I met James Hayward (Series of Unfortunate events)
Let’s back up a bit before I met James Hayward.
I was doing Improv in a very male dominated scene, and my scene partners were talking about who is going to be in the monthly Pin-up and I came in the scene randomly (this is a zoom scene mind you)
and was I like “ hey , so were you talking about firemen hose, or straight up hoes?
To give you some background, we were doing long form improv called La Ronde.
The name is based on a novel by Arthur Schnitzler, called Traumnovelle, in which a series of characters sequentially bed each other, from first to last back to first.
The format is fairly simple: the scenes switch, the `oldest` character disappears and a new scene is played with the remaining character, and a new one. The form ends when the circle closes and the last and first characters do a scene. Obviously, there is no need for all characters to bed each other!
Anyway the male actor said “thanks for interrupting.”
And it was in that moment that I could’ve said many things, one of which was “where are all my girls at ? (there were at least 18 other women in. In this 18 to 24 mixed gender group) and it would’ve been cool to see the woman’s perspective on this issue, and another thing and the other thing I could have said as I was leaving the scene,
“ oh excuse me, I left my tampon.”
Either way I did not make a choice to commit to whatever I wanted to say that day, and instead left the scene by switching off my camera but it’s very important to commit as an actor because that helps with character building (ask yourself ‘ what would this character do in this situation?)
On a side note
After my recent improv performance, I had asked someone :
who is the most famous person you ever met?
because actors seem to meet famous people, and they said they met James Hayward (from “the series of unfortunate events”)and they said that he is always playing a character. Meaning that it’s hard to distinguish his character from his personality. Meaning that he’s a great actor.
I was able to continue this line of discussion about Improv with my rideshare client, because he had purple hair. As a conversation starter I said this to him:
“Yeah I know a guy that does improv (by the name of Butch at HUGE theater Minneapolis), and he’s always dying his hair different colors. It’s a part of his persona.
“ yeah I did a rainbow color recently. I do it myself ,” he said.
“Have you ever had any bad dying hair experiences?” I asked.
“Yeah, I dyed my hair and a chunk of it fell out once. I was worried for a second there like ‘oh I’m gonna be bald now.”
“Yeah guys seem to have a big issue with that, in fact I know a guy goes all the way to Turkey for hair transplants.”
“Yeah,but have you seen the after effects of that?” he asked, “it’s like planting seeds in your scalp, it’s way different than actual hair.”
“yeah it’s insane,” I said, “And then the person is always in affirming to themselves whether the treatment worked.”
“Well to the 🐺 wolves,” The client said as he was exiting the car. “ have a great day!”
(he’s a Petco groomer, go figure 🤔)