Diane Davis is a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominated actress for her performance in The Model Apartment at Primary Stages. She’s also appeared on Broadway in Festen, Old Acquaintance, and Golden Boy. This week we conclude our interview series with the cast of Nice Girl by chatting to Diane about theater, life and playing the titular “nice girl.” Oh, and be sure to check out the amazing photo of Diane at the end of this article.
1. When did you realize you wanted to be an actor?
I realized I wanted to be an actor when I was about thirteen. It started with me memorizing books, just to try and get inside the words. I would sit up alone in my room as a young kid and try to figure out a story that way — what does it feel like to pretend to actually be IN this story?
2. What’s one piece of advice you’ve received during your career that’s really stuck with you?
Once, when I was having a particularly insecure day, someone said to me “you know how much time you spend thinking and worrying about what other people think about you? Everyone else is doing that, too. So they can’t possibly be thinking and judging you as much as you imagine they are. Most likely they’re just like you, worrying about themselves and trying to get through the day. So just let it go.”
3. In Nice Girl you play Josephine Rosen, a “nice girl” who has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood. What are you most looking forward to in terms of bringing this character to life?
I love Jo’s bravery: the steps she is taking to put herself out there in the world in spite of her fears and all the ways in which she feels she has failed.
4. Looking towards the future, what’s one role you’re dying to play?
5. Looking to the past, Nice Girl is set in 1984. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about that era?
When I think of 1984, I think of this photo of me with an awesome haircut.