1. Who is your favourite movie director and why?
Overall, I’d say George Cukor or Frank Capra. I think both of them did an excellent job directing many fantastic films. If I’m in more of a mood to watch visually stunning films, I would tend to go with a foreign director like Ingmar Bergman or Jean-Luc Godard. A friend introduced me to Bergman and he’s amazing. I like Godard because of his involvement in the French New Wave movement and their quirky innovations with film in the late ’50s and ’60s.
2. Did you ever had a the chance to meet a movie star? When? What was the occasion?
Kind of! I got up close to Anna Paquin at a True Blood premiere in Hollywood last summer. I got starstruck and couldn’t get myself to say much, but luckily my brother got her autograph and my mom got a snapshot with the three of us. It’s kind of an awkward picture (sorry, mom, for posting this) but I’m glad we got it!
3. If you were working in the movie business (or maybe you already do!), what would be your dream job?
Film historian/preservationist is my dream. I think being a screenwriter would be great. I think acting is fun, too. I’d feel most comfortable with comedy. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing in the future. I love writing, so I’d like to figure out how to combine writing + film history, which could bring me to writing biographies or essays or something. If I could get the money, I would love to run a classic film theater somewhere in the country. I’m not sure if I could manage to live out in Los Angeles. Sometimes it sounds so awesome, but other times I’m like, “ehhh”. I’d be good with living in a smaller area up north or in the east and returning to LA at least once a year for the TCM Classic Film Festival. A girl can dream. And who knows, maybe that’s a realistic dream, after all.
4. What do you think was the best movie star biography or autobiography written?
Of the ones I’ve read so far, I’d have to go with Harpo Marx’s autobiography Harpo Speaks!. Lauren Bacall’s autobiography By Myself/By Myself and Then Some comes really close.
5. Which movie star do you think should be next honoured by a Life Achievement Oscar?
6. Except cinema, do you have another passion? If yes, what is it?
I’m passionate about helping people and being as kind as I possibly can. Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m much help, but when I do help people it feels like the greatest thing in the world. I work with the public, so every so often I get a compliment it just makes my day, like how I’m doing my job well or something. I think it’s important to tell people when they’re doing a great job, just like you need to tell them they’re not doing so hot.
7. Psycho and The Birds are probably the two most well-known Hitchcock’s films. Which one do you prefer?
Psycho. They’re both incredibly fun to watch.
8. What do you think was Pixar’s best short film?
I’d probably say my favorite would be For the Birds and Geri’s Game. I had to go over to Wikipedia to look at a list of Pixar’s short films and those two I remember, especially the first. I remember watching that one back in, I don’t know, kindergarten? We all thought it was hilarious. I vaguely remember Geri’s Game. I remember it being about that quirky cute old guy playing chess in the park. And wasn’t that the same guy who fixed Woody in Toy Story 2?
9. You have the chance to marry an actor or an actress. Who do you choose? 😉
Seeing as this is a big classic film thing, I’m probably going to go with someone who was…at one time alive. I find young Lew Ayres to be incredibly attractive and he seemed to be pretty intelligent. Jack Lemmon, Joseph Cotten, David Niven…The list could go on. Oh, and Alain Delon. Okay, I’ll narrow it down. If I had to pick one, I’d go with Jack Lemmon.
10. Did we ever tell you that you look like a certain movie star? If yes, who?
Not really often, but someone has told me that I look like young Leslie Caron. I’ve gotten Molly Ringwald too, which is stretching it. But seeing as she is one of my film idols, I’ll take it!
11. What do you think is the best article you wrote on your blog? Why?
I’d probably say I feel proudest of my post about actor and World War II veteran Harold Russell. I put time and effort into researching him as much as I could to do that write-up. He really fascinates me. You can read it here, if you’d like: vitaphonedreamer.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/harold-russell-hero-and-screen-legend/
Thanks a bunch to Virginie over at thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com who nominated me for this awhile back.