Sometimes we hear something that just sticks in our minds. I’m sure Beth Grant didn’t plan to make such an impact on me, but she did. In fact, since I heard her speak I have thought about her words and message over and over again in my mind.
I was able to meet Beth, which was a surprise and delight, as an added bonus I got to listen to her speak to my friend Michael Dunaway (He is the movie editor with Paste Magazine which is amazing, you should subscribe!) about acting. I wish I had exact quotes, but I left with a message impressed on me. She spoke about starting out in the industry, and that she had it in her mind that she wanted to be a leading lady. Like many of us actresses, she dreamed of being adored in Hollywood, but she kept landing roles that were often less than glamorous.
However, Beth’s characters are important roles. Many times, they are the most honest of roles. Many of her characters bring the raw, honest humanity to a film. She is often the necessary counterpoint to the glamour of a film. She spoke about the importance of telling these character’s stories.
She also spoke about not letting ego get in the way.
That’s hard. It made me think of times where I really wanted a leading role in a play or film, and being so close and then cast for something else. In my head I know that the role I’ve been given is important, but it is a wholly other thing to believe that in my heart.
To hear someone as accomplished and lovely as Beth Grant speak about honoring the characters for which she is cast was refreshing.
She inspired and encouraged me. Plain and simple.
I want her to be my mentor.
And I just want to put this out there. If Beth ever had a role where she needed someone to play her daughter, I know a redheaded actress that would be perfect.