AIMÉE SOPHIE GARCIA
ACTRESS // WRITER // QUIRKY EXPLORER OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO BE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
The last two years I've been tackling some health issues that took away my voice. Writing became the perfect gift for expressing myself and helped me find my metaphorical voice.
I just completed the reading of a 12 person-show I wrote about the Women's Airforce Service Pilots of WWII (It was a one-year goal for 2019!). My goal for 2020 is to... nah let's be real, 2020 has gone down the shitter for most public-facing arts, so my goal for 2021 is to fund, build, and act in an official staging of my play off-Broadway in New York City. The rest of 2020 will have to be reserved for my work as a Town Stages Fellow. I'll be laying the groundwork for a one-season documentary-style podcast and my first screenplay.
I also recently enrolled in my first scene study with the Barrow Group. The class may be over Zoom, but man is it showing me how powerful the slightest gesture can be in front of the camera! It's also forcing me to grapple with previous ideas I had on art and connection in person. Do I think camera's can replace human interaction? No. Do I think the theatre could benefit from blending elements of film? Probably! Something to try out in future writing...
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM ROLE?
Anything like Orphan Black or Alias where I get to transform into many different characters in one world. I love playing around with my look and how specificity of movement can transform you into completely different people. Aimée on her couch is pretty boring but Aimée as a chameleon can take over the world.
I'm also dying to tackle a period piece like Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones. Something on film that involves riding horses in a corset, fighting in battle with epic locks of hair flowing in the wind, all while shouting inspiring things with a heart of steel and a face of stone. Can't you just see it?!
Anything HBO. There's a reason that platform is called Home Box Office and that is because everything on that channel is a T-R-E-A- TREAT. Delectable!
My Favorite Murder (true-crime AND comedy it's mind-blowing)
and Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me! (NPR)- I love to guess along during the game show and it makes the week's news more bearable.
QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.
It's a constant reminder to simplify. Start from your foundation- what is essential to life- so you can grow sturdily and steadily from there.
Things happen for you and not to you. Diagnoses don't have to be detrimental, they can really be a gift.
BEST QUALITY AND BIGGEST VICE?
Best Quality: Integrity (If I say I'll do something I do it. Preferably before the deadline.) AND I've got a great attitude (attitude of gratitude, baby!)
Biggest Vice: Instagram Stories. I watch them like TV and I make far too many stories in a day (so much rich material in NY). And I curse. A LOT.
BOOK YOU'RE READING?
I'm revisiting plays at the moment. My brain couldn't comprehend that the pilot from "The Right Stuff" was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. #goals
Currently this looks like reading all things Sam Shepard, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, a sprinkle of Theresa Rebeck, and any PDF's I can find for free.
WHAT ARE SOME FUTURE PROJECTS YOU HAVE IN MIND?
In the media, in politics, talking over drinks, the debate about immigration is divisive, ill-informed, and thriving. Nowhere is this more palpable than at my Thanksgiving Dinner table.
I want to create a documentary-style podcast about my family's immigration story through the eyes of a second gen millenial trying to make sense of it all.
What is legal immigration and how has it changed since my grandparents came in the 1950's? Does the orchard that sponsored them benefit from the work of immigrants? Conversely, how are they effected when a government stops immigration? How did being first-Gen mold my aunts and uncles? And what was life like for the family who were left behind in Mexico? Most importantly: Where do we go from here? I think a closer look at my family could give everyone a better picture of the humans behind such a heated and all-too-general topic.
Oh! And I want to finish my film short by 2022 and see it screened bi-coastally in New York City and near my family in LA.
IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Quit my survival jobs and travel the world for a year while writing upcoming projects. I'd give at least 20% of everything I own to charity and invest the rest in other business ventures or creative projects. I would pay off my best friend's credit card debt. I would pay a tutor to learn Spanish and French in two years.
I would take a BAJILLION classes. Lucid Body, Alexander Technique, workshops with everyone ever, more acting classes at the Barrow Group, and audition day and night. I would dye my hair a different color every month and get new headshots.
Oh. And I would buy myself an Airstream complete with a little kitchenette, fluffy mattress, and reeeally ugly but reeeeeally adorable puppy.