VIBE Vixen: Which do you love more–acting or singing?
I think both work hand and hand to me. When I’m preparing for an acting role or stage role, music helps me get to where I need to be. When I’m singing becoming somebody else or putting myself or imagining myself in another role helps me overcome my fears on stage. They’ve always helped both for me and I never wanted to choose ever so with Boardwalk [Empire] I lucked out.
Margot: If you had to choose, which would it be?
I don’t know–music I feel like you can never live without. Music helps everybody with everything. If you’re going through loss, relationship issues, job transformation, you’re excited, want to celebrate or you want to wake up–it’s music that you choose. It’s harder to think about becoming somebody different. All you have to do is press the on button and you become somebody different.
Is there a song that takes you to an important time in your life?
The Mariah Carey ‘Hero’ song. I was in the car with my mom and we were in the driveway and she started singing it and I asked what was the song. She said, “this song reminds me of your grandfather,” who I’ve never met because he passed away right before my parents’ wedding. She started teaching me the song and it was the first song that she taught me all the words. I still remember the song and learning the words. And it’ll put me back to our garage every time I hear it.