From the moment I watched Rebecca Lines’ demo reel, I was captured by her diversity and intensity as an actress. Getting to work with her and see her in action, I was further impressed. As the mom to the purse snatcher in The Good Book, she was an excellent silent movie actress, exhibiting such a great range of emotion in a single gesture or look.
When did you first develop an interest in film acting?
I have always had a passion for the performing arts. When I was younger, I concentrated on dance, music and theater, in particular musical theater—go figure! Film acting didn’t enter my radar until 5 years ago when I found myself on an actual, professional film set. It was then that I knew I was right where I belonged. I adore the entire process of making a film as an actor. It’s much more intimate compared to being on stage.
What was your first acting role?
My first acting role on stage was as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz when I was 12. I just loved wearing her dress and crown. I felt so beautiful! My first film role was playing Claudette in Play Date, a short film about speed dating. That was a crazy set with some actors dressed as adult babies! Yes, I said adult babies….funny story and funny set!
Tell us about your acting training.
For the past 4 ½ years I’ve been training with Caroline Locorriere at the Nashville Acting Studio focusing on film and television. Caroline has taken me on a journey that has been invaluable to my craft. The training has been intense and very hard work, but has brought me some of my greatest joy! I’ve also studied with Actor’s Bridge in Nashville focusing on the Meisner technique. There’s so much to be said for being completely in the moment as an actor. Meisner really emphasized that. 5 years ago, when I decided to pursue film and television, I studied with Alan Dysert at The Actors School in Franklin, TN. Alan was such a pleasure to work with. His studio is a very loving and supportive place for all actors.
What are some of the most interesting roles you’ve played?
I recently played Leah in The Good Book. What was so interesting about this role was that I had to tell her story without using words. The Good Book is a silent film. It was truly a lovely challenge. I also find it interesting to play characters so unlike me. In Mickey Wicked, I played an alcoholic & abusive mother, which wasn’t easy, to say the least. I had to learn not to judge her and to understand why she is who she is. It was important to do my best in portraying this character in order to help honor the entire film. In the recent film 11 Seconds, I played quite the overbearing wife, Mrs. Durwood, to Brad Stine’s Michael Durwood. Brad was such a good sport to have put up with my character’s obnoxious behavior! I’ve also had a ball playing quirky, nerdy type characters, like the crazy fortune teller in Punch Bug, the “serious” librarian (twice recently) in a commercial and in Delta Airlines’ inflight safety video, and the very nerdy, uptight, controlling office manager, Sherry, in Juicy Mooshu. I really enjoy all of the characters I’ve had the honor to play, no matter how big or small the role. Each had provided me the opportunity to create, and I greatly appreciate every single one!
What faith based films have you been involved in?
I have been in two faith based films, both shot this year: 11 Seconds, and The Good Book. Being a part of a project where the end focused result is to tell an uplifting quality story or to send an important message of love and compassion as Jesus Christ taught us is such an honor. I so appreciate the writers, producers and directors who focus their efforts on faith based films, as well as the distributors who get these films out there for all to see.
What has been my most challenging role to date?
I’d have to say that would be the mother role in Mickey Wicked. Having to abusively yell at my physically and mentally challenged son, while drunk, really took me to a dark place I’ve never personally visited before. Having to justify that behavior was an additional challenge. I had to create a backstory for my character so I could understand the choices she was making. In my own life, I find it very difficult to see an abusive parent’s side of the story, but, as Jesus taught us, it’s not our place to judge only to love. Playing roles like these can be such a gift in learning what makes other tick and in appreciating the beautiful life I have been given.
What would be your dream role?
My dream role would be any role opposite or alongside Meryl Streep. Period.
What are your goals as an actress?
To tell the truth- the truth of the character and the truth in the story- in order to fully move the audience. I want to continue to be a part of telling stories through film that inspire, educate or simply entertain people (because honestly sometimes we just want to forget our lives for a short while and escape into a wonderful film). I’m not particular as to what project it is, other than a quality one, or what venue, be that film or television. Just being on set collaborating and creating is my goal. I’m also interested in writing and producing projects that give me the opportunity to express my own voice.
I really love what I do so much and feel truly Blessed to have discovered my passion for acting and making films, and double Blessed to be a working actor. Being an actor has opened so many doors for me and brought so many wonderful, creative and interesting people into my life. God Blesses each and every one of us with a special gift, a passion. My wish for everyone is to find what makes your heart sing and do something each day towards that. Workwise, it’s easy to be happy when you’re doing what you love!
Thank you Sharon for this interview! It was such a pleasure to have worked with you!