PHOTOGRAPHY BY TINA TURNBOW
INTERVIEW BY: KATINA GOULAKOS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: TINA TURNBOW
Imagista: Where are you from?
Erin Richards: I am from Wales
Imagista: Where are you currently based?
Erin Richards: I am in New York now, in Brooklyn. I love it.
Imagista: Is it very different from living in Whales?
Erin Richards: I think New York would be a big change from anywhere in the world. It is the most vibrant exciting city I think I have ever been in. It is definitely a step up, I find New York is kind of the most European city from anywhere else I have been in America. There are definitely some similarities to home, which is nice and comforting. I have never lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn is much more my taste.
Imagista: How did you get your start in acting?
Erin Richards: I have been acting since I was a kid. A lot of my childhood was acting somewhere. I used to do a lot of plays when I was little and put them on for my family. I started dance lessons and did theater in school but I did not really have the belief in myself as an actor until I got a bit older.
The school I went to was very focused on sports rather than arts, which was nice because it helped build a team mentality with the children in the school. I went to Welsh school and did all my lessons in Welsh and all my exams in Welsh. I left that school when i was sixteen to go to an English school that had much more of a focus on drama. That is when I really began to consider acting as something I could do as a career. However, even then I went to University to study Politics and History, so I did not fully connect to an acting career until I was about 23 when I went to an actual acting school.
Imagista: What would you consider to be your “big break”?
Erin Richards: I got my first break in Europe. I was with a small agency in Whales and they got me an audition for something called Being Human. There was an american version of the show as well. It was a program about vampires and ware-wolfs and ghost living in a house together.
I got an audition for a very small part, I think it was two lines and when I went in to read for them the people who were casting it liked me and asked me to come back to read for a bigger part. They liked me again so they asked me to come back and read for the lead which I eventually got. That was sort of my first big break.
After that I got a manager in the US and came over here, booked a job called Breaking In which was a comedy. That was a bit of a whirlwind, it just kind of happened very quickly and I have not stopped working in the US since then.
Imagista: What are you currently working on that you are most excited about?
Erin Richards: Obviously I am really enjoying my role on Gotham, I feel very lucky to have such an amazing journey for my character. Every season she has managed to have this incredible development where she is almost in a different character every season. It is such a fabulous cast of people. The writers and everyone that works on the crew is so dedicated to the creation of it. It is so lovely when people enjoy it because that is obviously what we are trying to do, is to create something that people want to watch.
I think that each of us individuality has put so much love into our characters and so much time and attention and care in creating people who even though are living in different worlds, we still try to keep a core of reality in the characters. I think that is part of why people enjoy the show, because they could see part of themselves in different characters. I feel so happy and so grateful to be part of that show.
I am also really enjoying developing my writing and directing skills at the moment. I just wrote and directed my first short. I play the lead, it is about this woman who is an actress. It is kind of like an alternative reality for me. She is in her late 20’s and has not gotten where she wants to be in the industry. Her life is becoming very monotonous and hard. It has a feminist angle in regards to the roles women are usually offered and it is called Hot Girl which is in reference to the fact that most times women are described by the way they look and men by their personality.
Imagista: What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?
Erin Richards: I guess my own self doubt. I think it is something that everybody has to work with in life. It is getting out of your own way. I feel like American’s have so much more positives about their ability, I think it is why I like Americans so much. They have a very “do it” kind of attitude that I love.
Imagista: What do you do to stay grounded?
Erin Richards: I do a lot of meditating and self work. It helps inspire me and aids me in staying grounded. I keep good company around me, people who inspire me to let everything go a little and not worry so much and self reflect too much. Life is such a joy, even the pain. We are here for one lifetime, or maybe several but we are only aware of this lifetime. There is so much to be grateful for. So much beauty, so much happiness.
Imagista: Is there anything else you want our Imagista audience to know about you?
Erin Richards: I am very good at making chocolate.
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