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: Rachel Fenwick
Years with Stage Centre: 1 year
If you were marooned on a desert island what would be your one luxury item you'd bring with you and why?
Lip balm. I'm annoyingly dependent on it. But if I learn to fashion my own lip balm out of coconut oil perhaps I would be allowed to bring my knitting bag - I have so many projects started and not finished yet. That should keep me busy. I’d need a catalogue to be able to order new patterns and wool too...
On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being absolutely not and 10 being definitely, how do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
I’m cool with it but would rather have olives instead.
First Acting Job – Last Acting Job?
My first job out of drama school was playing Rose in a 3 month schools/theatre tour of The Selfish Giant with Image Musical Theatre. I learnt a lot and felt very lucky to have secured something just before I left training.
What would your Super Power be?
It would be lush to be able to fly, or even just float. I have dreams of gliding about and it’s exhilarating.
How do you relax?
When I was home in Wales it was driving into the Black Mountains but here in London it’s walking around central London and discovering new things – it has so much history all stacked up. You turn a corner and you’ve jumped from one century to the next.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
A younger Amy Adams, Melissa Joan Hart or Toni Colette.
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?
A friend from my days as a bookseller who covered my shift so I could go to an interview. In a round about way it helped me escape into an acting career. We were so short staffed that day that I might not have been able to make it.
Where were you trained?
Drama Studio London in Ealing.
What is your most treasured possession?
Hard to say one thing but I do love my collection of Diana Wynne Jones books. I read a lot of them during my formative years and it influenced my taste in sci-fi/fantasy. Reading her books is like stepping into her dreamscape and you don’t know which way things are going to go at all.
What one piece of advice would you give your younger Acting/Performing self?
Relax. You don’t have to hit it right the first time and you don’t have to be all things to all people. Still working on that really.
Please tell us of a career highlight?
I LOVED performing at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall – being on stage on a summer evening the atmosphere is absolute magic.
Performance role model?
Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, Amy Adams, Michelle Gomez, Toni Colette. Lots of others too.
Do you have a favorite genre of the Performing Arts? Why?
I do love working in comedy roles and/or productions. It connects you with the audience in a way that tragedy doesn’t. I think it can make the sad stuff even more poignant when you find the humour in it. It’s very human.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing...Anything you would do differently, career-wise?
I would have started earlier. I did my degree in Animal Behaviour which was fascinating (and nothing is ever wasted) but I would’ve tried drama school earlier. Then again, if I had I’d have missed out on meeting one of my closest friends so I think I did the right thing :)
Thanks to Rachel for her time.
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