Janet Admasu plays the character of GIA in End of the Cornfield. Check out our interview with Janet and learn more about her experience voicing Gia and her upcoming projects.
What was it like to act in an audiodrama?
Acting in an audiodrama was an experience like never before. This is my first time using just my voice as the only tool and it allowed me to explore new ways of telling a story. Although the emotional process and the work are the same, it was a whole new experience for me!
Having performed in both, would you say it’s closer to theatre or to film?
I think it’s closer to theatre because of how real the moments are between you and the other characters. The moment-to-moment experience makes it closer to theatre for me whereas film could feel a little disconnected because of all the technicality that goes into it.
Why acting? What do you love about it?
I honestly can’t imagine myself doing anything else for the rest of my life. Acting is something that I’ve always come back to, ever since I was in middle school. It just took me some time to realize that I could actually pursue it. What I love about acting is not only the imaginary part where you get to leave your everyday life and experience a new one through someone else’s eyes but also that it helps you understand characters and personalities that you may not have met before in real life.
What initially drew you to the project (End of the Cornfield)?
End of the Cornfield was such an interesting project for me because it was my first audiodrama but I also was so in love with the plot and the characters and how different they all were from each other and it was definitely rooted in history between these characters. We got a great job of being able to create a history and chemistry together. So when I read the script I was very excited to create that with my castmates as well as find out who did the actual killing!
How would you describe your character Gia?
I think Gia is definitely a force to be reckoned with, but I think as strong and confident as she is, she also does have a soft side or a soft spot that she’s almost afraid to show. She wants to be this tough support system for her friends and also wants to make it look like she knows what she’s doing but in reality, she needs guidance too and she’s also dealing with her own feelings and thoughts that make her vulnerable but she’s almost too scared to let her friend see. I think if we were to spend more time with our characters we would really see Gia unfold and see that she’s a very layered character.
Is there a moment or scene (without giving any major plot points away) that resonated with you?
Honestly, my favorite scene had to be between Will and Britt in one of the flashbacks where they end up having a conversation about their past. I think Ashlei and Oliver did a great job at really capturing that chemistry between them and it really just reminded me of those relationships that really never end where both sides still have lingering feelings and a soft spot for each other regardless of how much time has passed and I thought that was a really beautiful moment.
Who inspires you as an actor?
What is inspiring to me as an actor is seeing professionals in the industry that I look up to grow within their careers. When you follow someone’s career from the starting point, and you watch them progress, and you see their range grow as they take on roles that are outside of their box, it’s inspiring. It shows you how you can always find excitement in acting, and with each new character, there’s always a new story to tell.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
Right now I’m currently auditioning and taking classes but I’ll be coming to a TV near you soon!
Favorite place in LA: Any rooftop in WeHo/Sunset
Favorite hike in LA: Santa Monica Stairs
You can follow Janet Admasu @TikTok