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Molly Quinn, with her class of 2nd graders, is living proof that the Power of Play is one of the most effective ways to improve student performance.
(born October 8, 1993) is an American actress whose work includes theatre, film, and television. Her roles include Alexis Castle, daughter of the title character on ABC's Castle, and the voice of Bloom, one of the main characters in the Nickelodeon revival of Winx Club.
Her trademarks are her red hair and porcelain white skin. Her favorite shows include I Love Lucy, The Office, The Big Bang Theory, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She is a huge fan of Star Trek. She does volunteer work with FindingHope, an organization devoted to stopping Child Trafficking. She has two nieces. (Source: castle.fandom.com)
This year, award winning actress Molly C. Quinn can be seen starring in the indie horror/drama feature "Agnes," slated to debut in movie theaters nationwide and streaming on demand, December 10, 2021. "Agnes" emerged as a festival darling over the last few months, premiering at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival to intrigued and delighted reviewers. Directed and written by Mickey Reece "Climate of the Hunter", "Agnes" tells the story of demonic possessions at a religious convent, which prompts a church investigation into the strange happenings amongst its nuns. A disaffected priest and his neophyte are confronted with temptation, bloodshed, and a crisis of faith. Aside from starring in the film, Molly also holds the title of Executive Producer, bringing the project to life through her production company QWGmire. Molly may be best known for starring as Alexis Castle from 2009 through 2016 on ABC's award winning, drama series "Castle" opposite Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. In film, Molly most recently appeared in Warner Bros' "Doctor Sleep", 2019 opposite Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson. Over the years she has also lent her voice to various film and television projects including: Super Girl for Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics, the voice of Bloom for Nickelodeon's hit series "The Winx Club", and voicing the lead character in Simon and Schuster's YA series "The Mortal Instruments". When Molly isn't in front of the camera, she is focusing on her burgeoning producing career. Her first role as a producer began on the cult classic horror comedy "Hansel and Gretel Get Baked" 2013 which she also starred in. She next executive produced the independent feature "Welcome to Happiness" 2015 which won best picture at the DeadCENTER Film Festival. In 2019 Molly launched the production company shingle QWGmire with Elan Gale and Matthew Welty with a focus on genre films. Additional projects in the works include indie drama "Marzipan" directed by Adam Christian Clark and starring Tamara Taylor "Bones" and Reece Noi "When They See Us". Marzipan" centers on an alcoholic intelligence officer (Taylor) who is given the chance for one last mission: seducing an asset, Noi, connected to the Saudi Royal Family. Most recently announced is "Lovely, Dark and Deep" which Molly wrapped production on in Portugal. The film stars Georgina Campbell, Apple TV plus' upcoming Suspicion, Nick Blood, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Wai Ching Ho STXfilms' Hustlers. Molly currently lives in the LA area, with her fiance and their two dogs; Piper and Pikachu. (Source: www.amazon.com)
In 2019 Molly launched the production company shingle QWGmire with Elan Gale and Matthew Welty with a focus on genre films. Additional projects in the works include indie drama "Marzipan" directed by Adam Christian Clark and starring Tamara Taylor "Bones" and Reece Noi "When They See Us". Marzipan" centers on an alcoholic intelligence officer (Taylor) who is given the chance for one last mission: seducing an asset, Noi, connected to the Saudi Royal Family. Most recently announced is "Lovely, Dark and Deep" which Molly wrapped production on in Portugal. The film stars Georgina Campbell, Apple TV plus' upcoming Suspicion, Nick Blood, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Wai Ching Ho STXfilms' Hustlers.
We worked really hard on this movie. It’s an indie so money was tight and then the pandemic happened so we were editing virtually between Oklahoma and Los Angeles which was crazy. It’s so nice to… I guess the word is validation. It’s nice to get validation for the movie, but also for myself and my production company. This doesn’t happen — good stuff doesn’t happen! [Laughs] You don’t get good news most of the time in this industry, so it’s just so exciting. I’m going to hold onto this and run with it as long as I can. It feels like the biggest exhale and the greatest gift.
Oh, little Molly… She didn’t know what was coming. There were a lot of things that have happened in the 10+ years since then. The biggest is that I’m four years sober from alcohol, which was a very big deal and really impacted my work and my personal life very positively. On the other hand, it also rubbed a lot of people in my family the wrong way — it was not accepted within my biological family structure which caused a big break. When some people see you make changes, they can only see it as a reflection of them when, in reality, it has nothing to do with them.
Yeah. For me, I just knew I was making bad choices when I was working and I wanted so badly to be healthy. To have that negative reaction and have it not be celebrated… It was a period where I grew a lot and I processed my family differently which everyone goes through. You begin to see your parents as people instead of parents. Sometimes that’s lovely, sometimes it means you’re completely branching off. For me, it was the latter. I’m proud of myself for all of it, though. I’m in love — I’m engaged — and he’s one of my production partners and we work together and have two beautiful dogs!
I agree. There’s a funny stigma to admitting that something didn’t work for you and I’m very much for getting rid of that. The thing I’m most proud of, above everything, is becoming sober. I’m not advocating for it for everyone; I think if you’re able to have a drink, that’s wonderful. Making that choice for me improved my life so much to the point where I don’t care about my birthday — I care about my sobriety birthday! I want all of the presents on that day because that was a lot of hard work to make that decision… It’s hard to choose yourself over other things. Making any change, even when it’s a positive one, is very difficult. Change and pain exist in the same part of our brain so every time you make a change, it hurts. It’s easier to follow an abusive pattern because even though it’s abusive, you’re used to it. Becoming a different person is a process but it’s been worth it.
It has been worth it — look at you now! You’ve started QWGmire, your own production company. What made you want to start your own production company? I think it’s admirable to want to help other promising and rising writers, directors, and anyone else trying to make good work and tell great stories.
Yeah, it’s great to be able to see what we’re starting with and what we want to capture and try to get as close to that thing as possible. I don’t look at things that go wrong as obstacles, I see them as opportunities. I realized very quickly there’s no time to dwell on obstacles; you have limited time, limited money, and you need to get it finished. It tends to work out where those little bumps in the road take you in another direction that can be wonderful if you trust them. There’s a scene in Agnes that was written as separate scenes, but we were running out of time and we only had Sean Gunn for another three more hours and I had to pull everyone together and make a fast decision. As soon as we did it and even now when I watch it on-screen, I think it always should’ve been written this way! The whole dynamic and feeling of the scene changes; it’s all contained right there and it makes it more intimate and scarier at the same time.