This year, Priscilla can be seen starring as Izzy Silva in the highly anticipated, DirecTV series “You, Me, Her.”
Set to premiere at SXSW 2016, “You Me Her” infuses the grounded and relatable sensibilities of an indie rom-com with a distinctive twist. What begins as an impulsive “date” between suburban husband Jack [Greg Poehler] and neophyte escort Izzy [Faia] spins into a whirlwind three-way affair including Jack’s wife Emma [Rachel Blanchard], who’s been keeping secrets of her own. Their “arrangement” soon breaks free of its financial bonds to become something else entirely – a real romance with real stakes involving three real people. Priscilla shines as Izzy, a Portlandian graduate student who is coaxed into escorting by her wild roommate. “You, Me, Her” was created and written by John Scott Shepherd (“Save Me,” “The Days”), who also serves as executive producer and show runner. Nisha Ganatra (“Transparent,” “Shameless,” “Married”) is the sole director on “You Me Her,” and also serves as co-executive producer.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Priscilla may be best known for her role as quirky and fearless rookie police officer Chloe Price in “Rookie Blue” [Global in Canada, Universal Channel in the UK, and ABC in the US]. She was named one of “Canada’s Shining Stars” in Real Style Magazine, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series, for her work on the show.
Chilled got to hang with Priscilla and chat about what she does with her down time and her obsession with all things food and bourbon.
Chilled: Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on or have coming up.
Priscilla Faia: I just finished up the first season of a new series called ‘You Me Her’ for DirecTV written by John Scott Shepherd, directed by Nisha Ganatra. I’m really excited about it. I play Izzy Silva, a Portlandian psychology student who moonlights as an escort. She’s hired by Jack (Greg Poehler) for a date, and they hit it off. Jack is married to Emma (Rachel Blanchard) and somehow the three of them get spun into a three-way love affair. It’s funny and grounded. The way that it’s explained in the synopsis is that it’s a ‘polyromantic comedy, indy rom-com with a distinctive twist’. I had such a good time working on this. Great cast. Great crew. We will be premiering the series at the SXSW festival in March.
Chilled: With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your down time?
PF: When I’m working, it’s my whole life. I tend to not sleep and just plow through. It’s totally unbalanced, and I’m working on it haha. When I’m not working, my life is completely different, I get to be a human again. I try to create some routine and do things I hate, but are good for me like go to the gym, write, and take care of myself. I do this so I don’t go mental and walk around in a bathrobe for five days straight. My family is super important to me, so I usually apologize for ignoring them, and then spend as much time with them as I can. I’m learning to play the guitar which has been really fun. A very big part of my off time is with my tribe — my ladies. They rock. We like to dance. In another life, I genuinely believe that we would have been in Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” video.
Chilled: When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
PF: I had the pleasure of living in Toronto for a few years while working on ‘Rookie Blue,’ and that’s where my obsession with food began. Toronto has all these incredible tiny restaurants that take a lot of pride in making killer food with local ingredients and flavors that blow your mind. So now wherever I am, I like to find restaurants that have small menus. I figure the less options, the more delicious the food will be.
Chilled: What types of dishes do you usually order?
PF: I’m not a picky eater. I’m a big fan of seafood, as I grew up on the west coast, so if there’s white fish on the menu, I’ll probably order it. Also, french fries, chips, whatever you call them. If it’s a deep fried potato, I can’t say no.
Chilled: Do you cook?
PF: Yes. I love to cook. I especially love to cook for my friends and family. If I can put some good wholesome food in the bellies of people I love, it’s a good day.
Chilled: What types of drinks do you order when out?
PF: Bourbon. On the rocks, in an Old Fashioned, whatever. It’s all good to me.
Chilled: Do you prepare drinks at home?
PF: Not really. It’s usually bourbon on the rocks, or wine.
Chilled: Do you own a home bar?
PF: I wish I was one of those people who enjoyed finding flavored bitters, and swizzle sticks. I just keep the essentials stocked.
Chilled: If you own a home bar, what is it stocked with?
PF: I always have Woodford Reserve in my cupboard. Nothing better. And I usually have a bottle of red wine kicking around.
Chilled: What is your favorite drink/cocktail?
PF: I don’t like to pick favorites, but I have one worth mentioning. I got to travel through Peru a few years ago, and alongside the people, I fell in love with the Pisco Sour. Its a magical drink. If you haven’t tried it, do yourself a favor and find a place that makes it right.
Chilled: Have you ever been a bartender?