Catharine Daddario is a woman of many talents. Besides being an incredible actress and skilled writer, she is also one of the happiest people you'll ever meet, with a bubbly personality you cannot seem to ever get enough of. Im grateful I recently got the chance to interview her, but also grateful Ive gotten to know her well outside of a professional relationship and can call her a good friend of mine. She's going places, and myself along with all her other supporters cannot be more thrilled with all the fantastic work she is doing. Read our interview below to learn more about Catharine and how she got to where she is now.
1. When did you first begin acting and at what moment did you start to
think you wanted to become a professional actress?
I started acting in a local repertory company when I was in Middle School. I thought acting would help with my speech apraxia and public speaking for when I ultimately became a business woman like my mother. As soon as I started acting though, I realized acting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
2. Do you have a favorite role or character that you have ever played?
I don't have a favorite, but the first time I felt fully confident in my comedic abilities was in a teenage production of Chekhov's The Bear. I had so much fun with that script and it completely changed the way I envisioned my future career. I started to appreciate and work on comedy as well as drama, which made me a better actor and a funnier person.
3. What actor or actress would be your dream to act in a TV series or
There are so many people I would love to work with! First of all, I think it would be so much fun to work with either of my siblings and do what I love with my family.
If I have to choose one actor who I'm not related to, I have to say Amy Adams. She does a terrific job making characters original and specific, and she never seems to repeat a performance. I also appreciate her public persona as her kindness seems incredibly genuine. It feels strange to say I would like to work with someone so young but she has accomplished so much at her age for a reason and I would love to learn from her!
4. Who are your favorite actors and actresses in the business today?
This answer changes every few weeks because the list of shows I watch changes regularly. I watch a lot of cartoons and love some voice actors, but a few of the live action shows I'm watching right now are Westworld, VEEP, Barry, Jane the Virgin and Ozark. Those shows have made me currently obsessed with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gina Rodriguez, Bill Hader, Thandie Newton and Jason Bateman. These actors have incredible range and all can be hilarious or make me cry - or both at the same time!
5. Whats one piece of advice you would give to anyone also trying to
pursue acting as a career?
The only important thing is to never quit. Acting is a job that you have to show up everyday to, despite not having an office or clear trajectory. You can always find a few minutes to look at a script or read a play, to submit to a project, or record yourself practicing and watch the video critically. Get good headshots. Make your own work and learn from your mistakes. Most importantly, once you book something, do what you do at any job: be kind and come prepared.
6. What are your favorite movies and tv shows of all time and why do
you love them so much?
Legally Blonde, Goodfellas and now Moonlight are the three that always spring to mind when I think about my favorite movies. Legally Blonde was my first experience with glamorous feminism. I was young when it came out, and the main character was a good inspiration for me, because even though she values her appearance she wasn't afraid of working hard. Even today I find myself trying to channel Elle Woods.
I can rewatch Goodfellas, and most of Scorsese's work, hundreds of times: they're just well directed, well acted movies that are so fun even when they're terrifying.
Moonlight really blew me away. It was one of those movies that sticks with you. Sometimes when I'm daydreaming, a scene from it will pop into my head. I suspect that for years I'll be thinking about that uncomfortably intimate wrestling scene, the beach scene, or the image of Naomie Harris standing, staring. It's the perfect combination of cinematography, acting and subject matter that is so important to put in front of mass audiences.
7. What does the rest of 2018 hold for you? Any big plans or projects
that you are working on?
I am most excited right now about a project my partner and I plan on pitching. I don't think even my friends realize how excited I am because I tend to stay extremely calm when talking about things I am a little bit nervous about.
I recently had a VR film at Cannes called ‘Wilde Eastern’ that was a crazy experience, playing to a camera that sees everything and performing film noir style! I’m also in a horror feature coming out at the end of the year called ‘Artifact’. It was a great experience for me, because of how positive and talented the small cast and crew were. I consider everyone I met on that set to be a good friend now.
I recently shot a feature called ‘Stronger than Pretty’ about a family that struggles with domestic violence that takes place in the 70s and 80s that I am proud to have been a part of. I am also shooting a short soon where I play a dead girl who becomes possessed by a demon. I am having a lot of fun scaring my boyfriend with my demon voice practice!
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