Editor’s Note: Toni first appeared on our cover July, 2012. Since then, she has steadily been honing her already professional acting skills. You can keep up to date on her acting—both on stage and screen and television by visiting her Facebook page. And just so you know—she is genuine, authentic and gracious—a delight to know. You can see her in almost every episode of Franklin and Bash on TNT Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
The last time we talked to you was when you were featured on our July 2012 cover. At the time you were getting ready for the release of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and preparing for a part on television. Our readers would love to get up to date with your acting career.
Well since we last spoke, I have been done a range of fun projects. Last fall I appeared as a recurring character on the Jerry Bruckheimer series HOSTAGES starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott. I also took some time away from the screen to get back to my roots on stage. I spent a few month in Atlanta, GA at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre doing a production of the play By The Way Meet Vera Stark, in which I played the title role. It was a fantastic adventure as Vera’s journey spans four decades. Transforming from a 28 year old and a 78 year old over the course of two hours was a really interesting.
Editor Naffie loves Franklin and Bash. How did you come to be a regular on the show and Naffie wants to know if Breckin Meyer (Franklin) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Bash) are as fun to work with as they appear to be.
I was lucky enough to be asked to join the cast of Franklin and Bash. I had worked previously with the producers on another show for CBS. (Made In Jersey) We had a strong relationship and it was an easy and joyful transition into this incredible cast. I can tell you with confidence that Mark Paul and Breckin are exactly as they appear to be on screen. Kind and QUICK witted to say the least. The modern day “Laurel and Hardy”. They keep me on my toes and laughing.
The entire cast is a treat. Reed Diamond (“Damien Karp”) is a gift to any actor, a joy on screen and off. Also Malcom McDowell who play my boss “Stanton Infeld”, is best described as surreal. The entire energy on set changes when Malcom is present. He truly is a legend.
What other roles do you have in the works?
Franklin and Bash did take up an amount of my year but I do have a small role in a Disney movie coming out October 2014. A lot of your readers will be familiar with book, as it is a classic read for children. “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. The book has been turned into a Disney movie starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner and you can see me there.
Who is one actor you most would like to meet and work with?
James Earl Jones, for selfish Michigan inspired reasons. He is brilliant and a force of nature in addition to being a kind and gracious human being. I would just love to share any space with him professionally. I have visited with him a few times but professionally, I am always just a step behind. We both grew up in Northern Michigan, both worked at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee Mi, both attended University of Michigan and lived in New York City. We have shared co- stars on several occasions and I think it would be a great honor to put a stamp on this chase.