Lisa Howard has starred in such Broadway hits as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 9 to 5: The Musical, and South Pacific. Lisa recently played Siobhan in Breaking Dawn Part 2, part of the Twilight phenomenon.
Lisa graciously took the time to answer some questions and give some insight into her Twilight character, Siobhan.
What has playing the role of Siobhan in Breaking Dawn Part 2 taught you about yourself as a performer?
I guess playing Siobhan brought out a more serious side of me. I tend to play more light hearted, comic characters.
What trait do you most resemble in Siobhan and which do you most admire?
I most resemble Siobhan in the novel in terms of her physical presence. She is a tall, large and somewhat imposing person/vampire but beautiful as well. I most admire Siobhan for her courage. She is willing to stand up for her friends and fight if need be.
What challenges did you face when approaching the character of Siobhan and did the fact that Twilight is such a monumental and beloved series, inspire or influence your performance?
The part of Siobhan’s character that was the most daunting to me is her super power. She can “will” the outcome of a situation in her favor. Although that’s a cool power to have it’s not something tangible you can play.
The fact that Twilight is such a beloved series didn’t influence the way I played Siobhan. But I did hope that my portrayal lived up to the fan’s expectations.
In April 2011 you released your debut album, Lisa Howard: Songs of Innocence and Experience. What would you say is the most challenging part of the recording process?
There are numerous challenges when doing an album. The first big challenge is to choose the music! It’s more difficult than it sounds. It helped tremendously when I narrowed my field a bit by choosing to do a tribute to William Finn.
The second challenge is to gather the funds to make it happen. To do an album well, with the right orchestrations, musicians and engineers, it takes quite a bit of money!
If you could go back to when you were studying at the University of Cincinnati in the College Conservatory of Music and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be?
Be patient, be persistent.
Where is your current inspiration coming from?
My son. All decisions are filtered through my mommy lens now. I truly think I feel things more deeply after having a child.
What are three things you cannot live without?
My little boy, my iphone and AMC cable channel. They produce the best TV shows!!!!
Your resume includes a wide variety of collaborations and performances; what valuable insights have you learned from collaborating?
I couldn’t do what I do without the writers, directors and choreographers that I work with. I am only one part of the equation and when collaborating it’s so important to see the scene from all angles and viewpoints to come to a mutually beneficial outcome.
Of all the characters, you’ve performed; which do you see yourself most?
I guess I really see myself in Jenny in “It Shoulda Been You”. Hopefully I’ll get to play her again next fall on Broadway!
What does being brave mean to you?
Feeling fear and doing it anyway.
Where can my readers find you online?
They can visit my website www.lisahowardnyc.com
or on twitter @lisahowardnyc
or on my facebook fan page under Lisa Howard