Amy Tolsky delights as Mrs. Coen in Jewvangelist! Find out more about her, below!
1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and what is your background?
I’m originally from Chicago. We moved from the south side (of the city) to the north side (the ‘burbs–Morton Grove) when I was about to start 4th grade. I’m the baby with an older brother and sister. I had a rather uneventful but pleasant childhood and discovered acting in high school when I got cast in the student-run variety show at Niles West High School in Skokie. My parents were supportive but secretly hoped I would minor in a subject other than theater (to fall back on). That didn’t happen and I went to the University of Illinois and graduated with a BFA in Theater from their Actors’ Conservatory Program. I went to England for a six-month work abroad program with BUNAC and wound up staying 13 years!
2. Tell us about your acting career so far.
While in England, I played in various bands, from acapella to indie to rock covers. I got back into acting after my first year of being there and did plays, voice overs for language tapes and shows for The BBC World Service, radio plays, and jingle singing for radio stations. I was also one of the founders of the theater company Absolute Theatre. We performed mainly in London but sojourned to Cumbria (The Lake District for The Wordsworth Festival), Edinburgh (Fringe Festival) and Prague for The International Theater Festival. I toured in the musical “Hair" four times all over Europe, clocking in hundreds of performances as the pregnant free spirit Jeanie. I did my first tv show (Jeeves and Wooster with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry), my first commercial (shilling for The U.K. National Lottery) and my first feature film (Intimate with a Stranger, which went to Cannes and earned me, not so much the film, favorable reviews!) After having a taste of telly and film, I decided to come back to the States and arrived here in 1996. I continued with theater, voice over, commercials, film and lots of telly! I’m married to a wonderfully supportive, ex-actor husband who allows me to pursue all my dreams full time as well as raising our beautiful, funny, smart and active 9 year old son!
3. What is your dream job/role/project?
Hmmm, to do a Coen brothers film, and do some animated features as well! To work with Maggie Smith–I better hurry up!
4. Who inspires you most in your field?
Cate Blanchett. She does it all and still has strong ties to the theater.
1. Who do you play in Jewvangelist? Tell us about her.
Mrs. Coen. Rachel Coen is definitely having a mid-life crisis and is terrified of growing old and losing her looks. She dresses a little too loudly, wears a tad too much makeup and is overly concerned that her husband will no longer find her attractive and have an affair with a younger woman. She also speaks her mind and isn’t afraid of what comes out of her mouth.
2. Which aspect of your character’s personality is closest to your own? Which is the furthest?
I also tend to speak my mind as long as I don’t think it will hurt someone. I don’t fear the aging process as much as Rachel but I have been blessed with good skin and I’m a "character actress” who is finding more work the older I get!
3. What drew you to Jewvangelist?
I suppose the character description and title both sounded intriguing to me. You never know the type of people you will encounter answering a casting notice yourself but I sure got lucky with this stellar group!
4. Tell us a story about something that happened on set.
For my final shoot day I had a broken leg. I had surgery on my tibia and fibula at the ankle five days before shooting so production arranged transport to and from our location, rented a wheelchair and pushed me around all day–yes, even to the bathroom! Thank you to all the kind cast and crew for taking such good care of me and my splinted gimp leg!
5. What makes Jewvangelist a must-see?
THE WILD CARD:
What is your spirit animal?
Monkey - even though I’m an ox!