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That’s a Wrap: High School Is Complete

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Let’s see… in less than 2 weeks, the one and only Bex TK has:

  • attended her first Cast & Crew premiere
  • been interviewed by the Atlanta Journal & Constitution (and others)
  • returned to family in LA for some fresh air and a few evenings on the “sleeping porch,” and
  • graduated from HS (in “Bullet Boots,” of course)

Witnessed by her parents and her LA family, Bex graduated from Bridges Academy, where the Dean of Students likened her to Rosalind from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” — fiercely loyal and brave.

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We only had a day together before Bex was needed  back in Vancouver to film a series of Webisodes. Back to the airport we went, Bex heading to Vancouver, and Mom and Dad back to her siblings in Atlanta.

This time, Bex got to stay at a beautiful water-front hotel and thoroughly enjoyed an evening to herself, buoyed by the gluten-free chocolate cake on the room service menu!

After a full day filming webisodes, and a movie night with her peeps, Bex headed back to LA for Memorial Day celebrations at the iconic Oakwood Apartments.

Vancouver, April, 2013 — Milestone Achieved

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Teen Leaves High School to Make a Killing

Bex TK completes requirements for High School Graduation

On Friday, April 19, Bex TK fulfilled all the requirements for graduation from Bridges Academy, when the supposed “rough-draft” of her final paper on The Actor’s Studio received a solid A!

After 8 educational institutions over 16 years (9 if you include the tutoring program on set at The Killing), Bex completed her course-work AHEAD of schedule!

If we had only known that it would take a full-time job for Bex to finish High School, we might have tried that sooner!” said her mother, who is relieved to be out of a job as educational advocate for a while.

Special appreciation goes out to the producers at The Killing, who arranged for the superior tutoring services of Natalie Smith; to Natalie Smith, who faithfully shepherded Bex to completion, and to Carl Sabatino and Chris Wiebe at Bridges Academy, whose wisdom in differentiating the curriculum to engage Bex in her final semester made all the difference.

Of course, Bex gets full credit for completing the work, and persevering through years of structured learning that never really met her learning style. As Bex so aptly stated in January, “I love learning, but schooling is killing me.” Well it turns out The Killing enabled Bex to put an end to the murderous drudgery of High School studies.

On May 18, when her Paideia peers are celebrating across the stage, Bex will be calling it a wrap on The Killing — excited to return to LA with two major milestones under her belt:

  1. a completed role as a series regular in The Killing, and
  2. an accomplished high school graduate!

Vancouver, Week 6

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Bex returned to Vancouver on Monday (3/25/13), refreshed and rejuvenated. As her tutor, Natalie, wrote: “LA is just what Bex needed – she’s full of energy and joy.”

Apparently, it was another busy week, though. As of that Thursday, Bex had not yet had a chance to unpack in the new apartment! In fact, they ran so late filming on Thursday night that when they finally wrapped at 1:15 a.m., the scene they were working on wasn’t done. So now, instead of a day off on Monday, Bex has a 5:45 a.m. pick up to complete the scene before the regular day of filming begins. OY! At least, she’s only in that one scene on Monday, so after 3 hours of schooling she’ll be done for the day!

Schooling has been going well and Natalie has been keeping things pushing forward at a steady pace. Bex is literally weeks away from completing all of her work to graduate. This week, she finished her online  History class — huge accomplishment! One course down, two to go. Once she finishes her Independent Study on the Actor’s Studio, all that will remain will be an Economics course. So close she can taste it.

It’s still unclear whether she’ll be in LA for graduation in late May. But if not, that will be good news — it will mean that she’s been written into additional episodes. (At this point, we know that she’ll be in 8!). Since we don’t get much information about an episode until the week before it films, we have no way of knowing what to expect.

It’s sorta fun, actually. They’re very close-mouthed about everything at The Killing — no one in the cast knows what’s going to happen in advance. WE found out from FACEBOOK that the season will air on June 2! I’ve got a whole new appreciation for what it means to have autonomy to plan our lives. The truth is, when an actor is working, they have virtually no control over their schedules and it is extremely difficult to plan anything. It really takes a particular temperament to be okay with that. Ideal for someone who doesn’t like to plan.  Challenging for people who do.

Don’t get me wrong — the schedule is EXTREMELY well organized — and quite complicated. At the beginning of each episode we get something that’s nicknamed DOOD — the “Day out of Days.”

DOOD

Someone had to teach us how to read it! Since each episode has 7 filming days in it, the DOOD identifies for EACH actor which day the actor Starts Work in that episode (SW), the specific days of filming, and the finish day for that episode (FW). This is followed by a breakdown of which scenes are planned to be filmed on each day, with the actors identified and the total number of pages from the script expected to be filmed each day. The detail is excruciating, really. It is all CLEARLY MARKED — SUBJECT TO CHANGE! … and it does! Veterans can look at the scenes and number of pages on the DOOD and make a pretty good guess whether it’s all likely to get done in a given day, or whether it’s likely to be a late night. The production teams do an amazing job of planning. And then, they do an even better job of responding to what actually happens!

Despite the grueling schedule, Bex is loving the work! She’s particularly excited about the script for next week when they begin filming episode 5. Don’t ask me — I have no clue why. She’s thrilled, though.

With Good Friday off, and a weekend with blissfully nothing planned, Bex’s introvert is in the lead —  she’s resting and retreating. Now that she’s filming 5 out of 7 days in this episode (was originally 4), the few days off are really a chance to catch up on sleep, learn lines and chill out. Movie nights with other members of the cast seem to be the only outside activity she wants to do.

She was saying the other day that she’s frustrated that she’s not in closer touch with friends and family — she wants to be and is feeling a little guilty, but she’s just so exhausted. By the end of each day, she’s been around people constantly for 12+ hours a day and she’s all ‘talked out.’ So, we’re trying not to take it too personally 🙂 Truth is, she’s managing her energy well. I know there will be time after the filming to catch up. By then, she’ll have some really great stories to tell!

Thursday, Bex Graduates from Pilot camp

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Last night of class… Great accolades…  Adrian R’Mante speaks of Bex’s natural, raw talent!

We missed the beginning of Adrian singing her praises but did capture the end of his comments about Bex. The actual transcript (very brief) is below the video …
At the end of introducing Bex, Adrian is talking about Thomas Richards, an agent with the Corsa Agency (who represents Bex), and Bex’s impact:
Adrian: “But I say that since then, because of Bex, he’s opened his heart towards my ‘kids’ … and he’s signed a few more since then but she’s the first one that broke that mold, ’cause I brought him a couple times and he didn’t sign anybody.”
“She was the first person. So, Bex …”
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