How this London girl, Hayley Gilbert became the successful performer she is today.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I remember going to see a Cinderella at The Beck Theatre and I got called up on stage by Buttons. I loved it so much that I enrolled into acting classes at Crystal Arts - a Theatre School. Here I landed my first acting gig in 'Top a Ten Really Annoying Records', with Keith Chegwin and Tony Blackburn. I remember watching all the actors and knew I wanted to be just as good, if not better.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Growing up, I liked the classic movies. I was a fan of Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn. I would watch 'My Fair Lady', 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'Pillow Talk' constantly. I love the acting and their style. I would love to play Eliza Doolittle, a funny but rewarding character to play. I also love Bette Midler in 'Beaches', just the fact every time you watch the movie it's so powerful you cannot help but cry. She is a talented singer and actress. She is versatile in all her movies. Also Goldie Hawn is great. I loved her performance in 'Private Benjamin' and 'Overboard'.
What kind have training have you done?
I trained at Redroof's, a Theatre School in Screen Acting. Mostly known for one of their most famous students 'Kate Winslet'. I also attended the Baron Brown Studio which focuses on the Meisner technique.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I don't really have a favorite part that I have played. Every part is fun and leaves me with a happy memory and a challenge, that why I do it. I would have to say my fondest memory would be when I won a part in a musical at The London Palladium. This was very early on in my career. I remember never telling anybody that I was going to the audition. I really did not think I would be hearing from them. Then one day a letter came saying 'Congratulations we would love to offer you a part in the production 'In our time' at The London Palladium. I ran to tell my mum and she never believed me. Once I convinced her, she rang the entire family. My most notable role would be playing Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. That was a challenge playing a real person, the most victimized Jewish person in history but very interesting to research. It was a rewarding role to play. To relive her story made me want to teach people the history and emotional journey that she went through.
What projects do you have coming up?
I've been starring in a web series titled 'Vignettes' and we have the second series coming up. It's all about online dating. It's very funny. She meets a lot of crazy dates in a restaurant called Vignettes. Im looking forward to the next series, as my character actually does meet somebody she falls for online but you could never imagine who it is! Her life would never be the same again.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I would have to say it's either Nicholas Cage or Robin Williams. I think you could learn so much from Nicholas Cage and he seems like he would be a nice person to work with. Robin Williams would also teach so much regarding comedy and probably make me laugh all day.
What are your plans for the future?
My goal is to be a regular on a TV series. I would love to involved with dramas and soaps (sitcoms). I would absolutely love to play an authortive figure in a crime drama. I want to play a character that you can see develop over a period of time and the audience can follow. I would love to play a quirky character like America Ferrera in Ugly Betty.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Persistence! If you really believe in yourself you have to keep heading forward. Do something everyday towards your career. Everyday I think of acting, I could not see myself in any other profession. You have to know how to market yourself and make connections.