Interview with Carolyn Hennesy | My Creative Process
Many of us believe that by having the things we want and by experiencing certain events in life, we will be happy and feel good. And that might be true, but just for a moment, because we always aim for more. When we seek joy during the creative process towards the life we think is best for us, our happiness will not depend just on the result.
Actress Carolyn Hennesy who can be seen as Victoria Snow in A Snow White Christmas, an ION movie, says:
“(…) My creative process is my life and my life is my creative process. Joy ebbs and flows, but some is always there. Joy is something I like to think I wake up with in the morning and go to bed with at night. You can’t parse out joy, you either have it or you don’t. BUT…you can always have it.”
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Carolyn Hennesy?
Carolyn Hennesy is, by varying degrees, an actor, an author, a trapeze artist, voiceover actor, a knitter, and an animal advocate. And a chocoholic.
- How is your growth as an actress is interweaved with your personal expansion?
It’s all one. I am my own canvas. Everything that I take in, experience, listen to, learn, taste, feel, or see becomes, hopefully, not only part of my personal soul, but the soul of any character that I play.
- In your opinion, how do talents within the entertainment industry contribute to influence the audience positively?
As an actor, my job is to entertain and educate. I present, in many of the characters that I portray, glimpses concerning what you should do and more importantly what you should not do. How you might be and, more importantly, how you might not be. Very often my characters could be construed as negative, almost bordering on evil…especially with a few characters in yet-to-be-released projects. But with any luck, they’ll still be accessible and cautionary tales for the greater audience.
- It is fascinating how actors can embody anyone. How has the process of becoming someone else has nourished your sense of empathy?
As an actor, I get to dig very, very deep and uncover certain aspects of myself that are not often brought to light. In doing this I get to explore other avenues of emotion, ones that I don’t necessarily live in every day and I think that has expanded my ability as an empath.
- In A Snow White Christmas, an ION Movie which premiered December 9th, you are playing Victoria Snow, the evil stepmother to Blanca White (Michelle Randolph). What can you tell us about that movie?
It’s a re-telling of the classic fairytale with a modern twist. So, anyone who knows anything about Snow White will already have a leg up on anyone else. It’s just been modernized and updated, it’s very sleek and stylized.
- How would you describe the relationship between Victoria and Blanca?
Tense and condescending. But, it would all be fine if Blanca would simply do what I ask.
- Are there any differences that set apart Victoria Snow from the stereotypical ‘stepmother villain’ character?
A tremendous sense of humor and the overarching certainty that she’s not bad, she is just misunderstood.
- Zane (Rich Barnes) is your assistant in the movie, and you both are plotting against Blanca White. What else do Zane and Victoria have in common?
Wit and an almost desperate love of shoes.
- Many of the characters you play are ‘evil’ but also amusing and witty. How much fun was it to portray Victoria Snow?
Words cannot describe the great time I had portraying this character. It’s every actor’s dream to have this much fun during a film shoot and I’m confident that it will translate to the audience.
- Why do you think the audience will love to watch A Snow White Christmas?
Who doesn’t love seeing good triumph over evil? Especially when it is laced with humor…
- For many years you have played Diane Miller on General Hospital. How do you feel your character has evolved since you started?
In the last several years, Diane has been able to express more of her vulnerability and pathos, which is a blessing for me as an actor.
- What other exciting projects you are working on at this moment?
I am eagerly awaiting the release of my first horror film called St. Agatha, in which I play a villain with absolutely no sense of humor. And I have been blessed to be cast as General Leia Organa on two Star Wars animated series.
- Writing seems to be also one of your passions. How would you describe the feeling when words flow with ease?
When my words flow with ease, I will let you know.
- Do you have a ritual or a practice outside your professional life when you want to re-connect with yourself?
Yes, I fly on a trapeze.
- Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?
I am an ambassador for American Humane. I am also an ambassador for my Los Angeles Zoo, which is one of the great zoos, I believe, in the country. I am also on the board of Rescues Rock and the Pet Project for Pets in Florida. And I’m a big advocate of Elephant Nature Park in Thailand and The Wildlife Alliance Preserve in Cambodia.
- 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 don’t separate one joy from another; it’s all one. My creative process is my life and my life is my creative process. Joy ebbs and flows, but some is always there. Joy is something I like to think I wake up with in the morning and go to bed with at night. You can’t parse out joy, you either have it or you don’t. BUT…you can always have it.
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks. What is your take on such a statement?
My take is “don’t let anyone tell you different.”