Five Questions with Tamara Sevunts
Tamara Sevunts is a Canadian-Armenian actress, originally from Montreal and now based in NYC. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she is fluent in six languages. Off-Broadway credits include: “Your Alice” (BAM), “Daybreak” (Beckett Theatre), “The Good Girl” (59E59 Theatres) and “Loose Canon” (SoHo Playhouse). Regional credits include: Feste in “Twelfth Night”, Angelo in “Measure for Measure”, Hysterium in “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum” amongst others at The Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include: “You Can’t Go Home Again” (Lincoln Center), “The Real American (Listapad International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, NYTVF…) Coming up, Tamara will be reprising her role as the Cheshire Cat in “Your Alice” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and premiering a new work by Gordon Penn, in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Opprimé. For updates and a full list of credits, visit www.tamarasevunts.com
My grandmother, who taught me music and everything I know about performing… My mother, who had me in her belly when she filmed in Armenia… I also actively competed in classical piano competitions as a child and teenager, so I was on stage a lot. From as early as I can remember, though, all I wanted to do was act. I believe my theatrical debut was a Pre-K performance of Three Little Bears in which I got to play Mama Bear. I still remember the checkered pink apron I had; I was very proud of it. Many years later, [nerd alert] there was the behind-the-scenes featurette of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. I realized then that fantasy can materialize on film and I fell deeply, madly in love. Cue music. And blushing. Ugh.
3.You speak several languages. How does being multilingual influence your craft?
4. What do you do to make a living? Describe a typical day.
5. The life of an actor is competitive,grueling, and unpredictable. Why do it anyway?
Any industry at a high level is competitive, grueling and unpredictable. I guess it just so happens that the only competitive, gruelling and unpredictable environment I have enough patience and drive for is the entertainment industry. I’ve decided to see it as the business of storytelling (because at the core, I’ve come to understand that that’s why I love about what I do). I have found that it relieves the pressures of certain ‘standard achievements’ and it is thinking that helps keep me to my true north. Of course, there are days I’m more successful at convincing myself that that’s actually what I’m doing and that it is, in fact, purposeful and meaningful. Who, after all, doesn’t want recognition and validation?