Q&A with Elizabeth #1 (November 30, 2001)

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Elizabeth was kind enough to take the time to answer fans questions after her first stint on AMC as Frankie.

What do you like to do to un-wind and have fun?

My friends mean the world to me. I could be in the worst mood ever and they lift me right out of it. My favorite thing to do to unwind is to either go out dancing with friends or go to a karaoke bar. I love to dance. My dance classes also help me get rid of unnecessary stress.

What inspired you to become an actress? Who are your favorite actors/actresses?

Artistic people have always surrounded me. My mother is an artist, my grandfather was an actor and writer, my Aunt sings and plays the piano, my uncle plays the drums and sings and my grandmother is an artist and a singer. So I guess I got the bug too. Their talent and love for the arts continue to inspire me and always will. I started tap dancing on tables at family weddings when I was five. I still can't get off! My favorite actors are Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Meg Ryan and Charlie Chaplin.

What kind of music do you like to listen to? Who are your favorite bands?

I love all kinds of music. The three c.d's in my c.d player right now are U2's Greatest Hits, Outcast and Janis Joplin.

How old were you when you got your start in acting, and what have you enjoyed performing in the most?

My first play was in fourth grade "Johnny Appleseed". By the time I was in sixth grade I knew that I wanted to be an actress. My dream has always been to be on Broadway. In eighth grade I was one of the six finalists for New York for the Mickey Mouse Club. But I goofed on my screen test. It was my first professional audition. I heard the advertisement on the radio and I dragged my mother there. My favorite performance was my role in The Music Man my senior year in High School. I played Minnie. I had so much fun playing the little pipsqueak, it was so me!

Where were you during the Sept. 11 attacks and how have the attacks affected your everyday life as well as your outlook on life?

On the tragic day of Sept. 11th I was at ABC. While we have our hair and make up done we watch the news and Regis and Kelly. I had left the room for a brief moment and when I returned every one was standing there with their eyes glued to the T.V. Jeannie the producer called everyone from the cast and crew to the set and we all stood together in a circle holding hands and had a moment in silence. People were crying it was all very emotional. After a few hours my best friend came to get me at the studio and we walked to our apartment together. My closest friends in the city came to my apartment and we all held each other thanking God that we were okay. I still thank God everyday that all my family and friends are okay. My heart goes out to all of the people that were affected by the tragedy. I went home for a week to spend time with my family and then had to return back to the City to continue shooting. The first couple of weeks were very hard here in the city, it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about that horrific day. But I try to remain as positive as possible. It's the only way for me to get through it all. The amazing thing about it all is to see how much it has brought this city together. My friends from out of state are curious why I would want to remain in a city of such turmoil and uncertainty. This is my home, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. I love it here and it needs all the love it can get.

If you were stranded on a deserted island (ie. Survivor) what would your one luxury item be?

My luxury item on a stranded island would have to be a cell phone!!! So I could call someone to come get me...lol.

What are your favorite sports to either play or watch?

I've never been much of an athlete. I tried girls Lacrosse but I always felt like doing pirouettes in the middle of the field instead of playing. But I do love to watch Basketball and Baseball, GO YANKEES!!

Are you a morning person or a night person?

It's 2am right now. Need I say more?

If you could be any animal what would you be?

If I could be an animal I would be a cat so I could just cuddle and be scratched all day long.

How do you feel knowing that you have such a huge following personally and for the character of Frankie after such a short time on the show?

I am still amazed as to all of the support I have received from the audience. This is all a dream come true. You guys are the greatest fans ever! Working on this show is such an honor and I am so relieved that everyone has responded so positively towards my character. I know how dedicated fans are to AMC and I was petrified that no one would like me. Especially playing opposite one of, if not the most profound actress on Daytime Television, Susan Lucci. But after my first week my mother called to tell me about how everyone was raving about my character on ABC.com. I can't even describe how happy I was.

What was the audition process like?

I have been auditioning for AMC for little over a year now. I actually tried out for the role of Bianca last year. Going into this audition I was very relaxed not only because I've been there like a dozen times but I thought I had no shot at all. Frankie's character is nothing like me!! I was told she was tomboyish yet sexy. I thought to my self, how can I pull that off? So I threw on a tight little baseball shirt and just went in and did it. About two weeks later my agent told me that it was between me and another girl and my tape was going to be tested. I for sure thought I didn't get the part. I always make my best impression in person. I feel that audition tapes are so impersonal. About a week later I found out the news and believe me I was ecstatic.

You and Eden have such great chemistry on the show. What's it been like working together, are you friends off camera as well?

Eden is not only a wonderful actress to work with but she is one of the most warm and sweetest individuals ever! She was wonderful to work opposite of because she made me feel comfortable right away. I think that's one of the reasons we had such great chemistry. Yes, we are friends off the show. She is very down to earth, funny, hardworking and humble, how could you not love her?

Do you have a favorite scene from your time on the show so far?

My favorite scene was when I went to the wedding. I was so excited that I finally got to wear a dress on the show! At the same time it felt so awkward because Frankie would never in her right mind get all dolled up. So even though I was excited to look sexy it didn't feel right, I've really become that character when I'm on set. So I played that uncomfortable feeling through out the scene, I think it worked. The best was when the sprinklers went off, we were all running around like chickens with out heads, it was hysterical.

What has been the most challenging thing working on AMC?

The most challenging obstacle on the show was really becoming Frankie. I knew she was rough around the edges but there is a very vulnerable side of Frankie as well. I really wanted to get that across. Even though her intentions were not always good she always yearned for love from unexpected places.

How would you have felt about being involved in the first gay kiss on daytime television if it came to that?

I was hoping that Frankie and Bianca were going to be the first gay couple to kiss on Daytime Television. I would love to have broken the standard. I think that Bianca's character on AMC has opened the daytime audiences eyes tremendously to gay relationships. I've also read that her character has assisted many fans in coming out to their own parents. It is very frustrating to see that it is kept so hush, hush on daytime T.V when it is so overtly expressed on primetime. Hopefully one day they will allow it and when they do it will be a major breakthrough on Daytime television. I would have been honored to be apart of that moment.

Did you have any reservations about taking the part of Frankie due to the characters potential relationship with Bianca?

I did not have any reservations about taking the role of Frankie due to her relationship that evolves with Bianca. I love roles that are challenging and this was something that I had never played before.

Was it intimidating at all to have your very first scenes with Susan Lucci? You've done a terrific job in scenes with her!

When I first arrived on the set I was very nervous to work with Susan Lucci. I was so star struck I didn't know how to introduce my self. My very first scene was when she hit me with the car. I was like "Oh thanks, just throw me right in with the most reputable soap actress in the world on my first day!!" She was sitting in the drivers seat of the car and she reached out her had to introduce her self. She was so adorably sweet and said "Hi, I'm Susan". I shook her hand while my knees were trembling and said something like "It's a pleasure to meet you, I'm Elizabeth soon to be road kill". As the week went on I felt more comfortable with her but I felt that it actually played really well on screen because nobody messes around with Erica Kane.

What are your future plans after AMC?

Since I have left AMC I have started auditioning again, and have been focusing on my craft. I will be returning to Fordham University in January to complete my final year of college. Although I aspire to become a well rounded actress, my number one priority right now is to finish college. However, for the time being I will concentrate on relaxing and spending time with family and friends.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who submitted all of these great questions and a special big thanks to Karen who not only put this questionnaire together but also the entire web site. I love what I do and to know that people respect and enjoy my work makes it all worthwhile. I know Frankie Stone is gone but please don't forget her. I know I won't. A piece of her will always remain with me. She may have been a tough lil' cookie but believe me she did love and she had feelings. She was just confused and a little misguided and I think a lot of us can relate.