Who are you? where are you from and tell me about your start in acting?
My name is Lauren Holman. I am from Covina, California, and I first started acting when I was 10. I was cast in my school's production of West Side Story, and I haven't really stopped since.
What role did you play in "Stuck" and what made you decide to take this role?
I played the role of Ruby, and there were a few reasons I wanted to take the role. First off, I thought it would be a good experience to get to play a lead role opposite someone I didn't know very well; secondly, I thought the script had great substance and it would be a good addition to my reel; thirdly, I think this script talks about something very true and important. As such, I wanted to be a part of the team telling this story.
What did you like about this character?
I love Ruby's kindness and desire to help others. I think if she'd had endless resources, she would use them to help other people improve their lives, especially if they were looking for a way to step up their game.
What did you not like about this character?
I don't like that she doesn't seem to be able to keep the boundaries she's set for herself. When Nessa comes back in her life, it's her first test to see if she's going to be kind to herself and apply what she's learned, but she fails. At least for a little while. She just lacks the follow-through to hold herself to her emotional goals.
What was the highlight moment of being in this film?
For me, the highlight was definitely the preparation process. I enjoy getting into people's heads and finding out what makes them tick. You know, understanding why they make the choices they do.
What was your favorite role ever and why?
When I was in college, I played Jetsam in The Little Mermaid. It sounds so silly, but I loved playing an eel. It was a movement-driven role and I am a movement-based actor so it was a great fit. The vocal stuff was perfect for me as well, I have a sleek singing voice, so I loved getting to perform a role that demanded me to use it to sound slimy.
What's on your plate next?
I have an original play which I'm trying to workshop. I wrote the main character for myself--as actors do--so if I can get my ducks in a row, I'll have a nice, meaty role lined up for me and whoever else I'm lucky enough to have join me.
What other talents do you have?
I sing, I dance, I play a few instruments, I ride horses, I weave, I roller-skate (although I'm still learning that one), I've recently discovered a writer in me, I am very good at organizing things and de-cluttering spaces, and, it sounds very gross, but, I can belch really, really loudly.
What advice would you like to give aspiring actors?
Develop your imagination and experience! No technique will get you anywhere if you don't believe you are the character, or that you will be one day. Then do the work. Figure out what stands in the way between you and your occupying the character's skin.
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