SIDE DISHES: The Cast and Crew dish about their experiences on the set of Chasing Taste.
Side Dishes: Uma Incrocci (Katie)
How did you join Chasing Taste?
In 2010 I worked with two of our producers (the very talented Ashley Wren Collins and Maitely Weisman) on a crazy fun webseries called Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood and they asked me to be a part of this film they were creating. I jumped at the chance to work with them again, and I suddenly I found myself telling long stories at the getting-to-know-you-brainstorming session. And then a few weeks later, Lori had created Katie for me to play. Ta-dah! Amazing! I feel so lucky to have such a great role written specifically for me.
Who IS Katie?
Katie’s the Girl in the Boy meets Girl part of our story—and luckily, unlike most rom com heroines these days, her principal personality trait is not being klutzy. She’s loyal, smart, honest and funny – and (like me) LOVES food and all things food related. She’s the assistant to the very demanding literary agent Madison Hunt, and she’s assigned to find a new food critic for Madison to represent. She’s the one who brings Chase (our hero) in for a life changing meeting with Madison. Katie and Chase hit it off, and I don’t want to give too much away, but the rest of her quirky love story involves pies, a cantaloupe, a lobster roll, a roof top, a stoop, a make out session in an industrial kitchen, a betrayal, an apology and anaphylactic shock.
How what the experience of filming this way?
My experience on the set was fantastic. Our director, Sean Gannet, has been really open to ideas from the cast—for example, when you release two shtick monsters like Kirk and I (Kirk plays Chase and in his real life, he’s a clown. Really.) into a scene set in a fruit market--- of course, all we want to do is goof around with the fruit. Sean let us be silly and play around and I think we came up with some great (and hopefully funny) stuff that makes our characters’ connection even clearer.
I have to give a shout out to Jody Formica, our amazing make-up artist, and Lena Sands, who somehow magically created a fun funky rom com wardrobe for Katie—all out of clothes I already owned.
Well, I can't wait to see the movie when it's done...
I can’t wait to see how it all came together. Thanks to Sean, Lori, Ashley, Maitely, Kirk and all of our delicious cast and crew!