What did you find interesting about Goodnight Nobody?
It was a new play, which was fun, and I wanted to work with younger people. I think that's really important. I was the oldest one in the cast, which was a first for me. And it was a young female playwright, a young female director, young actors. They really challenged me. I like doing new plays with young female playwrights. That's what I'm trying to do more of. That's my next things. It's about time that we have female voices being heard. The play was being rewritten right up until opening night, especially my scenes. That was a challenge because as you get older it is harder to memorize things. We were learning new scenes at 4 o'clock before opening night at 8. That was kind of thrilling. It was also very interesting to be at Princeton because I had never been to the Princeton campus before. I lived right on campus and walked to the theater, so it was like being a student again.
What are you listening to/reading/binge watching at the moment; what do you recommend?
I like the classic movies. I started in on French movies. I highly recommend all of the Alain Delon movies, especially anything directed by Melville. I fell in love with him and his acting and it's been my total romantic escapism. Alain Delon has been my pandemic boyfriend.
Do you have a dream project?
I still have one more television series I'd like to get off the ground. It's hard because it is about the art world and not everyone understands the art world and they are worried that it is elitist and that only certain people understand art. If I can do it, it will be great because it involves politics, history, art, and crime.
Do you feel The Addison was influential in your arts education?
Absolutely. I was only there for one year as a senior and I was overwhelmed, so I didn't get to The Addison as much as I should have. But now when I go back—and I go to every reunion—I always make a trip to The Addison because it is an incredible collection.
Who is your art hero and why?
Frank Gehry the architect. I feel like he embodies the rebel spirit. When I see his buildings, I feel like I'm having a religious experience. I've gotten to know him; he's not young anymore, but he is still creating, he is still a rebel, and he is still a curmudgeon. I hope that when I get older, I am a complete rebel curmudgeon. That is my aim in life.
What did you learn at Andover/Abbot that still benefits you today?
It's the motto "Non Sibi," (not for oneself). It's such a beautiful motto and applies to everything in life. It taught me early on that you can't just do a project because it is fun. You have to look deeper and see what the ramifications are of the project, what the deeper meaning is behind it. And I always do question how something I do will benefit the world in some way and that makes you look at the world differently, not just in my social activism but also in my work.
What is your advice for an Andover student who is just beginning to explore the arts?
Find a community you like working with and create your own stuff. Don't rely on people outside you to do it. If you can find a group of like-minded people just start making your own films, putting on your own plays. Then you will find your voice and what interests you and you'll be self-motivated and empowered.
What about your work are you most proud of?
That I'm still doing it. It's hard to have an acting career. Longevity and consistency.
What is in store next for you—anything you're currently working on that you'd like to share?
I learned very young to save my money because I knew when I got older, I wanted to have the freedom to take risks and do things that are personal and strange. I can now try things out like the thing I am working on now. It is a play I am developing with a female playwright and director I have worked with before, based on an incident that happened in my life. We go back to a workshop in New York in August, and we will see what happens with it from there.