Character and Process Questions with Lauren Ashley
4. What was the last role you played (for Pigeon Creek or any other company)? Describe some key differences between that character and your current character:
Going from character to character is always a challenge. The last role I played was a middle aged woman, going from that to a young man was interesting. Being youthful and full of energy, even the way I walk and stand was different. I like to watch the mannerisms of different people while I'm at my job or out and about. I try not to mimic them where they could see me. How to walk and where to rest my hands when I'm standing still. I can't stand with my hands on my hips like I would in my day to day activities. So trying to put aside my girly motions for manly motions was definitely a challenge.
1. What made you want to become an actor? What makes you want to continue being an actor?
I love acting because it gives me the chance to play dress up and forget about whatever Lauren is worried about. I enjoy feeling the rush of nerves and excitement before the show begins and then the applause is such a great feeling at the end of the show. The second show I acted in was a benefit for a cancer patient and I knew from that point that I wanted to be a part of theatre because I want to help people feel and think about life around them.
5. What is your dream Shakespearean role?
If given the opportunity I would love nothing more than to play Miranda in The Tempest. I think that is Shakespeare's most beautiful love story. Romeo and Juliet also fell in love at first sight but only Miranda and Ferdinand made it work. Prospero wanted them to love and gave them his blessing. Everyone loves a happily ever after love story.