Interview With Allison King | Engaging with Existence
As we observe our Universe only as physical or spiritual – as two separate worlds, we disallow ourselves to experience life at its fullest unlimited potential. Hence, every physical experience, even when we don’t like it, adds more clarity, and by having faith and appreciation – clarity will bring us the most wonderful results to existence.
Actress Allison King, who can be seen as Eileen on Season 1 of USA Network’s series “The Purge” which will premiere tonight, September 4th, 2018, says:
“(…) It’s easy in times of trouble to disengage, to sink within yourself or into your privilege and hide and wait it out. I think engaging with yourself, with your body through your senses, with the natural world around you, with fellow humanity… is deeply intimate and regenerative. But it’s a constant conversation. There are absolutely times to step back and take care of yourself, but then it’s engagement with spirit and self, isn’t it? But being disengaged is death. (…)”
- What was your path of consciously becoming in love with acting?
A really wonderful actress, I think it was Shirley Maclaine (I really wish I could remember for sure), said something like “the reasons you start acting are not the reasons you continue to act.” I think it’s an ever-evolving relationship with art and with self. I started because I loved playing pretend, then I saw films that changed the way I viewed the world and I wanted to say something about injustice and inequality with my time on earth, and then it became something deeper and much more ephemeral. It became a song that I’m always looking for the next lyric to – a constant exploration of humanness. My point is: like any great relationship, it’s constantly changing. As I grow and my priorities change – my love changes.
- The entertainment industry is considered to be very competitive, some talents thrive while other talents don’t. In your experience, what are the ingredients necessary to go from competitive to a creative mindset?
I feel like every actor in every interview has said this but I do think it bears repeating because it is so magical. When I was starting out, what I wanted was an invitation into the industry. Someone powerful to say, “yes you. You have what it takes.” And I was so heartsick over not getting this invite for such a long time. Then one day, I thought: I want to work, so what if I just work. What if for every audition I work on it as long as it takes for me to feel like I “got it” by my own metrics. Could I watch the audition and objectively say, yeah I believe that girl. And this leads directly to me not really caring if I got the part, and allowed me to explore each role as my very own for as long as I had the audition. And of course, that’s when I started booking. I think authorship is really hard to teach because it’s a switch so deep within. And, it’s extra hard to find as an acting-artist because you’re using someone else’s words, inside someone else’s story. But it’s crucial. And it’s more about you than the character. My mantra is, I see what you want, but what do I want for this character. All this is to say: you make the work more about your creative engagement, and not about the competition; That’s what makes you competitive.
- How does your professional experience has contributed to your personal growth?
Because I’m an actor, my instrument is myself and my internal landscape, so they are deeply intertwined. One is the other. My acting gets better as I continue to grow through therapy, relationships, the constant questioning of my instincts and my past. And my roles always inform and highlight that journey. Sometimes a role will feel very un-evolved and I’ll think, Oh this is like me in Junior High School. Or she will feel ancient, like a 2-year old. Or she will be beyond me and will teach me something about where I still need to go.
- You can be seen as Eileen on Season 1 of USA Network’s series “The Purge” which will premiere tonight, September 4th, 2018. What did you feel when you first read the script and how was the audition process?
The audition process was simple: I made a tape and was cast off that tape. As for the scripts… Look, we’re living in an extremely dark time, we have children in cages along the border, we have unarmed black Americans being killed by police, we have violent white men gunning down swaths of people, we have a sitting president who is so unstable his aides are hiding paperwork from him. My sincere hope is that we can watch something like The Purge and laugh and cheer for our favorite characters but ultimately come to realize that violence is not a useful tool for the world we all desperately want.
- How would you describe your character Eileen and does anything resonate between you as a person and her?
Yeah. I deeply identify with being a “good girl” and doing what I’m told is the right thing, even when it doesn’t feel true to me. I think Eileen is someone who did everything right. She worked hard, she went to business school, she followed in her father’s footsteps and did what she was told was the right thing. The problem is that capitalism is a machine that moves without regard to humanity. And if we want a more just and fair system we need to include humanity in our economic decision-making – not only on a macro level but in our own everyday decision-making. In a capitalistic society, your dollars are your vote. Vote for products and services that align with your heart.
- What is the intention of the story behind Eileen’s character in the series and how does she connect with the audience?
(I think that was answered above actually…. Without spoilers LOL)
- What the audiences can expect in the new Season 1 of “The Purge?”
The cinematography is stellar and the makeup and costume crew were really bringing some excellent game. I think you can expect a lot of fun drama, a LOT of fun surprises and a lot of really killer Halloween costume ideas!
- You also can be seen in the new TV series “Homecoming” directed by Sam Esmail. The Season 1 will premiere November 2, 2018, on Amazon Video starring Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale among other fantastic actors. How does it feel to be part of such an amazing cast?
Oh my god – I was pinching myself the entire time. Just watching America’s Sweetheart do her thing was a master class. What I learned from Julia was that her inner life is so enormous it spills out into her body and directly into your heart. She’s incandescent. I’m not worthy!
- On a big screen, you will be seen as Officer Grace Caleb in a feature film “I see you,” a story where strange occurrences plague a small-town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy. What is the core message behind the film’s plot?
It’s such a great script by Devon Graye with so many twists and fun surprises it’s almost hard to talk about without spoiling it. But as I worked on it a mantra kept occurring to me: Hurt people hurt people. It really calls on us to seek compassion and kindness in our daily lives. I struggle with this anytime I have to call customer service… but it’s a constant and worthy practice.
- Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?
Yes! My husband and I have sworn off the consumerist holiday formerly known as Christmas and we always adopt a family through The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. We feel it gets at the original intent of the holiday of giving and connects us to our local community in a meaningful way. We also support several dog charities including Downtown Dog Rescue (adopt don’t shop!), and we donate annually to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
- How do you embrace the intimate experience with existence which we call life?
Wow, I love this question! I think my answer would change every day… but today I think it’s Engagement. It’s easy in times of trouble to disengage, to sink within yourself or into your privilege and hide and wait it out. I think engaging with yourself, with your body through your senses, with the natural world around you, with fellow humanity… is deeply intimate and regenerative. But it’s a constant conversation. There are absolutely times to step back and take care of yourself, but then it’s engagement with spirit and self, isn’t it? But being disengaged is death. In my own life, I struggle with depression and I’ve retermed it to be disengagement with self. Because for me, that’s what it is. (Note, this is not clinical. Some people need medication and I’m not speaking to that here. Get your meds if you need them!!)
But your question is how to “embrace” it… so I’m going to add Allowing. I think we can get so rigid in our ideas and desires for the world we want to see rather than taking it as it is or how it’s actively unfolding through our creative universal consciousness. I really love this emergence of gender fluidity and the rise of marginalized voices. The powerful feminine voices, the diversity rising – it’s all so exciting. I think if we’re too rigid we could miss this and it is delicious!
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of a Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?
I have a mantra, “Don’t start until you can start with joy.” Too often I walk into tasks or events with an “I have to” attitude and if I just stop and take a moment to find the part of me that can take pleasure in what I have in front of me, it can change my entire day. It is the heartbeat of everything I do! Or it’s the heartbeat I try to come back to as much as I can… as I often fail. LOL
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?
Start with where you are and start with gratitude and joy with what is in front of you. Then we’ll talk.