We follow actress Perry Mattfeld on a weekend getaway to the Canadian county-side to rest, relax and rejuvenate, during a visit to Toronto Canada for the filming of her new TV Show, In the Dark.
This editorial was photographed at the Briars Golf & Spa Resort by Toronto fashion photographer, Ara Coutts. Perry has been dressed by some of the top luxury fashion designers in Canada, including Lucian Matis, Judith & Charles, Zoff, Mayerman, House of Hayla, Zoba Martin, and Victory of the People.
- Tell me about yourself. Who is Perry?
I am a Southern California local, born & raised in Long Beach, California, currently living by the ocean in Venice Beach. I am a University of Southern California Trojan Alumnae, a former ballerina, and USC Song Girl. I am an animal lover, child lover, and TOTAL goofball.
- How did you get into acting?
What are your most treasured accomplishments? With dance came piano lessons and singing lessons and eventually some community theater. I do not have any family in the business, nor did I have a parent pushing me into entertainment – I just kind of fell into it! At the age of 13, I became an employee of Mattel when I was cast in the Los Angeles tour of the American Girl Dolls’ live musical. This was my first professional job, and I performed over 169 shows at the Grove in Los Angeles. I will never forget the long drives home with my mom, doing my algebra homework in the backseat. And while I gained momentum as a very busy child actor landing gigs on Nickelodeon & Disney channel, my education was always my priority. I graduated high school with a 4.6 GPA, which facilitated one of my most treasured accomplishments – being accepted into USC!
- Are you working on any new projects now?
I recently wrapped the first season of my new show, The CW Network’s original series, “In the Dark.” My heart and soul went into this project! Produced by Ben Stiller & directed by Michael Showalter, “In the Dark” centers around a 20-something-year-old woman who is a complete mess. She’s a heavy drinker, she’s promiscuous, and she’s sarcastic as hell… oh! and she’s blind. She is a witness to her friend’s murder, and as she tries to understand why this happened, she’s required to pick up her life a little. “Murphy” is then exposed to a world she never would have been exposed to otherwise. In this extremely unique comedic drama, playing “Murphy” was the most challenging role I’ve played yet, and filming for 5 straight months in Toronto was the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life! But I am so in love with this story and this project, and I truly believe I have the best cast on television, including Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Brooke Markham, Casey Deidrick, Morgan Kranz, and Keston John. “In the Dark” premieres Thursday, April 4th at 9/8c on the CW. There’s nothing else like it. I CAN’T WAIT!
- Why did you decide to do this photoshoot?
Ara Coutts has created some of the most sophisticated, elegant, gorgeous images. Her taste is just like mine. Not only was I drawn to these fantasy-like images, the beautiful pieces by various designers that she photographs would make any girl squeal. I wanted to get to try on some of those dresses! The Toronto landscape was also new to me! Born & raised in SoCal, the frozen lakes, snowfall, and lush greenery, and were something I’d never shot in before. Ara was able to capture me in this icy foreign element, different from a lot of beachy photo shoots I’ve done in the past.
- What is your advice for young girls looking to get into modeling, and/or acting?
Both modeling and acting are tough on the identity of a young girl. It’s hard to develop confidence in yourself as you’re surrounded by environmental changes, social changes and physical changes in your own body – all things which out of your control, yet are the very things that are being criticized by casting directors and photographers. I would advise young girls (and of course their parents) to avoid letting modeling and acting become their world. I am very thankful that like I mentioned early, my focus while working in entertainment remained on my schoolwork, on my family and my friends, and being a kid. I never took my auditions too seriously – I was just encouraged to be myself in front of a camera, and to then leave it all behind. My manager used to tell me to “let it go; don’t think about the commercial audition or print casting again.” I believe some of the most successful actors are the most intelligent and most well-rounded people. I encourage young girls to develop their identity outside of the entertainment world. While being a model and/or an actress requires professionalism and a whole lot of dedication, being rewarded or denied a role should never define who you are.