60 Seconds With...Melissa Vaughan

Melissa recently finished training with the National Youth Theatre's Rep Company, which culminated in a critically acclaimed West End season. Theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, Wuthering Heights, Consensual and Second Person Narrative (Ambassadors Theatre), A View from the Bridge (Zoo Venues), RENT (Bloomsbury Theatre), Five Twosomes (The Rose, Kingston), Our Country's Good (RADA), and Parade (Lowry, Manchester).
TV credits include Generation Sext for Sky Arts.

1. Where did you grow up?

In sunny* Leyland, near Preston, in Lancashire. 

*There was sun once, for a heady afternoon in 1997.

2. How did you get into acting?

My Nana cut an advert out of the Chorley Guardian for Annie auditions at my local theatre. I went along for a laugh and ended up taking to the stage in a badly made ginger wig. Obviously, stardom followed.

3.What is your dream role?

David Brent, or Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. 

4. Which theatre would you most like to work at?

The Royal Exchange in Manchester, hands down. I could die happy. 

5. What did you want to be when you were little?

A doctor or a popstar. (My younger self would be so very disappointed.)

6. What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt in your career so far?

It's not fair. Which sounds really bleak and cynical, but actually it's quite uplifting when you stop moaning and start taking things as they come. 

7. What's been your favourite PLAY moment so far? 

Generally getting to mess about with Kate and Kat - especially in an improv about an apocalyptic Grade 5 Music Theory exam, which ended with tin whistles and murder in the Deep South. It absolutely made sense at the time.