20 Questions With

Katie LaMark

Born- Boston, MA
Lives- I don't know
Occupation- Actress
Interviewed in Eureka, CA

1. Where do you consider home? 

Right now home is wherever I feel like I have people that I can have a family relationship with. Sometimes that's in Boston, sometimes that's in New York and sometimes that's living out of a suitcase on tour.

 

2. Favorite place you've been in the world?

Cape Cod

3. Do you speak a foreign language?

No, I speak a dead language. I took Latin all through school. I was a nationally ranked Latin Scholar. Got a perfect score on the Latin Exam.

 

What foreign languages do you wish you could speak?

I wish I could speak Russian, some Eastern European language. Or German.

4. Best meal you've ever had?

Working at a restaurant when I was 17. The chef would make food for me because he had a crush on me. It was Deep Sea Bass over tangerine risotto, he made savory ice cream that melted over the top. It was out of control.

5. What’s your irrational fear?

I have so many irrational fears. Octopus. I used to sit by a tank in biology class in high school. One day the octopus tried to make an escape. I had to move seats.

6. Who would play you in your made for TV movie?

Megan Mullaly, like 50 years from now.

7. What would the title of your made for TV movie be?

Neurotic But Fun.

8. If you were on a sitcom, what would your catchphrase be?

"First there's you, then there's you." That's a thing my mom always says, I say it too. Like if someone cuts you off, it's like, well first there's you, then there's you, huh?

9. Tell me a joke?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Joke-

 

The Hunchback is looking to retire, so he posts an add that he's looking for a bell ringer.

All of the applicants fall short, they don't have the right spirit, you need to be an underdog.

So one dark stormy night he hears a thud on the door. He looks to the left and the right, sees nothing. Then he hears, "hey down here" and looks and sees a man with no arms and no legs who says, "I'm here for the job."

Quasimodo says, "Look, I don't know if you're qualified for the job. You don't have any arms or legs"

The man says,  "I need the job, my wife and children are starving."

So Quasimodo says, "Ok, can I carry you up?"

And the man says, "No, I don't want any help" And proceeds to pull himself up each stair, all the way to the top using his chin.

The man then begins to roll himself back and forth and suddenly swings himself towards the bell and catches onto the rope with his teeth. He continues to swing and ring the bell while clutching the rope with his teeth.

Quasimodo thinks to himself,"this is just the underdog I was looking for!"

Then suddenly the man loses his grip and flies out the window and onto the ground below. 

Quasimodo runs down the stairs and sees a crowd has gathered around the man.

Someone says to him "Quasimodo, do you know this man, who was he?"

And Quasimodo responds, "I don't, but his face rings a bell"

10. What is your go-to karaoke song?

It's Raining Men, by The Weather Girls

11. If you started a band, what would you call your first album?

Songs for the Perpetually Dissatisfied.

12. How do you want to be remembered?

For surprising people. I think people don't have very high expectations of performers today, that they're just puppets and they don't have a mind of their own. I hope I'm remembered for paving my own way, surprising people with my abilities, and doing something that means something.

13. What did your 8-year-old self think you’d be doing at this stage of life?

This.

(Ms LaMark is currently playing Maureen in the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent)

 

14. Is there another profession you would pursue if you weren’t an actor?

I would be a surgeon. I would want to be a heart surgeon. A cardiologist. I've always loved biology, and I'm not squeamish. I think it would be a very satisfying career.

15. What’s the last text you sent and who was it to?

It was to my roommate Danny, it said, "About to jump in the shower, if your room key doesn't work, knock loud, I'll come to the door."

16. Name one odd thing that no one could ever guess about you?

Generally, I'm a pretty fearful person. I come across with a lot of confidence. I can be an anxious person, which people probably notice, but not to the extent it goes.

17. What would your superpower be?

Teleportation

18. Toilet paper roll: over or under?

Under. And now I'm mad, we've been having this debate. When you have it over, if you have kids or a dog they can bat all the toilet paper off. When it's under, they can't.

19. If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be?

Tootsie. I think an old, Americana, 50's nickname is fun.

20. You can slip your 18 yr old self a note via Doc Brown’s Delorean, what do you tell yourself?

Stop trying to make people like you. Who you are is fine, don't change yourself to make other people happy. Stop putting in the effort, the right things will happen.

All images © 2018 by Kris Rogers Photography. 

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