The talented actress Ashley Reyes who plays the role of ‘Cordelia’ in the Starz show ‘American Gods’ given an exclusive interview or DSCENE. In the interview she talked about her acting career, her role in the Starz show ‘American Gods’, as well as her hidden talents, favorite music and TV shows.
Tell us a bit more about yourself. Who is Ashley Reyes?
Who am I? Well, that question is an existential crisis waiting to happen. I am an actress, the mom of an incredible rescue dog, a constant learner, and a lover of cooking. I grew up on Long Island, New York and I consider myself a true New Yorker: I walk very quickly and I say ‘on Long Island,’ not ‘in Long Island.’
I grew up on Long Island, New York and I consider myself a true New Yorker: I walk very quickly and I say ‘on Long Island,’ not ‘in Long Island.’
What inspired you to pursue acting?
I tell this story whenever I get asked this question because every time I do I am reminded why I do what I do, and it starts a little fire in my belly. I was around 6-years-old and was painfully shy. My mom and my grandmother took me to a festival where they were doing a balloon presentation of The Wizard of Oz (it was as strange as it sounds.) They needed a Dorothy, and went through the audience asking little girls to sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Without hesitation, I stood up, grabbed the microphone, sang my heart out, and they picked me! After that, I went back to my seat and told my mom to put me in acting class because (this is what I said): “acting is my life.” I never looked back.
What was it like the first time you were in front of a camera?
The first time I was professionally in front of a camera was for American Gods (I had done a few bits when I was in high school but I don’t count those because it wasn’t serious and I was 13). So the first time as an adult was incredibly intimidating. I had been waiting for this opportunity since, frankly forever, and I stepped out of the van and there were cranes flying overhead and the entire network was there and my scene partner was the legendary Ian McShane. I was so overwhelmed and felt like I had no clue what I was doing. Ricky Whittle pulled me aside and said, “Hey. You’re here. You got the job for a reason. This is your moment. Own it.” I was still nervous, but it made me feel a hell of a lot better.
The show is renewed for season 4, can you tell us a bit more about it? Is Cordelia part of it?
I certainly hope so! All I can say is no one is in Mr. Wednesday’s life without reason.
What’s the last TV show you binge-watched? And what is your favourite show currently on TV?
I am currently in the middle of binge-watching Outlander. What a good show. I could listen to Scottish accents all day. Before that, P-Valley. It’s fantastic (yay womxn!) and has some of my favorite performances of the year. And the show that got me through quarantine was “Amy Schumer Learns To Cook (Uncensored”). My two favorite things in one show: comedy and food. When I hit that “pandemic wall”, as I call it, that show was just about the only thing to get me smiling and fully belly laughing again.
Besides acting, do you have a hidden talent?
I have the infallible ability to lose every and any object I touch. Which is just fantastic. I’m also a really great cook, if I do say so myself. And perhaps most excitingly, I am trained in many forms of stage combat, so I like to fight with swords which is kind of cool.
What’s on Ashley Reyes’ playlist?
This might sound super nerdy but I primarily listen to podcasts. So if you see me with my headphones in, I’m probably listening to Under The Skin with Russell Brand, iWeigh with Jameela Jamil, or The Trevor Noah Podcast.
You can read the full interview here.