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Jami Harris

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Why did you start acting?I can’t ever remember not being a performer. As a little kid, like 4 or 5 years old, I started making up songs and skits and perform them for anyone who’d watch. As I got a little older, when my friends would come over to play I’d talk them into writing plays that we could perform for my parents. I don’t think I fully understood the drive to act back then, but now I believe that it’s always been about telling a good story and being part of something bigger than myself. I see acting as a way to bring meaning to chaos, to help people see the world a little differently.What actor do you look to as an example or who inspires you?

Chris Weatherhead and Clarence Felder. They’re brilliant and so dedicated to their craft. I’m also completely in awe of Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Kristin Chenoweth (for different reasons). I’ve read Kristin’s autobiography at least 10 times, and her story, attitude, and perseverance are more inspirational to me each time.

What has been your most satisfying moment on set?

I had a dayplayer role in a project shot in Oklahoma where the core production team and lead cast members had all been flown in from the east coast. I was really impressed with all of them and a little intimidated. My role was pretty emotional, and in one scene I had to break down and start crying. After we finished shooting, the director hugged me and told me I was just as good as any New York actress. I think just being put in the same category as these actors and actresses I really admired meant a lot to me. AND also getting to eat an entire gigantic piece of chocolate cake with my hands in a scene. Cause 1) chocolate cake!! and 2) getting to stuff chocolate cake in my mouth in the least dignified manner possible – well, that’s just awesome!

4. Why did you decide to do The Last Beautiful Girl & what are you looking forward to most?

I’m just excited to get to work with James Christopher and an incredible cast and crew! It’s a great opportunity to finally get to work with some folks I’ve admired for a while. And I’m super stoked that fellow Okie actress Marcie will be shooting her scene the same day! And I’ve gotta admit, the chance to eat a P. Terry’s burger while I’m in town might be high on the list as well…

5. Top 10 Movies

1. Steel Magnolias

2. Waiting for Guffman

3. Bowfinger

4. Bridget Jones’ Diary

5. All the LOTR movies

6. The Book Thief

7. Enchanted (I’ve frequently been compared to Amy Adams’ character in this, and yes, I do randomly burst into song.)

8. Life is Beautiful

9. Wag the Dog

10. White Christmas

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