I was first introduced to Becky Ann Baker in 2003 when my co-worker invited to me to my first Drama Department show, Charles Busch's "Shanghai Moon." It was that production I became an instant fan of the extraordinarily talented Becky Ann Baker. From theatre to film to television, Becky does it all! Her Broadway credits include "All My Sons," "Assassins," "Titanic," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." In addition to "Shanghai Moon," Becky has been seen Off-Broadway in the Drama Department's "June Moon," NYSF's "Othello" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona," Encore!'s "Wonderful Town," NYTW's "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," MTC's "Durang, Durang," Roundabout Theatre Company's "Suddenly Last Summer," and Signature Theatre's "Laura Dennis." Becky is also an Honorary Associate at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA.
Becky has lit up the big screen in "Nights in Rodanthe," "Stay," "The Night Listener," "War of the Worlds," "Two Weeks Notice," "A Simple Plan," "Men In Black," "In & Out," "Sabrina," "Unstrung Heroes," "White Squall," "Lorenzo's Oil," and "Come See the Paradise." On TV, Becky has entertained in "Kings," "Nurse Jackie," "Freaks and Geeks" (regular), "Star Trek: Voyager," "Sex and the City," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," and "Oz."
Becky and her comedic talents along with Tate Donovan, Frances McDormand, Estelle Parsons, Patrick Carroll, and Renee Elise Goldsberry can be seen in Manhattan Theatre Club's hilarious and poignant production of "Good People" through May 29! "Good People" plays at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in NYC (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave). Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I think watching my mother sing the solo in church every week really influenced me. She'd get folks all excited and I thought that was just great!! I also loved old movies, especially about show business. I'd watch them endlessly!! Still do.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are a lot of great actors that I'd love to work with. Meryl Streep would be fun, especially on stage.
3. What attracted you to "Good People"? We did a reading of "Good People" last year for MTC and you could tell right away that it was a very special play. The longer we work on it the better it gets!! That's the sign of a great play. You learn something every night.
4. What do you get from performing in a theatrical show that you don't get from performing in television/movies? When you're doing a play you get to tell the whole story, every night, right there!! The audience is a part of that experience. There's nothing like the chemistry and risk between you, the play and the folks that paid to see it. Film and TV can be challenging in other ways but not like that!
5. What's the best advice you've ever received? I always think of my college professor, Bill Leonard, telling us that we had nothing to do that night but the play. In other words, don't let the rest of your life distract you from the matter at hand. Stay focused, while you're working, on the thing that you're working on!! Pretty good advice for everything you do. Stay present.
6. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? I always like to warm up before the show, stretch and move and breathe. It can be a challenge to find a quiet space but you can usually roam around the theatre and claim a spot!! Hidden hallways are good.
7. Favorite way to spend your day off? My day off is family time!!! Husband and daughter, nothing else!
8. Favorite skin care product? Lancome's BI-FACIL for eye makeup removal. The best!
9. Favorite website? I play Scrabble on Facebook. I'm addicted. I have about 8 to 9 games going all the time with friends all over the country.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? No strange talents. No flukes of nature.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My dreams are all about architecture and elevators!!! Every now and then I dream that I'm still in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," my first Broadway show which ran for four years!!!