Her latest directorial effort, Distance, had its World Premiere at Dances With Films 2022 and has been selected to screen at the Burbank International Film Festival. She also recently completed her first feature length documentary called Tender Points: A Fibromyalgia Journey, which she directed, wrote, and produced. The film, about a young woman with the chronic and incurable illness and her brave search for hope, has been acquired by Virgil Films & Entertainment.
DeYoung made her professional acting debut on the critically acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad, filmed in her home state of New Mexico. Other notable credits include episodes of S.W.A.T.(CBS), Forever (Amazon), Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV) and the film Culture Shock (Hulu). In addition to Distance, DeYoung has directed eight other short films. The ambitious films she has directed have been screened across the globe, including Throw Like a Girl which received multiple awards including “Best in Show” and “Best Cinematography” and has screened at prestigious film festivals including SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Austin Revolution Film Festival and Dances With Films. She also picked up a “Best Short” and “Audience Award” for her film Still Life, which received distribution with ShortsTV.
Chilled had the opportunity to speak with Seri about how she enjoys her time off-screen making lavender cocktails and learning about mixology.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
I recently wrapped on filming Season 4 of Good Trouble and my character Claire had some exciting things going on!
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
I love to get outside, whether chilling by my pool, hiking, or enjoying a day at the beach. The sunshine is my friend.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I’m from New Mexico so there’s a few Mexican Restaurants that I love to go to! El Compadre is a favorite, as well as Casa Vega and Gracias Madre. Something about a cozy Mexican Restaurant always reminds me of home.
What types of dishes do you typically order?
Any combination of cheesy, spicy, and covered in avocado. I’m a vegetarian and I love Mexican Veggie dishes.
Any Favorite Bars?
I love Blue Collar. It’s this very unassuming bar on Fairfax, but it’s so fun.
What drinks do you order when you go out? Favorite Drink?
I’m a tequila girl so I am usually sipping on a reposado with lime. If I’m getting a cocktail I love anything floral or herbal. There is a lavender margarita at Laurel Hardware that has to be one of my all-time favorites.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
If by prepare you mean grab them from my fridge, then yes! I am always trying new canned cocktails. If I’m feeling fancy I have this kit from Los Poblanos, a lavender farm in Albuquerque. I’ll use the lavender infused syrups to make my own lavender cocktails.
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
I’m a pretty simple person at home. usually a reposado, Topo Chicos, and I always have a bottle of Suav Blanc on hand.
Have you ever been a bartender?
No, but I love learning about Mixology.
If you could share a drink with one person who would it be?
My Oma. She loved her red wine. I’ve heard many stories about how she was a real party girl back in the day, and I wish I could have partied with her when she was younger!