Inbox: Questions for Actors 

I was watching 'Inside the Actors Studio' because I'm obsessed with it and I always ask my friends the questions from the questionnaire James Lipton does at the end of the show. I figured I would e-mail it to you and you can answer it. – Stef

What is your favorite word?
It is difficult to choose only one. Perhaps… Sleeper.

What is your least favorite word?
Just. As in, “I’m just a girl from the Bronx.” The word “just” is overused in the sense of “merely.”
I am not merely anything. Neither are you.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Untouched land.

What turns you off?
People who do not believe.

What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck! …And all variations thereof.

What sound or noise do you love?
Wind moving through trees.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of traffic and machines.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Assuming that writer does not count since that too is my current profession, I would like to be a professional Ninja. Or a pro athlete. Or a singer. Perhaps a photographer. I think it would all come back to some sort of performance and writing. I can’t get away from it.

What profession would you not like to attempt?
Child star, movie reviewer or studio reader.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
We always knew you were special.


Incidentally, these questions are attributed to Proust, and the right to answer or ask them is not exclusive to actors. Try them yourself.

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