Talking is Hard
Sometimes talking is hard. Turning thoughts into words and composing sentences all within seconds of someone asking you a question can be much more difficult than people will let on. And then there are the mechanics of breath and tone and moving your lips to actually form the words. Talking is complicated. And it's especially difficult if you tend to get a little socially anxious like me.
And, it can be nerve-racking when you are on the red carpet for the first time ever in your life talking to reporters about a charachter you are not supposed to tell anyone much about.
Last weekend I arrived at the Regal Theatre in sunny LA, excited and nervous for my first Hollywood premiere of 'The Walking Dead.' Luckily, I had one of my bestest friends, Bill, and my television sis, Lauren (Who is such a pro at this kind of thing!) by my side to calm my nerves. We may have had the driver circle the theatre five or more times before actually getting out. I may have also had a couple glasses of champagne, a double espresso and a cake pop to also help calm those butterflies. Did it help??
I must confess Backstage Blogosphere, I didn't know what I was doing. I tried to pose pretty. I couldn't help but smile. I rambled on and on and afterward barely remember what I said to the people interviewing me. I did remember my name and charachter's name which was good, but also remember a couple of times where I was just smiling and staring at whoever was asking the questions.
Oh Gawd, talking is hard. But boy, what a fun night. There was a really nice after party and another after, after party. I had an easier time talking at those.
Here's a couple of interviews. How did I do?? I don't remember doing them. It is a blur of dizzy, happiness excitement. When they said my name before showing the episode in the theatre, I started crying. Sometimes, crying and smiling is easier than talking.
(The picture was taken by my friend, Bill, and my dress was designed by Sena Yang. You can find her stuff here: www.senanyc.com)