Welcome back to another Fake Geek Girls Like Us interview. Fake Geek Girls Like Us is a feature on +5 Charisma where I interview some awesome geeky and nerdy ladies out in the geek world. This month I get to chat with Chloe Payne and we discuss her play Fake Nerd Girl.
1. Hi Chloe! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, hi there! Sure thing. I’m a writer, director, comedic actor, art educator and based in Toronto. I specialize in physical theatre and comedy. I love cats and I love living in T.O.
2. What is your play “Fake Nerd Girl” about? What was the creative process in putting this show together?
Fake Nerd Girl is the story of a geek girl who, when faced with the trolls of nerd culture, must transform into the superhero she was always meant to be.
It’s super epic, high energy and very funny.
Making this show has been a 2 year process. It started as just the kernel of an idea. I thought, nobody’s talking about nerd girls. Where is the story about us? I started by researching: I interviewed nerd girls, I played table top, I played first person shooters, I worked at Fan Expo in 2015. All to immerse myself in nerd culture.
After doing all that research I wrote and wrote and wrote. And then I threw it all away. In the end, to create this piece, my director and I devised the show through improvisation.
3. Can you tell us about your leading heroine Olive? Do you see any of yourself in Olive?
Olive is innocent, passionate and undeniably dorky. She seems mild mannered but she’s got a big pile of kick ass bubbling beneath the surface.
Do I see any of myself in Olive…? Good question. I see a younger version of myself in Olive. When I was a teenager I was self conscious, anxious, and didn’t really fit in. Just like Olive at the beginning of the show.
4. Where have you performed this play so far? Where can we see it next?
I’ve performed the play at the Springworks Festival in Stratford and at the London Fringe. We’ll be heading to Kingston for the Storefront Festival in just a few days.
5. Have you ever been called a fake nerd or geek girl? If so, what was the context?
I’ve never overtly been called a fake geek girl. But it has been subtly suggested. Moments like when you are at a party and you say, “I really like sci fi.” and some person proceeds to cross examine you to see if you actually know anything about it. I can’t stand it. What does it matter how much a person knows about a subject? Can’t they just enjoy it? Ugh.
6. Was there a moment or a point in time that you realized you might be considered a nerd or a geek?
For a long time I felt like I was more on the periphery. Since I was a teenager I have preferred the company of nerds. It was only once I was in my 20s that I realized that I liked doing all the same things as my nerdy friends, so I could be a nerd too!
7. Who was the first female character that you can remember looking up to?
For some reason, the first name that is popping into my head is Anne from Anne of Green Gables. I read that book at a very young age and I loved that she was so opinionated and scrappy. As a shy child, I always wanted to be that kind of girl: defiant and fearless.
8. Are there any movies or television shows that are coming out that you are looking forward to (near or distant future)?
Apparently the new Star Trek series is being filmed in Toronto. I’m super stoked for that. To this day, almost all I watch is Star Trek. Thank goodness it’s back on Netflix!
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