Jennifer Goebel: Believing Is Power!
Posted by Michael St John on Nov 24, 2012 - 7:24:47 AM
the years I’ve interviewed dozens of young actors. Most were living in
fantasyland somewhere, believing all they needed was just one film or show and
they would be on their way to “stardom.” Jennifer Goebel is definitely not one
of these dreamers. She is simply an actress, but a realist!
MSJ: What drives you most in being an actress, especially in a town like
JG: The energy of the town,….& the vibe,….I absolutely Love Los Angeles.
The creative energy all around me inspires me. And my drive comes from my
passion for acting.
MSJ: Who or what influenced your decision in becoming an actress?
JG: I was first influenced when I was a small child sitting down near the
television and I saw Judy Garland sing ‘Over the Rainbow’ in "Wizard of
Oz" and I knew at that moment that’s what I wanted to do too when I grew
MSJ: Where do you fit in as far as the kind of film roles offered in the
JG: I feel that I am a real, true actor in the sense that I can play almost any
role. I know people don’t like to hear that. And they want to type-cast actors
especially in the beginning I’ve heard. But it’s the truth. And so far, in the
beginning stages of my career, it’s what I’ve done. I mostly like to play
comedic or bad-ass, strong, crazy characters. If they want to type-cast me,
then I’d say type-cast me as the crazy, evil villain because it’s so much fun
MSJ: Is Hollywood beginning to treat “women” much better in the business, if so
JG: I think women are being treated more fairly but there’s still some slight
sexism that I’ve still experienced. I’ve been told that I couldn’t read for
shows because it was male-driven still and there were not parts for me. I think
that lately within the past couple of years we’ve seen a lot more women
producers, female-driven movies and tv shows though. I directed a short film
and I produce but I find sometimes it’s hard for men to take me seriously
initially. But after awhile, once they get to know me, they then take me very
MSJ: How has being an actress made you a better or a more understanding woman
or human being?
JG: I think before I got into acting more seriously I was always an
understanding, good person. I think that by doing things such as casting,
producing, directing and writing it has allowed me to be much more
understanding of that part of the business. I’ve lived a lot of different
lives, experienced different jobs and seen a lot so I think all those
experiences in my life has helped shape my acting and my understanding of lot’s
of different people. I’m a very empathetic and sensitive person. I feel and
sense a lot and it helps me be a better actor too.
MSJ: What kind of films make the greatest impact on the way you perceive life?
JG: I think films based on real life probably do. I like to watch documentaries
too. I think all kinds of films make an impact on me in my life and the way I
MSJ: Has the way you grew up affected the approach you have when creating a
role or character?
JG: I was raised as an only child. I have no siblings. So I spent some time by
myself, entertaining myself as a child. I think it helped me develop a good
imagination. And as I said before I’ve had a lot of different life experiences
and met a lot of different people to help create characters.
MSJ: If you had one choice of selecting an actor to work with who might that be
JG: I think I might get my opportunity soon. I would love to work with Oscar
and Emmy award-winning actors. If I had to pick just one though, I would have
to select Leonardo DiCaprio. I’ve seen every movie he’s ever done. We share the
same birthday and I’ve always loved watching him in all his movies. He’s one of
my favorite actors by far.
MSJ: When you’re alone and you look in the mirror, who and what do you see?
I see someone who’s a very curious, adventurous person, crazy, slightly
mischievous, determined, strong, and who loves to have fun. I’m very much in
love with myself. I’m not vain, but I am confident and truly love who I am. I
also see a very independent, strong-willed person.