Autumn Reeser On The Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School

imdb-squareI’ve been in and out of various acting classes since I was nineteen and I’ve been at the Playhouse for the longest amount of time which is, I guess, over three years now. And the reason I joined it in the first place is I really liked that they focus on acting, attitude, and administration, and I’d never found an acting class that really addressed the business.

You know, in most acting classes I’ve been in have been about, like, “You must be dark and, you know, get deep within your soul,” which can be true but you also need to know how to go to an audition, and engage with somebody, and, you know, have a normal conversation, and let them know that you would be a fun person to work with. I mean, people want to hire people who they want to be around. I mean, I was in the show for two years! I mean, you’re with people 70 hours a week for two years. You want to like the people you’re with.     So, I never found a class that addressed that aspect of it and it really focused on the fact that we were training actors to work in the movie and television business, and that’s one of my favorite things about the Playhouse and why I recommend it to people that I meet on sets and I, you know, it’s been fabulous for me.

It’s great to have that in the back of your mind – the emphasis on having a positive attitude when you go to set on those days when you’ve slept two hours, and you really don’t want to be there, and you’re really hating the fact that you had chose acting as a business. It’s actually you feel like you kind of have the support of all these people behind you who are saying, “You can do it!” You know, and you can put a smile on your face and, you know, you can be enthusiastic to be there even though you don’t feel like it.

And it’s nice to have a community. You know, I don’t have a religious community so, for me, my acting class is my community. And that I really appreciate because, otherwise, LA is such as big city. I’d feel like I’m floating adrift sometimes, but you have this same group of people you can come back to. You can go and work, and then you come back to the same people, and they’re still there doing the same great work, and getting better, and it’s inspiring.

They focused on getting me back into all the other arts that I’ve been involved with. I mean, I grew up in musical theatre and, when I came here, I’d had knee surgery and I had a lot of issues with singing. Well, I didn’t want to sing anymore and I didn’t want to dance anymore and I hadn’t been doing either of those, or painting! I had a painting scholarship in college and, like, I totally let all of those go to focus only on my acting and, you know, just messing around. I was focused, but not as focused as I could have been and I really let all these other aspects of myself go, and the Playhouse really encouraged me to study those again. And so, I’ve been studying all three of those – singing, dancing, and painting – for the last three years, and I just finished a movie musical which I think is fabulous because it was one of my dreams but nothing that I ever put the effort into pursuing, and I love it. I love my life now. I love that, like, I just got back from dance class right now and it makes me so happy and I totally let it go. I hadn’t even pursued it at all and I just think it’s so great that I got a job off of that and I do wonder what, if I’d have thought that would have happened for me if I hadn’t been encouraged to go back to all those things from class. I don’t know. I did a scene in class that was the first time I had sung in three years. I was terrified out of my mind and now I sing in a cabaret once a month in West Hollywood so it’s kind of crazy.

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