I met with Christiane in her dressing room after a matinee of Jekyll and
EF - Tell us about where you are from, your family, brothers
CN - It's just me. Born in Manhattan. When I was almost 3
we moved across the bridge to a small tiny bedroom community.
We immigrated to NJ. My family still lives there. They are
a huge support structure in my life. I see them as often as
EF - Support of friends and family seems to be a common theme
to the actors I have talked to.
CN - Rejection is built into the system. You don't have people
in the business telling you that you are great and patting you
on the back. It is important that you have your loved ones
believing in you and telling you that you can do whatever
you set your mind to. People who don't have a traditional
family will have a solid infrastructure of friends to provide
the support. I have both and I am very fortunate.
EF - Let me ask you, is a relationship possible in this industry?
CN - Ah, I think so but I believe it takes two special
human beings. It depends on the kind of person you are.
You have to be very confident in what you have to offer
and what you are doing and not be threatened by someone's
success or be intimidated by someone else's failures. Time
constraints is another issue especially if you meet someone
who has nothing to do with this business. You are working
and they are partying. You are awake when they are sleeping.
You are sleeping when they are working.
EF - It is almost like you are locked into dating someone
in the business.
CN - Yes or someone who is really zany.
Maybe I can find someone who is independently wealthy who
doesn't have to work [laughing] that will be okay. It is very
EF - So you are not married?
CN - No. I have tremendous respect for my friends who are.
There are quite a few in this company. They make it work
because they choose to make it work. It is not easy. They
support each other, love and desire each other but they
don't necessarily need each other. You can't have someone
who is needing attention all the time. It is a very self
absorbing type of business. You are a product. You are
selling yourself. It is difficult not to bring your work
home with you. You are putting yourself out there and
everything you have to offer, so as a consequence, you are
going to be self-centered. It is unfortunate but if you
are a good business person you will realize you are the
commodity and that you have to sell yourself. It can be
very frustrating for someone to share that. I do think it
is possible. I have much hope. It will just take a very
EF - I'm sure he will come along.
CN - Yeah, when it is, it is.
EF - Now think of your best friend. If he or she were
sitting in this room right now and I looked at them and
asked how they would describe Christiane Noll, what would
CN - We should call him up. Driven, sensitive, fun, passionate.
A little selfish but also giving. I'm supportive.
EF - Is there something about yourself that may surprise people?