Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly starred as 'Mary Poppins' from 12 Oct 2009 - 05 Mar 2011 and from 19 Jul 2011 - 19 Oct 2011 in Walt Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Broadway production of Mary Poppins which opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 16 Nov 2006, following previews from 14 Oct 2006, and closed on 03 Mar 2013.
Place of birth?
You currently live in?
Upper West Side of Manhattan
Did you go to training school, if so which one?
I had an acting coach on the weekends from the age of 11-17, at a dance and theatre school. I landed my first professional job in Beauty and the Beast in London’s West End when I completed my training.
After that, I started performing professionally in London and continued taking theatre classes and working with a coach. I am never satisfied that I have learned or prepared enough.
As an actor, do you have a preference for stage, tv or film?
I love musical theatre and I feel at home on stage. I absolutely love performing for a live audience but playing the part of the beggar woman in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd gave me the passion to pursue more film roles. Stage, film and television are all very exciting mediums. Any opportunity to tell stories that inspire while growing and discovering new characters and developing my craft will fuel my soul.
Your first stage performance?
I was 11 and it was a 'magic of the musicals ' type of show…many songs from a variety of musicals blended into one production.
Career highlight to date?
I loved being in Speed the Plow (West End) with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum. It was incredibly fun and totally challenging to try to match their energy on stage. A very intimidating yet exciting and awesome learning experience!
What roles would you most like to play?
'Cleopatra' would be great...I hope one day soon.
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Falling up the stairs when you are playing Mary Poppins is never that fun. It is rather embarrassing to slip up and give away that I am not as “perfect” as the kids proclaim!
What is the most annoying part about your job?
Not being able to go out after a show and having to avoid alcohol, coffee and most ‘naughty’ foods because it isn’t conducive to maintaining my stamina for the tough eight-show week schedule. On the other hand, I really like training and being very healthy but at Christmas and birthday celebrations, my food choices are a bit boring!
If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
A spy...pretty much covers all the bases!
Who are your favorite actors?
Cate Blanchett has always inspired me to be a better actor. I am a huge fan of the action movie genre. I love the complex moves and the martial arts. I also love the film roles Angelina Jolie chooses. Oh, and any type of period drama or historical movie totally thrills me
Favorite after-show haunts?
I don’t get out much given the Broadway performance schedule. I do love this Italian restaurant around the corner from my apartment but I have to make it there just before they close the kitchen at 11pm.
What was the last book you read, and name some of your favorite authors?
The 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman…brilliant. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. The Shack by William P. Young.
Name some of your favorite movies?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Bourne Identity; The Mummy; Pride and Prejudice; Star Wars; Star Trek and The Science of Sleep to name a few…and definitely The Goonies. It’s THE BEST movie in the world!
Favorite TV programs?
“Chuck” (so addicted...I watched two seasons in one week). “Alias” is another favorite and I recently discovered “Grey’s Anatomy” – loving it!
Favorite holiday destinations?
The Greek island of Rhodes, the Maldives, Cuba and Islands of Adventure Park in Orlando.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take with you?
My Bible, iPhone and my guitar.
Do you have any superstitions?
Whatever words we speak, we create. That’s my only superstition (if you want to call it that).
What are your future plans?
To live in the moment and love it. I have too many plans and couldn’t possibly tell you them all!