What's your full name?

Aubrey Leianne Ball

What's your sign [wink]?


What prompted you to get involved with The Shelter?

I think the original impetus to wanting to be involved with Shelter was seeing one of their shows. I think it was MOTEL. I was blown away by the talent. I wormed my way in after that, and I’m glad I did. I have such respect for every single person in The Shelter, as an artist and a human being … I really have always felt safe and “sheltered” by this group of people.

What was the moment when you knew you were an actor?

I really want to get this answer right, so I know I can use it at the beginning of the SAG awards someday. I would say it was probably when I was a teen and in a civic light opera production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. I was one of the Sunday school kids that pops up randomly singing throughout the play. I remember sitting there next to Joseph, and just wanting to stay there all night to rehearse and sleep on the stage because nothing had made me even close to that happy before … My name is Aubrey Ball, and I am an actor.

What's your favorite play or movie?

I would say A NORMAL HEART is the thing that has moved me the most. I got to work on it in school, and watched the revival of it on Broadway last year. Both times had me blubbering like a fool because it is sadly still a very relevant piece. And to be honest, I could watch “When Harry Met Sally” on a loop and never get tired of it. I wish I could say my favorite film was something deep and French, but it’s not. My taste is not a great barometer for quality of art.

Was there ever a performance you saw that changed your life?

This will show you that I still have a fondness for musicals in my heart, because the one that changed my life was Raul Esparza in COMPANY. I saw that show multiple times, and every time cried like the first time. Which, admittedly, is not saying much, since I cry a lot. But, man, that show moved me. I’m in tears by the second line of “Being Alive”. Also, I think he is just an amazing and under-valued actor, and I love pretty much everything he does.

Where do you hope to be in five years?

In five years I hope to be having game night with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, my director Mike Nichols, and the Obamas with my man friend Ryan Gosling. Failing that: honestly, I just want to act.