Exclusive Interview with Raquel Riskin

June 10, 2010

Raquel Raskin is a Vancouver-based actress and model on the move. The sexy brunette was recently featured in the flick Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. We chatted with Raquel about what makes her tick, getting chased by phantom footsteps on the haunted set of a horror film, and how a piece of advice from Kathy Lee Gifford keeps her going.

Please tell us a little about yourself?

I am an incredibly diverse personality.  For the most part I’d like to think that I’ve grown up to be a classy young woman who would make my elegant grandmother proud.  On the other hand there is a part of me that is edgy, rebellious, and downright defiant.   I love dancing, jewelry, and stiletto shoes… but paintball, shooting, and tattoos do it for me too.

I grew up performing, whatever that meant at the time.  From ballet to piano, singing, and figure skating, I finally realized that acting is my passion and have pursued it wholeheartedly ever since.

I am passionate and driven, romantic, and loyal.  My family and career are what I live for and when I think about what’s to come, it makes me giddy inside.  I am working hard to earn the career that I want and I’ll never stop. I don’t think I’ll ever be “there” no matter how far I make it so I know I’m destined to chase my dreams until I die.

How did you get into modeling and acting?

I fell into modeling after doing a favor for a friend of a friend.  She needed someone to go around Vancouver with her so that she could take black and white photos for her photography class project.  To this day my very favorite photo is one from that day.  I loved the experience and decided that I should do it again.

Acting is something that I’ve been passionate about since I was 12.  That’s when I joined my first drama club.  After being the lead of the play every year until I graduated, in different schools with different directors, I knew that it was something I could go after when I finished school.  When I was 13 Kathy Lee Gifford told me something that I never forgot.  She said “find what you love doing, and get paid for doing it. Follow your dreams.”  It may sound cheesy but I never forgot her words and every time I’m on set it makes me smile.

What’s strangest thing that has happened to you on set?

The strangest thing that happened to me on set would have to be the haunted antics that went on during the filming of Killer Bash.  I’ve filmed at the notoriously haunted Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C. for two different projects now, but when we did Killer Bash there were way too many scenarios that couldn’t be explained.  The worst being when the main cast (4 or 5 of us) waited until everyone else had left one night and went wandering around in the dark to explore.  We ended up being chased out by footsteps running at us from down a pitch-black hallway… Not only were we terrified, the boys were angry. They were sure that someone had hidden to scare us. They waited and waited and looked and looked… but no one else was there.

Your photos were taken by Karolina Turek. What’s it like working with her?

Karolina is amazing!  I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with her several times over the last 5 years or so.  She always provides me with something interesting, fresh, and new.  Her shooting style is unparalleled.  When shooting, she truly has your best interest in mind… as a woman she is able to work every angle and every shade of light to your advantage.  She makes women look and feel their most beautiful and that is something that is special and invaluable. She’s got a gift… not to mention the fact that she is absolutely gorgeous herself and should be in front of the camera more often!

You’re a big fan of your hometown Vancouver, what makes it so great?

I really am proud to live here in Vancouver.  There are so many reasons but for the most part it’s the beauty of this city that really captivates me.  When the sun is shining in Vancouver and you can see the ocean and the mountains, it takes your breath away.  I go up to Whistler often (and have lived there in the past) and no matter how many times I do that sea-to-sky highway drive, it never gets old.  I feel like I live in a gigantic postcard.  Sure it would be sweet if it rained a little less, but then our lush greenery wouldn’t be as beautiful.  It’s perfect here.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I rock expert on Guitar Hero… not gonna lie.

What’s your favorite body part?

The eyes.  When you are close enough to someone to see the flecks of color in their eyes, and how it all moves and changes as the person is thinking… It’s pretty crazy.  Not only can eyes be incredibly beautiful, they’re fascinating too.

What qualities do you look for in a guy?

I look for a touch of old fashioned gentleman mixed with modern equality and respect... throw a whole lot of romance in there and you’ve got an amazing mix ;)

Do you have any special advice for guys?

I promise you, when competitive guys get aggressive with each other in front of girls like peacocks showing their feathers, it really doesn’t impress us.  In fact it has the exact opposite effect.  You want to impress us, let the peacocks make asses of themselves and come cuddle…


Photography by Karolina Turek.