Quick Six with Lisa Ebersole
Because I primarily act in my own work, it’s me. It’s up to me to generate material and projects that allow me to work as an actor.
When was the first time you performed in front of anyone outside of school or family?
In a monologue show off-off Broadway in New York when I was 26. I was terrified, but it was also the best experience of my life up to that point. Not just the performance aspect, but being backstage with the cast and hanging out before and after shows. I loved the life.
I think I say I’m “conversational in French.” That was probably true 20 years ago, but maybe it needs to go now.
What inspires you recently?
Good theater always inspires me. New TV shows like Atlanta and Fleabag. Fleabag especially was my favorite discovery of last year. Brilliant.
What do you do when you aren’t actively writing?
I still work other jobs to pay the rent. I teach and I consult on writers’ projects. In terms of leisure, I watch a lot of TV, see pretty much every movie that comes out, and try to get outside as much as possible. Walking is where I get my best ideas and figure out creative problems.
If you could spend a weekend with a fictional character in your world or theirs, who would it be?
I’d like to hang out with Mark Ruffalo from YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. That movie inspired me to become a screenwriter and I’m still a little in love.
What’s next for you?
Next up, I’d like to develop my web series 37 PROBLEMS as a half hour TV show and also do a second season of the web series.
Episode 1 (SFW version) – “Reality Check” – https://vimeo.com/201983164
Amanda needs money to finish her web series. Mom has other plans.