When did you first discover acting?
In Fourth grade I was selected to sing “Cherry Tree Chop” in the American Celebration of George Washington Jubilee for Lake Highland Preparatory School. My mother dressed me in a long sleeve, high necked, red and whited checked…with lace, prairie-dress. As I began…”Little George went out into the yard one day, to see what he could see, he was bored he didn’t know what to play, till he found an axe and a cherry tree…” I felt my throat go dry and an uncontrollable cough come on…My mother, who had dressed me for winter on the Potomac, saw it happening. She grabbed a glass of water and ran it to me on stage. My face turned as red as my picnic red checked dress…I gulped the water and finished the song. I learned three things that day, I can not sing to save my life, It was time to start wearing deodorant…and…I loved being part of creating a story that brought joy to people and transported them to another time and place.
What was your first acting role?
After the Cherry Tree Chop, I waited a while…took some classes and auditioned again my senior year of HS. I played Mrs. Frankenstein in the terrifying staged thriller At the end of the year I was given the Thespian Award…I think they were amazed I got back up there after the fourth grade experience.
How did you get into film acting?
I always had a desire to work in film in and television. Prayerfully, I waited for God to make it clear that it was His timing…His compelling, not my own. I read about “Letters to God” being filmed in Orlando and I tracked down the casting director, now a dear friend. They had completed casting by the time I found out about it, except for one role…one line…I sent in my headshot and they called me in! Having never auditioned for film, I was just excited for that opportunity. When I found out I booked it I was over the moon. God is good and his timing is always His and perfect.
What faith-based films have you been a part of?
“When The Waters Rise” (Short Film), “Letters to God”, “Renee” (with Kat Dennings. Based on the true story of “To Write Love On Her Arms”, “Broken” (with Sorren Fulton). And of course “INSPIRATION POP 2929”.
What other films have you been a part of?
“The Spectacular Now” which truly has a faith based message of hope and truth.
What type of character do you prefer to play?
I love the opportunity to live the lives of many…finding the ways you are similar and the things that make you different; intellectually, morally, spiritually…it’s all a gift and an exercise in empathy, personal growth, adventure and grace.
What has been your favorite character to play?
I truly, honestly, love them all for unique and various reasons…loved Marnie, her desire for love and being known, on a journey to find there is only ONE who loves and knows us fully… and working opposite my dear friend, Britt.…pure grace! I loved “The Spectacular Now”, a mother struggling to be a mother….It was an amazing experience to improv and play in all of my scenes with amazing actors… Like many a project, the story being served turned to the romance between the two teenagers and the parents’ involvement in their lives became vague and a hindrance to their resolve (todays pop culture). Thus, 90% ended on the cutting room floor. However, the many days of working in a totally organic and authentic way were pure joy! Elvira from “Blithe Spirit” on stage was a guilty pleasure…a ghost taunting and haunting her husband And lastly, Christine Miller on the new Nickelodeon show, “Every Witch Way!” Getting caught in traps, oatmeal dumped on my head, iguanas running wild…pure fun!
What has been your most memorable experience on a film set?
Always, on any project, the time off screen that God provides with amazing people…that then lends to the time on screen…and Tim Arnold always saving the day!
Tell us about your role in “Inspiration Pop 2929”.
Marnie is not very endearing to those watching. She is angry and bitter, from a life of waiting, but not knowing what she is waiting for…she has used her talents in the work force and has been a dutiful, supportive wife, but is lonely and unfulfilled. Finding herself close to middle-aged with a husband who is more devoted to his work than to her, she is forced to an emotional rock bottom. She desires attention, love and hope…to be completely known. She has come to a place of disconnect and indifference and also unexpectedly pregnant. With a hardened heart towards her work obsessed, but kind, exuberant, yet romantically and intimately inept husband…she is at a cross-roads of breaking her vow and searching for something new, or trusting in the unknown and waiting with expectation…
Do you perform other filmmaking roles besides actor?
Avid supporter…Sitting in many a theatre…eating popcorn and drinking Coke a Cola while being completely transported…
What do you do when you’re not acting?
I am a daughter of the King of Kings and a passionate lover and servant of Jesus, wife to wonderful Bruce, mother to Drew, 17, Matt, 14, JD 12, home for 4 dogs, 5 fish, an eel, a chipmunk…daughter, sister, friend, producer, beach goer, horseback rider, ok cook, lover of life and the immeasurably more!
What are your goals for the future?
To live the abundant life now, no matter what the circumstances and to be compelled or constrained in family, work and play by the love of Christ…
And maybe learn how to carry a tune…and get a tattoo…
God is goooooood. The friends and family I met and made in Inspiration are like none other…divine appointments indeed. Moonshine—baaaaaaaaad!;)