Abigail Blades Watson is an established voice artist and model. Watson played Jessie in “night, Mother” by Marsha Norman and Shadow in “Headwind” by Rebekah Payton at the Brooklyn Lyceum. She recently enjoyed playing DJ Blades in “Maybe Sunshine” by Levi Wilson. Watson studied history and theatre at Mount Holyoke College before moving to New York in 2005. She is an avid reader and enjoys graphic novels and video games. Watson appears in the upcoming independent dramatic short thriller “Dark Blue” (directed by Doug Bollinger) as Samantha Baird, an intelligent young detective tossed into a chaotic storm of secrets with devastating consequences. Recently, Abigail spoke to the Examiner about her experiences as an actress and her hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): What inspired you to become an actress and how did you get into both film and voice acting?
Abigail Blades Watson (A.B.W.): Animation actually appealed to me first, I was hooked when I found out that all of the Looney Tunes were one person. Exploring film and television followed naturally, I enjoyed the challenge of inhabiting someone else’s parameters. Listening to and watching skilled actors become another seemed like internal alchemy and I wanted to know how.
M.M.: What are your favorite kinds of movies and/or characters?
A.B.W.: Dark comedies, the straight part with sharp lines and ensemble casts with no weak links. I love science fiction and the complete freedom for amazing stories is underrated.
M.M.: To date, how many plays and/or films have you starred in and what have they been about?
A.B.W.: I’ve been fortunate enough to lead in three plays and this is my third film; they have run the spectrum from mixed media performance pieces to contemporary two person dramas.
M.M.: If you could star in any kind of project, what type of part would you like to play and why?
A.B.W.: A complex villain originally written for a man. Comprehensive role breadth includes the nastier side of human nature and we all have that capability.
M.M.: So far, what has been the most rewarding thing about being involved in the entertainment industry?
A.B.W.: The camaraderie and warmth that develops on projects was a wonderful surprise, as was imperative self-reliance. Working alongside passionate colleagues makes all the difference.
M.M.: Career wise, where do you see yourself in ten years?
A.B.W.: Ideally an amplification of my current balance, by always expanding abilities and including video games/animation and physical stunt work.
M.M.: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
A.B.W.: Working on “Maybe Sunshine” with director Levi Wilson and writer/producer Lisa Hammer was an absolute pleasure, I cannot wait to see the series.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to enter the film industry?
A.B.W.: Find like minds with focus even if their goals don’t match yours perfectly, ambition feeds itself.
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To learn more about Abigail Blades Watson visit her official website and Instagram via @theabbyblades