any specific sort of hairstyle. The only thing that was written about her was that she was really apathetic and had a gothic style. *Laughs* I think they just liked the shaved head look!

What are your thoughts on your character’s personality?

I think Negasonic represents who I am on the inside. I don’t personally enjoy listening to metal music, but I did that to get ready to play her. She’s a lot more hardcore than I was growing up, because I was angsty, but I was definitely super into wearing black. I don’t know if I own any other colors in my wardrobe! I really connect with her character. She has a certain vulnerability that is hard to see on the surface, and I connected with that.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Oh, man. Maybe Catwoman. I always just really liked her suit, honestly. That’s why. I think it would be super-cool if I got to be in her suit. I don’t know if that’s a solid reason for her to be my favorite superhero though. *laughs* Ironically, before I was in “Deadpool,” I was never too big into superheroes or any of that. So when I saw Catwoman on screen, I was just like, “Dang girl!”

Are there any new projects you’re working on that you can talk about?

Unfortunately, I don’t really think so, but I do have a few projects coming up that I am super stoked about. I’m excited for everything that’s coming up.

I saw a few of your videos on YouTube where you showcased your awesome voice. Do you think you’ll be involved in any musical movie roles anytime soon?

That’s a very cool idea. Recently, I haven’t had any auditions for anything of the sort, but that would be really fun.

Do you think you might release an album?

Maybe. I probably wouldn’t say within the next few months, but it’s definitely a goal of mine. I would love to do that eventually. It’s just a matter of finding the time and picking a producer and all of the stuff that has to be planned. I’m always writing, and it’s like therapy for me, so eventually I will do that.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I like to sing and songwrite for sure. I do also enjoy working out, which sounds annoying. I hate when people say that, but I just really enjoy finding different ways to work out. For a while, I was into Pilates and then yoga and cycling. It keeps my mind clear. And other than that I like food!

Speaking of working out, I saw your “Deadpool” training video on Youtube. You were completely kick-ass. It was so awesome. Was that difficult for you?

Thanks! It was difficult to begin with, just because I didn’t really have any athletic background. I used to be a dancer growing up, so learning to throw punches was kind of challenging in the beginning. It was therapeutic though. It’s a great stress reliever. If you’re ever super stressed out, you should try Muay-Thai.

Supercon is an epic event for fans everywhere. How does it feel to be a part of such a big event this weekend?

It’s very exciting! I’m stoked. I really love these kind of conventions, and I can’t wait to meet everybody. That’s my favorite part.

Is there anything that you’re excited to see at Supercon?

Specifically, the cosplay! Cosplay is my favorite. I like to see people dressed up. People are really creative, and it’s very impressive. I couldn’t pull it off if I wanted to, so to see people in full uniforms with an outfit that they spent months creating is really cool. It’s inspiring.

Hildebrand will be available for photo ops at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Supercon, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Photo ops cost $45. For information and the full event schedule, visit supercon.com.