Renee: I watched All About Eve from 1950 starring Bette Davis as Margo. Her eyes alone are amazing. She’s like a tiger; so in control of everything going on around her. To play Margo, I lower my voice a bit and give it a biting edge. I make my spine really straight and try to be the tallest person on stage. Margo is always in control- until she isn't.
Chloe: I watched the movie and listened to the original cast album with Lauren Bacall. A main theme in Applause is about the aging actress not being good anymore. I tried to channel times when I’ve not felt good enough for a certain role. While I most definitely cannot relate to being a woman in her 50’s, I feel like I can understand the feelings of jealousy and rejection, two of many emotions Margo lives with for the majority of the musical.
Have you ever had to deal with an Eve personally or felt like an Eve?
Renee: I might have been an Eve at some point, not in a manipulating way though. When I was younger, I remember trying to emulate the behavior of my older friends and castmates that I admired.
Chloe: I’ve looked up to people and had those Broadway crushes. I’ve gotten to work with idols of mine and people I really admire, and like Eve, I tried to soak in every moment.
How do you memorize your lines?
Renee: I can say a line a million times and it might not stick, but when I add it to a scene where there are responses it comes together. I memorize the lines of the people I’m on stage with. Remembering the flow of the conversation helps it make sense.
Chloe: Through the years, it’s gotten much easier. I went to a performing arts high school and studied theatre. I always had scene assignments for class, and I also had to memorize multiple songs and dances each week. I like to memorize my lines and lyrics in chunks, while slowly adding more and more to it. I also like to have people quiz me by saying aloud the lines before mine because those are my cues!
Who is your role model?
Renee: I’ve always loved Sutton Foster. She can do everything. She has a quirkiness about her that I love. She’s funny and has a crazy voice. She plays so many different characters, but it’s always her up on the stage. She finds a way to infuse herself into a role, which I think is really amazing.
Chloe: Broadway actress Faith Prince. I find her comedic timing brilliant, and like myself, she brings a quirky character vibe to each and every role she portrays.
How do you handle stage fright?
Renee: I channel it by moving my fear into energy. I know I sound like such a nerd, but in the Dune books they say “fear is the mind killer.” That's what I say to myself before I go on and then I take a deep breath and walk out on stage and do my very best.
Chloe: When I’m getting into costume and putting on my makeup, I do not typically feel nervous. It’s always those 30 seconds right before I enter onstage from the wings that are the most nerve wracking. I usually just close my eyes and focus on my breathing. The fear isn’t that I’ll forget a line; it’s more that I will crack on a high note. The second I step foot onstage though, all of my fear goes away.
How do you like the way your roommate plays Margo?
Renee: Chloe is so funny, clever and quick. I could watch her all day. Margo isn’t usually a funny character, but the way Chloe plays her makes you totally fall in love with her.
Chloe: Renee is fantastic. I can’t wait for the world to see her in this role. This part fits her like a glove. She is so good at all roles dramatic, sexy and serious. Her facial expressions and the way she walks around the stage is captivating.
Your goal post graduation?
Renee: Broadway singing and acting - the whole thing all at once.
Chloe: I plan to audition for as many productions as possible in and around NYC, both small and large, but the goal at the end of the day is indeed Broadway.