Friday, August 19, 2016

Spotlight On...Emmanuelle Bernard

Name: Emmanuelle Bernard

Hometown: La Seyne-sur-Mer (France), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Conakry (Guinea) and lots of other places!

Education: Theater education at Cours Florent (Paris) and HB studio (New York)

Select Credits: Peola’s Passing by Cynthia Robinson at New Perspectives and Re:Late/Able at Fringe NYC 2015

Why theater?: Most simply—connection. With the audience. With the cast. With myself. I feel awkward and inadequate a lot of the times in my day-to-day life, so it’s nice to feel connected on the stage. Cherry on the cake is when the audience laughs. I feel connected and like I’m an incredibly funny person, which is who I’d like to be in real life!
I’m not.

Who do you play in The Co-Operatives?: I play Sam, a witty, pregnant co-op resident who is good at taking care of herself and bad at relationships.

Tell us about The Co-Operatives: It’s a farce about a group of people literally fighting over a dead body to get his superbly located, very well priced two bedroom apartment. It exposes how small things about who we are become a big deal and feel like they’re worth lying for. It’s also a reminder of how crazy real estate is in New York—in this town, we’d probably all go nuts for an affordable, nice place in a great location!

What is it like being a part of The Co-Operatives?: It’s an incredibly enriching experience. I’m learning a tremendous amount from the entire team! I am overwhelmed by everyone’s incredible talent, humor and intelligence. I try to take in as much of it as I can!

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Actors inspire me. Seeing people fearlessly display their humanity and generously share it with others inspires me! I guess that’s what I like about theater! The fact that good theater exposes that.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: These days I’d love to play Susan in Race by David Mamet.

What’s your favorite showtune?: I don’t know. Cabaret’s "Wilkommen"?

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: There are so many people I’d be lucky to ever have the chance to work with! I still have so much growth to do as an actor, so someone who loves and cares for actors? Gets them to surpass themselves? Oh! And Steve McQueen on film. I’m obsessed with Steve McQueen.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I don’t know, maybe Thandie Newton? I have always adored Thandie Newton, so any movie about me would have to have her in it. No matter who she played! And Minnie Driver, please. Could it be a TV show with Viola Davis?

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: August Wilson’s Fences with James Earls Jones in the 1980s. I was also dying to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a couple years ago and was not able to—I’d pretty much love to see any production of Tennessee Williams’ works.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hand to God, Skylight, Eclipsed, Book of Mormon!!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Game of Thrones! And sitting quietly, alone. With a two year old and a husband, that practically never happens.

What’s up next?: I’m having a baby in a few weeks! Should keep me busy!