Have you heard of any actress winning the Theatre World Award?
Marin Yvonne Ireland is an American actress who won the Theatre World Award and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the play Reasons to be Pretty. You might have seen her as Julia Bowman in the Amazon Studios series Sneaky Pete or in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy as Sissy, a meek farmworker who got pulled into the whirlwind case of the titular Umbrella Academy family.
Marin has been described as “one of the great drama queens of the New York stage” by The New York Times critic Jesse Green.
Today at Watch Tank, let’s talk about the 5 Surprising Things Done by Marin Ireland.
5. New York City Jobs
Marin had a hard time finding great jobs that suit her. The actress had been living in New York for an extended period of time. In 2001, she landed a role in off-Broadway theatre for the play Nocturne, which was written by Adam Rapp.
Marin says, “When I first moved to New York City, I had a friend I remembered from summer stock. She was the only person I knew who existed here full time, and right when I moved here, she was going out of town to do a play, and she let me lease her apartment. I was striving to get temporary work for a couple of weeks, and after I moved in, she was like, “I’m never going back.” She fell in love and relocated to Saranac Lake, New York. It was crazy. But she gave me her day job! When I was in college, I bussed tables, and I was also a barista at a coffee shop. But I didn’t have the restaurant exposure to wait tables in New York. So, I was seeking to get office work, and she was an office manager at a school where you could set your hours, and she just gave me the job. I got to obtain it from her.”
Can you imagine having such a great friend to support you and guide you?
4. Discussed her advice to her younger self
Did you ever feel like you should give a piece of advice to your younger self?
Marin did think that she should give some. During an interview, she said, “Lately, I’ve been trying as strong as I can to allow myself to be as defenseless as possible and as free as possible. When I was younger, I had a sensation of demanding the audience to feel secure, like they were in safe hands. I think it’s a natural thing in drama school when you’re uncertain. There’s a phrase called “safe and beyond.” When you don’t know anything, do something brave. I don’t think that there’s anything incorrect with that in terms of making decisions. As I’ve gotten more experienced, I feel like there’s something unusual and essential about empowering yourself to be the weak, open person you are in the time and not to add too much on top of that.”
That’s a great thing to tell yourself. Sometimes, we feel that we are strong when we are younger, but that is when we are the weakest.
3. Sexual Assaults
Marin is someone who has faced sexual harassment. Her experiences with sexual harassment came from her ex-boyfriend, Scott Shepherd. Scott and Marin were performing as the title lovers in “Troilus and Cressida.”
During the rehearsals of the play, both Marin and Scott were going through some relationship issues. There came a time when Marin slapped Scott, and he, in return, hit her back, hard. This gave the actress a black eye when she went into setting the next day.
Have you had any kind of these experiences before? Many girls do face these issues, not only in their relationships but also in their everyday lives.
However, all the theatre workers supported Marin and told her that Scott deserves to be in jail.
Marin told them, “I continue to question where duty and accountability should be for what happened. Many actors don’t know what to do when performance — physical, sexual, harassment, bullying — crosses a line.”
That’s why she came up with the play named “Murder Ballad.” The script is written by Julia Jordan and talks about Actors’ Equity. This off-Broadway play describes how to file complaints about harassment or unprofessional behavior and to create an intimate negotiation process where complainants and the accused can talk through situations of harassment, misconduct, and abuse with a negotiator and without fear of punishments.
2. Sneaky Pete – The Toughest Role
Everyone has a rough patch in their life. For Marin, it was her character in Sneaky Pete, which was the toughest role she’s had to date.
Did you love her character in that? Wasn’t it so natural – the way she did the role of Julia?
Marin says,” ‘You know what? I guess if I’m feeling lost, then that’s the character, and she’s got to be feeling lost in her life. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. She doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do.”
The story is about how Marius, a con man who gets out of prison only to find himself stalked by the evil gangster he once robbed. With nowhere else to turn, Marius takes cover from his past by pretending the identity of his cellmate, Pete, and then re-joins with Pete’s estranged family, who has no purpose to suspect he’s not their long-lost loved one.
The main reason why Marin felt lost with the character is that she was not familiar with this kind of a role. Yet despite that, she prevailed.
After Sneaky Pete, let’s talk about some other facts about Marin Ireland before we see what awaits us in number one.
- Daily Routine
Marin is 40 years old, but her daily skincare and food routine keep her looking so young even at this age.
Do you know what her routine consists of?
For Marin, avocado is everything. She starts her day with it and ends with it. Sometimes, she has a whole one with just a little salt and hot sauce and a ton of coffee. Then there she has a salad with just greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and large slabs of roasted halloumi and pita with za’atar.
- Binge Watch
The series which Marin has watched the most is Catastrophe, which she has noted to have watched two times without any break in between episodes. Marin has mentioned that she also loved Billy on the Street, and she has said that she is an old-school Billy Eichner fanatic.
Have you watched any of these series mentioned above?
Let’s check number one on the list. Be surprised when you check it out.
1. Light from Light
Marin literally cried when she read the script of Light from Light. Even after the drama was released, she still cries because it is all about the mysteries of being alive.
The story of Light from Light revolves around a single mom managing as a part-time paranormal investigator. She is hired to examine a widower’s farmhouse in Tennessee.
“The story is not presenting even the questions or answers. It’s all about living in that mysterious space, which reading the script even for the first time, was saddening. I’m reading, and I’m like okay, I think I know this guy and feel like where am I. By the time I got to the end of just reading it, I was completely overcome. I remember just sitting there and breaking down. That was mysterious to me.”
Marin felt that there was some alchemy in the script that is very authentic and unique. There were also some moments when Marin used to think that she was actually doing nothing on the sets.
Did you cry after watching the American drama Light from Light?
Marin is known for her significant roles in plays, movies, and television series. What are your favorite characters by Marin? Do let us know in the comments.
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