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Oct 9, 2017

Linsday Rico, professional actress and genuine human being, talks Shakespeare, being queer, and the LA vs NYC acting scenes. She's out here chasing a dream and making it happen.

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[3:00] “We're straight up copying Shakespeare. I would venture to say that other than the Bible, we rip stories off from Shakespeare all the time. The dude is timeless and we will continue to copy from this guy until we can't anymore.”

[4:27] “One of the greatest things you can do with Shakespeare is really mess with is and test the boundaries of it.”

[5:07] “I thought we were all solid tonight. We were just really, really keyed in on the same wavelength and it's electric when it's like that where everyone is so keyed into the situation and just riffing off of one another and really responding in a genuine way to all the shit we're trying to pull on stage.”

[19:40] But I mean, it's human. That's it. It's called Measure for Measure. It's complicated shit. I think this is one of Shakespeare's most brilliantly written scenes because the conflict is just so raw.”

[23:54] “I honestly believe that you can only ever really be where you're at.”

[25:37] “Tyne Rafaeli, this amazing director [of Measure for Measure]. This woman is a fucking badass. She's one of the smartest people I've ever met. Her story's insane. She was this competitive gymnast who was training in Russia and then decided to, ‘Fuck that, I'm going to go into acting.’ She trained at Guildhall in London and was on the circuit there. And then was like, ‘Fuck this too. I've been performing for people my whole life, I want to be the one in control. And I want to tell stories because no one else will.’ She went to school for directing and is just lighting it up now. It's insane. She does production after production. She's always off doing something.”

[29:01] “I mean, I think that seeing something live is completely different than watching the live performance, like a video. The reason why we still make theatre is because it's a visual experience. It has no memory. It's an experience that you have as an actor with the people in the audience and their energy, their attention, their reactions to things. It's just those moments, strung together in time. Then it goes away. And then as an actor, I have to the next day, the next performance, I have to pretend like it never happened.”

[31:42] “Theatre is incredibly pretentious.”

[32:42] “We’re just like addicts. Weirdos. We're just extra. It's fun.”

33:10 “In theatre, whatever happens fucking happens.”

[33:24] “What is worth me leaving my home and sitting in a room full of strangers watching you on the stage play pretend? I want to see some shit go down. I want to be on the edge of my seat if I'm going to be there live.”

[34:10] “On LA being the destroyer of dreams: “I think too often people go there without a plan. They didn't entirely think it through and time passes and you can grow so complacent there.”

[35:00] “Luckily I have a great community of people around me who are actors too and who are not only amazingly talented people but people who have such good hearts and are so incredibly loyal and who are really rooting for me. I feel like over the past few years I've done a pretty good job of getting rid of people who don't know how to celebrate other people. It's not that hard.”

[39:00] “People have gotten roles for having an X amount of followers on Instagram.”

[40:00] “Yeah. I mean, producing, oh god. I know some friends who have gone into producing and it's just like, wow, you're going to make so much money. You're the ones who laugh all the way to the bank, it's not even really the actors. We’re out there fucking up and just trying to make the most out of what's happening.”

[42:40] “I’m living in this huge apartment in Oakland, California. The weather's been beautiful. I couldn't ask for a better situation, really. I'm really lucky.”

[47:40] “Because I think that we are all on a spectrum. Day to day I lie somewhere on the spectrum. I think that it like changes sometimes. I'm in a very committed relationship with a woman right now, but I can't deny that I still, it's not wholly definitive. I still find men attractive and I can understand why people would find men attractive.”

[48:35] “I’m queer and I'm here.”

48:52 “I think that every minority enriches their role with their life experience. As a person who lies outside of the norm, we can't deny that it's human nature to be curious about a person's path that's not like ours and that we should honor that and not get so defensive about it.”

[50:40] “I’ve treated every single one very individually and treated my character like a stranger that I guess I hadn't met yet.”

[52:56] “Our doubts are traitors. They make us lose the good we oft to might win by fearing to attempt. Go to Lord Angelo. Let him learn to know when maidens sue, men give like gods, but when they weep and kneel, all their partitions are as freely theirs as they themselves would owe them.”

[53:25] “When you really think about it, he puts that so simply, this overarching idea that we get in our way so much and if we just tried every time and not let our doubts take over our action, we'd probably be unstoppable.”

[56:00] “I don't give a shit.”

[56:25] “‘You know what though, you're doing a great job. You were super, super friendly. Thank you so much for your time. Get some sleep. Do well in school, whatever. Why don't you go ask the doctors and lawyers for money?’"

[57:58] “Honestly, devout people and people of faith it's impressive. It's staggering how certain they are in life.”

[58:45] “If you're going to do this, you have to believe that you have someone special going on or else you're never going to survive.”

[59:13] “I’m one of those actors who believes that I have something going for me, honestly. Maybe it's crazy. I don't give a fuck. I'm out here. I'm doing this. I'm booking things. I think that I have a different take on stuff and I'm excited to tell those stories that haven't been told yet. I'm just so stoked that I'm telling a story that's lesser known and that's so intensively wild. That's what I want to do. It's something that I think that I'm really good at. I'm out here doing it. I have to.”

[1:02:38] “I mean, the Lion King is Hamlet.”

[1:06:08] “There's a part of me that wants to eventually just get super fit and and move to L.A. and just try and hock myself up like this storm trooper, warrior princess type. Just go for it. Just totally commit to something crazy like that.”

[1:06:52] “It just took the right person to really see me and see that I had potential and that I could have a different take on something that's super old.”

[1:07:20] “Modesty is for people who think they're fucking perfect and I never said that about myself.”

[1:08:10] “As for myself I do believe that I'm good at acting. I have to or else I wouldn't be able to get up in the morning. I'd be like, ‘Wow, I made a huge mistake.’ I'd find something else to do. It is definitely an industry that weeds people out pretty quickly, especially when you don't come from money.”

[1:09:40] “Ultimately I love what I do and I don't have any regrets about pursuing my dream.”

[1:09:55] “It might not happen but I completely accept that. I might not get to do the things that I want to do, but for right now, I totally am. I truly believe that I am in the right place and though this experience has just been tremendous and so challenging, it was my first length Shakespeare. It's like doing a play in a different language. There were a lot of things that really took me to task, for sure, during this process, but I know it made me a better performer and it certainly gave me more of life experience and challenged me to step outside my boundaries. I was afraid to do it but I think that that's all the more reason why you should definitely, definitely do something.”

[1:12:59] “If it please your honor, I'm the poor duke's constable and my name is Elbow.” Cameo by Annie Worden, actress on Measure for Measure and Lindsay’s roommate.