While writing the script for PERFECTION I had an opportunity to be a part of a self-injury support group in Los Angeles. It was from hearing the stories of these women that I knew I had to make a film that would provoke conversation on this isolating, painful and often dangerous disorder that effects so many people.
A study at Cornell and Princeton Universities said that nearly one in five students have purposely injured themselves by cutting, picking, burning or other methods. Another study found 10% of 15 to 16 year olds have already self harmed and 80% of them are women. This behavior however, is not limited to youth, there are many older women and men who suffer in silence and even less information is discussed and known about them due to shame and unresolved issues.
Being an actress and growing up in Los Angeles I have had ample experience with the absurd expectations that the media puts on women. Clearly there is something wrong when teenage girls go under the knife to get breast implants before their bodies are fully developed. Equally disturbing is older women going under the knife for face-lifts, liposuction and really what we have is a disconnect from what true beauty is.
Trust me, I am effected by my ego and struggle to defy gravity and that is a battle I will never win. My goal now is to love myself from the inside out and honestly, some days are better than others but I’m willing.
I believe that independent filmmaking offers us the chance to support original thoughts and inspire women to question their role models and perhaps find new ones.
PERFECTION is a feature film about damaged people who risk facing their inner demons and find hope humor and heal in the process.
It is my intention that Perfection reach as many people as possible, through online distribution, VOD, DVD as well as educational workshops. My hope with this movie is to inspire people of all ages to understand that self-love is the first step in any kind of recovery, lasting happiness and that we don’t have to do it alone.