Observations of an Actress
Published: October 13, 2010 - 4:34pm
I am an observer and learn many things from being on sets. I love the opportunities that God has given me to learn and grow by watching other actors. My favorite sets to be on, so far, are the movies: The Joneses with Demi Moore and The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock..
Demi Moore was so detailed with her thought. You could visualize her, going through her head, reviewing her lines. She was very prepared and might I also add, even more beautiful in person. She didn’t miss a beat, as she jumped into action with her fellow actor David Duchovny. Here we had two brilliant actors under one roof, I felt honored to be in their presence.
It was a restaurant scene and we were all sitting down, “acting” as though we were eating and having a joyful time at dinner. I had an iceberg wedge, that looked as though, it had been there a while. At the end of the day, they wanted to do a close up of me eating and brought me a fresh Iceberg wedge. I was very thankful that they took care of that old wilted wedge, I don’t even think a rabbit would have eaten it at that point.
There was a time during filming that I was asked to stand up, so they could adjust the lighting over my table. Demi was standing only a few feet away, and made a funny remark. I lightly chuckled thinking that she or no one else could hear me. Well, I was wrong, Demi heard me and turned toward me, smiled and looked straight into my eyes. I have never been star struck before in my life, but in that moment, I was frozen, could not move at all. All I could do was smile like a five year old child, seeing Santa Claus for the first time. That is one moment that has been etched into time and will never be forgotten.
My experience on The Blind Side was a bit different, but once again, having so much talent in one location, left me to be honored once more. Sandra Bullock was right on the mark with her portrayal of Ms. Touhy. The Touhy’s were actually on set that day, but I did not see the real Mr. Oher.
Sandra was petite in size, very polished and you could see her sweet personality lighten up the set. All of the actors had a great sense of humor and helped the day to pass by quickly. During one take, Tim McGraw walked by me and said hello, and of course I said hello back to him. He is a very nice man and was awesome with the kids on set. I could tell that he was a good father on and off the set.
Kathy Bates was on set that day and I have to admit, that was like I had stepped on to a cloud. I was kind of floating as though I had won the lottery. She was brilliant and was at ease with her lines. My daughter was also in this movie, and had the opportunity to sit next to Kathy during the graduation scene. She told me that Kathy was very nice to her and even offered her a bottle of water. She was also sitting behind Tim, Lily, Sandra and Jae. She told me that they were funny and she was constantly laughing at their jokes. Of course, while we are rolling, no one is talking or joking. Sometimes, you have to sit around on set until they reset the cameras and such.
Quinton Aaron is very humble. He does tower over most people but he is very nice. He is soft spoken with his words and you can tell that he really cares about others. IronE Singleton played the bad guy and he is also a wonderful person. He is a great actor and I have learned much by watching him on different sets. He portrayed T-Dog on The Walking Dead TV series that I am a featured zombie in. That will be out on AMC - Halloween Night at 10 pm.