Judy Beecher is one of a kind! American actress from Taken 3, A model, songwriter, writer, director and the creator.
Judy beecher Ventured across Europe and won several awards for the 2009 short comedy film Only in paris, About an American woman who tries to regain her confidence by following a beautiful man across Paris. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Not only is the film unique, but it also features Beecher as the protagonist Samantha Tomson.
Today, the SAG Award winner has taken a step back from her busy schedule to share her incredible story. As an executive producer, Judy Beecher has taken us behind the scenes with her new family comedy Tango Shalom. Come see what he has to say!
Tell us about your journey in the film. What did you do before becoming an actress?
before this Becoming an actress I studied business and international relations at Cornell University, then a job at a French bank in Paris. I hated banking so much, I didn’t want to get up in the morning to go. I would sneak off to go to the modeling go-watch over my lunch break.
When the internship was over, I did full time modeling in Italy, France and Spain. While traveling to Europe with friends, as a joke, I became a street singer but we made so much money that I decided that I would sing full time.
When I came back to New York I started a successful import sales representative business with fashions from Italy and France. I had a showroom on 7th Avenue and traveled the world. One day my college friend asked me, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I was 25 years old, I was sitting behind a big green marble table, I had an employee … I never thought about it. . . “Not here”, I said.
So I closed my business. But I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I read the book, What Color Is Your Parachute, Everything pointed to acting. Ever since I was a kid, I directed and acted in basement productions!
Was there a particular film or TV show that inspired you to act?
I lay near the pool in Las Vegas and read that Robin Wright was stepping out of the feature film Robin Hood to pick up a child. I decided that I was going to fly to LA and take part of it. I called my college sweetheart’s brother, an actor, to ask me what should I do? He said go to acting school!
That’s why I enrolled in many acting schools at once! I wanted to be the best actress ever. I took a two-year Meissner program before moving out of Los Angeles, studying with All Actors Studio founders Bobby Lewis, Elaine Stritch and Uta Hagen.
What was the first project you worked on? What did you learn from experience?
The first project I worked on was with Woody Allen, Co-op Italia, a sequel to the Italian market. Woody took me out of the crowd and gave me his scene, Woman in Red. I got my greens card from advertising a Bake Beer with James Wood.
Do you have any experience with mentors? If so, would you recommend them for up and coming actors?
I have a lot of experience with mentors. Elaine Stritch, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Schlhoub, Eliot Gould and Jeff Perry and Jim Bursey all mentored me at different stages of my career. He inspired me to create my own rooms when I auditioned, to make my own films, never stopping to master my craft, to create the character with all its subtleties. Working with him and becoming his friend made me realize that we are all human beings, we have the same struggle no matter what level we are.
Which part of the filmmaking process is your favorite?
There are a lot of parts of filmmaking; Fundraising, construction, execution and post-production. I love Production part from all. I like to play on set, maybe because I am an actress, A story that becomes real.
You are also no stranger to directing. Do you like to work in front of or behind the camera?
I like working in front of the camera as an actress. I love to be able to Changing myself into different characters. Acting is the ability to put oneself in one’s shoes and become them. It really is a spiritual process to do this, because we are truly one with the other. It never feels like work to me. I feel fortunate to be paid for what I love.
Talk us through your creative process. How do you get into a character for a character?
I read the script over and over again to understand its character and story. I create a back story for the character, if it is not written in the script, and imagine what I would do in his situation, how would I feel?
If needed, I do research on the character. I rehearse with others to actually get the text into my bones so that I can be free to talk and explore the character. I like to read the script just before I go to bed, I find that I often have revelations about the character when I sleep. I like to pray before acting, I ask to be used, to serve the world in my work.
Do you use music to help you get into the character?
Yes, but not always, I love music, Music makes me happy, Sad, joyful, it makes everything darker, better.
What are your current influences?
Meryl Streep always has and always will be my favorite actress. She is so versatile, capable of transforming herself into any character. He is amazing with comedy, drama and songs as well and has a range and depth of such emotions.
I love that he is able to do so many accents. I try to be powerful as an actress, she might win a few Oscars, she can be difficult to hold. I have so far been selected as Italian and French characters and speak four languages.
How to connect with you? Tango ShalomThe
I met actor-producer Claudio Laniado at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. I had won a competition to shoot a short film in Cannes and I took him as a murderer. When we came back to NY they asked me to be a part of staging Tango Shalom To play the role of his wife Marina. I searched the script for my part, but I couldn’t find it — I only had one line. Angelica Paige was studying the role of Raquel. Through reading, I kept telling myself that I should play the role of Raqeel.
Years later Claudio expanded his wife’s role and officially proposed it to me. They were looking for a name actress for Raquel. They then opened it up to the unknown. I begged them to audition me for the role and they finally agreed. It was the hardest audition ever, with ten pages of content and three auditions.
After the second audition they asked me to get suntan, I needed darker skin, and this time to film it, as if I were an Israeli, and not shrink my nose. I didn’t know what to do with those notes. I was preparing for Cannes in France and Thomas Gilroy, a famous French director, “La Verite C. J. Men’s”, helped me make the film. The New York and LA teams loved me, but for some reason they didn’t take me and told me why I wouldn’t ask anyone. I always felt that I would still get the part, I don’t know why, I wasn’t upset.
I met Selma Hayek in Cannes and they asked me to offer her part of Raqeel. We were to start production in two weeks, I was still playing the role of Marina. The manufacturers also called me to ask if I could get additional money. I met a financier who was interested in all my projects, he asked me which project I wanted to invest in. I had my own projects but since Tango Shalom was about to start and they needed additional funds, I told them. The money will be put into Tango Shalom as a condition. . . I guess you can guess.
The producers immediately said yes. I later find out why he didn’t say after the third audition. He felt that I was the best choice for the role, but my skin color did not match that of my daughter (Jose’s real daughter) in the film. They were also seeing the Israeli actress well, which is why I had to get darker and speak with an Israeli accent, the soft part of which I still don’t understand. Hilarious laugh.
What was your experience? Tango ShalomThe
I loved working Tango Shalom. I also had many friends Cast in film Worked independent and crew from me. It felt like a family. The film was also a collaboration of two families Laniado Brothers, Claudio and Jose, and Bolognas (Geb director and his parents Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor).
Most of my bedroom scenes were shot back at intervals of a few days, which was challenging, I was too tired and we filmed all night to stay on a budget.
What influences did you use to get into the character as Raquel?
I was made a Reform Jew but I consider myself more spiritual than religious. I am getting value in every religion. My extended family has Orthodox / Hasidic. As a child in Hebrew school I stayed for weekends with a Hasidic family to learn about the traditions and traditions.
To prepare for the role I spent a lot of time at Crown Heights and talked to women in the Williamsburg Chabad about customs, traditions, beliefs, their relationships with their husbands, wigs, clothing, the kind of pajamas they wore Was. . . Every thing.
The lady was very sweet and went out to help them and teach me. Even though I am not a Hasidic, I am very spiritual, I connected with the divine in the form of acting and usage My own beliefs And the connection to guide me as Raquel.
What makes the story of Tango Shalom Stand Out from Other Comedy Movies?
what makes Tango Shalom Stand out is its message that brings people, cultures and religions together. This is what attracts me the most in the film.
It deals with the question, what is more important your Religion or G-d?
Not only did you star in the film, you were also an executive producer. How many responsibilities did you perform?
I focused on my role when I brought in additional funds and the contract was signed. My apartment was used in a scene, I did not tell you which one. I also brought Rob the editor / producer of the film.
What do you expect the audience to get away with Tango ShalomThe
I hope that people will be inspired to connect with each other, which is different, but to celebrate those differences and to recognize the humanity in each of us, not to judge others. To see that all routes are in one place, and to look for solutions is to look outside the box. And to recognize the importance of family and it is all about love.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working on the long-running award-winning Prime Time Dramedy series is probably my own creation. Working internationally (which I am already doing) with the directors and actors of A List in an incredible role.
If an actress would play you in a film about her life, whom would you choose and why?
Everybody says that Sarah Jessica Parker looks like me, but I think I’m quirky after that. I think Cate Blanchett. She is such a versatile actress, I love what she did blue Jasmine. I lived a million lives In one, a very strong actress will need to play me to get all the subtle nuances of her story, and who I am.
What advice do you have for up and coming actors?
Do not give up! Make sure that acting is exactly what you want to do as it can be a long difficult road. Do not be afraid to make your own belongings. Crafted its craft. Choose teachers who bring you up, who do not come below you.
हठ। हठ। हठ।
आप जो सोचते हैं वही आप अपने जीवन के लिए बनाते हैं। आपको जो चाहिए, उसे मांगें।
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