I’m good, thank you. Just getting over a cold.
I loved it the moment I read the script. I thought it was very moving and very funny. I did ask Alan if he thought I’d be the best choice for playing Wally as it was so different from all the roles I’ve played. He’s such a ray of light in the script and filled with so much positivity and optimism. It was a nice break from playing intense and traumatized characters!
I think people will relate to him because we all have a little Wally inside of us, the difference is that he was never afraid of showing it. He’s such a warrior in this respect. Nothing and no one would deter him from the loving person he is.
Everyday was an adventure. Our budget was so small and our schedule so short, we never knew if we’d be able to nail the scenes creatively and technically. But it was a joy to be working with such a vast array of talent. Truly exciting and inspiring inspiring.
I enjoyed working on most scenes, with the possible exception of the fight scene in the motel, which was actually my first day of shooting, so the the stakes were high and we really needed to hit that possible breaking point in the relationship. Both Paul and I were pretty bruised and banged up the next day! But I loved the hallway scene where Wally confronts Frank about his drinking as well as the party scene at their house in N.Y.
It has made me a better artist because I think I have more empathy than I might have had I not had that experience. I honestly wouldn’t wish that on my worse enemy, because growing up during a war is a life sentence that you never fully recover from. On the other hand, my perspective is pretty unique based on that. Plus, it makes you more sensitive to outer stimuli.
Of course. My vision for the future is hopefully, maybe 50 years from now, people wouldn’t be cast (or not cast) based on their skin color, nationality and race. That these things would become irrelevant. It’s an excruciatingly slow process but I think we’re heading there.
I don’t have any specific role on my mind. I just need to creatively respond to the material.
Hands down Kai Proctor. That was a complex role that’s just up my alley. I really enjoyed developing that show with the creators.
There are a few projects that we’re working on.Nothing has been greenlit yet, but I have high hopes for a limited series we’re getting ready to take out. The only thing I can divulge is that it’s based on a true story and it takes place in Los Angeles.
Probably my mother, plus various artists
Surfing a ginormous tidal wave and having a conversation with a snake during it before handing it an apple!!
I Cried For You by Etta Jones
Definitely Farid Shokrani
Cinnamon raisin bagel
Rifat Maroun in Towelhead
From Jen Salke (head of Amazon studios) wishing us a happy Thanksgiving