Day 8 An Interview with Shaunna Thompson.
When I wrote the book I literally was the sad woman in the story, so that part of the movie was super important to me. I absolutely loved her in the movie. She was played by the very talented Shaunna Thompson. She was sweet enough to answer a few questions for us about the movie. A big thank you to her and I hope you enjoy the interview.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Shaunna: I have been a stage actress for 35 years and a film actress for 21. I’m a classically trained pianist and a vocal instructor at a performance academy for children and teens. Currently, I serve as the music director for the musical theater program at American Fork High School and am also one of their Shakespeare competition coaches. My husband and I serve in an English-speaking branch presidency at the MTC. We have two children and two grandchildren. They are the joy of my life!
How did you get involved with this project?
Shaunna: I have been long-time friends with both Sally Meyer and John Lyde. I’d do anything for those two! They’re kinda the best!
What was you favorite part about making this movie?
Shaunna: Getting to look as old and tired as possible! I’m trying to gracefully accept that I’m getting older, ha! Playing character roles is so much fun, really stretches you, and is such a great opportunity. I loved not having to looked pretty! An actress could go through the roof seeing herself look like a mess on a big screen. But I loved it!
Is there a funny story you could share about the filming, or a particular scene that would be interesting readers?
Shaunna: While filming my scenes in the bed, no one who sees the movie would ever suspect that it was 105 degrees outside and about 120 in the cabin. I HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT HOT IN MY LIFE! We had to soak my petticoat with water just to keep me relatively cool under all those layers of clothing and bedding. In between takes, I remember thinking, “I’ll just lay here and die. Then they’ll be sorry.”
Is there anything else you would like people to know about this movie?
Shaunna: It was a pure pleasure to be a part of this movie because it felt like we were all a team. No divas, no drama, just good people making something good together. That’s why I’ve been an actress for so long. I love creating beautiful things with beautiful & creative types.
How do you feel about Miracles?
Shaunna:I know miracles happen. I look for God’s hand in my life, every day, in the form of miracles, big and small, and He is so present! He hasn’t forgotten us. I believe He send miracles to us, often times, through others. This makes my heart so grateful.