EF - Is there something about yourself that may surprise people?
CN - I am adventurous.
EF - Don't tell me you bungee jump or something.
CN - OH YEAH!!! I jump out of air planes, bungee jump,
rock climb, scuba dive. I hike. I'm quite the daredevil.
Anything that will put me on the edge I will try. I think
that would be surprising unless you knew me. People come
to see the show and they see this pristine doll, pretty little
thing. A friend of mine and I went sky diving one time.
It was funny. This was the first time he went sky diving.
As he was falling, of all the things he could think to do
was sing Man of La Mancha. I, on the other hand,was just
screaming. It was hysterical. The first time I bungee
jumped I had never been so absolutely terrified.
EF - Now, you mentioned before about being your own product.
If you were your own press agent/advertising agent, how
would you advertise yourself?
CN - You should ask my mother this one. Oh goodness,
it is a difficult question to answer. One thing I learned
from my press agent (I recently invested in one) is that you
can pitch an idea that someone interview you or do a story
on you, but unless they have some sort of hook it is just
difficult into talking someone into doing that. I'm a
new up and coming well rounded, understated performer.
The feedback I have gotten is that I am putting out what
I think I am putting out. They are impressed with what
I have done. They don't think I am a one trick girl. I
guess I would say that you ain't seen nothing yet. There
is a lot more underneath that you have no idea is under there.
I think that is important that you are not associated with
one kind of trick. I want to be around for a long time and
since we have already established that I'm never going to
have a relationship at least I'll have a job [laughing]. I
received some phone calls from different casting directors
asking me to audition for some things so I feel like I am
finally pecking at the bottom of the A list. Now, I feel
people are coming to me.
EF - That is a great achievement.
CN - It will be great to have opportunities presented to you;
to have people develop something around you. Those people
are very lucky. Meanwhile, you take your time, be proud of
what you do and happy for other people.
EF - It's funny, Brian d'Arcy James (Titanic) made a joke
of something similar. I asked what he looked for in a part
and he responded "it's when someone calls me".
CN - That's it exactly. How wonderful to be someone that can
choose. I mean what is that. I'm still at the point where
I'm thrilled if someone calls me up to do readings or do
recording things. Before they even finish asking I'm like
sure, yeah, what time and where?
EF - When did you first know that you wanted to be an actress?
CN - My parents were in the business. My mother was an
opera singer and my dad a conductor. When you grow up in
that amazing type of musical environment , it becomes part
of you. I consider myself to be more of a musician first.
I'm not just a voice. I'm more musical in how I approach
the music. I take in the lyrics and make sure I'm telling
something. There should be a journey even if you took all
the words out. There is an emotional attachment to that.
Hopefully, when you add the words and the words are saying
the same thing the music is saying, that is when the hair
stands up on your arms.
EF - So you started singing when you were a little girl?
CN - A little girl up on my step stool. I would say how
I have to warm up first before my relatives would ask me
to sing. I traveled with my family and was on stage when
I was four and traveled with them before that and all
through my formidable years. My mom's career was shortened
because she was in a car accident. She was out of the
business for four years. Knowing that the career is not
dependable made me think. I sat there and thought I should
get involved in something else. But then I got involved in
high school and knew it was in my blood. I couldn't ignore
it. It was something inherent in me. It was fun. Every job
I do I learn more about my instrument and my own craft but
the basics were already there because of how I was raised.
EF - If something, God forbid, were to happen and you
couldn't be an actress, who would you be?
CN - I think of teaching a lot. Counseling.
EF - You seem to have a very endearing personality that would be
appropriate for counseling.
CN - I try to see all sides of things. I think I'd be
a good administrator. I would make some comments sometimes
and my stage manager would say if you ever decide not to act
anymore, give me a call. I think actors get such a bad rap.
People have the opinion that actors are this ditsy, zany,
self-absorbed people. and I know brilliant folks that have a
creative vein in them and who decided this is what they
want to do. It isn't because they can't do something else.
At this point, I don't consider about doing anything else.
EF - How would you define success in terms of being an actress?