Late on Saturday night we wrapped our shoot for “The Gift”. This shoot was indie filmmaking at its best. Cool story by Tom Ryan. Excellent cast including Adam Ginsberg, Danielle Najarian and John Zion. And a fantastic crew – lead by our director, Tom Ryan.
My character was unlike any character I’ve played to date. She was gritty, flawed, vulnerable and living a rough life. The kind of rough life that’s never touched my own. I want to thank Tom for giving me the opportunity and for having faith in my ability to become Donna, despite my body of work consisting of mostly white collar suburban Mom roles, giving no specific evidence that I could tackle such a dark character. This was such a meaty role – she had so many layers – and I was honored to peel them away and find her – and find a little bit of myself somewhere in there, too.