Sara J. Pittock is a Portland based actress who appears in the upcoming films Shatterpoint and The Suffering.
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Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: I’ve been telling stories as long as I’ve been able to think, and I’ve tried every medium I could think of. Acting is such a powerful form of story telling, that really sticks with you, and it lasts long after you’re gone. Also, it’s awesome that I can get paid to pretend. I entered into professional acting because I had no-luck getting a dead-end cubicle job, and I needed an extra source of cash to pay my bills. I figured I had nothing to lose. Once I started out as a background extra I knew I was hooked. You have to have a special sort of crazy to enjoy working alongside super-stressed people and waiting for hours on set with nothing but anticipation to entertain you.
Q: What was your most challenging role?
A: So far it’s definitely been Shelly from Be Meaner. It’s a lot harder than it looks to add depth to a character who isn’t as smart as she thinks. Shelly also has a street-wise New York accent, which had taken me months to get the hang of.
Q: Why Portland as opposed to New York, Chicago or Hollywood?
A: I grew up in Oregon, have always loved the scenery and the people. Unlike L.A., people here don’t care as much about social climbing, and in Portland they take pride in their weirdness. Not to mention the scenery is hard to match. Sure, the film community still has a lot of room to grow, and there’s not as much regulation here as there should be. Still, it’s exciting to be part of an industry with so much room to grow. I see more and more films and television shows in production all the time, and I feel blessed to be part of it.
Q: What is your strangest backstage story?
A: In college I joined two street teams of mimes and traveled to Italy. Our host cook was Sicilian, and so every meal he made for us was super spicy. One day when we went out to one of Udine’s piazzas, I got heartburn so bad that I started to developing a migraine. A Romanian tagged along with us, and decided he would personally get me some antacids. He didn’t speak much English and I spoke less Italian, so he had to drag me through the streets of downtown Udine to a pharmacy. He also took me to a bar to order me a glass of water.
Q: Why is it important to keep Portland weird?
A: Without our weirdness, Portland is pretty much a smaller Seattle and a tamer San Francisco. Not to mention, it’s earned us international attention through Portlandia.
Q: Why do you think so many people want to be actors?
A: I know when I was younger, I wanted to be an actress for all the wrong reasons. I only to act professionally so I could meet my tween crushes and walk the red carpet. Filmmaking is so much more than that though. And if you’re going to do indie filmmaking, there’s a lot less money and glamor involved.
Q: What famous film role would you have nailed?
A: I would have made an awesome Batgirl.
Q: You’ve appearing in several horror films; what kind of experiences do you draw from when you are playing in scary scenes?
A: There’s been a lot of moments in my life where I either made a bad choice, or came pretty close. I have my characters make those bad choices, often to the extreme. Your choices change who you are as a person, whether for good or bad. I also take people from history who have done unspeakable things, and delve into why they did the things they did.
Q: Who are some of your acting Icons?
A: My list of acting role models gets longer all the time. Right now my inspirations are Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and Ellen Page.
Q: What method of acting would you recommend to an aspiring actor?
A: I haven’t studied any method in depth, but I would say make sure the character you’re playing has a bit of truth to them. They don’t have to be based on you or any one person, but make something about them real. That’s what makes your role a powerful one.
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