(Collin Stark) It’s Tacoma Thursdays again, and while we all eagerly anticipate the arrival of Tacoma FD on March 28th, we want to introduce you to one of the stars of the show you need to keeping a VERY close eye on, and that’s the one and only Hassie Harrison. This lovely Texan goofball is blowing up in a big way, and we’re super excited to have her coming to HQ this Friday to hang with Chivers, enjoy a stellar comedy show with her costars Heff and Lemme, and celebrate their new series.
Hassie was kind enough to take the time to chat with us about an army of 100 duck-sized horses, how she graduated high school at 15, and what it was like being a part of truTV’s new comedy, Tacoma FD.
Now, it’s time we all met Hassie Harrison!
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) So you’re a Texan. What’s your favorite BBQ spot?
My dad’s backyard. He makes a mouth-watering brisket. But when I’m in Austin, I love Franklin’s or The Salt Lick.
(Collin Stark) When did you realize you wanted to be an actor?
It was something that was always in my bones as a kid. My mom was very involved with the Children’s Theater in Dallas. So I was lucky to have access to it my whole childhood.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) We heard you went to college early. Very impressive! How old were you? What were you studying that you were so good at?
I graduated high school at 15 and went to college at 16. I don’t know that I’m particularly gifted in any one subject, but I’m just a hard worker and very driven. I’ve always had a mind for business and the arts and It’s so cool that I found a career that utilizes both.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
There’s a Chinese proverb that I like a lot. “If you don’t want anyone to know it, don’t do it.”
(Charley Gallay/Getty Images) What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?
Nice guys finish last. I actually believe that kindness goes a long way in life. People tend to really appreciate and remember kindness. I know I do!
(Collin Stark) Give us your best dad joke.
I ain’t saying she’s a golddigger…but she did migrate to California in 1849…
(Collin Stark) Favorite movie (that you’re not in)?
Oooh, I gotta go top 3: Coming to America, City of God and Legends of the Fall. Wait, one more!!! Ghost in the Darkness.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) Chivers love to drink. What’s your drink of choice?
Any spicy tequila situation. Or Jameson on the rocks.
(Collin Stark) What’s the strangest thing about you that you’re willing to share?
When I turn off my lights at night, I still run in the dark and jump into bed so monsters under the bed don’t grab my feet and pull me into the darkness.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) Go-to karaoke song?
I am not even kidding you. I have never done karaoke. I am terrified of singing in public. I shouldn’t be saying this because now Heffernan and Lemme are going to make me do it on the show.
(Beth Dubber) So, in Tacoma FD you play Lucy McConky, daughter of Chief Terry McConky (played by Kevin Heffernan). You think the crew gave you a tougher time because you’re the Chief’s daughter?
Yes, they absolutely did. But at the same time, it’s been super fun to see how they make space for Lucy. How they take care of her and protect her because she is the only female. It is almost like I am a little sister to all of them. 10 years ago, this might have looked extremely different. I’m thrilled to be working at a time where women are respected in a way they never have been before.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) We know your house wouldn’t burn down, because you’re a firefighter now and would never let that happen, but if it did and you could only bring one thing with you, what would it be?
My dog. Photos. And my cast-iron frying pan that I’ve been faultlessly seasoning for years.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?
Great question! 100 little horses, of course. I would try to make peace with them. Make friends. Take them home as pets. You know, My Little Pony vibes.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) Do you have a hidden talent?
I try not to hide my talents… I try to keep them in the open… But for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a bit of a wizard when it comes to finding scraps of paper to wrap old gum in. Noting when the finale of a firework show is taking place. Recognizing fighting words and expressing them as such.
(Collin Stark) 2019 is off to a hot start for you! You’re in the wonderful film Iron Orchard, which recently hit theaters, and Tacoma FD is right on its heels. Are people starting to recognize you on the street?
Yeah, definitely starting to happen… there are billboards and buses with my mug on it all over the place! It’s super surreal.
(Beth Dubber) Did you get to do any real firefighter training for the show?
Yeah, Kevin’s cousin, Bill Heffernan, was our technical advisor on set. He’s been a firefighter for twenty-five years in West Haven Connecticut and kept us on front street for all things lingo and technical. One of the things I really love about this show is that we’re all choice firefighters and take our jobs seriously…just not the rest of our lives.
(Instagram/Hassie Harrison) What was the most ridiculous thing that happened on set while shooting Tacoma FD?
They took a chance on a knuckle-headed Texas gal like me!!!
(Beth Dubber) Anything you want to add/share with our Chivers out there about Tacoma FD, or anything at all for that matter, the floor is yours!
I just hope everyone tunes in and enjoys the show even half as much as we enjoyed making it. Also, with so much to be cynical about these days, I hope Tacoma FD can bring some humor and love into everybody’s homes.
I also wanted to include a shout out to all the real badass firefighters out there who risk their lives to keep us safe. I hope the Chivers will send some love back to the IAFF Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. These guys are the real talent and I have such immense respect for what they do.
Thanks to Hassie for taking the time to chat with us knuckleheads! It’s a treat to get to know you better! Everyone be sure to tune in and watch Hassie crush the role of Lucy McConky when Tacoma FD premieres next Thursday, March 28th at 10:30 PM EST on truTV!
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