Interview with Carina Gillespie

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With an array of empowering roles under her belt, Carina Gillespie has just taken on her newest role as a mother of two!
Ahead of her up-and-coming return to the Apollo Victoria, we’ve been lucky enough to ask Carina some questions about all things Motherhood and of course, the Emerald City!

Carina I just want to start by saying a huge congratulations on the new addition to your family! Frankie is absolutely beautiful.

Obviously it’s very early days but how have you found going from a family of three to a family of four?
It’s been an exciting roller-coaster ride so far.

How is Tate finding his big brother duties?
He is a natural; he is so full of love and is the kindest soul you will ever meet. He has to have a cuddle with her every morning when they wake up and sometimes it’s hard to get her back for a cuddle myself.

Later this year you’re heading back to the Emerald City and to those gorgeous glittery shoes! How does it feel knowing you’ll be heading back to Oz?
I’m so excited! I’ve missed performing and can’t wait to get back on stage.

For those who may not already know you have previously played Nessarose on the UK Tour and understudied Glinda on both the tour and in the West End. Did it feel strange going from playing these roles across the country to playing them in the Apollo Victoria?
Not at all. It’s important to just tell the story and stay true to the book. The surroundings shouldn’t really matter but of course it is lovely going to work in the same place every day. You become family and it’s so lovely to get to know the backstage crew. On tour you just start getting to know them and then you move on to the next venue.

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I think Nessarose is such an incredibly complex character, but what would you say is your favourite thing about playing her?
Me too! I love so many things about playing her. She is a tragic character. A troubled soul who just wants to be loved. I love finding moments that shoe how volatile she is.

Wicked is one of those shows which means so may to so many of their fans across the world. Can you remember your first time seeing the show?
Yes I can. My husband performed in the show years before I ever auditioned.
I remember sitting in the audience, getting goose bumps when the orchestra started. Unfortunately I didn’t take much of it in that night as I had my eyes glued on my husband the whole time!

Did you know you wanted to one day be part of the phenomenon?
Absolutely, I remember hearing the soundtrack when I was in college and thinking I would love to be a part of that show. Didn’t think in a million years I would get that lucky though. 

If you could pick just one, what message would you love fans to take away from a trip to Oz?
“Never judge a book by its cover”.
I was extremely grateful that the creative team didn’t when I auditioned, as being a half Spanish brunette I looked far from the typical Glinda.
Wicked has so many wonderful messages but this one is my favourite by far.


We’ve just come out of graduation period so soon we’ll be seeing a range of new and hopeful actors and actresses auditioning for parts across the West End. If you could give one piece of advice to somebody looking to find their feet in the industry, what would it be?
Embrace your quirks, they’re what makes you individual. It would be very boring if we were all the same.

Talking of advice, if you could send a message to your younger self, what would you say?
So many things ….
Be patient, it’s a marathon not a sprint.
Think outside the box with the roles you go for.
You are not in competition with anyone but yourself and most importantly …
Don’t lie on your CV, the panel will see that you are only 5 foot when you walk in the room! Haha!

I just want to say a huge thank you to Carina for taking the time to answer these questions! You’re an absolute superstar and I cannot wait to see you back in those sparkly shoes!

For all the latest from Carina you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
To book tickets to see Carina back in action head to the official Wicked website.

Images courtesy of Google Images. 

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