Julie Fain Lawrence was raised in California and originally trained as a dancer. She received her BA from the UCLA Dept. of Theatre, Film & Television, additional training at the British American Drama Academy, and graduated with an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. Her experience includes theatre, film, television, audiobooks, and voice-overs, as well as teaching and directing.
CelebrityDialogue: Tell us about your character in “Concussion”.
Julie: My character, Kate Abelman, is a very successful divorce attorney who works in NYC and lives in the suburbs with her wife, Abby, and her two children.
CelebrityDialogue: How did you get along with other cast and crew?
Julie: Great! We all had a lot of fun together - a very supportive and generous cast and crew.
CelebrityDialogue: Has the film performed as expected?
Julie: “Concussion” opens tonight so it is hard to answer that question….but it exceeded my expectations this past year in regard to success at the film festivals across the country starting with Sundance, the Berlinale, Karlovy Vary and beyond.
CelebrityDialogue: Most memorable moments from the shoots?
Julie: Filming in an elementary school in the midst of the freak October snow storm which blanketed the East and started snapping tree limbs off right and left. A car belonging to one of our fantastic crew members was the recipient of a large tree limb! And many outside shots in the following weeks required serious clean-up of the space.
CelebrityDialogue: Are we going to see you more in cinema?
Julie: I certainly hope so.
CelebrityDialogue: Which character of yours from television is most close to your heart? Why?
Julie: hmm…not sure. But I really miss the HBO series ROME.
CelebrityDialogue: What do you teach at Pace University?
Julie: I am an assistant professor in BFA Acting at Pace University. Presently I specialize in heightened language/Shakespeare but have taught many other classes - Acting for Film/TV, Script Analysis, Absurd Theatre and Advanced Scene Study focusing on the works of Chekhov and Ibsen as well as Greek Drama, Jacobean Tragedies and Moliere.
CelebrityDialogue: What are the positive and negatives aspects of doing a voice-over?
Julie: I love voice-over work, especially recording audiobooks….some of the most difficult work I have done. The only negative I would say is that you only have your voice with which to tell the story – all subtext and your point of view on the specific circumstance you are in has to come through your voice – unlike film/tv and live theatre, you cannot rely on your physical or facial expressions to aid in telling the story.
CelebrityDialogue: Your most memorable performance from broadway?
Julie: Janet McTeer in A Doll’s House.
CelebrityDialogue: Who is your favorite actor/actress?
Julie: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Meryl Streep.
CelebrityDialogue: What puts you off?
Julie: Rude people.
CelebrityDialogue: What simply delights you?
CelebrityDialogue: Are you close to your family?
CelebrityDialogue: What is it that you absolutely can’t live without?
CelebrityDialogue: Message for your fans, friends or family?
Julie: Thank you always!!
CelebrityDialogue: Thank you so much Julie.