There’s something uniquely special about how a work of literature or theatrical performance can change our perspective on the world around us. Similar to the motion of a conveyor belt, our mindsets can drastically shift after leaving an inspiring show within the walls of a velvet-coated theater, compared to when we first took our seat. Britt Rentschler is no stranger to this act of fate, as the revival production of CATS was what inspired her to move out West. As her fascination for theatre and the arts progressed, her craft, ultimately, escalated. Now, Britt can be seen in Amazon Studio’s latest drama, Uncle Frank, and Paramount Pictures comedy, Instant Family. In this exclusive interview, we had the opportunity to chat with Britt to discuss her newest role in Uncle Frank, an inside look into her budding career thus far, and her love for the healing arts.
Megan Morgante: Did anything/anyone, in particular, inspire you to enter the entertainment industry?
Britt Rentschler: On a trip to visit my Aunt Cathy in NYC, I saw a production of CATS. I was in elementary school, and everything about it blew my mind — the energy of the city, the grand feeling of the theatre. I was in an aisle seat, and in the first number, a CAT walked right up to me and stared me in the face, with these glowing eyes…and then effortlessly climbed back down the balcony of the Winter Garden Theatre and onto the stage. The drama! I was hooked.
MM: Can you give an overview of your background in the entertainment industry and how it led you to where you are now?
BR: As you can tell, theatre hooked me. It was my safe place for a very long time — all throughout school. I had a place to be free. That sense of freedom led me to (sight unseen) move out West to pursue TV and film. I don’t take any of it for granted.
MM: You have some very exciting upcoming projects; can you give some insight into the new Amazon Studios drama, Uncle Frank, launching November 26th?
BR: Uncle Frank is exactly what you need for the holidays. First of all, it’s set in the ’70s, so you get some mad style, but most importantly, family threads, with a deep message resounding around forgiveness and love.
MM: What can we expect to see from your character, Charlotte, in this upcoming film?
BR: Charlotte is fabulous. She a free-spirited lesbian living her best life in Manhattan. She provides some wonderful humor in the film, and I adore her. You would definitely want to have her over for a glass (or bottle) of wine.
MM: Now, what was your experience like filming Paramount Pictures comedy, Instant Family, and working with the cast?
BR: That was such a special movie to film. We really felt like a family, and everyone brought such warmth. Rose made sure Allyn and I felt like sisters, and Julie made us feel like daughters. And in the dining room scene, I got to hold Mark Wahlberg’s hand for eight hours of shooting, (while we, "said the blessing”), so who’s complaining about that!
MM: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
BR: Don’t buy it, whatever they’re selling. And they will try to sell you everything, again and again. Get quiet and follow your instincts.
MM: Where do you tend to draw your inspiration from when preparing for each role?
BR: For this role, it was from envisioning my Aunt, living in NYC in the ’70s, with all of the other wonderful people she must have met. She grew up in a small town in Alabama, and she got out and made the life she wanted. I respected her very much.
MM: Have you ever experienced any notable challenges throughout your career?
BR: It’s in between the jobs that you can start going bananas. Not everyone has the next ten projects lined up — in fact, almost none of us do. To keep myself creative, on my own terms, without waiting for someone to give me an invitation — this has been my savior.
MM: Do you have any exciting upcoming projects for the new year?
BR: I have a feature film that I am producing/co-writing with some wonderful creative partners, and we were set to shoot in April. We had to postpone, due to COVID, but we have some stellar filmmakers and actors on board, and I can’t wait to get back on the saddle in the new year.
MM: Aside from acting, what would you say your other passions are?
BR: I have a deep love for the mystical. I am a Reiki Master and practice healing arts. You can find me outside, like the crazy lady hanging with the trees, or anywhere with live music. I have a life plan that involves this checklist: Good people, good food, good wine, good sounds, and good vibes.
MM: Do you feel you have a social responsibility with your growing platform?
BR: I’m certainly not telling anyone else how to live their lives, but for sure, I think it would be ignorant and irresponsible of me not to realize that thousands of people are watching my Instagram feed or reading the press that I do. I like to share good things — and to me, good things involve being compassionate, conscious, and giving from the heart. I hope what I share inspires those things for people. I also like to have fun and celebrate joy— and I hope that gets picked up, too!
MM: What would you say your personal style is like?
BR: Oh, Millennial Bohemian. Is that a thing?
MM: Who is your ultimate style icon?
BR: Cher. Always Cher.
Photography by: Gerard Sandoval