Veronica Mars

Before the Scene with Tina Majorino

by AJ Buckley on June 26, 2014

136603984JL134_2012_TCA_WINThis interview originally ran in the August/September 2012 issue of Scene Magazine. Majorino starred in the  fifth season of HBO’s ‘True Blood’

Before the Scene is where we all start. In a small town with our families. In front of a mirror with our friends. The days spent sleeping on a couch. The nights working at a bar. Living with the unknown and surrounded by uncertainty. It’s about the times that define us. It’s about the darkness just before the limelight.

Tina Majorino is a veteran actress who started her career as a child with memorable roles in When a Man Loves a Woman, Corrina, Corrina and Waterworld. She returned to acting as an adult with roles in 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite and on television in Veronica Mars, Big Love and True Blood.

What made you become an actor?
I used to watch The Wizard of Oz everyday at the same time when I was a baby. There was something magical to me about Judy Garland and the idea that I could reach people the way she was reaching me. I knew from the get-go that acting was what I was meant for and it was what I wanted to do with my life.

What was your biggest fear?
Fear really didn’t become an issue for me until I got older. It never entered my mind that things wouldn’t work out. It wasn’t until I had been acting for twelve years and decided to quit, and then decided to come back four years later that fear really set in. I think it was mostly because, by that time, I had a different understanding of the world and people. My ears opened up to people’s comments at that point and insecurities I had learned over the years took a toll on my confidence. I started to question myself a little bit, wondering if people were right. They’d say things like “You’ll never make it back in. You quit.” Somewhere inside though, there was still that voice of reason, however quiet it may have been, that kept my hope and faith alive. While the business may have changed and my outlook on it may have altered, my reasoning for wanting to do it and my attitude about it hadn’t changed a bit. I knew no matter what anyone had to say about my decisions or about how hard the business was that I had the will and the drive to make whatever I dreamed of come to fruition. Fear is definitely something you learn as you grow. It makes things harder. But it makes everything more rewarding when you don’t let it stop you. It doesn’t matter if you feel that fear. It only matters that you push through it. It’s not brave if you’re not scared first. There’s more!

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