MORGAN SAYLOR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW/FASHION STORY

August 01, 2014 6:56 PM

Exclusive Interview/Fashion Story "MORGAN SAYLOR" is now updated!

Check inside for the Full Page Editorial

>>FULL PAGE EDITORIAL<<

 

MORGAN SAYLOR

“A Rising Raconteur”  

Avid storyteller, Morgan Saylor, is a promising young actress taking on the daunting New York stage this summer in Sarah Treem’s When We Were Younger and Unafraid. Known for her role as Dana Brody on Showtime’s series Homeland, Saylor showed great emotional range through the course of this politically charged play. Her character, Penny, is a teenager in the 1970s who helps her mother, Agnes (Cherry Jones), run a bed-and-breakfast on an isolated island that doubles as a shelter for battered women.  Penny is hyper-intelligent, logical, and Yale bound in the beginning but after the arrival of Mary Anne (Zoe Kazan), an abused young woman who knows all too well about the wiles of men, Penny transforms into a girl with only one thing on her mind – the boy she likes.  Saylor is able to make her character’s complete turnaround seem effortless and natural; she held her own against Broadway heavyweights and captivated the audience.

 

After seeing When We Were Young and Unafraid, I was able to chat with Morgan Saylor over the phone about her burgeoning career and role in the play.

 

 

Susan Schell: When did you know that you were first interested in acting?

Morgan Saylor: Always! I mean since I was a little kid, I really loved watching movies and reading books. I like story telling. I grew up in the country, in Georgia, and my introduction to acting was summer camp and by watching things like the Wizard of Oz over and over again. I slowly began to realize that people actually do this for a living and that you can be an actor, you can tell stories. It is such a crazy, cool job.

 

SS: Do you prefer theater or film/television? And why?

MS: One of my favorite things is making movies just because that’s what I love to see. I love watching movies, in the [movie] theater or even just owning a movie so I can watch it a hundred times over. I mean they are all so different – film, TV, and theater. It is definitely really nice to have a variety, but I think my favorite is making movies.

 

SS: Do you have a dream role or character?

MS: I don’t think I have one. Each script and character is so different that I fall in love with each one differently.

 

SS: As a young actress, what was it like juggling an acting career while being in school?

MS: I was pretty lucky actually. We moved to Atlanta when I was ten years old and that is when I got an agent. So that’s when I began having auditions and working a lot more. Recently, within the past two years there has been a huge movement to the south, for shooting a lot of things because of the tax incentives that these states provide. So most of my work as a teenager was in the south. I worked a lot in Louisiana. Homeland shot in Charlotte, North Carolina - which is only a four-hour drive from where I lived. So I was lucky and able to do both, I went to a public high school and had all the same friends. It was hard to juggle everything and to have to miss things because of being out of town. I feel really lucky that it did work out though with that schedule, it was sort of magical looking back.

 

SS: What was appealing to you about When We Were Young and Unafraid? And the role of Penny?

MS: I moved to New York about a year ago from Atlanta so I of course knew that while living in New York, theater would be an option. But I didn’t know much about it and I haven’t seen that many shows. I do like to read plays, I like to go to used bookstores and buy a bunch of plays. I did many of them in high school. When We Were Young and Unafraid was the first script that I got sent with the idea of auditioning for it. I read the script and fell in love with it, I mean it is such a powerful story and such a cool thing to be a part of. I love Penny! She is a really fun character. As a person she doesn’t feel that much like me, although I can relate to a lot of the things she goes through. So yeah, I went through the audition process and as I heard more about it, I meet with Pam [MacKinnon] the director and Sarah [Treem] the writer, I grew even fonder of the project, and worked hard to get it. I was so psyched when I finally officially signed on.

 

SS: Penny evolves a lot throughout the play, in what ways do you relate to your character?

MS: I think she is definitely the character that I’ve played that goes through that arc so quickly. She does kind of make a complete 180, which is fun. I feel like in high school, I was different. I wasn’t as isolated as Penny is by her own intelligence. But I do know what it is like to want other things and to want to expand who you are. She is really fun; she is so brainy and goofy. She is great! It is even fun to do the 180 with the costume changes throughout the play.

 

SS: Do you have a pre-performance ritual before each show?

MS: I live in Brooklyn so I have about an hour train ride to the theater each night.  No matter what I have been doing that day, I have that hour to kind of relax. When I do get to the theater I do a vocal warm up which is great because my theater skills aren’t built into my bones yet. So it is nice to get on stage and walk around. When my voice is warmed I put on my costume in the dressing room with those other lovely ladies and that starts the show.

 

SS: The show has a very small cast but the few characters in the play are very dynamic. What is it like to work so intimately with such a small and impressive cast? MS: It is wonderful! We get along so well. It is so nice to be able to know everyone so well. I love sitting around a dinner table with them and just having a conversation with them about the play or anything else. There are four ladies and one guy, we are all in the dressing room together, well the women, and we just have a blast. It is really fun!

 

SS: What was your favorite scene in the play?

MS: I would have to say the first scene, I love that I get to start the play in my pajamas. It is I kind of before the plot gets underway and it is just me [Penny] and Agnes conversing. It feels like a very import scene because you have to set the tone before the ship starts to rock. It is just some banter, its kind of easy but fun.

 

SS: Do you have any new projects coming soon?

MS: I have some movies lined up but they aren’t official yet so I’m not going to completely talk about them but I have two movies coming out later this year. Jamie Marks is Dead, a movie I shot last year, upstate, will come out in August. It is a weird, cool movie. Then on the polar opposite of that, there is another movie called McFarland coming outin November. I play Kevin Costner’s daughter, it is a nice movie, a family film. It is very different from Jamie Marks is Dead but really fun too.

 

 

WRITTEN BY: SUSAN SCHELL

 

PHOTOGRAPHY : CHAMA

 
 

related posts

LARGE SOFT 16 BAG IN SMOOTH CALFSKIN/ TAN COLOUR

CELINE'S NEW 16 BAG COLLECTION

CELINE's new large soft 16 bag is available now! 

July 10, 2020 9:15 PM  |  Fashion

Miu Miu PREFALL 2020

MIU MIU PRE-FALL 2020 CAMPAIGN 

Miu Miu has always been home to ‘girls at heart’, and this remains true with Automne 2020 Here Comes the Night theme. 

...
July 04, 2020 12:22 AM  |  Fashion

GUCCI's Circular Lines Collection

Gucci’s new circular line collection is one already drawing attention, with no surprise featuring the likes of Jane Fonda (anyone else watched her workout video on repeat?) to Lil Nas X...

July 02, 2020 12:30 AM  |  Fashion

KENTINA NYFW F/W 2020

Welcome to Kento Utsubo’s freak show! Giant teddy Bears, gracious ballerinas and colorful make up, kentina set the bar higher than ever for their second NYFW show.

February 27, 2020 3:33 PM  |  Fashion

BALENCIAGA SUMMER 2020

BALENCIAGA SUMMER 2020 CAMPAIGN

February 12, 2020 3:03 PM  |  Fashion
Frida Aasen

TWELV MAGAZINE NYFW PARTY@PUBLIC HOTEL

TWELV Magazine hosted NYFW party at pubilc hotel. The night started out with the beautifully dressed guests.

February 10, 2020 12:41 AM  |  Fashion

SACAI FASHION STORY "MARIJA IN THE PARK" by CHAMA

SACAI FASHION STORY "MARIJA IN THE PARK" by CHAMA is now available! 
 
January 29, 2020 1:42 PM  |  Fashion

FASHION STORY "THE DRAMA OF BLACK AND WHITE"

FASHION STORY "THE DRAMA OF BLACK AND WHITE" is now available! 

Check inside for the Full Page Editorial.

January 16, 2020 4:55 PM  |  Fashion

GUCCI X Mickey

Gucci and Mickey are the new duo on the scene. Beating Batman and Robbin to the frontline, the duo together have created a collection of dream worthy nostalgia. 

January 08, 2020 2:09 PM  |  Fashion

Gucci’s Horsebit 1955 handbag

Gucci’s Horsebit 1955 handbag, our biggest push for the season available in three silhouettes: the shoulder bag, the bucket bag, and the messenger bag.

December 31, 2019 3:49 AM  |  Fashion

BALENCIAGA SPRING 2020

Balenciaga’s Spring 20 collection is made up of formal and practical attire with the ability to play between the two.

December 31, 2019 2:49 AM  |  Fashion
Boy George

Studio 54 come back with boy george

December 12, 2019 11:46 AM  |  Fashion

Marc Jacobs holiday gift "school of rock"

With the upcoming holidays upon us, one should look to Marc Jacob’s gift guide for 2020. The overall theme replicates that of the spring summer 2020 runway collection.

November 20, 2019 12:31 AM  |  Fashion

COMME des GARCONS 25th anniversary PARFUMS

This year sees the 25th anniversary of COMME des GARCONS PARFUMS with the original launching in 1994, a huge popularity influx resulted in over 90 scents of both pure creation as well as...
November 19, 2019 11:12 AM  |  Fashion

TWELV Magazine HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019 @PUBLIC HOTEL

There was a different type of dress code at TWELV Magazine's most recent party, one that involved copious amounts of glitter, wigs, superhero capes and animal prints.

October 16, 2019 12:48 AM  |  Fashion

MIU MIU S/S20 READY-TO-WEAR

Miu Miu’s SS/20 collection creates this sense of freedom, an outlet for you to express yourself throughout.

October 15, 2019 11:48 PM  |  Fashion

CELINE WOMEN'S SUMMER 2020 COLLECTION

Casual wear meets couture, all in the same show! CELINE’s 05 show redefined what a Parisian couture house really looks like nowadays.

October 15, 2019 10:52 PM  |  Fashion

KENTINA NYFW S/S20

The Kentina 2020 show presented by Twelv magazine, hosted an array of designs promoting the denim brand - Okayama.

October 15, 2019 9:29 PM  |  Fashion

ALAIA THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION

THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION

September 30, 2019 1:29 AM  |  Fashion

CELINE THE “HAUTE PARFUMERIE” COLLECTION

THE “HAUTE PARFUMERIE” COLLECTION

September 24, 2019 8:32 PM  |  Fashion

TWELV × KENTINA SS 20 NYFW SHOW BACKSTAGE BY DAVID GANNON

Check out TWELV’s backstage photos from KENTINA's New York Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2020 Runway Show in the gallery to the right.

September 18, 2019 12:35 AM  |  Fashion

TWELV MAGAZINE × CLAUDETTE & KENTINA NYFW SS20 PARTY @PUBLIC HOTEL

As the New York Fashion Week came to a close, TWELV hosted a party on September 5th for celebrating to opening of NYFW 2019 and hosting the afterparty for Kentina fashion show.

September 17, 2019 9:01 PM  |  Fashion

EMILIO PUCCI THE DORA BAG

Emilio Pucci’s newest bag, The Dora Bag, for their resort 20 collection is a calf leather rounded piece which see’s raffia effect, colour, embellishment and floral hints used to bring...

September 13, 2019 3:04 AM  |  Fashion

HYKE FASHION STORY "MANTRA OF A NEW YORKER"

FASHION STORY "MANTRA OF A NEW YORKER" is now available! 

Check inside for the Full Page Editorial.

September 11, 2019 6:58 PM  |  Fashion

CELINE FW 2019"THE "16" COLLECTION

The "16" COLLECTION / CELINE Women's Winter 2019 campaign features 70's rocker vibe beauties Lara and Karo, who were photographed in Paris at Les Invalides back in March 2019.

August 31, 2019 9:39 PM  |  Fashion

TWELV MAGAZINE SUMMER PARTY@THE CROWN NYC 50 BOWERY

We had TWELV Summer party at THE CROWN NYC 50 BOWERY. TWELV Summer party was very successful with our special hosts and DJs.

August 20, 2019 8:18 PM  |  Fashion

CELINE TRIOMPHE CANVAS COLLECTION


THE TRIOMPHE CANVAS  

August 20, 2019 8:00 PM  |  Fashion

BALENCIAGA WINTER 2019

BALENCIAGA’s 19 winter campaign see’s Paris as the inspiration.

August 20, 2019 4:28 PM  |  Fashion

TWELV MAGAZINE SUMMER PARTY@PUBLIC HOTEL

As the Men's New York Fashion Week came to a close, TWELV hosted a party on June 26th  for everyone in need of an unwind during this blistering summer.

July 13, 2019 9:41 PM  |  Fashion

BALENCIAGA PHONE HOLDER BAG

BALENCIAGA phone holder bag, first seen in the Winter 19 runway show, launches on July 12th. 


BALENCIAGA made such a cutest bag! Check it out!

July 13, 2019 6:00 PM  |  Fashion

FASHION STORY "STARDUST MEMORIES"

FASHION STORY "STARDUST MEMORIES" is now available! 
 
Check inside for the Full Page Editorial.
June 27, 2019 10:00 AM  |  Fashion

TWELV MAGAZINE SPRING PARTY @PUBLIC ROOF

We had spring fashion party at Public hotel rooftop. Very successful event and all guests enjoy in our amazing night. Check out super cool guests photos by CHAMA.

June 26, 2019 2:37 AM  |  Fashion

DIOR MEN'S SUMMER 2020 COLLECTION

The past of the future, now becoming then.The notion of the relic – The idea of constant evolution, investigation and creation of history – Sits behind every haute couture maison. T...

June 26, 2019 12:37 AM  |  Fashion

FASHION STORY "LA FEMME" by CHAMA

FASHION STORY "LA FEMME" by CHAMA is now available! 
 
Check inside for the Full Page Editorial.
June 25, 2019 8:00 PM  |  Fashion

Swedish Midsummer Party 6/21/19 By Tommy Saleh/ NY Cult

It is officially summer! Well, Midsummer if you ask the Swedes! 

June 25, 2019 7:00 PM  |  Fashion

Raf Simons F/W 2019 Campaign

Raf Simons Fall/ Winter 2019 Campaign 

Check out their newest beautiful campaign shot by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo!

 

Photographer: Willy Vanderperre 

June 20, 2019 1:00 PM  |  Fashion

Pages

SITE BY: monocomplex©Marbles & Marbles International Inc. Drupal Development by: DivDiv, NYC
▲ back to top ▲