"Amanda Peet is perhaps best known as an actor—notably nuanced dramatic and comedic performances decorate her résumé with films like “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Syriana” and TV shows like “Togetherness” and “Brockmire.” But she’s currently reprising her role as a playwright. After penning the 2013 Off-Broadway production, “The Commons of Pensacola,” which starred Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker, her latest, “Our Very Own Carlin McCullough,” is running June 19, to July 29 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. The play follows the titular 10-year-old tennis prodigy as she’s caught between her longtime coach and conflicted mother. Mamie Gummer stars as Carlin's single mother, Cyn, in the Tyne Rafaeli–directed play. Peet recently spoke with us about how writing has made her a better actor and her roots with Backstage."
by Denise Simon: 11 Young Actors on How to Cultivate and Attitude of Gratitude
"Acting is hard, it’s very hard.”–Charles Nelson Reilly
Sure, acting is hard. You have to speak memorized lines as if you have never said them before and live out events as if they have never occurred. The acting business itself is also hard. You didn’t get the role you prepared for even though you were right for it, your scene in that film ended up on the cutting room floor, auditions have slowed down now that you’re a teen. You start to feel discouraged and then you take a second and remember how many things you’re actually really thankful for.
A simple concept that can get us through challenging times is called gratitude. Studies have shown the positive effects of a simple attitude of gratitude, which can produce social, psychological and physical health benefits. I spoke to some young actors to find out what they are grateful for this time of year and thought I’d share their sentiments.
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