A local actor and model is set to make her big screen debut in the upcoming new age comedy/drama, “The Beach Bum,” starring Matthew McConaughey.
London Seabreeze (born Chelsea Crutcher) plays a role opposite of McConaughey in the film, which comes out March 29. The film also stars Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron and Jonah Hill. Seabreeze plays a love interest of McConaughey’s character, “Moondog,” a rich, carefree, drug abusing hippie and novelist, struggling to keep the pieces of his life intact. For Seabreeze, getting to play opposite of the Best Actor Oscar-winning McConaughey is a dream come true.
“It was amazing to work with Matthew McConaughey,” said Seabreeze, who sat for her Insight News interview less than 100 yards from her elementary school, Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis. “We shot for 12 hours a day and we shot on a boat off of Key West (Fla.), so between takes we talked quite a bit.”
Seabreeze said she landed the feature role (feature roles are not staring roles, but above being an extra and garners the actor film credit) because her modeling agent felt she’d be a fit to transition into film.
“The agency I was with was gearing me more towards modeling, but there was one agent there who wanted me to audition for film so I got the audition for ‘The Beach Bum’ and I read in a room full of women (competing for the same role) with all these long acting resumes and after I got done reading they (the director and producers) were like, ‘Well, you can fly back now’ and I didn’t think I got the role, but when my flight landed my phone had all these messages telling me I was a finalist for the part,” said Seabreeze.
The budding screen actor and Eden Prairie High School product said once she was offered the role she called her parents to get their approval. She wanted their approval because the film is R rated and her character is one of the reasons.
“I play of love interest of Matthew McConaughey and there’s nudity involved so, I called my mom and dad and asked if they’d be OK with me being topless. My mom and dad joked ‘It’s Matt McConaughey’ and gave me their blessings. They know this is my dream; and to land the role was a huge break,” said Seabreeze.
The model and actor, who is trained in classical ballet and jazz dance, got her acting start at 10 years old playing in Penumbra’s “Black Nativity,” and credits Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy with helping to develop her acting skills. She’s also a product of the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis.
“The Beach Bum” debuted March 9 at SXSW in Austin, Texas and Seabreeze was on hand for that premiere. She said she’s considering a Twin Cities outing for the nationwide opening, which takes place March 29, but those plans have yet to be finalized.