TINA MAJORINO: It’s something that you can do once and get type-cast because I think the audience can see you in a role and get comfortable with you in that role.
They like you in that role and they want to continue seeing you in that role.
I was talking to Jeremy Piven and he had mentioned that he had gone out for a role, he had gone into an audition. He didn’t get the role and the casting director said that they were looking for a Jeremy Piven-type. CHRIS NEUMER: When he didn’t get it, he said he didn’t know what to say.
He started left, he started right, he stopped talking and he said, “You’re looking for me. I’m the best Jeremy Piven type there is.” TINA MAJORINO: “I am Jeremy Piven.” CHRIS NEUMER: Exactly.
TINA MAJORINO: I try to remember every day the reason that I got into the business in the first place.
The reason that I started was because I like the idea of being able to portray people that if I had met them in real life, because I know that a lot of my characters are real people, I wanted to be able to make them feel like they weren’t invisible in the world.
CHRIS NEUMER: I realize it’s an out of left field question to start you off with, but it was what I was thinking about and so I am curious. Is there a certain appeal to the role over the big picture of the project or is it all things combined? that’s the hard thing about being an actress because when you are choosing projects, you don’t want to commit to any project that’s going to type-cast you in any way.
So even if you are intrigued by a certain character, let’s say in one of those G. teen movies, that’s part of the decision: do I really want to step into that genre? For me, yeah, the role is a big part, but you bring up a good point that the project has to be of good quality as well. I will always admit this to whatever actor I am talking to. When it gets to be that you guys can cry on command and look horrified on command, it’s like drumming.
It seems to me just common sense, couldn’t you do any role in any movie once without getting typecast?
So I decided that I was going to write that article. I’ve done these articles where I interview 6 or 8 people on a certain subject before and I’ve never gotten to ask the same set of questions again and again.
This is one of the first stories where I actually get to ask say 3 or 4 of the same questions to see what the differing responses are to them from the different people and I’m kind of enjoying that.
as an actress would that be an exciting challenge for you?
TINA MAJORINO: I think that when I look at projects in general, if anything is a good role, I’ll look at it.