Ever since I started interviewing people, I have met some very gracious and talented people. Today, I am so excited to show you my interview with actress Kathleen Longazel who has appeared Mysteries of Laura, Royal Pains, and on the stage in The Crucible among other things! Check out our interview below! For once, the questions are in bold and Ms. Longazel’s answers standard type.
Your bio says you were born and raised in South Florida. Any great hot spots you used to frequent?
The Beach! I used to go out on Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach, or grab a slice of pizza at Tomasso’s Pizza in Boca Raton.
You acted in Middle School and High School. Any particular play that sticks out?
I love so many of the shows I did. What stands out to me now actually is Into the Woods. I played the Baker’s Wife in high school, it was my first lead role in a high school play and as a sophomore coming into a community of upperclassman— I’ll always remember it. There’s a song in the show “No one is Alone”, and the comradery I felt I will never forgot. Plus, being able to perform Sondheim– what a gift!
Did you ever have a moment where you forgot a line? What did you do?
I’ve never blanked on a line during a show, but I have in rehearsal. I was in rehearsals for The Killer, and I had one job! One line in the scene. I was so embarrassed!! I was beyond excited and thankful to have the opportunity to perform with stars like Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, Tony Award nominee Kristine Neilsen, film and tv star Paul Sparks and under the direction of Tony Winning director Darko Tresnjak. During one of the first days of rehearsal while we were all still getting to know one another I forgot my line– It was an important cue for Michael Shannon, and I completely forgot to say it! My mind was blank. It was mortifying- my whole face was on fire! I can’t even remember what I ended up saying, I just know I made some kind of “Blahhh”, he completely covered for me, like a pro. Thankfully he was understanding, and everyone had a laugh. I was able to redeem myself when we ran it again.
What was the first award you won for a performance?
In high school I was in a one act play called Children’s Letters to God. We performed the play for a Thespian District Competition, and I won Best Supporting Actress. I can still remember the surprise- when they said my name, I was in shock.
Was there a mentor in your life who invested in your acting during middle school and high school?
I was extremely close to my high school drama teacher Mrs. Elissa Marks Marele. She inspired me and believed in me. She helped me realize that the dreams I had were valid, and if I wanted to be a professional actor I could be. She gave me countless opportunities throughout high school, in both musicals and straight plays, and her love and passion for what she was doing was contagious. Mrs. Marele, Ms. G then, loved what she did and continues to do at Woodland Performing Arts. I am only one of the students she’s inspired. In my time at Pope John Paul II high school, now Saint Pope John Paul Academy, she fostered the careers of at least ten actors who are working professionally both in New York and LA. I am beyond grateful to have her in my life!
As an actress, what is your acting style? Shakespearian? Method? Classical?
My style huh? I’m a little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll. But seriously, I pull from everything I’ve studied both in New York and London and what I’ve observed onstage and in cinema — things like Shakespeare, Uta Hagen, Stanislavski, Hitchcock, Butoh, Scorese, Linklater, Alexander, Stand Up, Sketch Comedy, Tarantino, musical theatre, Eugene O’Neil and Steve McQueen. I use the tools I need for the project I’m working on.
You also are a dancer. What kind of dancing are you trained in?
To say I’m a dancer is a stretch! I usually say “moves well”. I Irish step danced for five years, when I was in grade school. I’ve taken jazz and ballet. I’ve mostly done choreography in different productions. And I tear it up in the club! That was a joke.
Have you had the opportunity to combine your dancing and acting?
Usually if I’m dancing it’s because I’m acting. They go hand and hand for me. Using my body and physicalizing the character or emotion that the character is feeling – that’s the “dance” or movement I love to do.
In 2006, you went to New York City where you attended Fordham University. Is there a college play that sticks out?
The Wild Inside by Cusi Cram. Besides demanding physical comedy and being so much fun to work on – it was also the first time I experienced working with the playwright in rehearsal. It was an incredible opportunity and has aided me immensely. It was a gift to have the writer and director working with each other and with us to tell the story.
On a side note, in your view, what was it like going from Southern Florida to the Big Apple? Any culture shock?
It was an extreme difference, I was 18. I remember my first night in NYC. The place my dad and I were staying didn’t have a working elevator, and he had just had heart surgery- so I tried to carry all luggage up a service stairwell that seemed to be a rickety fire escape only to find that the room door was wide open and there were tenants living there who told us about robberies and drug busts. I immediately thought, “Can I do this?”.
Was there a particular class or elective that you found really helped you out?
Film. Not only learning about the nuts and bolts, but also the medium itself and how far it has come.
You also trained at the London Dramatic Academy. Did you get to interact with any British actors or actresses?
I had the pleasure of meeting Alan Rickman. He directed The Creditors, and came to LDA to teach a masterclass after we watched the production. I completely geeked out- Professor Snape was my professor!
While at London, was there a particular style or technique that you studied that have adapted to your personal style?
The Alexander technique has deff influenced me. I would highly recommend it to everyone, not just actors. It’s allowed me to be completely present in my body.
What was your first New York play? What kind of role was it?
It was Broken Bride the musical, and I was towns person number 7– just kidding I was actually “Woman”.
You’ve had a few TV roles. What was it like seeing yourself on a TV screen?
Mortifying, and educational.
I have two hypothetical questions, in the future is there a particular film director you would like to work with?
I would love to work with Martin Scorsese Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Cohen Brothers, Sophia Coppola, Woody Allen– and obviously Nora Ephron! Oh Penny Marshall! I have so many!! They are all amazing it different ways.
Also, is there a particular film or TV franchise you would like to act in?
SNL and Law and Order. And for film franchise it would have to be Star Wars!
Any plays or musicals you would like to have a role in while you are in New York City?
I’d love to be in the original cast of a new Broadway play or musical. It’s always been a dream to be on an original Broadway cast album.
Tell me, was there someone, teacher, mentor, parent, who inspired you to pursue your dreams?
My grandfather, Ed Farrell. He was a true entertainer, and song and dance man. He played the banjo and sang– he always found an audience. We would watch musicals together and perform in the living room. He always believed in me – and always told me to go for it and “sing out!”
One last question, what would you say to someone who wants to follow their dreams of acting?
I would say dreams only stay dreams if you stay asleep. Wake up and live! If your heart beats for acting, you can feel it — So let it beat and live it!
That concluded our interview. Check out Kathleen Longazel’s official website by clicking here, follow her on Twitter @ComisserKate, or find her on Facebook. It was such a pleasure getting to know her. Keep an eye out for her off Broadway, on Broadway, on the small screen, and the silver screen because I have a feeling that she will be going far.
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