A few of my favourite things: Once's Jill Winternitz
From Casablanca to Cherry Jones, Once's leading lady tells us her favourite things
We caught up with Jill to find out a few of her favourite things...
What/who is your favourite:
Casablanca - it's romantic, magical, moving, suspenseful, a near perfect movie. It's full of great characters too.
Place to hang out in London?
I have two: I love chilling out in my local neighbourhood, Putney. We have some excellent coffee shops around here. My other favourite place is the Southbank: Borough Market is bliss, strolling by the river, The Globe, The Tate, The National, BFI, all my favourite places in one stretch.
Restaurant? (What would you order?)
I love Roka on Charlotte Street. I actually used to work there when I was at drama school. Now I go back for special occasions. My go-to dish is the miso-seared black cod- heavenly!
New York City- it doesn't get any better when it comes to amazing food, theatre, and culture. A white sand beach is always nice too...
Play/Musical that you have seen?
Doubt with Cherry Jones at Manhattan Theatre Club. I saw this production when I was in my last year of high school and found it hugely inspiring.
Theatre to visit?
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the US. It's a whole town dedicated to theatre and Shakespeare. They have an incredible company of actors who perform in rep nearly year-round in three different spaces including an Elizabethan style outdoor stage. It's a very special place.
Theatre to perform in?
The Phoenix, of course. Being in Once is a dream come true for me and I feel so at home on our Irish Pub set. It's a great group of people: front of house, stage door, crew... big hearted people.
I've always been a huge fan of Mary-Louise Parker. She does amazing stage work alongside her screen performances. I saw her do Reckless in NY, she's a real talent.
Moment in Once?
I love "Gold". The energy onstage is electric. With the way it's been directed and choreographed, this song becomes something greater than the sum of its parts- it embodies and radiates the spirit of the piece.
WOS: You can listen to "Gold" below.
Once cast member? ;)
Controversial! I'll have to go with the lovely ladies who play Ivonka. There are four of them and they are all so professional and fun to work with.