Constance Shulman was in the original cast of Steel Magnolias, Lortel Theater. She continued to work in dynamic films Fried Green Tomatoes and Sweet and Lowdown. On the fast track to stardom, Constance did something many women in this industry would love to do. She took a break and raised her children. She took a 15 year break from acting and focused her creativity on writing, painting and producing documentaries. This interview gives the full spectrum look of a woman who has lived by her own set of creative rules and how it was making a comeback as an actress in the business.
Currently, Constance is working on her 6th season of Orange is the New Black (three time SAG award winner for Best Ensemble in a Comedy), The Blacklist and Broad City. She voices the Nickelodeon/ABC-Disney’s Doug. And is the co-producer of NY Times top 10 docs of 2015, Looks like Laury, Sounds like Laury documentary.
“When you are younger you runaway from your roots, when you are older you embrace your roots.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“I knew enough to not know anything.”
“Be the best you instead of being a mediocre version of someone else.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“One of my day jobs was at Penthouse Magazine.”
“A gift every actor needs to have is to a time period that is not about you. Having children was that time for me.”
“Orange is the New Black brought about a whole new way of being on TV and how you watched TV.”
“One of the beauties of getting older is to not care. I don’t care if I don’t get parts now.”
“Carol Burnett was the person I wanted to be when I was in high school.”
“Being an artist you are already sensitive, you’ve got a very deep soul. Putting it out there is really hard. You are vulnerable to whatever comes your way.”
“One regret would be to have bypassed college and go straight to NY.”
“Above all else you want to be a full person. Acting comes after being a human being.” | CLICK TO TWEET