LAM: Really? How so?
EA: I went to college n Greelee, Colorado and well, there’s a meatpacking plant near there. What’s so odd is that the dorm rooms are always so crowded at the beginning of the semester. Why? They anticipate that during the semester many of the student body will drop out because of the smell of the plant.
LAM: Talk about being a method acting! Tell me about your other new film, The Return.
Are you a big fan of supernatural thriller films like that one?
EA: You know, it’s not a typical horror movie. There’s a love story behind it…it’s really about relationships. I even got to sing a song that appears in the film.
LAM: How cool is that. So you’re talented in the worlds of both acting and singing.
EA: That’s actually what brought me to Texas…and Austin… was music. I was singing with a jazz trio and writing my own songs, too. Originally most of my focus was on music at that time we shot The Return I met the film’s director and we started talking about music and he asked if I had a Patsy Cline type song. I didn’t have one but I created one with a writing partner.
LAM: You’re quite industrious. And I hear you’re currently working on your first album that you describe as a blend of 1960's Astrud Gilberto-ish Brazilian Bossa-Nova, 50's torch songs, and 70's elevator music. Where did you receive inspiration for this unique blend of genres?
EA: The album is independent now, so I’m looking for a record deal for it. And I really love the classic standards and am greatly influenced by all those types of music.
LAM: Do you anticipate hitting the musical theater circuit? Is there a stage performance in the near future?
EA: That’s actually how I started. I loved doing Peter Pan in summer stock. I was Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. I love the tunes in musicals.
LAM: What were some of your favorite things you miss about Texas when you’re off working on projects?
EA: I miss the people. And the open spaces. When I fly in from L.A. it’s so nice to come back. I also miss the attitude. There is an overall intelligence in Texas.
LAM: I agree. What creates that intelligence in your opinion?
EA: It’s the connection of mind, body and spirit. And the arts and culture. Plus, it’s so eco- friendly.
LAM: Any advice for someone getting started in the entertainment business?
EA: I don’t think there’s any real formula to making it. Or, becoming successful. In Austin and in Texas in general, there are so many things being filmed here and that tends to offer opportunities for people who want to build their resume. I have had some of the greatest auditioning experiences in Texas that prepared me for Los Angeles. Plus, I think its important to have a life outside of the film business…to explore other pieces of your self. That real life experience helps with future roles.