Our cast members are complex, intelligent, and witty people. You simply have to hear them to believe us. We asked 4 questions to give you a feel for the innermost workings of their minds, and the variety of answers has been one of the highlights of this year’s process. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
1. If you could meet any person in history (living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why?
I would meet Anne of Green Gables. I’d love to hang out at the farm with Anne, Marilla, and Matthew. And of course Diana Barry and Gilbert. Okay, so that’s more than one person but you can’t really go without meeting all of them! I’ve loved Anne of Green Gables all my life. I remember when PBS would play the first two movies when they did fundraising. My grandma and I would watch it together and I always loved Anne. I wanted to be her, well except for the rocky-trying-to-find-a-place-to-live before the movie starts. As an adult, I finally read all the book in the series and finally watched the third movie. Which is awful. And not like the books at all. So I pretend it doesn’t exist. And while the books are better, the movie will always have my heart so I would visit Anne in her movie world and not her book world.
Related fun fact: I have an Anne and Diana doll that we bought from the Canada store at Epcot. They don’t make the dolls anymore so I never got anymore, but when I bought the dolls, I had intended to every few months buy a new doll and eventually get them all. But they stopped selling them. If you have any though, feel free to give them to me!!
2. Have you ever been on stage before? How do you feel about going on stage for the LTYM show, knowing you’re also reading your own words?
The last and only time I was on stage was for Listen To Your Mother in 2012. And I was terrified. I don’t want to admit how much Xanax I took to get on stage. This time I feel less nervous. Reading my own words was hard then. I was speaking about cancer and hadn’t even had the diagnosis for a year, so things felt really raw. I hadn’t processed it myself and so it felt really hard sharing then. This time I’m more comfortable with my journey. While I’ve got a ways to go to be truly comfortable with all that has happened, I’m glad I’ve come farther in the last few years!
3. Unrelated to your essay, do you have a motherhood story to share (try to keep it under 2 paragraphs if you can!)?
So one time I was getting harassing phone calls over the phone. I actually had to call the police and file a report. So they sent a officer over to my house to file it. My oldest was three years old. When the officer came over and said hi to us, my daughter looked at him and very solemnly said “My daddy’s a monster.”
He looked a bit shocked and so I had to stammer (truthfully) “No, he’s not a monster. I mean he is, but he works at a haunted house. So he’s literally a monster. She doesn’t mean he’s a bad person or anything. He’s not!”
As I was standing there feeling dumb, she chimes in “Yes. And he wears makeup.”
So because I felt like I had to explain, “No sweetheart, he wears face paint. As part of his costume. Not make-up!”
The officer laughed at that point.
I was still feeling awful and hoping that he wasn’t actually thinking my husband was an awful guy!
This, by the way is the same child who told people “my mommy gave me crack last night.” Because she called crackers crack. So that made for some fun explanations too!
4. If you could relive one day over again, what would you choose and why?
A few years ago I went to New Hampshire during the fall. The kids and I, with my in-laws (who live there) drove around one day and looked at the leaves and visited a waterfall and went to the top of a mountain. I’m not a big outdoors person, but I loved that day. The kids and I had such a great time. I loved my leaf peeping adventure!
Thank you, Brandie!
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