Interview with 'Delicious' Actress - Ann Beck
How did you first break into the industry?
Six years ago, I decided to go back to acting, something that brought me joy in my high school days. I took an improv class at the Walnut St. Theater and I was hooked once again with performing. I continued to take more and more classes and got to a point where I felt ready to submit to films, TV and commercials, In the same week I got booked on my first two jobs. I played a woman buying candles to support the Revolutionary War in Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and then, in NYC I played a funeral attendee in Ed Burns’ Public Morals on TNT. Ed Burns gave me my first waiver to come back and play one of the main character’s friends.
Who/What inspires you as an actor?
I’m inspired by actors that give a performance that make you completely forget where you are and get absorbed into their world. I remember seeing Jessica Chastain in The Heiress on Broadway and actually heard myself say “Wow” out loud after one of her monologues. I completely forgot I was crammed into those tiny theater seats.
What was your best set moment on ‘Delicious’?
First, I was so impressed with how courteous and kind all members of the crew and cast were to each other. I know how hard it is to get all the shots you want in when you have a finite amount of time. I love watching patience on a set. That said, my favorite set moment was when Fireman Santa came up the street in his fire engine to hand out candy canes and was, I’m sure, pleasantly surprised to be greeted by three attractive “high school girls” in uniforms.
What sort of person is going to love this short?
This short will be loved by anyone who likes an out of the ordinary surprise.
What advice would you give aspiring actors?
Take classes, take classes, take classes. (I highly recommend improv classes to get out of your head.)
Perform whenever you can. Think of auditions as a chance to act for a mini audience.
When you are on a set, soak it all in and watch what every member of the crew is doing. Learn what seems to work on that set and how you can make that production better by being on time, wardrobe and make up ready and knowing your lines.