Written by Jill Sheets
Recently I had the honor of interviewing actress Kimberly J Brown. Continue to read on about her show “Low Winter Sun” and how she picks out her scripts and a lot more.
R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself? How did you get started in acting?
K: I started acting when I was 5 or 6 years old. I loved creating characters and making my younger brother put on plays for my family, so my parents put me in an acting class to see if I would like it and I did-very much! We were living in Maryland at the time and we started commuting to New York for auditions when someone from acting class referred me up there.
R: You never have picked a bad script. How do you pick the ones that you do?
K: Thank you! I usually look at the character first and foremost. I like to see if I can picture myself in her shoes, and getting to pretend to be someone that is the most unlike me in normal life is the most fun challenge.
R: What are you currently working on? Is it “Low Winter Sun” Are you allowed to tell us a little bit about it and about your character?
K: “Low Winter Sun” is a new AMC drama series that is premiering on August 11 right after “Breaking Bad.” It’s a dark, gritty drama about two detectives that murder a fellow detective, and how their worlds unravel around them. I play the assistant to the Lieutenant in the Detroit Homicide division. It’s a twisted show!
R: How do you get ready for each role that you play?
K: It depends on the character. I usually read the script or certain aspects of the script several times to sort out a backstory for the character. Some characters, like the manic-depressive schizophrenic I played in “My Sister’s Keeper” required extra research on the disorders. I always create a backstory for my characters which can come from the script and discussions with the director and fellow actors on a project.
R: If you could remake any movie, which one would it be? What role would you play and who would play opposite of you?
K: That’s a hard one. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of remakes, especially of films I love. I’m not sure that I would want to see the remake of them because the originals are so special. One of my favorite movies is “Overboard,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. I’m not sure that I would ever want to see that redone or watch anyone other than the brilliant Goldie Hawn in that role. But I keep an open mind.
R: I read that you write? Is that true? If so, what kind of things do you write about? Where can people get or read what you write?
K: I don’t really write, no. I LOVE to read, and have written here and there in the past: music, and contributing to scripts, but it’s not as big of a passion for me as acting is.
R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart. If so, can you tell us a little bit about them?
K: I love Generation Rescue, which helps families with people affected with autism spectrum disorders. They give information, help, treatment, and so much more.
R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?
K: I’ve worked with so many great people along the way that it’s hard to talk about just one, but working with Debbie Reynolds has always stood out as such a special experience. One of many brilliant things she said to me was, “Honey, I finally got to a point where I realized I just didn’t give a S**t what people thought of me.” I think that’s a good thing to remember in life. You have to do what makes you happy, regardless of what other people think of you.
R: What advice would you give teenage girls in general?
K: Don’t be so hard on yourself! (I was as a teenager) You have plenty of time to make mistakes….and don’t try to grow up so fast. It’s important to enjoy every different point in your life because time flies by so fast! I think its best to remember and know that it’s a good thing to make mistakes and go through not so fun times. It means you’re trying things and figuring out what does and doesn’t work for you. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or others around you, I don’t think anyone can fault you for that.
R: What are your future goals?
K: If I can continue to do interesting and fun roles and keeping working in this crazy career, then I’ll be happy. I enjoy the behind the scenes part of the business too so I’m trying to produce some projects as well. As long as I can balance that with spending time with my family and friends, I’ll be a happy camper!
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
K: (laughs) I think the most interesting questions I get asked are always from people who don’t quite understand the line between real life and a character that I’ve played, so I get fun questions about storylines and other characters as if that character really is me. It’s funny, but also a compliment I guess if fans think I’m really that character.
R: What are five thing people may not know about you?
K: Hmmm…..Well, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. I’m Level 2 in Krav Maga, the Israeli Self-Defense system. I’m a little bit of a tomboy at heart and love playing most sports. I’d like to think I’m a pretty good cook (laughs).I think that recycling is so important and try to recycle everything that I can.
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website?
K: Yes and Yes! My official website/blog is: www.KimberlyJBrown.com. I’m on twitter @OfficialKJB and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OfficialKJB
R: What is it like to communicate with your fans? What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?
K: Social Media allows me to talk to fans and share pictures and stories with them, which is really cool. I love hearing their feedback and how some work that I’ve done has contributed to their happiness or made them think a little. Fans have shared with me how a movie or project I’ve done got them through a tough period or time in their life and have inspired them to try something new, and that always makes me really grateful that I could have a small impact in their life like that.
R: Is there anything else you would live to add or say to your fans?
K: I’m so grateful for all of my fans. They make the crazy entertainment business worth it even more, because I love making them laugh and hearing their stories about them watching my work. Thank you all for your continued support!
R: Kimberly, thank you for the interview. It was an honor and I wish you the best in everything you do.