Its been a little while since there was an online ‘Spending Time With..’article on the site but they were something I certainly hadnt forgotten about. I love being able to send people that I admire, a series of prepared questions and then check out their answers when they come back. Whilst its not quite as much fun as sitting in a coffee bar chatting, or even sitting online hosting a podcast conversation, There is something really special about someone who is super busy, taking the time out to answer a bunch of questions that I have put together, and then letting me share the answers with the world. But hey im rambling! So over the past few weeks or it might even be months, I have been swapping tweets with the super talented and wonderful human being Stacey Forbes , who has appeared in a whole host of films including Patriots Day, Ted 2, The Judge, RIPD, and Grown Ups 2 to name just a few. So It was great to be able to send Stacey the Spending Time With…questions over to her and to check out her answers. A great insight!
So here without any more rambling by me. are the questions by me, and the answers by Stacey. Check them out!
You can also give Stacey a Twitter follow here! And you should, shes great!
Is there a book that you have reread more than any other?
The Secret” even if everything that’s written in it, isn’t actually true, it has gotten me through some pretty dark times and has guided me to focus more on the positive things and less on the negative.
Favorite Childhood TV show growing up?
What’s the most ‘starstruck’ you have been?
I worked with Bradley Cooper and actually lost my breathe when he first spoke to me. I can laugh about it now, but yeah I was embarrassed. I had that deer in the headlights look for a minute.
What was one of the most memorable films you saw as a child?
I loved ET and Eddie and the Cruisers. Am I aging myself right now? Ouch.
What do you find the hardest part of your creative process?
For me, staying in character when the role requires a lot of emotion, especially when it’s sadness. As an actor, you have to pull that emotion out from within. I was taught to bring myself back to a time that I experienced that level of grief, pain, sadness, or what have you. That can be very draining on a person, especially if it is a feature film. It is both mentally and physically draining.
What is one of the best pieces of advice you can remember being given?
Be nice to everyone. That has worked in my favor on more than one occasion. You never know who may be related to either a director a producer or someone else that is a very important player to the production team. There was one film, that I didn’t learn until after we wrapped, that one of the children I was filming with, was the Directors daughter. Be nice to everyone.
Do you read reviews of shows that you are in?
I have read some reviews on the films I’ve been in, but I am only human and it affects me just the same as anyone else if it’s not a positive review, so I try not to read them too often. In fact, I don’t usually watch the films that I’ve been in because I am my own worst critic.
If you had to make a bucket list of people you’d love to work with, tell me one name who would be on it?
Morgan Freeman would be my ideal choice. I just feel like he’s incredibly talented and has worked in some really difficult roles. (I’d also like to work with Melissa McCarthy because she is very funny.)
What is one of your most favourite locations you have filmed in?
Filming Patriots Day near Fort Devens was pretty cool. They had built the set from scratch to replicate the Boston marathon. It was just an incredible build up. They also reenacted the bombing scenes, which really brought me back to a scary time in history, but it made me grateful that there were good people there that day and they were able to save some lives.
What film always makes you laugh?
The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I don’t know why I find it funny when people make fun of the Boston accent. I can’t help but laugh at all the different people that have attempted it. It’s just funny to me. Anytime someone has asked me where my accent is from, I always respond the same. My answer – “What accent?” Melissa McCarthy did pretty well imitating it, considering she’s from New York! It really was pretty close!
How do you prepare for an audition?
There are a few things I do to prepare. I know that I need to show up to the audition in clothing that’s relatable to the character that I’m auditioning for. I need to show up and appear to be as believable as possible that I can be that person. Showing up in character indirectly tells the casting director that you understand who that character is and what they’re all about. It also says that you’d be able to step into that role without question. I usually get the sides the night before, and using a highlighter, I underline all of the keywords, words that describe that character. It may describe the way they look like, talk, act etc. I also go to the audition resembling the character as closely as I possibly can with hair and makeup. I run the sides a lot, to family or friends or anyone that will listen. I also record the lines on my cell phone and play them over and over and over, until I’m confident that I’m off book 100% In your creative roles?
What is the longest day that you’ve ever had?
14 hours was the longest day for me. The production team takes very good care of the actors, for the most part. They have craft services throughout the day & you can grab a coffee and donuts, snacks, water or whatever you want to eat without paying anything. They also provide breakfast lunch and supper. Ive worked some very long days, but they are well worth it and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.
Do you have any ‘props or keepsakes from any of your films or shows?
I have a ring from American Hustle. It’s clearly not something I would ever wear out because of the time. Which was disco, but, its still cool just to have it!
Is there one person who you feel has made you are today?
Well the support of my agents is obviously very helpful, but if I were to name one person who really worked with me, that would be Mike Messier. He put a lot of faith in me. He gave me my first feature role, and I had vert little experience at that time. He based his decision off of a few commercials I had sent to him, some head shots and the audition. He believed in me 100% and that’s not something that you can easily find in this business. I am grateful to this day for that experience.
Have you ever gotten someone’s autograph? Which is the most memorable for you?
I’ve never asked for anyones autograph. To be honest, that’s not something that you really want to do when you’re on the set. I have never asked anyone otherwise for an autograph either. It’s just not something I would feel comfortable with. My parents always taught me that celebrities breathe the same air as everyone else and they just want to live normal lives as we do. II have always respected that advice.
Many thanks Stacey. You rule! Keep up the great work and the great tweets!