Marilyn Monroe's acting teacher, Lee Strassberg, often encouraged her to take risks in her acting choices. He believed Marilyn had the ability to shed her blonde bombshell image in order to dig deep into roles that she might otherwise not be given the opportunity to play in Hollywood. Consequently, Marilyn felt safe enough at The Actor's Studio to challenge herself and play characters antithetical to her usual persona.
I've always admired actors who attempt to get "inside" their roles and actually seem to transform into the characters they portray. Charlize Theron's performance in "Monster" is a great example. Hillary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry". Meryl Streep in "Into the Woods". Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight". Eddie Redmayne in "Theory of Everything".
I'm fascinated by colorful characters and enjoy attempting to play them. I'm also interested in stretching myself as an actress and taking risks.
While doing some research online regarding crack addicted prostitutes living on the streets of Oklahoma City, I was moved by one woman's story in particular. Afterward, I was inspired to see if I could ultimately do her justice by "playing" her in an acting scene. Thus, I created the character, "Tamra Munn" … and thought I'd share her with you.