Who is Andrea Gordon? I wish I knew, I could have saved years in therapy! I work as an actress and comedian. I think one of my reasons for choosing this particular art form was I love connecting with people on a deeper level than is socially acceptable in everyday life. To shock or move someone to reveal themselves is fascinating and makes for more truthful bonds. The other reason is I like being other people, does that mean I’m not happy in who I am or just that I’m greedy and want to be EVERYONE..?
What projects are you working on at the moment? I’m promoting BBC Doctors in which I play Bren Lee and have done over the last four years, the alcoholic mother of four children. We’ve seen Bren dive downwards from functioning alcoholic to homeless, penniless and losing everything, even her bodily functions!! However, Bren returns to the screen this time very different and we see a more positive relationship between mother and children… but it gets very dramatic!! It is being broadcast here in U.K. 1.45pm weekdays.
What or who inspired you to become an actress / comedian? Acting-wise, I love Anthony Hopkins, also when I was a child, my mother used to have a collection of old Hollywood films, so I wanted to be Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, Fiddle De Dee and all that. Comedy-wise, it has to be Billy Connolly, master and founder of what we would call alternative comedy, but is now mainstream comedy. Across the pond George Carlin and Bill Hicks, they were social commentators as well as really funny. What true comedy in my opinion should be, “a mirror up to nature” to quote the oldbard.
Craziest thing to happen on set or stage? The director disappearing into a boating lake after making a lunge for the camera whilst shooting a TV scene, I remember was a little crazy! But in live performance, there is always that risk of the unknown happening and I remember playing in a farce where my character was being seduced by the other character, who was a bit of a wide boy, he wore a white jacket like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. We were sitting next to each other and the gag was that he makes a dive for me on the sofa just as I get up and he falls flat on his face on the sofa, classic pratfall, only this night he misjudged the sofa and landed face down on the hard wooden arm rest…his nose instantly gushed with blood and the white jacket became scarlet. There was no hiding it and we were on without a break for the next 15 minutes, madly improvising and carrying on the scene with reference to his now obvious horrifically “bloody” state as if it were part of the comedy…The amazing thing was, whilst half the audience looked embarrassed, the other half thought it was part of the show and came up afterwards saying how real the blood looked and what a great touch! Never underestimate what you can get away with, well sometimes.
Favorite quotes which inspired your career in acting / comedy? “You can have good writing, but a great actor will make it feel and sound like great writing. You can have great writing, and mediocre actors will make it feel mediocre. Without the actors, you have nothing.” Denis Leary And comedy wise, this quote from another very influential actor/ comedian: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”—Robin Williams Which I think is genius, like him.
How do you feel about all the technology in todays world? Technology is a tool, a brilliant one, I’m writing this and the rest of the world that chooses to, can click on it moments later to see what I’ve said and instantly comment back, that was impossible 30 years ago. Likewise being contactable 24/7 is great from a safety point of view, but if you want to retreat from the world to recharge or just escape for a few hours of privacy, that’s difficult now. Like the “force” in StarWars, technology, especially the internet, is a very powerful tool that can be used to build or destroy, I think it’s a modern day responsibility to each other to keep it on the side of good… May the force be with you!
What would you tell the youth about living the creative lifestyle? See Robin Williams quote above… and trust your gut, it’s always looking out for you and that instinct is your soul talking, fly with it. On a practical level, learn how to brand yourself, not with hot irons obviously, but know how to market that creativity so you can sell that creativity to others in a way that benefits you both. A starving artist is not going to be able to muster the energy needed to share their creativity or set the world alight with their passion, they will just, well, starve.
Movies or television and why? Hmm, I’ve done a lot of TV so yes, I like it especially the great dramas like Happy Valley or a police series like Scott and Bailey, but the work on films I’ve done is brilliant. Movies have a freedom and intimacy about them that I must say I love, Hello Hollywood, I say hey, I’m over here!
What’s next for Andrea Gordon? I’m playing Lisa Niemi in “Patrick Swayze, Autopsy, the last hours of” which is terrifying as she is a real life, lovely person married to a real life icon, the late, great Patrick of course, it will be shown in the UK and UK.
How do we find out more about Andrea Gordon? Well I’ve joined “the force” in the shape of twitter at last: @andiegordon or my website is http://andreagordon.uk/