As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family. There is something special about theatre and its ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other. I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature. Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and cast mates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!
Currently performing in Guys and Dolls at The Fulton Theatre
What are you currently reading?
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.
What is your favorite book series?
Harry Potter– is that even a question?
Who is your favorite author?
Ooooh. I kind of have a list. So I love Liane Moriarty, Ruth Ware, Jodi Picoult, and JoJo Moyes. I recently went to a book signing event and had the opportunity to hear JoJo Moyes speak. I loved how she talked about how it took her several books to get one published, several published to get one bestseller, and then several best seller books to have one turned into a film (Me Before You). I found her to be truly inspiring. You can tell she’s an incredibly hard worker.
What book inspires you and why?
I would have to say The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I love how it’s about a female writer who stands up for what she believes in. There’s also a little bit of mystery in it because as you’re reading you want to know more about the lives of these women. I’m also a huge fan of historical fiction, so it’s everything I love about books poured into one novel. And have you seen the movie? Talk about female power. I was also inspired by Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult recently. Schools should integrate it into their English curriculum. It’s pivotal.
Which literary character would you like to play?
I would love to play Zelda Fitzgerald. I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Anne Fowler, and I really got into her head. I also LOVE the 1920’s era. It’s kind of cool that she is a character in several novels, as well as the wife of one of the greatest authors of all time. I mean Zelda was a pretty amazing woman… who kind of went crazy, but we’ll set that aside.
If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?
Probably Serena in Legally Blonde because she would teach me how to properly “bend and snap.”
What book would you like to see made into a movie/musical/play?
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. There is a huge plot twist… can’t say much more or I’ll ruin it for you.
What is the next book on your reading list?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It takes place in a suburb of Cleveland (my hometown) and it’s on Reese Witherspoon’s book list… and she KNOWS how to pick good books.
What show are you working on now?
Right now I am in Guys and Dolls at the Fulton Theatre, and before this contract I was on the national tour of Annie as Lily St. Regis.
What is your favorite show you’ve been a part of and why?
I feel like ANY show where I have had the chance to work with amazing people and spend time onstage is a blessing. But I have to say being Lily St. Regis in Annie was a total blast!
Mallory and I backstage in Guys and Dolls at The Fulton Theatre
I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know! Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to my old friend, and college theatre buddy, Mallory, for sharing with us! It’s always fun to swap books with you 🙂