Getting to Know You...
Each month we will "Get to Know" one of our fantastic clients a little better by plonking them in our interview chair, (think a comfy chaise lounge rather than the famous Mastermind chair) and asking them to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with us by taking our not too serious questionnaire. This month we "Get to Know"...
NAME: Juliet Chappell
Years with Stage Centre: A happy 4 years!
If you were marooned on a desert island what would be your one luxury item you'd bring with you and why?
Probably photographs of my nearest and dearest so they’d seem closer. Or a magic food
and drink dispensing machine so I could have immediate access to whatever (cake and
wine) I desired. That would help.
On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being absolutely not and 10 being definitely, how do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
Minus 6. It’s just not how the Italian’s meant it to go…
First Acting Job – Last Acting Job?
First: I was a child in the UK tour of “Oliver!” In 1998. Sam Mendes was our director, for
real. I got £25 a week!
Last: German national tour of “A Christmas Carol”, with ADG-Europe. I played a
rewarding combination of Ghost of Christmas Past, Tiny Tim, Mrs Dilber and Turkey Boy
and had a lovely time touring with a wonderful cast.
What would your Super Power be?
To know other people’s super powers. Forewarned is forearmed. Looking at my answers to
this, succinctness would also be handy.
How do you relax?
A long walk (and sometimes swim!) along the coast. I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part
of the UK and I find the sea a great reset for me.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Claire Foy. I probably want to be her more than she wants to be me, but let’s see.
You are up on stage to collect your best Actor Oscar...You’ve thanked the usual ie Family, Agent, Film crew etc….Who else do you thank?
I owe the completion of my training and therefore my subsequent career to a very special woman whose homesharer I became whilst I was struggling financially at drama school. She’s no longer alive and I miss her dearly, but her name was Jane Leyne and she changed my life beyond what I thought was possible through her generosity. So she
would get a massive shout out.
Where were you trained?
What is your most treasured possession?
My cat - is that allowed? She’s called Bonny and she’s ridiculous. I suppose the object I
have that brings me the most joy is probably my camera: I’m a keen photographer.
What one piece of advice would you give your younger Acting/Performing self?
Just keep going, go with your gut instincts, travel as much as possible and enjoy the ride
as much as each destination.
Please tell us of a career highlight?
I had an incredible time playing the Duchess and Tweedle Dum in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” at Kew Gardens last summer. It was a dream realised to perform quality family theatre in such a gorgeous
setting and with truly exceptional cast and production -mates..
Performance role model?
Ahh, too many! If I had to pick just one I’d probably go with Julie Walters.
Do you have a favorite genre of the Performing Arts? Why?
I adore physical theatre. It’s where I feel most connected and stretched as a performer. I also really like family theatre and comedy, especially farce. They’re a lot of fun and a real muscle flex!.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing...Anything you would do differently, career-wise?
Absolutely no regrets work-wise. Except maybe getting better pay when I was 11! Overall, I think I’d have been better off going straight to drama school instead of studying something else and working for a couple of years first. But there have been times when the path I’ve taken has directly helped me get work, so it’s not a huge regret.
Thanks to Juliet for her answers.
Next up, it's time to "Get to Know" our "Dad Dancer" and George Clooney Lookalike* SIMON RHYS-JONES
(*Simon's words, not ours - Ed)