Tracy McNulty, known by most as “Stresh”, is an Asian American actress and producer, known for her roles in “Maxing” (2014), Helicopter Mom (2014), Fifty Shades of Shane (2014), and Emma’s Chance (2016). Her latest film is The Condo, a zany, high-spirited comedy from acclaimed director James Cullen Bressack, that tells of four married friends that buy a condo to share as a bachelor pad, a place to bring their mistresses, until the wives and girlfriends bust the cheating spouses. The film hits VOD next week from Gravitas Ventures.
indieactivity: When did your film career kick off, Tracy?
Tracy: I’ve always wanted to become an actress at an early age of 12 I acted a play for a Christian church where I play Martha..you know the part when Jesus visits the family, and there was Martha always busy cleaning the house. Many few years later..By the year 2009, I co-produce two indie films. Then I produced my own short comedy web series by 2013 that’s when I started getting calls directly for role offers! Feels so blessed!
indieactivity: And before we go any before – where did the nickname ‘Stresh’ come from?
Tracy: Stresh is my real Asian name or nickname. My YouTube Channel is Stresh Channel and as well as my personalized plate in my Mercedes! hahaha
indieactivity: What do you prefer to be called?
Tracy: Tracy! It’s okay whichever I can receive checks for both names Stresh or Tracy hahaha!
indieactivity: Who have you enjoyed working with the most? Anyone that has really impressed you?
Tracy: Baron Jay Littleton because he has trusted me to bring in good people to work with us in this movie. The vision that I want in everything like I want it diverse from the crew to the cast..and from wardrobe thru the selection of cast which I got personally involved and recommended very competent people. I also gave my lead role to another actress who I think will be more appealing to our movie considering as a producer not just as an actor. But in the end, my principal role is significant as well because it’s a very comedic situation!
indieactivity: When did the journey on “The Condo” begin?
Tracy: It was May 2014 in Burbank of a pizza restaurant, and yes I was having a slice of cheese pizza and fries that time while holding the script I received from Baron. We come up an idea of putting up a comedy movie with few actor friends. We thought of only 10 people involve.. now we ended up 30 to 100 more cast, and crew can’t believe it.
indieactivity: How would you describe the tone?
Tracy: Although there would be some action and suspense in this movie overall, it’s comedic and seriously funny.
indieactivity: Tell us about working with James Cullen Bressack on this one?
Tracy: He is easy to work with and trust us the same way we believe him.. This is the first time I’ve worked with James, and I’ve known him for directing horror movies like the one in Animal Planet, so I was telling him this would be his first best comedy film ever! Haha, I’m grateful and blessed for him being part of this comedy film he has a vision that a very talented young director can see, feel, and hear..that’s all him I think he is a genius. And yes all the little things I’ve suggested and my vision came to life, and I’m delighted and forever thankful.
indieactivity: Being a film about men cheating on their spouses, it’s quite a timely movie – isn’t it?
Tracy: I believe that whatever you decide in your life it’ll come back and haunt you in return. This movie will give you lessons to learn that there will always be consequences. You need to think twice if you plan on cheating someone still watches over you. Your conscience and God.
indieactivity: What’s your take on everything that’s going down in Hollywood at the moment, with Weinstein, Spacey etc?
Tracy: I’m very thankful for this to come out its been years and I’ve seen a lot of the actors both men and women got sexually abused or harassed and met a Weinstein or Spacey power people. I wish a lot more actors should come out and disclose this in the media or may just come out on youtube on their own. Because if they inform their managers or agents its all being taken care of under the table or being brushed off. Other times they don’t want to talk about the abuse because their careers might not go further.
Most of them everyone in Hollywood we all are aware but we just look the other way..let it go because we’re all busy filming and busy to care. I warned one of the actresses before not to sleep with the director but she still did. So she always did thinking it would make her career, and she thought she’d end up with him..but she didn’t’.
My message to young or adult actors and actresses, please do not let anyone abuse and use you. Let someone know your family or anyone close to you. Videotape or record your conversations.
indieactivity: You also associate produced The Condo. Was it difficult wearing two hats on the movie?
Tracy: Not really I enjoyed working hands-on in everything..from castings…including the crafty, making sure the makeup dept arrived for the day, behind the scenes photos, pr photographer and suggesting for delicious lunch for the day! It was so much fun! It was so exciting I’ve learned a lot, so in our next film I relaxed a bit haha
indieactivity: What’s next for you?
Tracy: I have another film title “Deadly Reunion” with the same director James Cullen Bressack and Baron Jay productions. This is a horror film with a twist! I’ll be filming overseas from Dec 2017 to Feb 2018 in Asia. So I’ll be back soon.