Sons of Anarchy star Winter Ave Zoli took the time to chat about the show, Lyla, and so much more. Don’t miss the season five premiere of Sons of Anarchy tonight at 10 EST on FX. Trust me, you do not want to miss this episode.
Elizabeth: Have you had a strange fan encounter yet?
Winter Ave Zoli: Thankfully, I have not had any strange fan encounters. Let’s keep it that way.
Elizabeth: Will we see more of Lyla in season five of Sons of Anarchy?
Winter Ave Zoli: We see more of Lyla in the sense that there are some pretty meaty scenes. It’s a good season for Lyla.
Elizabeth: What do you think Lyla would do if she was in Tara’s place on SOA?
Winter Ave Zoli: I think Tara does a pretty good job keeping it together for her and her family in a tumultuous life. I’m pretty sure Lyla would handle it too, but because she is part of the insanity of an outlaw lifestyle. She doesn’t know any different…
Elizabeth: If you could work with anyone in the world dead or alive who would you pick an why?
Winter Ave Zoli: Dead: James Dean. He is the epitome of cool and was one of the first actors to adapt to a more realistic style of acting. Love his work. Alive: this always changes, but lately it’s Jeremy Renner. Fantastic actor.
Elizabeth: Do people recognize you more now that you’re on Sons than before?
Winter Ave Zoli: People do recognize me more, but not anything crazy. I look pretty different from Lyla when I’m off the set, so people are usually surprised that it’s the same person.
Elizabeth: I am dying to see Prodigal any news on when it will become available?
Winter Ave Zoli: Prodigal has actually become part of a group of seven shorts making up a feature length film. They are all different stories combined, with actors like Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley. It will have a limited theatre release on September 28th, and will be available on satellite and pay per view on demand, starting October 9th.
Elizabeth: What are your official pages, if any?
Winter Ave Zoli: I have one Facebook page that I run, which I would consider my official page. I’m thinking I will join Twitter soon…
Elizabeth: What is one thing about you that people would never guess?
Winter Ave Zoli: People would probably be surprised to know I am really good at Muay Thai! I studied it for several years. Also, that I’m a pretty quiet, timid girl, unlike Lyla.
Elizabeth: What do you think of Lyla’s barley there wardrobe?
Winter Ave Zoli: Lyla’s barely there wardrobe works for her character, so I’m fine with it. Costumes are used to further a characters description and demeanor. It just suits her! Playboy was also an extension of the Lyla character.
Elizabeth: Who is the biggest joker on SOA?
Winter Ave Zoli: Well, all the guys are, but Ron, Tommy and Boone are the most animated. They’re hilarious!
Elizabeth: Who in history do you think influenced you the most growing up?
Winter Ave Zoli: I would have to say Shakespeare. I know it sounds cliche, but as an actor I studied his work and acted out his plays, and his choice of words always had a profound effect on me. The way he wrote always struck a chord within me. As an actor I respond to words, and who had a more significant effect with words and poetry than Shakespeare?
Elizabeth: What advice would you give someone who wants to become an actor?
Winter Ave Zoli: I would say if you are truly passionate, and can’t see yourself doing anything else in life, then you need to go for it. It’s a hard, long road, but if you don’t follow your heart in life, what’s the point? If you don’t succeed, at least you know you tried.
Elizabeth: Do you think you are typecast at all?
Winter Ave Zoli: Haha, yes. I tend to be typecast, and I don’t think I need to mention how. But hopefully the more I build my career, the more opportunities I will have to play different roles.
Elizabeth: How do you prepare yourself for a show that is so darkly humorous, and as emotionally intense as Sons?
Winter Ave Zoli: When I first started with the role of Lyla, I read books about the porn industry, and watched some biographies of porn actresses. Now, I sometimes use my acting coach to help me figure certain scenes out, and for emotional scenes I have to draw on real life issues to help me get there.
Elizabeth: What’s on your playlist for music?
Winter Ave Zoli: On my playlist: Jay-Z and Kanye West, Slaughter House, produced by Eminem, the Drive sound track , The Black Keys, Coldplay and I always love Led Zeppelin.