1) Why did you start acting? I’ve wanted to be an actor my whole life. I loved to perform and play different characters. I enjoyed making people laugh. As a kid, I wanted to be famous and on the stage or silver screen. The “fame” idea has long changed. I continue to act so that I can tell the stories of those who can’t speak for themselves and that someone watching may be changed. The fact that I’m in love with it helps.
2) What actors do you look to as an example. or Who is your inspiration? I greatly admire the following women: Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton. They are so malleable, such shape shifters- I’ve seen movies that I didn’t know they played the character until the credits. I love their ability to fully immerse themselves in a character and realistically live in whatever world they are in.
3) What has been your most satisfying time on stage or set? This is going to sound narcissistic, but hear me out. Filming my first movie, Behind the Nose. Obviously it was incredibly satisfying to see my words come off the page, and to assume so many roles in it’s creation. But THE reason it was the most satisfying is because I was midway through my Meisner training with Richard Robichaux. I wasn’t sure the technique was working for me, it was changing my life, but I wasn’t sure about my art. Watching the dailiess, I saw the “work” working. It reaffirmed my decision to be an actor, and showed me how I was growing. Any time I question my decision, that moment is what pushes me forward.
4) Why did you decide to The Last Beautiful Girl and what are you looking forward to the most? Besides being a Rob Thomas fan? Kidding, Jim. I fell in love with the script. I wanted to be a part of it on any level. I’m excited that I get to play a comic, and that Jim and I will be co-writing the stand up set. It’s the best of both worlds in my art!
5) What are your top 10 movies of ALL time!
1. The Princess Bride
3. The Last Crusade
4. History of the World Part 1
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
8. High Fidelity
9. The Birdcage
10. Throw Mama from the Train