In The Limelight: Amanda Woods
Playing the Melody
Dark and enchanting, Melody is the type of character to charm her viewers at first glance, but be warned… there is more to this sultry baker than meets the eye! Thankfully when Amanda Woods (no relation to “The Holiday”) came our way, it became a two-sided affair. While she became enamored with the script and character, we in turn found it hard to imagine anyone else to play the role.
In this week’s edition of “In The Limelight” Cast & Crew Bios, the light shines on a devilish supporting role, the sugary web of lies she lays, and the face of what will be SCAD’s most notorious villainess.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I have always been somewhat of a performer…even as a little girl I was always making up choreographed dances with my sister and putting on performances for my family. I am very animated… others say a bit dramatic… however, never boring!! I went to a performing arts school in Chicago and worked with some amazing teachers and really brought my acting ability to the next level. I recently made a big decision to move from Chicago to South Carolina. I was nervous that this drastic move would hinder my acting career but as of recent I have found that there is a wonderful network here in Savannah. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to hone my craft and work with great people.
Q: When did you realize your passion for the Performing Arts?
A: I realized my passion for performing acts when one day on a whim in high school when I thought it would be fun to audition for the school play. I actually got the lead role! My first role was Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web!! It was there that I realized that the stage was my home and I felt more alive than I had ever felt before.
Q: Do you have a favorite film? Which one and why.
A: Well, I was raised with my dad and we were always watching gangster and mob movies. So I have to say my all time favorite movie is “Scarface”!! I love the story of someone coming from nothing and turning it in to something. Never mind, the drug storyline! My second favorite would have to be “The Way We Were” with Barbara Streisand. It’s one of the most realistic non-stereotypical love stories that I have ever seen.
Q: Tell us about the various things you have been involved in since coming to the school in Savannah?
A: Since I moved to this area I have had the privilege of walking the runway for an Ovarian Cancer awareness fashion show. And I recently was just in a music video.
Q: How did CORA come your way?
A: I went to the cattle call for SCAD. I was super excited to get my feet wet and was just looking forward to the audition process. I read the script for Cora and it really caught my eye. So I gave it a shot.
Q: What makes you most excited about playing the role?
A: The fight scene!!
Q: What do you find most intriguing about your character?
A: Melody is my complete alter ego. She is manipulative, very cunning and vindictive. Those are the roles that I really enjoy playing because they require me to push myself.
Q: What do you think will be most challenging about playing Melody?
A: I would say I’m definitely not a fighter… so this fight scene is really going to require me to bring myself to a different place.
Q: How is it working with Danilo as a Director?
A: I can tell he is going to be a great director and bring the best out of me.
Q: What are your hopes for CORA and what do you wish to convey to your audience?
A: I want people to be sitting on the edge of their seats the entire time. This film is so action packed that just reading the script got me excited! I know we can translate the excitement and action onto the screen.