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An Interview with Hallie Jordan, Writer, Editor, Head of Womentertain, Actress

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2013

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Your online magazine Womentertain - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Womentertain is a website that will feature opinions, interviews, advice, and observations to and from powerful women who work in the entertainment industry.

 

What inspired you to launch the magazine, and how did the whole project come into being?

 

I designed my own degree in college and used my senior project to interview anyone and everyone that would talk to me that worked in LA. After graduation I moved here to pursue acting - which I am still doing successfully - and found that I was learning more from speaking to professionals whom I could trust than I ever did in a college course.

After witnessing a couple of good friends move here and leave within the year mixed with my own experiences - being a woman who is not taken seriously on set - I decided to create a place where girls and women like me could go to read others' stories, and feel like they were not alone.

 

Some of the women and topics you plan to feature early on on Womentertain?

 

Women like Sarah Finn - casting director for all of the Marvel movies and producer of the Oscar winning movie Crash; Marni Rothman - producer for HBO's Cathouse, MTV's My Favorite Years, and I'm Going to College, and now Long Island Medium on TLC, and others.

Topics will include industry news, opinion pieces on the state of the industry, movies, plays, magazines, etc, how we are pushing forward, and more interviews with different industry professionals and entrepreneurs.

 

You are first and foremost an actress of course, so what got you into writing, and what can you tell us about your evolution as a writer?

 

Writing wasn't a focus of mine until I took a writing class while training at The Second City Chicago, and a couple of my sketches got into our final show. I now continue to write sketches with my Improv team and roommate, as well as my articles for Womentertain.

 

What got you into acting to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

My mother likes to joke that I came cartwheeling out of the womb because I've always loved performance. My grandfather on my mom's side was a stand-up comedian, my dads side was a publicist for RKO, both of my grandmothers where artists, and my mother took me to a lot of theater when I was young. That said, it's kind of in my blood.

I went to an elementary school that had a heavy focus in the arts, a middle school with a competitive show choir, a performing arts high school where I double majored in acting, musical theater, and tap, performing arts camp every summer in NY.

When I got to college I decided to create my own major "The Ontology of a Performer" at a school in CA where I could think outside of the box, audition in LA, and not be limited when it came to getting a theater degree. It also offered me a ton of study abroad options - French and culture at the Sorbonne in Paris, Buddhist culture in Nepal, German Expressionist Film in Salzburg, Austria, Physical Theater in Arezzo, Italy, and of course a full semester in Comedy Studies at The Second City Chicago.

I continue to take classes with UCB and Second City in LA, train with my vocal and acting coaches, and take an occasional dance class.

 

What can you tell us about your earliest experiences on stage?

 

I was the kindergartner with all of the costumes, playing with my parents' video camera and putting up fairy tale plays in the backyard.

 

Nowadays, you mostly play improv comedy, right? So what can you tell us about the shows you're in, your brand of humour, and the challenges and appeal of doing improv comedy?

 

I actually perform in just as many musicals and dramas as I do improv shows. Each show is different and has something important to share with the audience. I think that finding humor in situations without making them dirty is impressive. If you can make me laugh without telling a sex joke, you've won me over (though the occasional sex joke can be funny). I also love situational humor.

I love comedy because it's easy to watch and fun to perform. Nobody wants to watch someone on stage who is having a perfect time or someone who is only depressed. Even in dramas there is always a comedic character. I also feel that comedy comes from a deeper place (when it's not slapstick) and audiences can relate to each other through the situations they are witnessing on the comedy stage.

 

Over the years, you have also been in a handful of movies. So please do talk about those for a bit, and working on movies and performing on stage - how do the two compare, and which do you prefer?

 

Theater will always be my first love, but after a couple of years in LA I now love being on set just as much. A lot of the early films I was in aren't up on IMDb because they were student films. The things I learned working on them however really helped me navigate my way through the bigger films and built me some killer connections. I got my first real credit when I was 21 in a short film called Most Wanted, and from there was invited to work on others.

 

My resume for film is still growing and is still much smaller than my extensive theater resume. As I begin to produce my own material, write a web series, and audition for bigger projects, I'm starting to love the entire filming process and the incredible things we can do with technology.

I get a rush from being on stage. Because there are no edits you are forced to use your talent and cant rely on an editor. I love film for the opposite reason. You do have to rely on talent but you get multiple takes until the scene looks like the director's vision. Editing is like putting a puzzle together and the end result is always up to the builders discretion. I also love that you can reach a greater audience through film.

 

Any future projects you'd like to talk about?

 

I have a lot of projects in the works but none I can officially talk about. I'm about to star in a web series and release my LA Video Diary once a week. Other than those details, you'll just have to watch for my name on the IMDb.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and what do you draw upon to bring your characters to life?

 

I'm a character actress through and through and can play a wide variety of roles - depending on if my hair is straight or curly. I try to bring a little bit of myself into the roles that I play and think of the mannerisms and ticks the character may have. I also try to envision what would have to happen in my life to get to the point of the character I'm playing and the lines I'm saying.

 

Actresses (or indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

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The comedy legends of course - Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, etc, Jenna Fischer, Holly Hunter, and of course, Jennifer Lawrence.

 

And since this is a moviesite first and foremost: Your favourite movies?

 

I love anything and everything Judd Apatow. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him someday. That and Labyrinth with David Bowie.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Cabin Fever and every other flesh eating gory movie.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Website: www.HallieJordan.com

Twitter: Hallielovesit

IMDB: imdb.me/halliejordan

and like my fan page on FB!

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Onward and upward!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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