Chasing Macy Gray - Page 2
Bryan: You’re really great at expressing yourself through your music – it kind of opens you up to your fans in a way that makes us feel as though we know you. You’re just as great at acting and that is one of the ultimate forms of self-expression. Did you set out to accomplish a career as an actress?
Macy: Thank you. It really fell in my lap. I really had no intentions of ever being an actress. You know Antoine Fuqua who did Training Day; he took me out to dinner. He just knew me from my music and I have no idea what he saw in me. The whole time we were talking I was like ‘this guy doesn’t know anything he’s going to put me in a movie with Denzel Washington. He must be a terrible director because I’ve never done a movie, you know.’ I just thought he was crazy, but, you know. I don’t know what he saw in me but he asked me to do it and I read the script and then it was really more about not embarrassing myself in front of Denzel. I really prepared for it the best I could, you know. And then when I heard Dre and Snoop [Dogg] were in it I felt ok. Like I understood things like, of course they were like different kind of characters but like I really had never thought about acting before. And then after that I got a few offers after that. I tried my best not to look like myself.
Bryan: You did a superb job in that film – I had to do a double take because I didn’t realize that was you at first. You were great.
Macy: Thank you very much, I appreciate that.
At that point I could hear her smiling from ear to ear, Macy was blushing.
Bryan: You make it look pretty easy – how do you balance parenting with a life in music and films? It just has to be hard.
Macy: I think parenting is hard even if you don’t have a job. It’s really difficult you know. My kids, you know… The timing was perfect because they were babies when all of this started happening. So, they’re very used to it. When they were little I took them everywhere I went, but, then, you know when they get older and they want to do their own thing and they have school and sports and stuff. So, that was hard leaving my kids with my family and stuff like that and I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of things. But, as far as the day-to-day we’re all so used to each other. It’s like a relationship, I mean ask any parent, like that’s your mom and that’s your kid you know and it’s like whatever but it is hard to go away. That’s the biggest thing.Continued on the next page