I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Janet Cater to learn five random facts about herself, and what's a lesson acting as taught her . Check out my interview with Janet below:
Loryn: What is a lesson that acting has taught you?
Janet: I am constantly learning so I assume I will have many things to add to this and many things I could expand on but one thing that comes to mind is being present.
I am really taken by actors that are alive in the present moment through their awareness and energy. The biggest moments of my life all come with a kind of hyper awareness. When I was falling in love with someone I was incredibly present, I noticed the color of their eyelashes and the way the light hit them, the gait of their walk, the way I felt in my body when their attention was on me. When an Uber driver crashed into another car on the highway I remember exactly how I was looking up, the feel of the seatbelt across my chest, the exact thought going through my mind and the smells of the airbag when it was released, how I always thought I would be a group hero but really I just wanted to protect my sister and make sure she was safe. I think a lot of acting and scenes are the most interesting to watch and participate in from this heightened sense of awareness. I love seeing people, real people and actors, who are deeply involved in the moment and the world around them.
Loryn: Who is an actor or actress you'd love to collaborate with?
Janet: There are a million—I am so impressed by women who are currently breaking down barriers and pushing boundaries. Reese Witherspoon is so smart and incisive, Nicole Kidman has an incredible stillness to her performances, Cate Blanchett holds her energy so ferociously, there is something so raw and real about Juliette Binoche, Emma Thompson is a genius…I’m also a huge fan of Sam Rockwell’s acting and presence and Billy Crudup’s performance in The Morning Show has really stayed with me.
Loryn: What's a lesson you've learned about yourself during the pandemic?
Janet: I was alone for the first two months of the pandemic and I quickly found out what a destabilizing reality that is. I have learned that preparation and planning are very small pieces of the puzzle and that action is the real key to moving forward. That habit is more important than big sweeping moments of change, and that once you commit to moving forward in the direction of where you really want to be, things will all start falling into place around you.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Janet: I will always be the first person on the dance floor…then again, I don’t think that would surprise anyone, lol.
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