SUSIE FELDMAN – CLEOPATRA
Susie Feldman was born on June 7, 1982 in San Bernardino, California, USA as Susannah Sprague. She is an actress, known for The Two Coreys (2007), Fox Reality Really Awards (2008) and The Surreal Life (2003). She is currently engaged to Art Director Andy Lerma, and lives in Los Angeles with her son Zen.
ECIM: When you were a child, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
SUSIE: When I was a child I had always dreamed of being a marine biologist. Jacques Cousteau was my hero.
ECIM: Did you ever have dreams of becoming a famous actress?
SUSIE: I never wanted to be an actress or have anything to do with movies as a kid.
ECIM: What were some of your favorite movies growing up?
SUSIE: I just loved watching movies, and I loved all types of films. My favorites were Stand By Me, The Never Ending Story & Labyrinth. But I also loved scary movies like Pet Cemetery & the Nightmare on Elm street series.
ECIM: Everyone has had their struggles growing up, some more than others. I know you’ve had some tremendous obstacles you’ve overcome in your life that’s led you to where you are now. How much of that past still lingers in your life now and helps keep certain standards or morals?
SUSIE: I definitely had a bumpy road to travel growing up. I moved around a lot and after my father was murdered I went to live with my mom who struggled with a narcotic addiction for many years. There was very little stability and I always had a fear of the proverbial rug being pulled out from under me. It’s taken a lot of soul searching and hard lessons to get through all of the pain and fear caused by tragic events in my childhood and adolescent years. Today I try to appreciate the people I hold dear and I always make a point to let them know what they mean to me. Another thing my life has taught me is that It can always be worse so I must be grateful for exactly what I have and where I’ve been.
ECIM: You’ve been on a couple TV shows, like The Surreal Life and The Two Corey’s as well as been in a couple popular magazines and you’ve done a couple independent films in the past. What was it about those projects that made you pursue them further?
SUSIE: After filming The Surreal Life in 2002 I wasn’t really pursuing more reality TV, it just kept coming my way. TV roles & movies have always fallen into my lap when the timing was right. I enjoyed each project I was a part of & I would love to do more in the future.
ECIM: What has been the biggest inspiration in your life and how does it drive your success now?
SUSIE: My biggest inspiration was the decision to get sober and get my life back on track. Each day I am graced with another opportunity to be the best person I can be. Sobriety has brought a much needed spiritual element into my life which has opened up a whole new perspective on how to roll with the punches of life. I’ve stopped resisting the flow of most things and that has really helped me personally and professionally.
ECIM: You recently shot some scenes for a new independent film “Midnight Massacre” How did you get involved in that project?
SUSIE: I was introduced to Travis Bowen & his screenplay through a mutual acquaintance. I loved the project from my first exposure to it.
ECIM: It’s been a few years or more since you’ve been in a film, what was it like heading back into that career path?
SUSIE: It had been several years since I been in a film and I was a little apprehensive about my ability to play Cleopatra the way she was meant to be portrayed. But it wasn’t long after we began filming that I remembered why I liked acting so much. It felt really good to get my feet wet again.
ECIM: You play a pretty important role in the film, and it’s clearly a lot more of a speaking part that you have done in the past. Tell us a little about your character and what you did to bring her to life?
SUSIE: Weeks leading up to the filming I had rehearsed with a well trained actress friend of mine. She gave me a few memorizing tips & delivery techniques to use for Cleopatra. For example, one of the most effective techniques was writing each of my lines by hand several times.
ECIM: What was it like working with the cast and crew? What was your favorite part about the whole experience?
SUSIE: I really enjoyed working with the whole cast & crew. Everyone was so kind and friendly to me. One of my favorite moments on set was the green screen scene. I had never worked with one before and it challenging and fun.
ECIM: Were you happy with the role you received and what do you like most about the work you’ve done?
SUSIE: I was so excited to cast as Cleopatra. It was fun playing a violent bad ass because it’s so opposite of my natural personality. I really had to dig deep to muster up so much bitchiness!
ECIM: Where would you like to see this movie end up? On the big screen, or would you feel more comfortable staying out of the limelight?
SUSIE: I have high hopes for MIDNIGHT MASSACRE. I cant wait to see it on the big screen with rest of the cast and crew.
ECIM: Is there a chance that you will continue to pursue more acting roles professionally now that you’re back in California, or do you see yourself looking more into the independent part of the industry?
SUSIE: Now that I’m back in California I plan to go back to my normal life until the next acting role appears. It’s always been very important to me to remain grounded in my reality, and at the moment that means motherhood and the 9-5 working world.
ECIM: If you had the chance to cast yourself in any movie, who would you be?
SUSIE: I’ve always wanted to film a remake of Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” where I would play Mia Farrow’s character. I love the drama & suspense of that story, and I would give anything to get the chance to portray it on screen.
ECIM: Your son is growing up so fast, what does he think of his mothers movie career? Does he have any passion for acting, or anything in the entertainment field?
SUSIE: Fortunately my son has been exposed to all sides of the Hollywood life and it’s not a mysterious and curious idea for him. As of now he has no desire to act. That may change one day, but I think he wants to be an inventor when he grows up.
ECIM: Is there anything you would like to share with our fans about you or advice you might have for someone looking to work in film?
SUSIE: My biggest passion is helping people, mostly through my own struggles & triumphs. I plan to write a book one day in the hopes that my past pain & strife can help anyone with similar conflicts.