Jessica Lindsey Gilbert is an actress who appears in the film Spoken; here is a link to her website:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: I became interested in acting when I was about 8 years old, I remember watching the Movie E.T, and thinking I want to be an actress. The reason why is because, I thought the movie E.T. had such an amazing message. I thought here is this boy without a father and he is having trouble with his life and he really needed someone. I was without a father as well, and I related. He not only got a friend, when he needed it, he got a super friend that could feel what he felt. That friend was connected to him. I connected to the movie a lot and it helped me . So I thought I would like to grow up and be an actress, so I can tell beautiful stories through film. That was the first time I remember, realizing I was interested in Acting.
Q: What is Spoken about?
A: A group of friends that try to find balance in their rocky relationships as they deal with love, loss, betrayal and trust. This was a very unique film for me, because it was shot like a traditional film, however it had very little dialogue. Most of the films dialogue was expressed through spoken word. Spoken was a collection of poetry and spoken word that the director Stacy Lightner created over the years. Each piece was written at different stages of her life . Many of the themes expressed were issues that Stacy had dealt with personally.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play the role of Valerie. Valerie is the young women that Micah is in love with. Valerie is a young struggling Artist, and so is Micah. Micah is in love with Valerie but chooses to not live with her, because he does not want to be a burden on her while they are still struggling. So Micah lives with a women he does not respect or Love, because she pays his bills. Valerie is in Love with Micah and wants to be with him, but does not want to be involved in his drama so she sadly has to let him go, until he leaves his current situation and changes. Even though Valerie is heart broken by this.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: I have studied Method Acting techniques attributed by Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Robert Lewis and Stella Adler.
Also Meisner technique which is closely related to Method I believe.
I have also studied what is called Stanislavski’s system, which is Constantin Stanislavski’s system of acting.
I have also done Practical Aesthetics by David Mamet.
and these are the places I have or remember taking classes, Acting Corps BootCamp 1,2 with Sydney Walsh Acting Corps North Hollywood. Actors workshop improvisation in Hollywood with Anthony Meindl, at Anthony Meindl Studios. I have also done Scene study with great actor and director Isa Totah. I studied with Doug Warhit at Castaway studios as well, and love his book. Before Coming to Hollywood, I Studied at The Tacoma School of the Arts. I studied theater classical and Modern. On camera Technique acting and scene study with Kelly Doran For 3 years. I am currently working with a Coach I love, Robert Amico.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your pursuit of acting?
A: All I do right now is acting, Currently I do not have a second Job, I love doing Just Acting. It feels great pursuing my passion.
Q: What is your strangest on set story?
A: One Time I was doing a Music Video , and they put Make up on me. I had a allergic reaction to the makeup, and my whole Face swelled up. I looked like a giant Tomato.
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: I think I would have been a great Actress for the Movie the Graduate, if I was around. I love that Movie, I would have loved to have been in it.
Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: Katherine Hepburn
Q: What would you change about the film industry?
A: When People are really Famous, I would hope paparazzi wouldn’t take unwanted photos of their Children, other than that I love the industry and Love Acting.
Q: What do you think is more important, looks or talent?
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)