Known for her role in “The Vampire Diaries,” the singer/actress/dancer is ready to add another title to her resume.
Kate Graham is now a producer, and her short film “Muse,” which was inspired by the French noir films of Bogart and Hepburn, will premiere online February 10.
“People look at me and their like, ‘Are you a singer, or are you an actress or what do you do?’ and I’m like I do both, and I really like producing and people don’t know that about me. I wanted to push myself hard and wanted to produce my first film. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would do a short film, I never thought that I would have enough of a pull to do a short fulm, but I had to make it. It’s a very inspired time for me.”
It’s no surprise that Graham has teamed up with Degree Women for the Grammys red carpet to recognize women who push boundaries to stay at the top of the game.
“A Degree is woman, is an empowered, fierce, fearless, gamechanger woman. It’s fun, and it’s a sexy brand and it’still s all about being active and going for your goals and pushing yourself harder, and longer and stronger. What woman wouldn’t want to be a degree woman?”
And fierce, fearless and gamechanger are words we would use to describe Graham’s personal philosophy, on and off the red carpet.
Here is what Graham had to stay about the inspiration behind her acting, producing and scoring a short film, getting ready for the Grammys and keeping her eyebrows on fleek:
What do you do to get ready for the Grammys? “Just stare at myself in the mirror for hours, and make sure my eyebrows are perfect,” she said jokingly. “I try to keep it super calm. I’m going to do my own makeup, because I really trust myself at this point. I drink a lot of water… It’s really just preparing for the night, so you can do your hair and everything. You have to make sure you have bobby pins, make sure you are covered, all that stuff.”
How would you describe your style, and who are your style inspirations? “I try to keep it 90s couture, or menswear, so Grace Jones, Pharrell, vintage ’90s Madonna and Janet Jackson, and Prince is my heart, so him. I like things that feel a little different, that push the boundary. I dress for myself, everything I do is because I believe in it, I really believe in it. And at that moment, that fashion decision, even if I get crap for it later, at that moment I really believed that was the right thing to wear and I was feeling it. Fashion is also part of my art.”
What was the inspiration behind producing a short film: “I’m from Geneva, Switzerland. I’m all about being an American girl, but I really love Europe. I love France, and I love going to Cannes and being in Paris. I love the romance and the mystery, and I love French film makers, and French narratives, and actors and directors. So I wanted to take something that I had been inspired by and turn it into a film that I scored. It is so different from my single, ‘1989’ because it’s a score for a film, so I purposefully sonically made them very different.”
What is your best beauty advice? “I am a big eyebrow girl. My family is Israeli so we are all about eyebrows. I draw the same face on myself for every carpet. A little contour, a little highlight, a little glow and some eyelashes. I use a lot of makeup remover wipes before bed, and I drink a lot of water. Using primer is also really important because it really makes your makeup last a lot longer.”
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? “I had a Valentine’s for like six years so I’m good. Maybe I’ll just be with my girls, clink some glasses and just be silly and have each other. I’ll make it about self-love and self-happiness and have my girls and we’ll make it about each other.”
Are you a “Fifty Shades of Grey” fan? “I am a big Spongebob Squarepants fans, and I saw they did a little spoof. “Mr. Squarepants will see you now.”