Interview: Lauren C Moore. Actor / Dancer / Singer
Interview conducted via email. Questions by Tony Frame. Answers by Lauren C Moore.
Please tell us about yourself and what you do.
I am an actor, dancer and singer originally from Castle Douglas; a small town in the south west of Scotland. I am currently based in Glasgow. I started dancing at the age of 5 and first acted on stage around 7, so I’ve almost always been performing one way or another, whether it be in school shows, youth theatre, the local musical society or dance school.
My first Glasgow debut in theatre was in a youth musical review performance, when I was only 14 years old – at the Mitchell Theatre. It was a fantastic opportunity to be involved in such a big production and it really gave me the bug to take this further and apply to drama courses.
After two years of studying a HNC in Acting at Ayr College, I then went on to Motherwell College, where I later graduated with an HND in Musical Theatre.
Around the same time I had my first TV appearance as the Grand Duchess in Days that Shook the World: The Romanovs for the BBC and the History Channel. Not long after graduating, I then played June in the comedy sketch show Cowards, again for the BBC.
I have continued to work in television and film, as well as many roles in theatre. I have also toured both in the UK and Ireland with many productions, as well as touring for three months in the United Arab Emirates with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, as Cascara Baba, for Kevali Productions in 2019.
I was delighted to get the chance to work with Gary J Hewitt and Hewitt Bryce Productions on the 90 second horror short, The Bandaged Man. The film has gone on to win awards and receive official selection at numerous festivals, including the Berlin Flash film festival.
Stills from ‘The Bandaged Man’
Aside from performing I’ve had the pleasure of working in China for nearly two years, touring all over, teaching, directing and choreographing for a variety of musical theatre productions and workshops. Including the world premiere of Shua the musical, in Beijing in 2016 with UKCI.
Most recently, during these tough lockdown times, I have tried to keep as productive as possible and I was very fortunate to work on a remotely filmed short with Harms Way Studios and Wild Kate Pictures, starring as Bella in the film Unlocked. It’s part of their Isolation short series where they are raising money for the NHS.
Who or what are your inspirations for your work?
My first inspiration as a kid was the movie Dirty Dancing, which is still my favourite film to date! I loved watching Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze’s performances and chemistry in it and, looking back, I realise it must have been a big inspiration on my future career choice. It was mesmerising for me to see them being able to act and dance so well, at the same time, up on the big screen.
My most recent inspirations are the incredible, multi-talented actors who can change from Theatre to Film and TV easily no matter what their role. People like Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott. They all inspire me in everything they produce and I am really in awe of their talents.
What has been the hardest part of doing what you do?
You have to have a tough skin in this industry, so it is about being able to do audition after audition and to learn to deal with a lot of rejection. Sometimes you don’t even hear back at all. It’s about keeping yourself positive and focused on moving forward.
Plus, the touring life can be very stressful, being away from home and loved ones for such long periods of time can be very lonely, so it’s about finding ways to keep connected with everyone. It’s so much easier now thanks to the likes of Facetime, Skype and Zoom. These fantastic tools are now being used to allow castings and work to be created even during the lockdown period. The industry has found new ways for us to still to keep creating during these difficult times.
What are your plans for the future?
I have just wrapped filming my second short film in lockdown – The Dark Bosk, with Hewitt and Bryce Productions. It was filmed outdoors, with masks, under the restrictive Covid-19 guidelines. It has been a very trying time for the arts, so it has been about learning new ways to produce work, whilst staying safe, of course. We’re hoping to get that film released soon, so watch this space!
Apart from that, I would like to just keep working, auditioning and doing what I love. Unfortunately, due to lockdown, most actors have been unable to work and have had a lot of future projects fall through.
I have been very lucky to be involved in some films that were done remotely or safely and I have been trying to keep proactive by recording monologues, updating my website and attending online workshops as well.
I also have some other projects that have been filmed and are awaiting release, but they have been delayed due to Covid-19. As well as that I have some really exciting projects in the pipeline for next year too.
What would be your dream job?
I am very fortunate to already be doing my dream job which is acting and performing. My dream role would be to play a kick-ass character in a great TV series like Killing Eve or Fleabag as I love the work of Phoebe Waller Bridge. Both shows have stellar casts who would be incredible to work with! I’d also love to play the leading role in a feature film – probably something horror or thriller based as I feel that’s the work and characters I really gravitate towards and have the most fun playing.
I am also an avid gamer and would love to do something story based like Supermassive Games – Until Dawn or Naughty Dog’s – The Last of Us. I’ve done some motion capture work before so I’d love to do more.
Do you have a strange story to tell? This could be a celebrity you have met, a ghostly encounter? A strange coincidence that has happened?
I was booked to perform a fire gig for a local nightclub. They had Finn Jones – Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones – coming to do a DJ set and they wanted to make the whole night a theme event. I was breathing fire outside the venue dressed as Daenerys Targaryen the Mother of Dragons!
We got to hang out with Finn backstage after the gig. He was lovely, asking me about my fire work and how I do the fire breathing. He went on to play Danny Rand in Iron Fist, but it turns out he’s a very good DJ too!
Thanks to Lauren for taking the time to answer these questions! Links to her work and social media channels can be found below:
Unlocked by Harms Way Studio & Wild Kate Pictures:
The Bandaged Man by Hewitt Bryce Productions: