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Jackie McCoy Answers the Proust Questionnaire


Jackie Mccoy

Jackie Mccoy.

Jackie McCoy (Cherry in Gurnet Theatre Project’s Cherry Smoke): was most recently seen as Supergirl in The Superheroine Monologues (Phoenix Theater Artists/Company One). Other Boston credits include Donna in Missed Exit (Boston Theater Marathon), Jill/Debbie in The Heidi Chronicles (Longwood Players),and Hottie in Tenpinhighway (Boston Actor’s Theater). She is a 2007 Boston College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and Elementary Education where she appeared as Lady Macbeth, Smeraldina in The King Stag, Beverly in The Shadowbox, Nuna in Necessary Targets, and Thomasina in Arcadia. Jackie will begin masters studies in Arts Administration at Boston University this fall.

What is your definition of misery?
Drinking 1 ½ gallons of Barium for a CAT scan. So not fun. Texture of liquid glue and I have a thing with textures.

What is your greatest fear?
Being on a crashing plane.

What was your first “real” job working in theatre?
My first paid acting job was being Supergirl so that was pretty awesome!

Are you a good at waiting tables?
I’m a good hostess! I have actually never waited tables, but I imagine I would be kind of clumsy with the big trays.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I really, really thought about this one and then I realized if I didn’t think of anyone right away, then I guess I don’t identify with a historical figure.

Who are your favorite heroes of theatre?
Costume crew, especially those who help with quick changes.

Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
My mom, dad, and boyfriend Brian– cheesy but true.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience—sometimes things DON’T come to those who wait.

What do you consider the most underrated virtue?
Humility

Your favorite painter?
Jackson Pollack

Your favorite musician?
Too much pressure! I really love Joni Mitchell and Nirvana, though.

Your favorite playwright?
Nicky Silver, Craig Lucas

When and where were you happiest?
WOW…one of the best was the whole study abroad experience in Bath, England my junior year of college. Just learning how to adjust and becoming more independent and open minded.

What do you most value in colleagues?
A sense of humor, dedication, hard work, and the ability to really listen.

Is there a class in which you wish you had paid more attention?
CPR certification class

If you didn’t work in theatre, what would you do?
I already do it—I teach 5th grade!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hopefully it hasn’t happened yet. So far—balancing a full-time teaching career with my passion for acting and my pursuit of a Master’s.

What you’d like to be the world’s best at?
The best mom to my cat Maximus!

What book would you read more than once?
The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Taylor Swift (young me) Renee Zelweger (older me)—people say I look like them both.

What sports teams do you follow?
CELTICS!!!!

Where would you like to spend a vacation?
Anywhere tropical—I have always wanted to go where the water is crystal clear!

What car would you like to be seen driving around in?
I could care less about cars. I WOULD really like to ride one of those tandem bicycles with my best friend Lindsey, though!

What book is currently on your nightstand?
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

If you could see a great production of a classic play, what would it be?
A Streetcar Named Desire –I don’t care if that is not “technically” a classic.

If you could travel back in time to visit or live in any time in history, when would it be?
Early 60s, Mad Men time (besides the whole female inequality thing) purely because I want to wear all the fabulous clothes!

What actor will see in any project they do?
Dianne Keaton—she’s a complete original. Goldie Hawn—great comedic timing (though I couldn’t bring myself to see The Banger Sisters).

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