Amanda Fuller @akaamandafuller
Photography by Anastasia Nora-Lee @Anastasia0120Styled by: Molly Mitchell @mollycm21
What originally inspired you to take on an acting career?
I wanted to be on the stage as soon as I came out of the womb, so there was never really another option for me.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an actress?
Well getting to do what I love most for a living is something I will never take for granted. Being able to reach audiences through storytelling and move people in some way, potentially even influencing growth or connectedness in the human race is an incredible opportunity. On the other end, I’ve spent my entire life being judged and criticized and told I need to be something other than myself to be “successful”, so staying true to who you are (or even being in touch with that in the first place) is a huge challenge and something I’m always working on. “Loving yourself” is hard to do when you’re constantly being reminded of all the things that are wrong with you. Luckily, the industry is getting better at accepting and celebrating women for who they are...so I have hope for the future.
What advice would you give to people wanting to get into the acting scene?
Perseverance is everything. If you’re not in it for the long haul, don’t waste your time or energy. This business can be brutal and fickle. But if you are, if there’s nothing else that will fulfill you in life, than trust yourself. There is only one you. Invest in yourself with everything you’ve got.
What was the process like auditioning for Orange Is the New Black?
I got the call on a Wednesday for the audition to put myself on tape, but since I was in NY at the time I asked if I could go in person and they agreed. So the next day I went in, the casting associate put me on tape and then the day after that (a Friday) I got the call that I booked it and was to start work the following Tuesday! Quite the whirlwind, as it often is.
Before landing the role as Badison did you watch the past season's of "Orange is the New black?
Of course! I was a huge fan and wanted to be a part of the show since the beginning. I had to do some catching up and recapping, but I was so thrilled to finally be a part of it...
Let's talk about Badison accent how did that come about?
The breakdown said Boston Irish and immediately with the voice the writers we’re giving her it was obvious that she was going to have a very distinct voice. There was never anything subtle about Badison, so I just dove right into her fully committed to her and surrendered to that.
How was it being the new girl this season?
Of course it was scary and intimidating at first but the regular cast has a way of making you feel like family from day one. And I came in with a whole group of new incredible women and we all bonded instantly. We were all in it together and that was a huge gift. We had a blast.
Can you tell us about your role on "Last Man Standing"?
Kristin is the oldest (and more or less the most liberal) of Mike Baxter’s 3 daughters. She is very smart, very strong, very opinionated and very loving. She had a baby in high school but has always dreamed of making a better life for herself. Currently Kristin works full time running the restaurant at her dad’s sporting good’s store Outdoor Man.
How was it working with Tim Allen?
There is never a dull moment! We are always laughing (sometimes with, but mostly at him...) Tim is one of the most loyal people I know. Sure, he has his opinions just like everyone else, and we may not always agree politically, but he is always respectful and kind and I have learned so much from him. For a stand up comedian with a sometimes pretty dark sense of humor, he has a heart of gold. I feel very lucky to call him my second papa.
What can we expect from your character on "Last Man Standing"?
I think this season we will see Kristin struggling to discover what the next chapter for her is.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
My 17 year old pups and my love, Matthew.
What's the best advice you have gotten?
Would you consider doing any producing or Directing in the future?
Yes! I have already started directing small projects here and there and I absolutely love it. I also have a handful of projects I have written and am in the process of writing I hope to get off the ground ASAP. I will be producing all of them most likely, directing some, acting in others. All aspects of filmmaking inspire and fulfill me. I feel so fortunate to be working at a time in this industry where the sky is the limit and you can have more control over your career. I hope and plan to make the best of that.