Today, I am thrilled to be Bourbonista bantering with close friend, amazing actor, and one of the sassiest dames I know, Ms. Beth Hallo, whose new film The Will premiers this weekend.
Beth began her theatrics at an early age by entertaining the troops – her eight brothers and sisters. Favorite stage performances include: Chick in Crimes of the Heart, Old Woman Chorus in Lysistrata, Candace in Unwilling Angel, Ophelia in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Maria Lebyadkin in The Possessed, the Victim in The Real Inspector Hound, and Cunegonda in Candide. Besides musicals, Beth also performed in various choirs singing holiday music and hymns. The role of Andrea Stockwell in 'The Will' was the experience of a lifetime and the fulfillment of a dream.
Bourbonista: There is only one way to start this interview, and that is with a shot. Cheers! To your new film! Now, what is the best thing you ever ate? Where? Explain.
Beth: A hot dog. It was August of 1979 and I was on the Magic Bus traveling from Athens to London with my boyfriend. He had exchanged enough currency from each country we were traveling through for a meal - probably about $10 for the two of us. We were passing through the Black Forest and we stopped for half an hour and we were starving. We each got a hot dog with mustard and a drink. The mustard came from a tube and was sweet with a bite and perfectly complemented the sausage and dense roll. The best meal EVER.
Bourbonista: Why do I get the felling that if I let that story continue the spicy mustard would end up on people's private parts and I would have to put a PG-13 rating on this blog? It's going to take another shot to get the naughty images out of my head. Cheers! Moving on, describe yourself in 3 words all beginning with the letter “B."
Beth: Brassy blue-eyed brainiac.
Bourbonista: And, you're a broad. I'm a broad. My favorite women are all broads. Tough, mouthy, rowdy, smart, and sassy broads. Cheers to broads! If you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Beth: The Ring Mistress. With frequent costume changes. I am the queen and direct the world. Why should I sweat?
Bourbonista: Because if you don't sweat, you develop a condition called anhidrosis and are prone to overheating and passing out during rigorous activities such as dancing a rousing polka, cheering for the ponies at the racetrack, or having sex in an airplane bathroom...not that those are examples I came up with especially for you or anything. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Beth: CRUISE SHIP TRIP! I would pick a date one year away and inform friends/family to save the dates, pack a toothbrush and nothing else. They would be whisked away on an all-expense trip on the high seas and their state rooms would contain everything they needed including formal wear and a costume for the masked ball. A lifetime adventure would be had by all......
Bourbonista: For the masquerade ball, can I have a cat mask with whiskers?...it's gotta have whiskers. And I'm going to need several caftans. And bourbon, of course. And, facial hair remover, or by the time we get back I'll look like Magnum PI. TMI, last question, if you were on death row…don’t act like you don’t know who you killed to get there…what would be your last supper?
Beth: Thanksgiving dinner. For 10.
The Will, written and directed by Alexander Chapan, is a thriller that combines the classic elements of the genre with an innovative point of view. The story begins with the death of billionaire Harry Stockwell and follows the members of the family in their pursuit of the inheritance. Ricky, one of Harry's sons, is an openly gay male. His partner Robert is a handsome young man who carries with him a dark secret from his past. Emmy Stockwell, Harry and Andrea Stockwell's daughter, immediately bonds with Robert when he confides in her. The relationship between Robert and Emmy drives the story, along with Andrea Stockwell, the family's matriarch, who attempts to oversee and control the estate and everyone attached to it. The various story lines of the plot, full of suspense, betrayal, love, sex and dark humor, are certain to resonate with all audiences.
The Will will be showing at Cinema Village in New York City, March 1 - 14 at 7PM & 9PM.
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