Me: That’s why we love cats! Do you ever rehearse or run
lines with Quincy?
Jillian: She is like every cat — she likes to sit on everything
important that I need, anything I need at any given moment.
A lot of times, I’ll find myself in my room either with my
computer or stretched out on the bed, and she’s just taking a
nap on my script. It’s like she is saying, “No, mom, you’re not
going to run lines right now. You’re just going to sit and pet
me because I want all the love in the world, and I don’t want
you to run your lines.”
Me: Many people are drawn to specific pets because they
share similar personalities. Is that true for you and Quincy?
Jillian: I would definitely consider her sassy personality
as something that I also have. But something that is different
than me (I would hope) is that she’s a very, very needy cat.
And I don’t know if that’s her breed, or if it’s just her. She
loves to be babied. The moment I walk in the door, she starts
talking to me and telling me about her day.
Me: You’re very involved with the American Diabetes
Association because your brother has Type 1 diabetes. Did you
know that feline diabetes is also quite common?
Jillian: Yep, my brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18. Actually, I don’t know a ton of facts
about feline diabetes, but a few years ago, someone left a cat
behind in an apartment complex where I lived. This poor cat
was just roaming the complex, hungry and looking for food,
so we began feeding him and eventually took him in. We
noticed the cat was not doing well and took him to the vet.
They diagnosed him with diabetes. I think it had just been
too long that the cat had gone untreated. We did our best
to treat him, but he was already too far gone and passed
away a few days later. But that was the first time I had been
made aware that this was a big issue for cats. Prior to that, I
had no idea.
Me: What is one thing you wish people would know about
cats in general?
Jillian: I wish people would stop thinking that cats are
not as good as dogs. I feel like cats have been very popular
recently because of the Internet, and everyone posts funny
videos and cat pictures, but truly, cats are so much more than
a video — they are amazing and so fun and so curious — they
have so much emotion! I mean, I love dogs, but cats give
you a wide range of emotion and mystery. I think that’s so
interesting, and it’s something people don’t understand until
they’ve lived with one.
Me: Does Quincy impact your life as an actress?
Jillian: Oh, she definitely does. It’s interesting because
I had cats growing up, but I’m not sure that impacted me
as much as it does now. Now, I’m living on my own in L.A.,
and it’s always such a busy schedule and crazy life. When I
come home at night, it’s so comforting to know that I have
this little creature that is in my apartment just waiting to
cuddle with me! After spending 16 hours on my feet — in
heels, at work — I can come home and sit on the couch,
and she’ll immediately come up to me and start giving me
kisses. Knowing that I have her to come home to makes me
instantly relaxed. It’s something that I really didn’t expect,
but it happened and it’s just been the best thing.
Me: If you were to choose a character from
Awkward that Quincy is most like, who would it
Jillian: Oh man, I think it would be a mixture. She’s definitely a little Tamara because
she’s very sassy and energized. She’s also
a little bit of Sadie because when she
wants to, she can be totally stand-offish and super sassy and even
kind of mean. She’s also a bit of
Lissa because sometimes she does
things, and I’ll look at her and
say, “Why would you do such
a dumb thing?” So, she has a
pretty good mixture.
To see more Jillian and Quincy, follow them at
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Stacy Mantle is an award-winning writer, founder of the
popular website petsweekly.com, and best-selling author
of the Shepherd series. When she’s not writing, she can be
found assisting with TNR rescue missions or volunteering
at rescue events. She currently resides in the deserts of
the Southwest with several cats, a few dogs, and a very
understanding husband. Visit her at stacymantle.com.