Gloria Mann – Interview By Scott McGlynn

Gloria Mann  is known for her work on Point Break (1991), The Happiest People in New York (2014) and The Lennon Report (2016).

I met up with her to chat about how she got involved in acting, who she’d love to work with and her future plans for 2017…

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Scott: Gloria you are full of many talents. You have done film, television and theater. Which one do you enjoy doing the most? 

Gloria: I enjoy all three mediums. It is all acting to me. I have a great love for the theatre. I started there. It is my home. I will always come back to it. There is nothing like being in a rehearsal room with a great director and a talented cast figuring out a wonderful play. It is always exciting. I see 3-4 shows a month. 

SM: Your recent movie “The Lennon Report” is about the amazing John Lennon. How was it being part of such a historic movie? 

GM: It was such a bittersweet gift. I love John Lennon and was heartbroken for Yoko and Sean. “The Lennon Report” tells the untold story of the moments after John Lennon was shot as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it and tried to save him. It sets the record straight in terms of what really happened that night. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news, but they really don’t know what happened.

I got to work with the amazing Richard Kind who plays Dr. Stephan Lynn. I loved working with him. He is such a generous and talented actor. Our director Jeremy Profe was great. At the end of the film the real doctor, nurses and journalist who broke the story get to have their final say about their experiences that night. Sadly, we all know how it ends, but I’m extremely proud of how the story was told and grateful to be a part of it.

 

SM: When did you know being an actress was what you wanted to do? 

GM: I grew up with two colorful actors; my mother Yanka Mann and Veronica Lake who was my mother’s best friend and who lived with us when I was growing up. They took me to the theatre and to see movies all of the time. I also got to see their work in shows and films. It was thrilling. By the time I was in high school I knew I wanted to be an actor. I had an inspirational drama teacher. I went on to get my MFA in acting from the University of California, San Diego. I also studied with my wonderful teacher Bill Esper at The William Esper Studio in NYC for three years. 

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SM: Can you remember the first movie you fell in love with? 

GM: “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Elia Kazan, with Vivian Leigh, Marlon Brando,Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. That did it for me.

SM: Who would you like to star beside; male and female?

GM: Viola Davis, Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance, John Douglas Thompson. I have seen almost everything they have done, including their theatre, film and television work. I did a play with Mark Ruffalo a while back. I loved working with him. They are all beautiful actors.

 

SM:I know you go back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. Which is your favorite place? 

GM: NY It is home. 

 

SM: This year is filled of amazing movies already. We had “Marvel”, “Logan” and “Beauty and the Beast”. Anything you’re looking forward to? 

GM: Wonder Woman! 

 

SM: What are your 2017 plans? 

GM: I have two projects that I am writing; one is a one woman play that I will do in January of 2018 in NYC; I am speaking to directors and theaters now, finalizing production details, and the other is a film. It is very exciting. I will also be teaching a special acting workshop with the brilliant John Douglas Thompson at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY June 4-9.

 

Omega link for the workshop – https://eomega.org/workshops/acting-begins-with-being#-workshop-description-block

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Follow Gloria here… 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0542763/

https://twitter.com/gloriamann22

https://www.facebook.com/GloriaMann22/

https://www.instagram.com/gloriamann22/

 

Photo credits:
Photo of Richard Kind with Gloria Mann from “The Lennon Report”./ Head-shot photo by Chris Macke  / Photo of Gloria Mann from “Ashes To Ashes” by Harold Pinter Off Broadway revival at Walker Space, NYC.
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The Retired Greyhound Trust: Let’s hear it for the Boy(s) – Charity single

Crufts 2017

Most of you know I am a huge animal lover, I have number of dogs at home, You would of seen on my social media Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Snapchat everywhere. 

I was at crufts March 2017 and i came across “The Retired Greyhound Trust” which I fell in love with from the staff / dogs  and what they do! Here’s more about them…and a brand new charity single by music artist Allan Jay.

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The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) released their debut charity single, Let’s hear it for the Boy, performed by chart-topping artist Allan Jay. 

Originally a 1980’s #No.1 hit for Deniece Williams, the song’s title is also the name of their current campaign which is to highlight the plight of male greyhounds awaiting their new home.

Allan Jay: Below 

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Male greyhounds waiting for their new home have reached an all-time high in the RGTkennels, equating to about 1,000 greyhounds at any given point, 800 of which are boys. Jo Blake, Operations and Welfare Manager for the Trust explains “We generally work to keep a fifty fifty ratio of males to females available for adoption but our waiting lists are now at least 80% boys*.

People looking for a greyhound often come to us specifically looking to take on a girl, owing to preconceived ideas that they make better pets. We’re working hard to educate the public that every greyhound is an individual and there are no hard and fast rules as to suitability for homing based on gender alone.”

Headline names from the world of entertainment who have endorsed the Retired Greyhound Trust include Leona Lewis, Russell Watson, Jilly Cooper, Vicki Michelle, Twiggy, Uri Geller, Craig Levein and former Gladiator, James Crossley. James Crossley is also the face of this campaign and says ‘‘I want to help break the myths that surround greyhounds and the boys in particular. They make great family pets and fit in well to the home environment, A number of these celebrities already own a greyhound of their own and the Trust are engaging with them offering up opportunities to perform a cameo role in the music video accompanying the song.

The awareness campaign is wholly supported by the gay community, who will be adding a fun element to the music video accompanying the song’s release, which is being shot in Brighton. Best Male Artist 2015 and LBGTQ Music Award 2016, Let’s hear it for the boy recording artist Allan Jay says “I’m delighted to be involved in this campaign and I think the lyrics say it all – let’s give the boy a chance. I sincerely hope we can find the home that they so deserve” Around 8,000 greyhounds retire from greyhound racing each year and the RGT homes around 4000 each year. Racing greyhounds transition very well from track to sofa when they retire, forming an integral part of any home.

 

You can buy the CD right here – https://greyhoundtruststore.com/products/lets-hear-it-for-the-boy-cd 

 

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