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An Interview with Debra Holtzman, Star of Menopause

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2021

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Your new movie Menopause - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?

 

Our movie Menopause highlights stories of women who have been transformed by the power of the moon, and the upcoming eclipse. As the biological cycles of the women in this film have come to an abrupt change, we become compelled to let it all out on men. My character believes very strongly in the moon. I believe the moon has helped my character overcome some hard times in her life. She has taken in other abused women who need shelter, and was very passionate about sharing her lunar knowledge with them. 

 

What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Debra Holtzman can we actually find in Jane?

 

I researched, and joined talks (via Zoom during Covid) about the cycles of the moon, and how the lunar cycles can guide us through best times to do things in life. I also spent time researching about shelters for women who have been victims of domestic violence. Creating a safe haven for these women is so important. Creating a warm, welcoming safe place, for other women in need is definitely something I can relate to.

 

To what extent could you identify with Menopause's approach to both horror and comedy?

 

I think it is so important to try and find some comedy even during the darkest times.

 

Do talk about Menopause's director Joshua Nelson [Joshua Nelson interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

I have worked with Joshua Nelson during acting class, films and live theater. Joshua is so special and wonderful to work with. He is a director that understands acting more than anyone, and always works with you to bring out the truth to every role. Joshua has a special gift that encourages us to always work our hardest. On the set, I feel a combination of very comfortable, as well as super focused.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

A film that I worked on and am very proud of with Joshua Nelson called Faces of Dead Women has been shown in several film festivals both nationally and internationally. I was just very proud of a live theater project I was a part of in my town raising money for mental illness and suicide prevention, a topic very close to my heart. I will be working on 2 more films with Joshua Nelson, a short and another feature production. Looking forward to that!

 

What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

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I remember going to my first Broadway show, Annie with Andrea McArdle, and after that I always felt it was something I wanted to do. I went to The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC every Saturday while I was in high school. I did study theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder, but after I graduated, I got my Masters degree in speech pathology from Columbia University in NYC, and didn’t act for 20 years. I’m thrilled to be back doing what I love. There is just something so special about getting into a character, and trying my best to bring that character to life.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I follow the school of thought to do whatever works to bring truthful emotion to my character. I like to keep my character in mind, and then research as much as possible, I like to be aware. For example, while preparing to play Jane, I was much more in tune with the moon, and its cycles. I listened to meditations guided by lunar cycles, and just tried my best to jump into the character. Music is also a great tool for me to help prepare for a role.

 

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

 

I recently started a speech therapy private practice, and I am a single mom of 2!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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