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There is a show on the Bravo! channel called The Actors Studio with James Lipton. Each week he takes an actor or actress down memory lane into their careers. Some of his alumni have included Gene Hackman, Jane Alexander, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, and many other amazing actors and directors. Before turning the subject over to his students, Lipton runs past them the questionnaire created by the French essayist Bernard Pivot where we learn some of the inner mind of the subject. I asked Laura if she would be willing to do it, and she graciously agreed to take it on. So here are her answers in the bold type. I’ll add my own after hers. So enjoy. And Laura, thank you for your kindness and beautiful heart.

LAURA MENNELL TAKES THE ACTORS STUDIO QUESTIONNAIRE

I love that you want to do these quintessential Actors Studio questions! Such a fantastic idea, Dianne.

1. What is your favorite word?
I really love the word ‘luminous’, the way it slips off the tongue, its so beautifully descriptive in its meaning. But I must say, I use ‘lovely’ far more. In fact… maybe even too often! Coming from me, its one of the best compliments to give someone. Its not necessarily visual, but more of an overall essence of someone and their energy. I thought it was my own thing, until I noticed my mother using it as consistently as I do. It’s strange when you unconsciously pick up little traits from parents without even noticing. Does this mean I’m becoming my mother?!

2. What is your least favorite word?
I don’t have a specific word I loath, but I hate when people use feminine language in a derogatory way. “You throw like a girl” or “You’re such a pussy”… drives me nuts! Especially having little girls hear things like that and feel the repercussions of it, they’re bound to be affected by it. Women aren’t weak and our lady bits go through some pretty heroic moments in life.. child birth being one of them… you gotta be tough for that, right?! And there are so many tough-ass female athletes out there. Most of the time, people don’t mean anything by it and aren’t really thinking about the connotations. Honestly, I think words and the way they’re used, shape the way we think.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Generosity of spirit. Openness. Truthfulness. Vulnerability. All the best artists have those qualities and the best human beings for that matter. Shines through the work of a lot of great performers.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Abuse. Be it verbal or physical. There’s far too much negativity. Life really can be a beautiful thing. We need to celebrate each other as equals. Regardless of race, gender, economic status… We really are one and should never abuse others. And we also need to stop hurting our planet and the animals inhabiting it. Respect, empathy and mindfulness should be placed in high regard, instead of hierarchy and dominance over others — that really turns me off.

5. What sound or noise do you love?
Cat noises – particularly ones made by my very own Louie. Purring: all the strange and wonderful meows and quirky sounds cats make. The way our furry friends communicate with us can really sooth and entertain all at the same time.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
Cracking knuckles make me feel a little uneasy and faint. I never get why people do that. It’s bizarre to me. Snapping bones and cartilage totally gross me out.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck… (sorry Mom, I know you hate it!) it’s just so satisfyingly descriptive. When you are really fucking mad, there’s no better word to spew out, right?!

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I love animals so much. Probably being a caretaker at an animal sanctuary of some sort. I’ve been so excited visiting places like Animal Sanctuary in Acton California or this weird but wonderful little Airbnb off Melrose in LA. These places make me so happy and the idea of sharing a safe place and love with animals who’ve been mistreated makes me happy.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
Mathematician. Math was the only subject that made me cry in high school. I hate numbers, I’m much more of a creative and visual person.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
He/She would hopefully say something like “Thanks for being you”.

So now, here are mine in a quid-pro-quo:

1. What is your favorite word?
I think the one word that encompasses everything I believe is: Hope. Hope in the goodness that this big old blue marble will keep turning despite stupid humans who want to destroy it.

2. What is your least favorite word?
No. I’ve always hated the word so much. I had it said to me enough in everything I wanted to accomplish, so naturally if someone says it to me, I push back. Just my Leonine nature.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Anything that is positive and nurturing.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
My own ability to procrastinate. I have this stupid side of me that precludes me from getting the things done that need to be done, so therefore I self-sabotage.

5. What sound or noise do you love?
Like Laura, my little baby girl Coco’s meows, sounds of her paws on the carpet as she runs up and down the hallway, even the sound of her scratching in her litterbox, and her “plinking” sounds when she drops a piece of her food on the side of her dish. I also love her snores that usually accompany my partner’s at night when all is still and quiet.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of an animal when they’re in stress. My heart just can’t take it when I know an animal is outside alone, at night and their human caregiver has left them out. Also yelling at children. I just cannot stand it when someone thinks they can yell at a child and think it won’t matter. It does.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
I have many, though I’d have to say Laura’s is also mine. The beautiful FUCK! Like Laura, my saying that was always the bone of contention between my mother and me when she was alive. I also have combinations of it depending on the occasion such as “Fuckity fuck, fuck, fuck” or “Fuck-a-doodle”. It’s really a beautiful word. However, if I had my choice, I’d pick all the George Carlin “Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television”.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Mountaineer. Director. Screenwriter. I would love to say I’d love to get into something to do with animals, like Laura, but I could never take it if one died under my watch. That would be so soul taking to me as I believe animals are such unique, and precious souls. I love elephants and big cats, and if I wasn’t so scared to lose them, I’d love to have a big cat and elephant sanctuary where any and all big cats and elephants could come to live and be allowed to be who they naturally are.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
I already did it: ACCOUNTING! I had my CPA and hated it with a white hot passion. It’s the most tedious thing I’ve ever done and was so glad to have bid it a fine adios. It’s the most boring job I ever had and would never have it again. I now just stick to my simple household budgets.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“You thought I was a fake? A lot you know……”

So there are my answers. Not too sure if they’re revealing, but there you have it. Again, many thanks to Laura for doing this.

October 05, 2016
Author: Laura Mennell Online - 3 Comments
3 Comments to "Laura Mennell Online Exclusive :: Laura Answers The Actors Studio Questionnaire"
  1. Lizzy says:

    a great questionnaire with Laura. ty for putting it here on the site. and ty for such a great site for Laura. its my fave site ever. its better put 2gether. i hope Laura is happy with the site and i hope she knows how much work u put into it. ty for all the pics and the other stuff.

    • Laura Mennell Online says:

      Lizzy:

      Thank you so much for a lovely comment. Yes, Laura is aware of the site and I was so fortunate she took the great Bernard Pivot questionnaire. And you’re more than welcome. Please come back often to see the new updates. Take care.

      Dianne

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