I thought you guys would like to meet a few more of Mark of the Veil‘s cast members.
First up, we have the leading female role, Kylie Fremont.
Kylie Fremont is the first outside of James’ pre-conditioned world to encounter him. She and her brother, Ezra, were both adopted from separate family backgrounds by a now apparently deceased preacher, Jonas Fremont. Kylie has little memory of what life was like before Jonas and Ezra.
When Jonas was reportedly killed by a street punk while making the rounds street preaching, both she and Ezra simultaneously rejected the Christian faith, blaming God for his death, and yet clung heavily to Jonas’ humanitarian legacy. Jonas didn’t just preach the Gospel; he lived it.
Kylie and her brother Ezra run a heavily video-powered independent news site that they use to counter the increasingly negative toned press, trying to get the community focused on helping their fellow man instead of debating what they see as petty issues of politics. But when Gwen Anders, a third party, ambitious gubernatorial candidate, rubs Kylie the wrong way, the blog increasingly becomes political in nature (chiefly to counter Anders’ growing appeal), and Ezra and Kylie are currently a bit at odds over the shift in tone.
Marla Steenson is the actress playing the part. Marla was recommended to me by a friend, and I first met her after viewing her performance as Joy in the play “This Day And Age” at the Boise Little Theater.
Before meeting her, I had e-mailed her about possibly having a role in the film, and when she replied expressing interest, and seeing her headshot, I initially pictured her as another supporting character that is close to being cast, Bree, Ezra’s on and off girlfriend. After meeting Marla that evening, though, I felt like God nudged me with a whisper, “Have her read for Kylie.”
When she arrived, I had her read for Kylie first, and though she read for Bree as well, I instantly knew she was Kylie. She brought something to the role of Kylie that the character desperately needed; a gentle spirit. I had only pictured Kylie as being an intense go-getter, but Marla brought Kylie a pained innocence that both took me off guard and pulled me in at the same time. Her read for Bree was fun, but I knew before the read was even finished, she was Kylie.
Take a look below at her reads for both characters.