All About Lisa

Next up is Lisa Opara who played Sally in For Want of a Nail.

What attracted you to acting?

I'm not actually sure, there are so many more reasons but I guess the main one is that I like outlets. And by that I mean outlets of expression, so poetry, song, and acting comes under that for me too, it's cathartic, and it allows you to explore avenues of your own identity that you couldn't necessarily do in your every day life.

Was it always something you wanted to do or did it come later in life?

It's something I had a huge interest in however I put it to one side due to a whole bunch of reasons, mainly thinking it wasn't a realistic route for me, and focused my interests in something I thought was more achievable but also another passion of mine which was psychology. Then I got my degree and was like "nope, I need to at least try with acting otherwise I'm going to regret it for the rest of my life" and here I am.

What appeals to you about the character of Sally?

I felt a lot of empathy for Sally. She clearly has a huge heart and genuinely loves Marty but she's just had enough. She seems like a very strong character so I'm excited to explore her strength, but even more excited to explore her vulnerability. The internal war between holding on for the sake of love, and letting go for the sake of, well almost for the sake of her sanity is something that drew me to her.

You studied psychology and sociology, how did that help your craft?

I got my degree in psychology and sociology, which people tend to find strange seeing as I'm not into acting, but it's actually been really beneficial. Psychology deals with the humanity on a deep level, how certain emotions can be triggered, and how we deal with them, as well as how our emotions and moods affect our physicality, so it's been useful applying that to acting. I also took a part time course at Identity which was also a great way to introduce me to the acting world and discipline me more.

What has your most challenging role been so far?

In all honesty I don't think I've had a role that has taken me out of my comfort zone, or that I felt challenged by; I had to play three completely different characters in a play I did a few years ago so maybe that was challenging in the sense of making sure I added something fresh to each character but again, it was more fun than challenging for me. I'm looking forward to embracing discomfort further on in my career.

What is your dream role (stage or screen) and what would you bring to it?

MARVEL!! I love superhero/action movies so to play a badass female superhero has always been a dream for me. Aside from that, I really want to play a character that's completely different from my personality, someone dark and unstable.

If you weren't an actor, what else would you be doing?

I would be pursuing a career as a counselor or therapist

What other projects are you working on at the moment?

I'm also a writer so I've got a few things up my sleeve :-)

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I'm scared of butterflies and ladybirds, I know they're absolutely harmless but I can't deal with them, I just can't

What three words describe you?

Loud, Compassionate, Weird

Name your top three favorite movies and why?

Oh that's hard, they change every now and then. Right now I'm going to say (in no particular order)

House of Sand and Fog

Captain America - Civil War

Moulin Rouge

Why? Because they're awesome. They're all completely different. Moulin Rouge is just a beautiful piece all round, visually stunning, the story telling was amazing, it's beautiful.

Captain America- Civil War - As I said, I'm a huge fan of superhero movies and this one is just epic, it's so well thought out as well' if you watch the directors interviews and see the techniques they've used for certain scenes you'd be so impressed.

House of Sand and Fog - The story is amazing, so heartwarming, and the acting, you just need to watch it if you haven't, captivating.

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