Ginny Gardner – This Is Her Song
by Jay S. Jacobs
After a prolific modeling career in which she has promoted everything from Hollister to Kohl’s, Ginny Gardner is taking the next step. Her acting career has already gotten a huge amount of buzz on very little actual exposure, but the sky is the limit.
First she turned heads in a very topical story arc this season on Glee. Gardner played Katie/Marissa, a local girl who was catfished: her pictures were stolen by someone on the internet that wanted to use them to fake an identity. Katie became Ryder (Blake Jenner)’s internet dream girl. However, when he saw the girl whose pictures he had been chatting with, it turned out her name was Marissa and she had never talked to him.
Gardner has also been tapped as one of the stars of Almanac, a Michael Bay-produced action comedy about time travel. Almanac will be coming out in 2014.
We recently sat down with Gardner to discuss her burgeoning career.
When you were a little girl, what inspired you to go into show business?
A lot of it was from growing up watching Disney Channel. I loved seeing kids my own age on camera doing it. My mom was a news anchor, so I’d see her on camera all the time. She was really inspiring for me to want to be on camera and doing something similar to my mom. I did theater. I love theater, so from an early age I got myself into it.
What was the first film that you remember seeing really wowed you?
Ooh, that’s a good one. Let me think about that. (laughs) I don’t know. There are so many. I was such a fan of everything when I was younger. I guess I keep coming back to so much of it for me was when I would see kids my own age. Like Cheaper By the Dozen I was a huge fan of. Any movie where there were people my own age doing it. It was inspiring. It was like: Oh, if they can do it, then I could be doing it too.
What movie would you say you have seen more than anything else?
(laughs) I love the movie There’s Something About Mary. That’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I love it.
What movie can make you cry every time you see it?
Oh, God. What is it called? Marley & Me. Where that dog dies? I love that movie, but anything where an animal is hurt or harmed, I cry my eyes out.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I think they would be surprised to know I have a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. That a lot of people would not expect from me.
On Glee, Marissa/Katie was a bit of an odd character in the fact that most of your performance was supposed to be text messages… just voiceovers with your picture. What was that experience like, to be on one of the most popular shows on TV but not actually appearing until your character had been established for a while?
It was kind of fun, actually. It lent some mystery to the character. It got people thinking about who it could be. It created some excitement about the whole thing. I was really excited. I got to send in some pictures for my little chat icon. I chose a bunch of pictures. I have this dog that I love to death. I got my dog to be in my chat icon. I was excited that he got to be in an episode. So it was cool in the fact that it got some buzz about the character. Then when I actually made an appearance, it was really exciting.
You did the one musical number with Blake Jenner, to Elton John’s “Your Song.” Was that fun?
Oh it was so much fun. He’s so talented. I’ve never done a musical or anything remotely like that before, so to be involved in that and see all the work that goes into one of those songs and to be able to dance with him, that was so much fun.
Were you a little disappointed that you didn’t get to sing?
I’m not much of a singer, so I’m kind of glad about that. (laughs)