Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Amy Hathaway

Several months ago I was able to interview Amy Hathaway. I decided to repost that interview here for anyone who want to read it.

You can look for Amy in 2011 in the film Gemini Rising.

An Interview with Amy Hathaway
Amy Hathaway’s career began in 1988 with Mutts and continues into the present. Some of her most recent roles have been in The Proposal, “The Closer,” “Castle,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and Mr.& Mrs. Smith.

I was fortunate enough to work with extremely supportive people throughout my career and have developed a theory that great projects attract great people. Some of my favorites have been Courage Under Fire, The Client, “The Wonder Years,” and most recently “The Closer.”

All of Amy’s responses have been printed in full.

Scott: Can you tell us a little bit about your family (kids, husband, boyfriend, etc.), and where you grew up (brothers and sisters, etc.)?

Amy: I grew up in La Canada, California. I have one older sister and am currently single.

Scott: What are your favorite kinds of movies to be in?  What are your favorite kinds of roles to play?

Amy: I love projects with good stories. That may sound simple, but there is something amazing about a good story that is well executed and entertaining whether it’s TV or film, comedy or drama. I love to play roles with a lot of heart—even if the character is dark or misguided.

Scott: What current projects are you working on?

Amy: My most recent project is a recurring role on TNT’s “The Closer,” starring Kyra Sedgewick.

Scott: What political or ethical issues are you most passionate about?

Amy: I am most passionate about improving our education system. I believe that everyone deserves an excellent education.

Scott: Do you have any religious beliefs? If so, what are they?

Amy: I am not religious though I meditate every day.

Scott: What code of morals do you live by?

Amy: I believe that world peace starts with individual peace. I find peace and happiness in forgiving people and being kind and accepting of myself and others.

Scott: What is your perception of Christianity? What do you think of Christ's claim to be the only person through whom one can gain eternal life?

Amy: I believe in Jesus, yet my take on spirituality is secular. I believe that if Christianity nourishes and fills your soul then it is right for you. I also believe in many paths to enlightenment.

Scott: Do you think Americans care too much about the lives of celebrities?

Amy: I think that for some people caring about celebrities becomes a way to avoid major world issues. I also think it’s great that many celebrities are passionate about social and environmental change and have used their fame to highlight issues and to promote positive change.

Scott: What is one thing you have always wanted to do but have never had the chance to do?

Amy: There are many places in the world I have yet to visit.

Scott: What are some of your favorite books?

Amy: I love books! Some of my favorite authors are Hemingway, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Garcia Marquez, Salinger, Joan Didion. I also love non-fiction i.e. Malcolm Gladwell and Eckhardt Tolle. My taste in literature is very eclectic. I basically read all the time and still probably will never get to read all the books on my list.

Scott: What are some of your favorite songs or bands?

Amy: My favorite band is Radiohead. I love classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones. I like early punk music, folk music [and] I love everything from classical music to Reggae—my taste in music is always expanding. I thrive on music.

Scott: Do you like to cook? What are your favorite foods?

Amy: I love to cook. My favorites are rack of lamb, pot roast, prime rib, baked chicken and apple pie. I also love Italian and French cooking. I am pretty inquisitive and fearless in the kitchen.

Scott: What are your thoughts on global warming, the environment, and how we can better take care of the earth?

Amy: I think the first thing we can all do is become aware of the ways in which we waste resources and then gradually come up with solutions. I drive a hybrid and recycle; I use my own water bottle and reusable grocery bags, for instance.
Scott: Do you think anything should be done as an attempt to change the way that female beauty is portrayed and understood in America?

Amy: I think the way that females are portrayed is gradually changing. The amount of roles for women above the age of 30 has significantly increased, and there are a lot of projects with strong female leads. I see this pattern continuing.

Scott: Do you support any charities? How can we help support those groups?

Amy: I support a charity involved in improving conditions for impoverished communities worldwide.

Scott: Looking back, have you ever played a role that you wish you would not have taken? Why?

Amy: I have no regrets because everything is a learning experience. [Although], there is a role in which I played what I perceived to be a strong character though after editing and general low quality of production ended up being objectified.

Scott: What is something you would like your fans to know about you?

Amy: I would like my fans to know that I am a very grateful person and I believe that we all have a lot to be grateful for.

I hope I have answered your questions completely…

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