Jodi Stevens - woman with immense talent

Love can drive you insane, make you reverse back into fear and then switch gears, skipping first second arriving to third, with your foot heavy on the gas pedal, speeding crossing border lines in search for the one you love and in the musical Dietrich & Chevalier, showing at the St. Luke's theater 308 west 46th street, NYC. That is what Marlene Dietrich does. Played by the always stunning woman with immense talent, the lovely Jodi Stevens. Who's performance is nothing but dynamite. She will have you explode out of your chair with your hands in the air yelling BRAVO!!

Jodi as Dietrich and Robert Cuccioli as Chevalier


Jodi
has performed in musicals such as  A CHORUS LINEANTIGONE, BODYSHOP and JEKYLL & HYDE. While working in the theater, Jodi has pursued a television and film career. Her TV appearances have included a recurring role in CENTRAL PARK WEST, ALL MY CHILDREN, LAW AND ORDER, TRIBECA, and SEX AND THE CITY. Her film work includes Abel Ferrara’s THE FUNERAL, and the upcoming thriller DECENDENT
 
Firmly established in the theater and on screen with the release of her first solo CD, “Girl Talk,” here is the woman that makes me blush Mrs. Jodi Stevens.

Jodi Stevens


 
David
To be or not to be? you chose to be an actor singer, why?
 
Jodi
There was never anything else I wanted to do.

David
What is the creative mental process you go through that unfolds into the character you take on and the songs you perform?

Jodi

BASICALLY, IF I'M NOT GRABBED BY A PART, GRABBED IN MY GUT, WHERE I LITERALLY HAVE A VISCERAL REACTION TO NEEDING TO DO A ROLE, I DON'T DO IT. THIS PARTICULAR ROLE, OF FILM ICON MARLENE DIETRICH, I'VE ALWAYS FELT CONNECTED WITH HER IN SOME WAY. FILM NOIR WOMEN WERE ALWAYS GENRE I GRAVITATED TOWARD, BUT THERE ARE A FEW OF THOSE STARS OF THAT PERIOD, I REALLY CONNECT WITH. MARLENE WAS ONE OF THEM. THE MENTAL PROCESS FOR THIS PARTICULAR CHARACTER, AT THE TIME IN THE WORLD THAT THIS PLAY TAKES PLACE, IS A TIME IN THE WORLD NOT UNLIKE TODAY. WHEN ALL WE REALLY HAVE TO
DEPEND ON IS OUR DEEPEST OF LOYALTIES AND FRIENDSHIP.
 
David
What are are some of the similarities in singing a song as apposed to acting as a character?

Jodi
RATHER THAN ADDRESS THE SIMILARITIES, LET ME JUST SAY, THAT SINGING A SONG IS NO DIFFERENT THAN PLAYING A SCENE, IT'S JUST SET TO MUSIC.

David
Do you have more of a passion for singing or acting?

Jodi
I THOUGHT I ONLY WANTED TO DO STRAIGHT PLAYS. MY MOM WAS A SINGER, AND MY GRANDFATHER WAS A BIG BAND LEADER HERE IN NYC DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR, I WAS ALWAYS COMPARED TO AND NEVER GOOD ENOUGH TO THEIR CRITICAL EYES. SO, I GOT MY BFA IN ACTING, WHERE I WAS PLANNING A LIFE IN THEATERS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. BUT AS SOON AS I LANDED IN NYC, I NEVER STOPPED SINGING. I KEPT GETTING HIRED IN MUSICAL THEATER. I STOPPED FIGHTING THE FAMILY GENES AND STARTED WORKING ON MY VOICE. MY CLASSICAL TRAINING HAS SERVED ME WELL.
 
David
I read somewhere that you wanted to learn how to play the french horn because you thought it would make you a good kisser, what was the out come? and do you give lessons?

Jodi
THAT IS THE BEST QUESTION EVER! LET'S JUST SAY I WAS 1ST CHAIR IN MY JR HIGH SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA. AND NO MAN OR WOMAN HAS EVER COMPLAINED ABOUT MY KISSES. THE HORN SIMPLY GOT TOO HEAVY TO CART AROUND AND I BECAME A VICTIM OF THE COOL FACTOR.

Jodi Stevens & Al Gore


 
David
What is the biggest misconception most people have about you?

Jodi
I REALLY HAVEN'T PAID MUCH ATTENTION TO THE CONCEPTIONS PEOPLE HAVE OF ME. I DID CARE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I GOT AN ULCER, AND GOT OVER CARING.


David
You saved someone from drowning. Where were you? How did you noticed this person drowning and do you still keep in contact?

Jodi
I LIVED IN NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS. I WAS SWIMMING IN THE COMMUNITY POOL WITH 2 FRIENDS. WE WERE GOING INTO THE 7TH GRADE. THIS BOY, HE WAS 19, WAS HOLDING HIS BREATH AND SWIMMING LAPS GOING BACK AND FORTH BACK AND FORTH. GOTTA SAY IT WAS IMPRESSIVE, I REMEMBER THINKING. THEN THAT FINAL LAP, HE.....FLOATED BY. I BROUGHT HIS ATTENTION TO THE LIFE GUARD WHO THOUGHT I WAS SCREWING AROUND, THREATENED TO KICK ME OUT OF THE POOL. I SAID, "LOOK HE'S DEAD!" DRAGGED HIM TO THE SIDE OF THE POOL, LIFTED HIM OUT, WHO KNOWS HOW, AND PROCEEDED TO GIVE HIM MOUTH TO MOUTH...FRENCH HORNIEST AN ALL:) AND REVIVED HIM. I WAS AWARDED BY THE COMMUNITY AND HIS PARENTS. HIS NAME IS LAYNE POLLARD, LOST TRACK OF HIM. I HOPE HIS LIFE TURNED OUT WELL.
 
David
If there was something you can change in the world of theater and entertainment, what would it be?


Jodi
KEEP LIVE MUSICIANS ON STAGE, KEEP MOVIE STARS OFF STAGE, AND GET RID OF REALITY TV.
 
David
What is the most difficult obstacle in your career you had to overcome as an actor / singer?


Jodi
BLONDIPHOBIA.
 
David
What would be your dream role?


Jodi
THERE'S ALWAYS A NEW DREAM ROLE. AND I'M DOING ONE, NOW.

Jonathan Valdez, Jodi Stevens and me David Rabadi ;)

David
Have you taken roles you really had no desire to play?

Jodi
YES, THIRD GIRL TO THE LEFT, BEHIND THE POLE, IN THE DARK.
 BUT I MADE A LOT OF MONEY DOING IT.
 
David
If not a actor / singer, what else would have been of interest for you to have as a career?

Jodi
I AM ALSO AN EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVOCATE, I TEACH FOR A PROGRAM CALLED, MUSIC TOGETHER, TEACHING CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS, THE TOOLS TO ACHIEVE BASIC MUSIC COMPETENCE. I FIND IT VERY REWARDING. BUT, I HAVE A FANTASY OF THROWING IT ALL AWAY, MOVING TO VERMONT, AND LIVE ON AN ORGANIC FARM WITH MY HUSBAND AND SON.
 


David

What advice do you have for anyone pursuing a career in entertainment?


Jodi
GET AN EDUCATION, BE DISCIPLINED, AND ALWAYS REMAIN CURIOUS.

David
what would you like to tell all the readers before we cut?

Jodi
A SHAMELESS PLUG TO MY HUSBAND, CHECK OUT STEAMBOAT SERIES, ON YOUTUBE.COM IT'S JUST BEEN SELECTED AS ONE OF 3 FINALISTS IN LA/TV FESTIVAL, FOR BRANDED ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY. HIS NAME IS SCOTT BRYCE, HE'S AWESOME.

Jodi, hubby and their adorable offspring...


David
Its never shameless to support your lover.  Jodi I thank you for taking the time out and chatting with me. You are a clever actress and brilliant performer..  I wish you all the right notes in your singing career..
 
To all my readers if you are in town I highly suggest taking a lover, friend, or your person on the side and catch Jodi in  Dietrich & Chevalier, I took my niece Francesca and we had an awwww some time!!!

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