10 THINGS – Christy Williams
How did you get your start as an actress?
I first started acting in plays when I was a kid. But, my very first paid acting job was a commercial for a local college.
What was your first big role and how did you react when you landed the gig?
The first momentous acting job that comes to mind was the one that earned me a SAG card after David Zucker hired me for his film, An American Carol. It wasn’t a big role but I was so excited to finally be able to join the Screen Actors Guild. My roommate at the time (who was also an aspiring actress) and I, didn’t stop dancing in the hallway for a full five minutes after I got the phone call with the good news that I had booked the part.
You’re currently on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. How were you first introduced to the series and what made you decide to jump on board?
I had been hearing from many friends for a couple years that Ray Donovan was an awesome show and one that I absolutely HAD to watch. But, believe it or not, I never actually started watching it until I got the opportunity to audition for the part of Michelle. To prep for the audition, I began binge watching and immediately I was hooked. Even if I hadn’t booked the part, I’d still be a HUGE Ray Donovan fan. I think there is some amazing work being done on the show and I’m so proud to be apart of it. What initially made me the most excited about accepting the part was the opportunity to work with Jon Voight.
You play the role of Michelle, whose current lifestyle isn’t someone one would bring home to meet their parents. What do you enjoy most about bringing this character to life?
Michelle is, essentially, the opposite of who I am and it’s been a wonderful challenge to play her. I don’t personally condone her lifestyle choices, but I really love her spirit. Her spirit is definitely what I connect to the most. Michelle was dealt a bad hand in life, and she’s made some questionable choices on top of that, but she’s a strong woman. She’s feisty, opinionated and is very comfortable in her own skin. Her confidence is what I most enjoy about her.
Throughout the season, Michelle has her own struggles to deal with. What can viewers expect to see from her as the season comes to a close?
We will definitely see Michelle out of her element a bit as she meets more members of the Donovan family. We’ll also see her fall in love. Michelle likes her independence and one of the struggles we can expect to see her deal with is learning to balance her personal life with the demands of her chosen profession.
You’ve had the opportunity to be on a set with some fantastic actors. How much have you learned from them and what have been some of your most memorable moments working with them?
I have learned so much from each person I’ve worked with. Every single one of them is crazy talented. Pooch Hall radiates joy and positivity. When he steps on set, you can feel an energy shift. I love that about him. Pooch has so much love to give, I want to be more like him. Dash Mihok is a supportive and generous scene partner. Eddie Marsan has incredible focus. Liev Schreiber works hard on every single scene to make each moment work. I remember one day when he forgot a line and I thought “What? Liev isn’t perfect? He’s just like the rest of us?” I was relieved. But, he is pretty close to perfect. From Jon Voight, I have probably learned the most. He encourages collaboration, he treats every single person on set as an equal and valuable member of the team. He is kind to everyone. He is a walking example of what a leader should be, he is not bothered by ego or by being the star of the show. One day at the lunch table he said to me “The most important thing is to stay positive and do good work.” I think about that all the time. Every day when I wake up, I want to be positive and do good work.
If given the opportunity, which actors would you want to work with and why?
Daniel Day Lewis, Mark Rylance, and Cate Blanchett because they inspire me to be the best actor I can be. And, Larry David, Bill Murray, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus because they make me laugh out loud.
We’re glad that you’re following your dreams. But, if you weren’t an actress, what line of work do you think you would be in?
Probably something to do with architecture or interior design. Also, hosting a travel show would be an awesome job.
Which designers and styles would we see in your personal closet?
I have a mix of vintage and contemporary styles in my closet. One of my favorite pieces of clothing I own, is an vintage Oscar de la Renta sweater. It’s so cozy, I love wearing it.
We look forward to seeing how things will progress on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. What other projects do you have coming up?
Thank you! I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of Season 3 unfold and hearing the reaction from the fans. We have a really exciting ending planned, so, hold on to your seats! As far as future projects, I have a couple films scheduled to come out next year and right now I’m prepping to start work on a really funny show called “Bird’s Court.” I’m really excited to get to work and sharpen my comedy skills.
Photo Courtesy: Image 1 & 4/ Russell Baer, Image 2 & 3/ Patrick Wymore (Showtime)