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
What did you draw upon to bring your
character to life, and how much Debra Holtzman can we actually find in
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
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.
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
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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.
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?
started a speech therapy private practice, and I am a single mom of 2!
for the interview!