Interview with Alex Roe
of “Forever My Girl”
11, 2018, Dallas, Texas
Ron Salfen: (Being
from London, England) How did you manage the accent?
Alex Roe: Well,
for this one I listened to country music every day, for about three
months, and watched interviews with country artists.
So I'd catch up on their mannerisms.
Obviously there are so many different accents in the South, and
because of that, and because I had creative license because Liam (his
character) had left his hometown for eight years.
It didn't have to be incredibly specific.
A lot of these country singers seem to have very general kind of
American accents when they speak, but when they sing, they have more of a
they're playing to the country audience.
I didn't necessarily want Liam to be like that, but that was an
interesting finding....also, I thought you'd be able to learn to talk in
that accent and then sing in the same accent, but it's two different
looked to me like you can play barre chords.
thank you, I can play barre chords. I
got a guitar when I was eight years old, and never had any lessons, but
loved learning to play it. I
recommend it to everyone. I
did have to learn the chords to the songs, and the strumming patterns.
We went to Nashville to record the songs, and so we had some of the
best country musicians playing on it.
They take the chords and change the picking and strumming pattern,
then I tried to copy what they were doing.
That was most challenging....these studio musicians are the unsung
heroes. They do this all day
every day, and they might write the riff that makes a song a hit, and get
no credit for it. Just an
RS: I want
to change direction here. I
happen to be a Pastor, and I don't have to have everyone be religious all
the time. Cussing doesn't
bother me, unless it invokes the name of the Deity.
Anyway, as a minister, one of the things that always grates on me
is that when they depict a pastor in a movie, they're terrible models:
hypocrites or child molesters or something horrific.
It's hard to find a positive clergy model in the film.
You have to go all the way back to “Boys Town” in the 40's or
something. But what I
appreciated about this film was that the figure of your father was a
positive model. He wasn't
perfect, he had a temper, he
kept grudges. But he was a
caring man who obviously cared for his congregation, and when he spoke he
spoke sincerely, and he was a man of sincere faith.
And I appreciate that so much.
that's brilliant. I'm so glad
that you noticed that, and felt that, especially as a Pastor, too.
He isn't perfect. And
he admits that toward the end. He
realizes that part of the reason Liam went down the spiral and was sucked
into fame in this way had partly to do with the fact that he didn't have
the words for Liam in his time of need.
He had the words for his congregation, but not for his son.
a dynamic I can really identify with.
I can be a Pastor to everyone except my family.
To my son, I can only be his Dad, and an imperfect one, at that
(not to mention an imperfect Pastor).
it's the imperfections that make us human, and therefore perfect in our
own ways. Yeah, that speech of
my father's character at the end is great, and also his sermon about
other thing I noticed is how you sat outside your Dad's church.
You were there but you weren't there; you were listening but you
weren't with the rest of the group.
I think stepping into the church was really, really, difficult for Liam.
And I worked with Bethany (Ashton Wolf, Director and Writer) on
this, too. But I think
stepping through those doors was
a really big step for him---probably done some things
he's not proud of, and he kind of repents, and makes amends.
Like the elements of the Prodigal Son, you know?