TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR ACTING CAREER:
I was raised around Movies and TV show productions. My dad was in the ‘business’ since I was a young kid, in front of the camera and behind the camera, so there was always a ‘buzz’ of a movie being made or a TV show or commercial being made that my dad had something to do with, so of course, I soaked it all up and got to be around the celebrities and stars that my dad became friends with.
I was born in West Covina, CA, and we moved to Carson City, NV, in the mid-1970s. I remember my three siblings and me re-enacting Bugs Bunny cartoons at a young age. I was involved with local theater, school politics, planning events and loved every minute of it. My creative brain was always on fire! And anything comedy, slapstick, sketch, or improvisation just lit me up, loved it, still do. I moved to Los Angeles after high school in 1986 and jumped right into acting classes and auditions, booking jobs and surrounding myself with all things entertainment. I haven’t stopped. I was cast as the young ingenue/girl next door, then young mom, then businesswoman, to now being cast not long ago as a Grandma! I also teach acting classes to children and adults, so things have come full circle.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO BECOME AN ACTOR?
When I was about eight years old, watching endless TV sitcoms and hours of TV commercials, I always thought, ‘I could do that.’ Just the thought of being someone else sounded fascinating to me, and getting paid to do that just blew my mind. My secret wish back then was to be on The Love Boat.
IF YOU GOT TO CHOOSE ONE MOVIE AND ONE CHARACTER IN IT TO PORTRAY, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
I love the movie “When Harry Met Sally” and would love to be Sally, played by Meg Ryan. The character is goofy, emotional, heartfelt, the writing is fantastic, and I love the soundtrack. And, of course, the iconic diner scene…now that would be fun.
DID YOU HAVE ANY FORMAL TRAINING TO BECOME AN ACTOR?
When I moved to Hollywood in 1986, cold-reading classes were a big thing, so I signed up for as many as I could to meet Casting Directors. I also had a coach at 18 years old, Toni Attell, who I have just recently reconnected with and have been taking her online classes concentrating on scene study, character development, and connection. I spent three years at The Groundlings on Melrose to fine-tune my sketch comedy and writing skills, which from there I was part of a 3-woman comedy team, “The Jersey Girls” that performed all over Southern California – so much fun (and is how I met my husband – he was in the audience, I was on stage hoping to get a TV show; instead I got a proposal). ABC-TV casting director Bobby Hoffman was a great class I thoroughly enjoyed, and I also took a Commercial Acting class with Tepper-Gallegos. I then ventured into voiceover classes. I jumped into any workshop, class, theater playground I could (if it was affordable). I am still friends with fellow acting classmates from over three decades now. We still support each other and try and catch each other’s shows; the bonds are still strong. You’re never done stretching your acting muscles; consider yourself a Theatrical Athlete. Keep those muscles sharp and limber!
WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?
That would be Sissy Spacek. Every character she portrays, she is that character. From “Carrie” to “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and everything big and small in between. So effortless. Her range is unbelievable. She’s not interested in fame or photoshoots, and she does her job; she is a true artist and has no fear.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN THE TARGET LIST:
My character is Dr. Rachel Atwood. She is part of a team that has found the cure for cancer. She was excited to share this with the world and get people healed and healthy, even though there was danger involved and a price to pay.
ARE PEOPLE GOING TO RELATE WITH THE CHARACTER AND WHY (EVEN IF HE/SHE IS THE VILLAIN)?
Oh, absolutely, this character is relatable! Doing good for others was her motivation, which I think is at the core of most people, even when there are risks involved.
DO YOU SHARE ANYTHING WITH THIS CHARACTER?
I hope so! I try and be a positive influence in people, “being in their shoes,” and looking for ways to help rather than to hinder or block.
WHICH 3 ADJECTIVES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE THE TARGET LIST TO A POTENTIAL AUDIENCE?
Nail-Biter, Goodness and Evil.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING ON THE TARGET LIST?
It was run like a well-oiled machine. Everyone was ready to work and tell this story. Mad Wife Productions I have worked with before, and it’s always been a top-notch experience. Time is not wasted. The writers were also on set to give some insight as well, and of course, working with local talent is always the best!
The Target List Movie is Coming Soon!
The Target List pilot movie is a high-energy, fast-paced medical-action-thriller.
The pilot movie is a shorter version of the full feature screenplay written by MJ Palo and John Reizer.
Interviews with the cast members from The Target List pilot movie are coming here soon. Stay tuned for important announcements about the release of the movie’s official trailer and poster.
The Target List is now in post-production, where the sound design, music score, and VFX enhancements are being incorporated into the film. I have viewed the Director’s cut of the movie and was very impressed with how well everything turned out.