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Cynthia - The Interview

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Movie Life: What made you want to become an actor?

Cynthia LaForte: I've always been a performer, I was a ballerina, a singer, a model.  I was always dressing up as a kid and putting on performances even if no one was around.  I truly knew acting was for me when I realized that when my teachers would push me or be hard on me I didn't get upset or angry or want to quit, I enjoyed it.  It's not that I want to work at it, I love to work at it and I love the moments of struggle just as much, possibly even more then, as when my acting is spot on.

ML: What is your fantasy job? What is your dream role?

CL: I have a lot.  Stella from Street Car Named Desire.  Lady MacBeth. Cleopatra.  I'd love to play an action hero or anything where I get to shoot a gun.

ML: How did you prepare for the role of Tinny?

CL: I worked on the scenes with my coach and met with Bekim to rehearse.  The entire cast got together a few times as well to hang out and get to know each other.  And I spray tanned.

ML: How did you hear about Evil Weed?

CL: A director I worked with sent me the script and I had already worked with Shane (the producer).  I thought the script was really fun and I immediately liked the role of Tinny.

ML: What is your favorite movie?

CL: Again, I have a lot.  Heathers.  Coming to America.  Doubt. Boogie Nights.  Half Baked.  Adaptation.  Drop Dead Gorgeous.  Chinatown.   Anything and everything by the Coen Brothers or Farrelly Brothers.

ML: What do you think about reality TV?

CL: Honestly I love it and it terrifies me.  A close friend of mine is on a

popular reality show and as an actor that's something I wouldn't want to be a part of.  I like reality TV that's about people as they work on something, like “Movie Life” or “Project Runway,” not a fluffed drama where producers just try to make your life miserable.  I also don't understand people who share with the world every terrible tragic thing that has ever happened to them.  I do understand that people want to bring an awareness to certain causes or issues but do a fundraiser when it's really about giving back, don't go on a reality show because then it's just about you.  It's funny I say all this but I can't lie, I love all those reality shows involving quasi celebrities and people pursuing their love!!  It's kind of my guilty pleasure...

ML: If reincarnation existed, what animal would you come back as?

CL: A Gisele.

ML: What redhead inspires you the most?

CL: That's a tough one.  If I had to pick one it would be Lucille Ball.  She was beautiful, smart AND funny.  And that's rare!  She had a way of capturing you and you just look at her and love her.  And of course Molly Ringwald and Julianne Moore.

ML: Now that you've done a love scene, what other hurdles are left for you to surpass?

CL: To be honest I don't really consider the love scene a hurdle.  The hurdles are the really intense emotional scenes - and then having to break for lunch for 45 minutes and get right back into it after.  I guess now that I've done one I'll know what to expect next time and it's taken away some of the mystique because they are very mechanical and choreographed.

ML: What exactly went down on the set of Evil Weed?

CL: I listened to a lot of Indigo Girls and Rob Zombie to keep me crying and scared.  I also curled my hair a lot - which some people tried to attribute to the power going off... which is impossible by the way...  I also fell and David Wexler laughed his ass off, as you all have seen! But seriously, there was amazing work and dedication from everyone.  We all became so close in such a short period of time and have remained that way.  And lots and lots of CoCo Butter.

Posted by Jonathan on November 02, 2009

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