Thursday, June 14, 2012
Kassia Meador doubles for Lindsay Lohan
By Madison Kahn
Artist Richard Phillips' "First Point" isn't your typical surf movie: It's a 1960s-inspired, artsy short, scored by Thomas Bangalter, half of two-time Grammy winner Daft Punk -- and it has wild-card celebrity Lindsay Lohan in it.
The film premiered Monday at Switzerland's Art Basel festival and will be showcased again at New York's Gagosian Gallery in mid-September. Though Lohan is the star of the film, it's pro surfer Kassia Meador who actually does the surfing. Meador, who's also an artist and model, spoke to ESPN.com about being Lohan's surf double and her take on the film.
How did you get this gig?
"I have an art dealer friend that knew Richard [Phillips] from some of his shows. She's surfed with me since I was a kid, so when Richard needed someone she immediately asked me if I was available. The next day I was filming at Malibu's Surfrider Beach."
Why did you want to be involved with a film like this?
"I'm always interested in projects like this, and that's why I jumped at this opportunity. I enjoy collaborating with people who I think have wonderful vision, and I hope to continue doing so. I've also loved working on projects that are a little bit different than the norm. This film couldn't have been more perfect."