Marla Simone is a Los Angeles based actress who has appeared in Fright Night 2 and Earth Girls Are Easy. Here is a link to a video she appears in:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: Since I was a child I’ve loved stepping into the world of fantasy and exploring different facets of human emotion. I realized as I grew up that actors actually did that for a living, and it gave me access in exploring something I wanted to be or I thought I couldn’t be. I caught the acting bug early and my need to step into new worlds pushed me to pursue acting as a career.
Q: What was your most challenging role?
A: Being the writer, producer and lead actress of my own short film. I had to coordinate all the aspects of production and had to deal with directing all the way to craft services. On top of that I had to center myself in order to function in the scenes properly. It was a very overwhelming process but rewarding none the less. It was one of those instances where your will is tested and it makes you ask yourself “do you really want to do this?” and my response was “yes.”
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: I would have nailed Glenn Close’s role in Fatal Attraction because I know what it’s like to love and want a man who you can’t have.
Q: What method of acting do you use and why?
A: The Stanislavsky method, first because that is what I studied in my training and secondly because it forces an actor to focus within themselves before stepping on stage or rehearsing. This internalization allows you to be more truthful in your acting and one of the keys in acting is to have it seem believable.
Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: There are so many! But I would have to narrow them down to Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Bancroft, and of course the gorgeous Gene Tierney.
Q: If you could change one thing about the film industry what would it be?
A: Definitely an advancement in the roles and opportunities for females, especially over the age of 40. I think we have made great strides in the film industry in having greater inclusivity, but there are still more barriers to be knocked down. Male directors still greatly outweigh female directors in terms of box office success and choice of film projects. I believe when more female directors come into fruition, more diverse roles for women and for women over 40 will also arise.
Q: What makes you fame worthy?
A: My insights as a human being and as a woman. In my life I’ve often catalogued or internally journaled my insights into the inner world of people, the hidden parts they think are hidden. As an actress I like revealing them. As someone who has wanted to act for so long and am finally making progress in my path, I feel that it is my time to take center stage.
Q: What is your wildest backstage story?
A: I was performing in a small play in the middle of summer. Backstage was insane and bustling and people needed to change and shower to ensure they didn’t look grimy onstage. I remember it was sweltering and everyone was hot and sweaty and there was only one shower. We practically had to pat ourselves down for the time being. It was all great fun and we laughed at our circumstance so it may be my wildest, but its definitely one of my fondest backstage stories.
Q: What sort of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?
A: I work as an event producer and I seek to constantly perfect my product presentations by witnessing potential customer’s reactions. In this position I get to meet a lot of different people so I have a wonderful opportunity to observe the behavior of people, which has been tremendously valuable in my acting. I will listen to people talk and liken it to a line from a script and notice their delivery and I observe their mannerisms, body language, and eye contact.
Q: Why do you think so many people want to act?
A: Self expression! Acting is the purest way to express ourselves as a character which we often wouldn’t have the opportunity to do in a real life. On the flip side, a lot of people think it’s glamorous and crave the adoration that comes with it, but in my experience I realize how much hard work it takes in front of the camera and behind the scenes. It takes a lot of concentration and skill to bring a scene to perfection and getting a character to come alive in front of the camera.
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