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C'est Prune: April Bowlby


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PRUNE: You’ve been stealing our hearts on television for over ten years now. When did your love for acting begin?

APRIL: I think my love for acting began at a very early age. I’ve always loved watching people. Television, movies, dance, it’s all part of telling a story. To tell a story is to affect and change yourself and others. That to me, is very special. I was always very shy, and still am most of the time. I loved ballet. You get to tell a story by moving your body and you don’t have to speak. I was at a commercial audition and the director told me to pretend I was yelling at someone who had really angered me. I… get to yell? Hmmm… So, I screamed and cried and I was so thrilled and elated walking out of that room. I didn’t get the job, but I was given a much better gift. I was given permission to have my feelings in a controlled environment through acting. Whaaaaat?

PRUNE: What role do you feel as if jump started your career?

APRIL: I feel like every role I’ve had has been important to my growth as an actress. And each one leads to new ideas, opportunities, and life experience. I really can’t choose because they are all so equally valuable to me.

PRUNE: How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men are two of television’s most-watched series? What was it like landing roles in both series?

APRIL: It was amazing to be a part of those two shows. I got to work with the best of the best in TV comedy. What a gift! It’s such a special feeling to be able to perform in front of an audience and get immediate feedback from a well-written joke. It’s magical. I highly recommend it.

PRUNE: Drop Dead Diva was your first major reoccurring lead. Talk to us about the message behind the show and what you were able to take away from DDD working in the entertainment industry.

APRIL: Drop Dead Diva ran for 6 seasons. Mothers and daughters often tell me how much they loved to watch the show together. And I think we must have done something special! It was a show that brought light and conversation in a witty way about the pressures women feel about their bodies in our society. How they are treated and also how we can start loving ourselves better. I think the take-away is self-love. Love yourself and you can effect change in the people around

you.

PRUNE: Let’s fast forward to your current roles. Doom Patrol reprises your Titans role of Rita Farr, better known as Elastic Girl in series-form. Talk to us about this new project and what we can expect from the series.

APRIL: Doom Patrol is about a group of misfit anti-super heroes who have to band together to rescue their leader, The Chief. The first season is a wild ride of psychedelic adventure. If you like strange with a heart, you will love this show. I play Elasti-woman; also known as Rita Farr. She was a movie star from the 50s, exposed to a toxic gas which changes her molecular form. And now she finds herself shunned and becomes a recluse in Doom Manor, with the rest of the

Anti-super heroes. The show sheds light on each character’s origin story. How they got to be where they are in life and how they have to integrate their powers to survive and get The Chief back. As well as how they must grow and evolve.

April is wearing Chaser Brand and Doc Martens

PRUNE: Now time for the fun questions. If you could have dinner with any famous figure, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

APRIL: I would be stymied just to share the same walking space with David Bowie, but if you’re offering a whole dinner…mind blown. What would he choose to wear to said dinner? And what would he order is what I want to know.

PRUNE: Who is your celebrity crush?

APRIL: Mikhail Baryshnikov

PRUNE: If you could go back in time and play any role in a past film or series, who would you choose to play?

APRIL: Any role from the movie CLUE

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PRUNE: Hidden talent?

APRIL: I perform a mean rendition of “My Little Buttercup” from The Three Amigos

PRUNE: Where can we follow you on social media?

APRIL: Twitter/Instagram: @aprilthebowlby

Photography: Christopher Patey @christopherpatey

Wardrobe: Michael St. Michael @michaelstmichael

Makeup: Jenna Howell @jennaleeartistry

Hair: Lucy Gedjeyan @lucy_gedjeyan

Interview: Dylan Rubinstein @thedylanjader


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