Sunday, 15 January 2012

STANDING OUT: Abigail Grant keeps surprising everyone – and herself

SHADY LADY: Grant on acting and aspirations.

Whether saucy or sweet, fierce or friendly, Abigail Grant’s choice of roles continues to prove that the affable stage actress is caught in a matrix of evolution while poised between youth and full-fledged womanhood. Her newest role, where she portrays a persistent newspaper reporter, further bolsters this argument even as it serves as a fine showcase for her terrific talents. Grant rang up TALLAWAH to talk about her still-blossoming career, navigating the industry’s unpredictable terrain, and the exciting field she hopes to take on next.

TALLAWAH: I was greatly surprised to see you playing a journalist so convincingly in The Politicians.
Grant: It’s something new for me. And I’m always open to new challenges and new experiences.

How did you get ready for the part?
Preparing for this role I did the usual research, then got myself ready to go into that frame of mind. You also have to get the age and the mannerisms right. I think I worked really hard to get everything right, physically and emotionally.

Did anything particularly surprise you about the world that journalists inhabit?
Most definitely. Other people might look at [journalism] as something easy. But sometimes you have to go to extreme lengths to get the story that you’re after.

Looking back on your personal journey to this point, what makes you most proud?
I started out as a very shy actress, but I I’ve definitely grown and matured with the help of people around me. I’ve come a far away – from being in a play with only a few lines to being given important roles. But I’m most proud of the work I did in Ghett’Out because playing that older lady demanded a lot, and I managed to do it convincingly to the point where people came to the theatre and didn’t even recognize me.

What did you learn about yourself in 2011?
I learned that I’m a lot stronger than I thought. Being in this industry you are faced with so many things, including criticism that isn’t always good. But I’m glad that I decided that this is what I want, and I’m still working at it.

Is there anything else want to do?
I’m thinking of venturing into television because that is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m not sure yet of what exactly I want to do in TV, but I wouldn’t mind doing some hosting. I’m searching, so I’ll decide on it soon. I also want to do movies. We have a movie that should be released this year, but I hope to get more movie roles in my career.

You’re 26 now. What did that age seem like ten years ago?
It seemed so far away. Sometimes I feel like I want to go back (Laughs). Time is really moving fast. But I love being on stage. My work makes me happy.

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