I was first introduced to Gina Ferranti when I attended an industry reading of Charles Messina's "A Room of My Own" in which Gina starred with Ralph Macchio, Mario Cantone, John Barbieri, Kendra Jain, Johnny Tammaro, Lynne Koplitz (who was last minute substitute for an ill-stricken Shannen Doherty), and narrated by Valerie Smaldone. I was very impressed with Gina's performance that I just had to interview her and finally had a chance a few months later to talk to her about doing an interview and now that interview has very excitedly come to fruition.
GINA FERRANTI is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Staten Island. After receiving her BA in Theater from SUNY Albany, Gina then completed a 2 year conservatory program at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. Since then she has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions including "Tony N Tina's Wedding," "The Great Divide," and the award-winning original plays "Klepto" and "Merging." She has participated in new play workshops with top tier writers such as Bill Persky, Tom Leopold, Richard Vetere, Vincent Gogliormella and producers Phil Ramone and Sonny Grosso.
Gina has starred in several independent films such as "Merging," "Eviction," "Spy: The Movie" and "Choose". Gina has also played the role of Producer bringing numerous productions to the stage including "Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God," when she teamed up with writer/director and fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Charles Messina and his production company NahNotOutsideMyHouse! Productions, Inc. Gina has continued to work with Charles and next season, Gina will be making her Broadway debut in the full production of "A Room of My Own," co-starring Ralph Macchio and Mario Cantone.
Before Gina takes her Broadway bow, she will be co-chairing the Bideawee Ball on Monday, June 13. Bideawee is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903 by Mrs. Flora Kibbe, Bideawee has been providing shelter, care and compassion to homeless animals in helping them to find their forever homes for over 100 years. The Bideawee Ball is the premier social gathering that celebrates animal welfare and the mission to promote and support safe, loving long-term relationships between people and pets. This year they will be honoring the IAMS Corporation for their contributions to foster the health and well-being of pets as well as their long-standing commitment in promoting responsible pet adoption and supporting animal shelter organizations across the country.
For much more on Gina be sure to visit http://www.ginaferranti.com!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My parents. My father was always a dreamer, and taught me to dream bigger than who and where I was. My Mom and I would put on shows in our home for anyone who would watch. We would sing and dance and use costumes and props. I always required a very elaborate introduction! If my Mom left out a descriptive word that I asked her to use, like "most beautiful" or the "most talented" I would make her start again! A 3 year old diva-at least my family thought I was cute.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I haven't worked with that I would love the chance to work with! But really, at the end of the day, the most satisfying creative relationships are the ones where both parties are equally passionate about what they are doing. Those are the types of creative relationships I want to continue to pursue.
3. What's the best advice you've ever received? Early on I was told, "If there is anything else you love to do-do it." I learned pretty quickly that there was nothing else I wanted to do, or anything else I was particularly good at!
4. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage moment? Oh, there are quite a few! I was doing a show once with an amazing young actor name John Barbieri. John was playing my 8 year old son in a play set in a motel room in the late 1970's. In this scene John's character becomes angry and throws a hard baseball against the motel room wall. One night his aim was off, and he hit our prop TV which was knocked off it's stand and landed into the front row of the audience. And this was no flat screen! It was one of those big, monstrous boxes from the 70's! Little John saved the day by answering my murderous, motherly glare with a "whadda you care? It ain't ours!"
5. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I'd probably be working with animals in some capacity. I currently work with an organization called Bideawee, the oldest humane society and no-kill animal shelter in the U.S. I am the co-chair of their upcoming gala, and have been working really hard to help raise awareness and funds for this amazing organization http://www.bideawee.org/index1010.php; It's going to be a wonderful evening attended by New York's animal loving community and celebrities of both the stage and film. Animals do not have a voice, so they need big ones like mine to speak out for them!
6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? Anywhere quiet with no distractions. I am easily distracted.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Spanx!
8. Favorite skin care product? I can not live with out chap stick. Seriously.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? WONDER WOMAN!
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? If you think about it, acting is pretty unusual.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My dad.