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Elizabeth Goldstein interview

Elizabeth Goldstein first appeared in Bloomers during its first season as Francesca’s (Fernanda Espindola) troublesome sister Lisa Boitano.

With the second season nearing it’s conclusion, Elizabeth is back as Lisa to wreak more havoc during a scavenger hunt. She’s also got a rather surprising song up her sleeve too.

We caught up with Elizabeth to find out what Lisa’s up to, talk about how she got involved with Bloomers, and to discuss what else she’s got coming up.

Hi Elizabeth. How are you today? Where does this email Q&A find you?

At this very moment I’m sitting in a dentist’s chair. Awaiting “the drill”.

They’re overbooked, so, there’s a bit of a wait. Looking for an escape, I pick up my phone to check my email, when, I see yours. (Smiling broadly) Pip, you saved me!

You’re back in Bloomers during its second season. What can you tell us about your character Lisa Boitano?

Lisa Boitano wants the love of SOMEONE who intimately knows her. She’s been out there, doing the good work, delivering a message of love and empowerment to and for people through music. This is her life. She takes chances. She follows her heart, her calling.

You know, Pip, when we take that stance towards life, we don’t become perfect first. We don’t lose our imperfections or blindspots about ourselves. So when Lisa is engaged in her music, she’s full throttle. When she feels it’s time to connect with her family, she takes the initiative. She honors her independence even with all of her issues.

Perhaps Lisa never quite fits in or she just feels that way at times, but with her heart out front and exposed, she offers a way for our viewing audience to overcome that sometimes insidious “sense of separation”.

Elizabeth Goldstein

Lisa has a difficult relationship with Francesca. Are we going to see the two characters getting along any better this season?

Lisa’s reasons for re-connecting make it worth it for her. Francesca is her sister. They will always be sisters. As for the two getting along, that’s up to the writer. I trust him explicitly.

What’s it like working with Fernanda Espindola, who plays Francesca?

It’s great. We’re friends. I entered into this project wanting to see my friends succeed. It was only natural to offer whatever I thought would further the development of the project. So when I heard of a SAG contract that embraced our needs as a company, i encouraged the use of it. I knew we needed another Director and Cinematographer. When my good friend, Henryk Cymerman came on board, I was ecstatic. The joy only continued with the opportunity to co-write a song with Matt Palazzolo and Mark Byers for Season 2.

How did you first get involved with Bloomers?

I first met the Writer, Executive Producer Matt Palazzolo, in Ivana Chubbuck’s Master Class (see: THE POWER OF THE ACTOR). Matt and I became friends. He offered me the role.

What are the differences between starring in a web show opposed to a TV show or film?

As an actress, the work is the same. I really don’t see any difference.

You’ve played lots of different roles in your career to date. What’s been your favourite and why?

This one. There’s so much possibility here. So many directions the character Lisa Boitano can go.

Elizabeth Goldstein

What would your dream role be?

My dream role would be this one, Lisa Boitano in Bloomers on Prime Time TV as a series regular. This character has everything I love. She’s a singer like me. She’s a writer like me. She loves fashion like me. She can be complex and she’s funny. I think the world needs to see her, enjoy her music and humor. Some of my friends are already on the Creative Team. What could be better?!

Tell us a bit about what you do when you’re not acting. What hobbies do you have?

I have a very talented family, genetically AND through marriage. I am inspired by them. I love talking with them. I have friends that “blow me away” with their ideas. I love hanging out with them.

I love music. I love listening to it, writing it, performing it and Standup Comedy is my drug of choice.

What else is coming up for you this year?

I’ve had the pleasure of being the vocalist for a 20 piece Big Band , The Ikeda Kings Orchestra with Musical Director, Bennie Maupin for the past three years. For the remainder of this year, I’ll continue to work with the Orchestra as well as smaller factions from the group.

I am developing original music and new arrangements and will be performing them at local venues between the months of August through January 2014.

Find out more about Bloomers at www.bloomerstheseries.com. You can watch Elizabeth in the latest episode Hard To Speak Easy below:

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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