Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a profession of being an actress that requires a lot of hard labor, technical soundness and excellence in different faculties to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. AnnaLynne McCord: I’ve gone about it in a lot of ways and as I have sought growth I’ve witnessed my process grow. For me, now, it’s all about getting as real as possible. I’m honest to a fault. The way I see it, I’d rather piss you off and you know where you stand then be a part of perpetuating the lies our society disguises under the label ‘politeness’.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You as a filmmaker has acted, written, produced and directed the film “I CHOOSE ” . Your goal has been to create a thought-provoking depiction of the very basic human right: “free will”.Tell us about this endeavor of yours?
Ms. AnnaLynne McCord: “I Choose” was certainly a passion project for me. The idea came to me in the shower, where many of my ideas come from! I wanted to address several things in my own life that I felt were relevant to more than just me.
I care deeply for the fight to end human-trafficking and slavery. I believe slavery touches 7 billion of us. Slavery of the mind is the damning of our planet. We adhere to the judgments of our mind without checking in on our soul. Our spirit/soul/consciousness (whatever you believe) knows what is right for us, but we are bound and chained to archaic belief systems passed down through the ages which we just agree to because we don’t know we can choose to choose not to.
The subliminal messaging of the film is simple: slavery is the absent of choice. When I say anything following “I should” it’s slavery. The film also highlights my desire to free our planet of the begrudging relationship the majority has with one of our most basic instincts: the chemical drive to procreate. Sex.
It is my belief that the pushing down and suppressing of natural instincts gives way to growing deviant behaviors. What is suppressed will be expressed. Of course, my hope was to shove all of this into a 10-minute, silent, black and white film. Who knows if it was conveyed. Filmmaking and watching is very subjective. But that is the first of many story-telling gifts I hope to share with this beautiful world of ours.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are doing a column called The Naked Truth with AnnaLynne #TNTA with the online women’s magazine www.sheramag.com. Elaborate on this new exposition of yours as a creative artist?
Ms. AnnaLynne McCord: In direct correlation with my short film I am writing for SheraMag.com to keep a conversation going about my desire to inspire the globe to question the “shoulds” and to remember to choose to choose.
Every week SheRa and I tweet out a topic for submissions. Readers can ask questions and each Friday I submit The Naked Truth with AnnaLynne. It’s a fun way to stay connected and talk about things that I genuinely feel are of merit, but perhaps aren’t discussed as openly as they can be.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?
Ms. AnnaLynne McCord: I always preface my answer to this question with the fact that a huge percentage of a person’s aesthetic is genetic. Working out for the sake of working out is not my thing. But I love Tae Kwon Do, yoga and a healthy love-life to cover muscle training, flexibility and cardio, respectively.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. AnnaLynne McCord: I do not have a strict diet, but most people aren’t aware of the fact that allergies to food is one of the big causes associated with obesity. I had no idea I was allergic to gluten. I have since cut that out and it has altered the look of my body. It appears more tone without having changed anything else in my regimen.