17 April 2020

Isolation Interviews: Emily-Mae Walker

Next up on the Isolation Interviews is the wonderful rising star Emily-Mae Walker. Emily-Mae was due to open in City of Angels before the current situation closed the theatres. Her previous credits include Pippi Longstockings, Brooklyn the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers and Hairspray.

Q - What was the first show that you remember seeing?
A - The first big show I remember seeing was Wicked. My family friends took me on their annual London theatre trip and I remember crying walking into the foyer. I couldn’t believe how big the theatre was and all these people were coming to watch it. Safe to say by the interval I was a mess 😂


Q - What inspired you to get into theatre?
A - I got the film Annie on VHS for a Christmas present one year and I abused it! I even made my dad learn Daddy Warbucks so we could duet “Together at last” The local theatre group was putting Annie on that year I had to join up!

- Whose performance/s have had the biggest impact on you?
A - I think cause it was the first west end show I saw, Wicked will always feel really special to me. I remember thinking “wow she’s green, you can’t tell what colour she is, I could play her!” Looking back now that was the moment I decided I wanted to be an actor.

I also adored Beverly Knight in Memphis. I saw it 4 times like a true super fan!

Q - What is your favourite musical movie?
A - Without a doubt Dreamgirls! I love the glamour and the drama, and of course the saanging. I could watch it every day.

- What are your favourite show tunes? (You can pick up to 5 songs)
A - 
Rita’s Tune - Sweet Smell of Success
Don’t rain on my parade - Funny Girl
Mr Cellophane - Chicago
Bill - Showboat


- What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
A - The best advice I’ve been given is to be yourself and have fun!

- If you could tell your younger self something what would you tell them?
A - I’d tell my younger self to stop worrying about what other people are thinking cause everyone’s nervous and probably thinking the same as me!

Q - If you could have dinner with 3 theatre-related guests (doesn't have to just be performers). Who would you invite and why?
A - Gwen Verdon, because I’m slightly obsessed with her since watching Fosse/Verdon (if you haven’t watched it, you need to, it’s fabulous and she’s a star )
Audra McDonald, so I could fangirl and probably cry at how amazing I find her
Lin Manuel Miranda, cause I’m sure he’d have some very entertaining stories!
Emily-Mae as Pippi Longstockings.
Photo by Manuel Harlan

- I saw you in Northampton's fantastic production of Pippi Longstockings. How was the experience of working on the show? (it looked like so much fun to be a part of!)
A - Pippi was so much fun! It was an incredible cast and team and it felt like we made the show together. It really didn’t feel like a job cause it was so much fun to perform. The Royal and Derngate is a fantastic space run by open, wonderful people passionate about making new theatre. I really miss eating cake with no hands every night  😂

- You were due to open in City of Angels before the current worldwide situation meant that it's been put on hold for now. Are you looking forward to working on the show once the theatres are able to re-open?
A - I can’t wait to get back to City Of Angels, it’s a wonderful show and the cast are on fire! It’s super sexy and intelligent and I can’t wait to show everyone all the work that was put into this fabulous piece of theatre.

- Away from the theatre what are your other favourite hobbies?
A - I love a good book and love watching films. Not sure if its a hobby but if it counts I’m very passionate about brunch. Breakfast foods all day every day 🤷🏽‍♀️

I'd like to thank Emily-Mae for her time in taking part in this interview. If you'd like to follow her on Twitter visit https://twitter.com/emilymaewalker

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