June 30, 2022 Interview – Emmy-Raver Lampman
Taking life as it comes and relishing in new experiences, Emmy-Raver Lampman is one today’s most compelling actresses in Hollywood. Starting out in musical theater, Lampman has performed in several Broadway and national touring productions such as Hair, Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked, as well as Hamilton.
Not afraid to taking on whatever comes next, in recent years, she has dove right into the film and television world; starring in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, 2021’s Blacklight, and 2022’s Dog just to name a few. Featured in a balance of different genres, during the peak of COVID-19 shutdowns Lampan took on a role in the lighthearted Horror-Comedy Gatlopp which hit on Demand and Digital as of June 23, 2022. Excited to be actively working once again, she recently sat down to talk about her time on the set of Gatlopp, expanding her horizons as a performer, and more.
Cryptic Rock – You built a very interesting career over the last decade. Starting in theater and going to into film/television, how would you describe your career to this point thus far?
Emmy-Raver Lampman – I think I’m drawn to projects that scare and excite me. The like idea that it will stretch me as an actor and allow me to grow as an artist. That’s just what I’ve tried to do. I’ve tried to dabble in as many mediums as possible. I try to continuously learn about myself, different mediums, the kind of actor I am, and the kind of person I am. I’m just always trying to learn. I think I’ve stretched over so many different mediums and types of performance arts because it all excites me. Everything opportunity is another one to learn something new from and that’s always really exciting to me.
Cryptic Rock – That is what makes life interesting! You have also had a very interesting life outside acting; you have traveling abroad and living in various different places. Do you think that lifestyle has inspired your interest in challenges and being open-minded?
Emmy-Raver Lampman – Constantly. I lived in the Ukraine, India, and the Czech Republic. I’ve travelled to over 50 countries too. You learn how big the world is, how many beautiful cultures there are, different types of people, and experiences. I think that just broadens you as a human being and allows you as an artist to pull from so many different experiences. I also think part of being an actor is you have to be moldable. You have to be able to travel, you have to be able to pack up your life and live in different to city for several months, if not years. You have to submerge yourself in that environment and work/live there. That’s always been an exciting part for me working; to get to travel somewhere I’ve never been. In 2020 I got to shoot a movie in Australia. I’ve never been to Australia and I just fell in love with that country. The world is so big, there are so many different types of people, and experiences out there. It can only help you as a human to grow, but also as an artist.
Cryptic Rock – Most certainly. So your latest film is Gatlopp. This is a fun and wild film that is a mix of Horror and Comedy. What was it like working on this one?
Emmy-Raver Lampman – It was absolutely and utter chaos in the best way! (Laughs) We shot the movie in twelve days at the end of summer of 2020 during the height of COVID; we were one of the first productions back. We were on the frontier of working in COVID and what that is. On top of that I had to learn a Jazzercise routine, switching bodies with another actor, and experience having arrows flying threw someone’s leg! We were just put into all these different scenarios and so quickly in such an intimate setting.
Cryptic Rock – Yes, there are a lot of different situations in the film and they are all pretty crazy. It is done very well working with such a quick shooting schedule and it also being an independent film.
Emmy-Raver Lampman – Not only is the film an indie, but we had to keep the number of crew members down as much as possible to assure everyone’s safety. It was a really tight knit group of people. We all got really close and bonded during the experience. I had the best time. Everyone was happy to be back at work and to be doing something that was for the most part extremely light-hearted. It is extremely whacky, fun, with moments of horror and comedy. We were able to really stretch ourselves and really do it all. It was really exciting.