Growing up, I was all about the Saturday Morning cartoons from Scooby-Doo to The Smurfs, I was up and ready to watch! So you can imagine my excitement when I called and Amber Nash, of FX/FXX's Archer answered. I was delighted to talk with "Pam Poovey" herself about this hit show, meeting fans, performing improv and so much more including Amber's own web series Hart of America!
Archer airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FXX!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I found out when I was a kid that if I made people laugh it was easier to make friends. I think that is where it all started. Then I became a ham. Always performing. I was a theatre kid in High School and then found improv in college.
2. You attended Vulture Festival recently in NYC where fans came to hear you speak on the "Saturday Morning Cartoons" panel. What do you like about attending these kinds of festivals and interacting with your fans? It's so fun meeting fans and seeing how they respond to the show. I'm always so blown away by how loyal our fans are and how much they know about the show that I don't. Fans are the best, I always love seeing "Pam" cosplay too!
3. For the past eight seasons you have been the voice of "Pam Poovey," a former ISIS Human Resources Director, on FX/FXX's series Archer. What initially attracted you to this show? Honestly, a pay check! It was a job, I was a gigging actor, and I just wanted to work. But then, I was like wait a minute! This is an awesome show with a bunch of amazingly talented, famous actors and I get to be on it?!? I really got lucky!
4. The character of "Pam" is changing a lot this season. Did you have any input on her direction? I didn't. I got a call from Adam Reed, the creator and writer and he told me where we were headed and what we were doing this season and that "Poovey" would be a gender-neutral cop that was loosely based on Russell Crowe's character from L.A. Confidential. I was so excited. What a dream. I love that Adam feels like I and the character are literally capable of anything!
5. What is the most politically incorrect thing you have to do as "Pam" that initially made you uncomfortable, but after recording it, you were like "I support this because it will open up some dialog between people."? Nothing. I really feel like I'm so lucky that I get some of the funniest, raunchiest lines in the show. The character is so well-written, fun and capable. I think the show overall really earns it's dirty because it's such a smart show.
6. What do you relate to most about "Pam" and what is one characteristic of hers you are glad you don't have? I probably relate to being one of the boys, I really was a tomboy growing up with lots of guy friends. I wish I had "Pam's" unapologetic attitude, she doesn't care what people think about her. I think that is one of the things that people respond to most about "Pam."
7. What are some challenges to doing voice over work? What is the best part about it? The challenge is only having your voice and distilling everything you've got down to that. The best part is it is fast, no hair and make-up and I don't have to memorize lines. It's the easiest acting job out there.
8. In addition to television, you have also been working on the web series Hart of America. What differences do you see between network/cable television and web series? What do you like about working on a web series over a TV series? Well the big difference is that Hart of America is mine while Archer is a job that I'm hired to do. I like making my own stuff with the amazing team I work with. It's fun to show people the other stuff I can do. I can't wait to do more.
9. Playing with this series title a bit. We are all trying to find our hearts in this new America. Have have you found your heart after this election or how are you finding it? I don't even know what to say. It's crazy town USA. I'm just hanging on.
10. If you could go back in time to when you were a little girl growing up in Atlanta with big Hollywood dreams, what would successful adult Amber tell dreamer Amber? Be nice, work hard, be brave and don't worry so much about bothering people, you have to ask for what you want.
11. You got your start as an improv performer. How do you feel the world of improv prepared for your television/web series work today? Improv taught me everything I know. The audience tells you immediately if your ideas are funny. Improv and the culture is very positive, it helps you be game for just about anything.
12. What do you get from Improv performing that you don't get from "scripted" work? The ability to be wholly creative and responsible for your content.
A native of Atlanta, Amber graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Psychology. After graduating, she worked at an outdoor therapeutic program for a few years, living with teens who had emotional and behavioral challenges. During this time, she started taking improv classes and performed regularly at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, where she still performs, directs and teaches to this day. She is a current member of Laughing Matters and performs on stage in Atlanta year round. She has also worked with Push Push Theatre and The Center for Puppetry Arts. Amber was also involved with the world-renowned improv groups Improv Olympic (iO) and Second City in Chicago.
Amber got her start doing animated voice work on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim TV series Frisky Dingo, voicing the roles of "Val," "Hooker," and a variety of others. Producers and writers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson gave Amber her voice career start and continue to be friends and mentors to this day. Her work on Frisky Dingo led to Amber being cast in the series regular role of "Poovey" on Archer. Amber was also very honored when asked to voice a character in the 100th episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force for the role of "Tabitha."
In addition to her voice career, Amber regularly tours the U.S., Canada and Europe improvising, studying and teaching. She has worked with Second City, performing at the Alliance Theatre and on Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is a regular in online sketches for Dad’s Garage TV and recently produced and starred in the award winning web series Hart of America. Amber has extensive stage experience, having performed in BRAWL, an improvised wrestling show, Clash Titan Clash!, Drove, Fingertips, Invasion: Our Town and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Between seasons of Archer, Amber continues to perform in live productions, travel, participate in panels and appearances, and tweet, in character, as "Pam" from Archer at @pamsgossiptrain or as herself @ambercnash.