Hey Jennifer, So excited to be chatting with you!
Very grateful to be able to chat with you all. Projects I worked on 6 months and a year ago are completing.
Where did your love of acting come from?
My parents are responsible for my love of acting. They were the best actors walking!
Plus, my 86 year old dad is a singer/ songwriter. He had his own night club and performed all over. My mom and dad took us to see Broadway shows, movies, opera and local theatre. I fell In love.
Do you have any rituals before filming a show?
Yes, I work out, pray/ meditate , walk and talk as the character. I also, write emotional diaries. This helps me to be part of the character’s life. I use my life, or create what life I can.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career?
This career choice makes it close to impossible to goal set. What I do is continue to work on my craft, practice meditation and creative visualization. Every and any opportunity to act, sing or produce is golden.
Overall, how has this whole acting career experience been for you so far?
I suppose it has been good enough to stay in after 37 years.
What’s your favorite part about being an actor?
Creating, playing and making it believable enough for drawing the viewer into the world the writer writes about.
What is one movie that has greatly influenced your life?
BELL BOOK AND CANDEL It’s a Romantic comedy starring Kim Novak as a witch and Jimmy Stewart as a mortal. Elsa Lanchester and Hermoine Gingold are fabulous in supporting witch roles. I saw this movie in my 20s and watched it dozens of times since I even had a Siamese cat named Pyewacket
What has been your favorite acting role to date?
I loved playing Louise DeFeo in Conjuring2. Not much dialogue. But, that did not matter to me. James Wan is absolute genius. To be able to watch him direct was a gift. And to sit next to him at lunch. I could hardly eat. Then, to have my scene opposite Vera Farmiga, I said , “Ok, I can die now.” BTW, my character did die.
What would be your dream acting role?
I haven’t dreamt it yet.
Do you have any projects in the works you can tell us about?
Last month, I finished doing the ADR for Comedy, Starf*ckers In this film, I get to play Rebecca, Sexy cougar casting director. She’s not been fulfilled relationships in her life. But she sets her eye on the lead, Jimmy, played by Erik Fellows.
Yesterday, I finished ADR for Lyceum, a short film about Abraham Lincoln’s 1838 speech about the dangers of slavery. In this film, I played Sarah Bush Lincoln, lincoln’s stepmother. The films director, Dianna Ippolito, is super wonderful to work with. We have worked on 3 films together.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful oh perfect; you just have to care
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I’m a cowgirl. I have a few horses. It is my addiction and I love barrel racing.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in acting? What advice should they ignore?
Don’t choose acting.
Don’t choose acting
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
Self hypnosis, ride a horse, run on the beach
What social media platform do you use most? Where can people find out what projects you have going on?
IMDB and Instagram
Do you have any other talents other than acting?
I love to sing standards and jazz, I love to dance ballet and jazz. I will pop into The Edge for classes, occasionally.
Any last things you’d like to tell your supporters?
Thank you to all The wonderful people who have been there for me with my career. Especially Sherry Kilpatrick with GTK PR, Bob McGowan Management, Cheryl Murphy, Spectrum Global, Ron Williams , Ivana Chubbuck and all my friends and family. Acting has never been a solo flight. I appreciate and love you all. Xo