"Practice" veteran works to reach "A Certain Age"

Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:12pm EST
 
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By Philiana Ng

LOS ANGELES (Back Stage) - It has been seven years since viewers last saw Lisa Gay Hamilton on ABC's long-running legal drama "The Practice" as attorney Rebecca Washington.

Since then, the veteran actor has kept busy, booking films like "The Soloist," "Mother and Child" and the upcoming "Beastly." Hamilton can now be seen as Andre Braugher's wife, Melissa, on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age," which recently began its second season.

Hamilton, 46, recently spoke about the lessons she has learned from her time on "The Practice," the project she is most proud of, and acting with Braugher, who was a classmate at Juilliard.

BACK STAGE: YOU'VE DONE A LOT OF THEATER, A LOT OF FILM, A LOT OF TV, AND EVEN DIRECTED. IS THERE A MEDIUM THAT YOU PREFER?

Lisa Gay Hamilton: I love the medium of working! Wherever that might be. But if I had to pick, I would pick theater.

BACK STAGE: WHY THEATER?

Hamilton: That's my background. I'm a NYU/Juilliard grad alum. My training is the stage, and in fact, I never ever thought that I would be living in Los Angeles, let alone being in film and television. My goal is to be the consummate theater actor because it's such a strong, powerful, present medium. You're right there, and of course, frankly, it's an actor's medium. I am in control. It's my stage and I like that.

BACK STAGE: AND YOU'RE NOT PUTTING YOURSELF INTO SOMEONE ELSE'S HANDS.   Continued...