WHO: Colby Minifie
WHAT: When Colby Minifie isn’t busy running PR for a group of corrupt superheroes (trust—it’s no easy feat) in Amazon’s hit series The Boys, she’s fighting off zombies and leading a group of hostile post-apocalyptic survivors in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Two very different roles, but a perfect example of Minifie’s range as a performer and her brilliance on screen. In addition to starring in two major fall TV shows this year, the 28-year-old also checked off an item on her career bucket list, appearing in Charlie Kauffman’s latest mind-bender, I’m Thinking of Ending of Things, streaming now on Netflix.
I knew The Boys was something special when… I read it. I wasn’t over the moon about the prospect of another superhero show at first, but it’s so well written—even the stage directions are hilarious—that by the middle of the first episode, I wanted to be a part of it.
My The Boys character Ashley Barrett is such a joy to play, because… I get to strut around in some fancy pantsuits and suck up to superheroes. What could be more fun?! Really, the joy is getting to play with the rest of that cast. Eric Kripke put a team together who are seriously down to clown.
I can really relate to Ashley in that… She is trying to do the best she can with the job she has. I feel like we are all trying our best in these wild times, and that’s what makes her loveable in her strange way.
One invaluable thing I did to prepare for my role in Fear the Walking Dead was… Learn my lines. Virginia is a talker. A great talker. And she doesn’t sound so good when her actress doesn’t know what she’s saying.
In order to get into the headspace of Virginia on Fear the Walking Dead, I will usually…
Make a joke and do a little dance. Virginia is really intense, the sun is really hot, and we are usually covered in dirt, so I gotta lighten the load. Luckily, the folks on set are up for it.
One of the most memorable moments of my career thus far has been… The Charlie Kaufman movie [I’m Thinking of Ending Things] will be one of those things that I’ll put on my tombstone. “She was in a Kaufman movie once.” That has a nice ring to it. But also, my theater experiences are pretty memorable for me. Each play is months of your life, and you come out of it a tea bag steeped in language and laughs and night after night of holding on for dear life to the present.
Maybe when I was doing a play in New York and I forgot a major plot-defining prop off stage one night and spent the rest of the show trying to fill the now gaping plot holes while holding back tears. After the show, I got a knock on my dressing room door and Joan Rivers stepped in and said, “I have no idea what the play is about, but the acting was incredible!”
The actors or creators on my radar right now are… Michaela Coel! Chloé Zhao! Alice Birch! The women behind Pen15. And I can’t get enough of Jessie Buckley, Daniel Kaluuya, Zoë Chao, and always, always Jesse Plemons.
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… I mean, the orange creamsicle pantsuit from The Boys is pretty epic. It’s the closest I’ll get to the Lloyd Christmas suit in Dumb and Dumber, and, honestly, it’s not close enough.
However, if you catch me off duty, chances are I’m wearing… A tee and my Patagonia baggies. No joke—they are the comfiest shorts I’ve ever owned and Patagonia is my favorite company. They make much of their apparel out of recycled plastic bottles, they have a trade-in/buy-back policy, and they will mend your clothing for free. Plus, they got all the outdoor gear I need. I’d argue it’s worth the money. (Nope, I’m not sponsored by them, but I’m awaiting my call.)
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…