Catherine Anne Hayes is an actress who has appeared in the film Celebrity and on the television show My Name is Earl. She currently writes for the website Weightloss.org. Here is a link to her blog:
Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: First of all I am starting this off by stating that I am an Actress. I am Very Proud and Comfortable in my Strength, Power and Femininity in being a Woman. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t want to be an actress. It must have started when I came out of my mother’s womb kicking and screaming my head off at the top of my lungs. When I quieted down my cheeks were rosy and I had formed my cupid’s bow lips into an inviting kissable moue. I also had a head full of fiery curls. The nurses were so smitten with me they placed me front row center in the nursery. There is where it began. Me…the center of attention. I loved it. I loved to perform. I loved and craved people watching me. I loved creating and bringing to life all different sorts of characters.
Q: You did a lot of guest star roles on TV, how does one go about getting a guest star role?
A: Most of my guest star roles I have gotten with the assistance of my management and/or my agent over the years. I have also booked a few directly myself. I heard about the projects through other actors, actor resources such as Actor’s Access, LA Casting, Now Casting and surprisingly Craig’s List. I have had re-markedly good luck on Craigslist because I am very cautious and responsible and use good sense. CL is a good source but you must sift through a lot of garbage to find the good projects that are there. I know it has gotten a bit dicey of late and they need to do something about it like create a place for that category of work.
Q: What inspired you to start your blog?
A: About Three months ago I was asked to be a weekly blog contributor to this relatively new website called www.weightloss.org. The editor was looking for a few bloggers who were on journeys of not only taking off weight but changing their lives. He wanted people who would be willing to share what they are doing and write about everything….the highs and lows. I thought about it and discussed it with my husband Walter Ulasinski who happens to be in the business too…he’s a Set Designer/Technical Director also an Actor. Walter is very involved in my taking off weight journey. We have approached it as a team effort. True it is MY responsibility but what affects me affects him also so we work on it together. That is marriage. Anyway…I decided to write the blog even though I had never written one before and didn’t know the first thing about writing one. I did warn the editor though that if I was going to do this I was going to be blatantly honest and open. I felt and still feel that is the only way I can write about my journey. I do not do it to be “sensational”. I do it to face my truths. That is the only way I can continue to grow. To continue to keep on letting go weight. I do not say losing weight because when you lose something you find it again and I do not want to find the weight again. I am FINALLY letting it go. Anyone wants to read my blogs which have become very popular I am very pleased to say can find them at www.weightloss.org It is also a wonderful and informative website. It is very different from most of them that are out there. It is worth taking a look at. I am very proud to be part of it and also very humbled by all the support I have gotten because of it. By the way….a week ago I reached my first goal of letting go 100 pounds….:-) You can read about it at my blog.
Q: Have you ever gotten a role because of your weight?
A: I would say about 20% of the roles I have done over the years was because of my weight. The rest is because I off my talent and I am a very good actress.
Q: Why do you think Hollywood is so obsessed with looks (please don’t say it’s Hollywood)?
A: In the beginning Hollywood had always been about talent and interesting & diversified looks. It has only been recently that corporate Hollywood has been producing interchangeable “talent” and features. Everyone looks and acts the same. It all seems so bland. Unoriginal. You only really get to see real & creative talent and interesting people in the independent productions. Why do I think Hollywood is so obsessed with looks particularly now? I think it is fear. Insecurity. People are not trusting themselves. Listening to their inner voices. Accepting their own beauty and trying to promote an unrealistic ideal.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: I am smiling as I type this. Hollywood like my beloved hometown New York City is a place where you can make your dreams no matter how big or small come true. I love the history. I love the wonderful people that I have met and made friends with. I have been here since 2004 and even though I have been to them many times for meetings, auditions and jobs I get excited like a little girl at Christmas each time I go on a Studio Lot. I can feel the spirits of the thousands who had been there before me….hear “Action” being called down the cavern of the various sound stages…
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: The Liars. The Flakes. The Phonies. The Meanness. The Cruelty.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: My dream role is one that allow everyone to see the widely diverse aspects of my talent. One that does not pigeon hole me. Put me in a box. I am a highly creative, imaginative, curious, instinctive actress and woman. I am the happiest when I do parts when I get to use all my gifts to their fullest extent.
Q: What has been your greatest triumph as an actor?
A: My greatest triumph is yet to be seen…:-) I can not say what I am doing because I am under a NDA ( Non Disclosure Agreement ) but I am doing a film right now where I have the female lead. It is an amazingly wonderful film and I am playing opposite the most talented gorgeous actor named Adam Marcinowski who will be a major star when this comes out. My work is very good too. We both light up the screen together!! 🙂
Q: What qualities make someone a good actor?
A: While yes we are in this because we like to be the center of attention, the best and most creative and talented actors and actresses ALWAYS remember and know that they are part of an ENSEMBLE and are GIVING to their fellow actors and actresses. You are only as good as the people you perform with. If you do not give to them something to “play” with, how can you expect them to give YOU something “play” with? Also while you must be extremely focused and dedicated to your art as an actress/ actor and constantly develop it, you MUST remember you are NOT ONE 24/7. You have a life beyond. You have family and friends beyond. If you forget that you will BURN OUT. Worse, you will lose your passion and love for your art and just become a shadow who performs. Take a break sometimes from the business and recharge. You will be a better actress/actor and person for it. Have a life.