Your new movie Harvey
the Great - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
In this thriller I play Violet, a French bank robber. I try to take
advantage of Harvey's ineptitude but unfortunately I pay for it in the
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much of Kristen Sargent Gorman can we find in
What I found connected me most to the character of
Violet was her accent. Choosing to have Violet be from France opened
her up to me. I had done another character who was from France, so when
this idea was brought up it clicked for me. I felt that decision allowed
me to find the edgier, sexier side of Violet. I think there is always a
piece of yourself in every character. I think in this character it was
finding how to make her actions believable.
did you get involved with the project in the first place?
videotaped an audition. To be honest I originally submitted for the
character of Cheneault and Jesse asked me to audition for Violet. I was
thrilled because I was intrigued by her mysterious storyline.
what extent can you identify with Harvey
the Great's brand of humour?
I was not as familiar
with this brand of humor but found it freeing. There was a lot of room to
play with the character because of quirkiness of the humor.
What can you tell
us about your director Jesse Barack [Jesse
Barack interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Jesse is a wonderful director to collaborate with. He has a strong
vision but is open to suggestions. It was very professional set but
there was a lot fun to be had as well.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set
Jesse created a safe yet explorative atmosphere
on set. There was lots of room to play with our characters, but the
structure was also there to keep the pace going and make sure we did not
loose sight of the story we were telling. One day one of the actors showed
up in a Batman suit. There was a lot of laughs on this set.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
have been working on Newport RI The Series. The series is about the people
of Newport inspired by a prolific painter's paintings. Each episode is
about a painting he created, from the firefighter to the race car driver to
got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
My family moved to NYC for my freshman year of high school. Having grown
up in Rhode Island I was horrified at the lack of grass. Apparently I
told my parents in the supermarket that they ruined my life. Of course I
have no memory of this. So in an attempt to make me fall in love with
the city I started taking acting classes at the Lynette Sheldon Actor's
Studio. She opened my eyes to the craft of acting and taught me so much
about myself that I didn't even know. It was exciting, intimidating, and
challenging. The other actors in this studio were working and older than
me, which opened my eyes to more than I even realized at the time. It
made me fall in love with storytelling and all NYC had to offer.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Harvey
I have been working on a bunch of
independent films and web series that have been shot in the northeast. I
seem to play a lot of characters who die, however I have only been in one
actual horror film. There are lots of opportunities to work with talented
filmmakers in this area.
Besides making movies, you
have also done your share of stage acting - now what can you tell us about
Kristen Sargent Gorman, the stage actress, and how does performing live on
stage compare to acting in front of a camera? And which do you prefer,
There is nothing like performing live theater.
The energy and the rush is incredible. Making people laugh is a great
feeling. I tend to go after comedy roles in theater and all genres in
film. I enjoy working in film because the camera catches every small
detail. In theater you are forced to be bigger.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
I would say my strength is
that I am not acting. I try to fully understand who the character is so I
completely become them for the role.
Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?
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Streep is an incredible actress who has transcended. Right now Emma Stone
is doing some incredible work. I have loved Reece Witherspoon since Election. She has played many different characters, which is a challenge in
this business to not get typecast.
Your favourite movies?
now my favorite movie is the last movie I have seen which is Black Mass.
Johnny Depp's performance is captivating.
and of course, films you really deplore?
The first thing
that came to mind was Cold Mountain, but that could have been because I was
brought to see it on Christmas. Not exactly the type of movie that brings
good cheer on a holiday which always needs some warming up.
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