What did you want to become when you were a child?
I wanted to be a doctor as a child. I think that had more to do with wanting to impress the adults around me than what I actually wanted.
How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to act (for a living)?
My mother was amazing. She never pushed back or made me feel like it was a bad idea. I had originally started college as a nursing major, then switched to a Vocal Performance major at the beginning of my Sophomore year. I do remember being a bit shy to share that I had decided to pursue a creative career because I was concerned about what other people would think.
Which performance(s) confirmed that you wanted to be an actor?
Jane Powell in Royal Wedding made a huge impression on me. I remember watching her in high school and thinking for the first time, "I think I could do that".
The writing/storylines on Days have been top notch since Ron Carlivati took over as head writer... How much fun are you having playing Abigail/Gabigail?
Ron Carlivati has been doing some great work. I have had such a good time playing the Gabby character! It's very rare for me to be cast as the dark, devious seductress, but I totally love playing that kind of role. I'm always the sweet, innocent ingenue, but I actually think of myself as more of a character actor....so getting to explore something completely different has been such fun.
Which actor on Days would you like to share scenes with?
KASSIE DEPAIVA and ERIC MARTSOLF
What aspects of your job do you like best/least?
I love the people. I love the opportunity to come to work everyday and tell stories with talented folks. I don't like that it's so rushed. We shoot about 100 pages of script per day, while most films/TV shows shoot about 3 pages per day. No joke. The work is difficult and I never feel like I get to do my very best. That's a challenging thing for an artist.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Just let things go. It's very easy for me to be judgmental and hard on myself about my own work, so I can agonize over scenes if I feel they didn't go as well as I hoped. But, as previously mentioned, we are under extreme circumstances compared to the rest of our industry, so having some grace for myself does me a lot of good and gives me freedom. If I'm overly concerned with things being "good" or "right" or "the way other people think I should look/act/dress/be" I'm too much in my own head and struggle with the actual heart of the story, which is why I'm interested in being there in the first place.
How do you handle criticism when it comes your way?
I try not to pay too much attention to it. Every so often something will catch me at just the right time and bother me...I mean, I'm human. However, I have learned an awful lot about loving myself and understanding that the things I appreciate most about me are not my physical attributes, but the ways in which I choose to love and relate to others. I often go back to a quote by Maya Angelou, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
How do you bounce back from a defeat?
Keep going. Life is so full of failures. I find that because I have failed, I am more appreciative when I experience success. My failures have forced me to have some grit and truly consider what it is I want for myself and then go after it wholeheartedly. Failure helped me realize I wanted to be an actor deep down in my gut, it wasn't just some fling. You don't get back up on the horse and risk being thrown off again if the end result isn't worth it.
What two books could you read over and over again?
I very rarely read books twice, BUT loved Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and The Courage to Create by Rollo May.
What do you most value in others?
Love and generosity and genuine interest in the person sitting across from you.
Which movie instantly puts you in a good mood?
Just For You or Hit the Deck
How do you define success?
A full, intentional, peaceful, loving life with lots of good people and simplicity.
When was the last time you laughed so hard/much that you ended up crying?
Last night with my husband. He keeps me constantly in stitches.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You're ok, Marci. You are loved. You have nothing to prove.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Beer and french fries. And a huge chocolate chip cookie from a coffee shop called The Commissary (fortunately/unfortunately DIRECTLY across the street from the Days studio) made with both milk and dark Tcho chocolates. Shoot me...
What do you wish to achieve in the following decade?
Deeper relationships. Deeper understanding of self. Travel, learning, more patience, more EXPERIENCES. Less fear. Better at being organized. (Ha, that one may be a lost cause...)
Any advice for those wanting to become actors/live their best lives?
You. Can. Do. It. I'm from a tiny town of 1800 people in the middle of the country. I never thought I would be an actor or live in Los Angeles or be on a TV show. I simply started saying yes to what I wanted, decided to not be afraid of failure and comfortable with the fact that I didn't know the future. I've always been cared for and things always seem to work out. Hard work is necessary, sacrifice is necessary, but if you really, really want a thing, it can be yours. Give yourself permission to go after what brings you joy. You deserve it!
Any last words?
Much love. xx
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