Jenn Lyon‘s resume is chock full of roles both on screen and in theatre. Her talents are undeniable lending her a successful career working with some of the biggest names in the industry. Lyon is able to tackle countless roles as she embodies each character and brings it to life. Although Lyon is currently starring on TNT‘s “Claws,” you may also recognize her from FX‘s “Justified,” “Army Wives,” “Louie,” and “Phil Spector.”
Having overcame an eating disorder, Lyon is finally comfortable in her own skin and is happier now more than ever. She elicits poise, confidence, and positivity as she serves as an inspiration to women who struggle to meet the standards of Hollywood.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Jenn to hear what her take on Hollywood was!
1. How do you define beauty?
I think it’s important to realize that only extraordinarily thin women are beautiful. I’m joking of course but I feel that this is what mostly gets fed to us. I’m not even sure why being beautiful is what we want most, more than being smart or helpful or compassionate or funny.
2. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“You can’t tell the depth of the well by the size of the bump on the handle.” That’s from my Godmother “Teet.” Also, “You can get glad in the same pants you got mad in.” Also “Teet.”
3. How did you adjust from student life at NCSA to filming and living in New York City?
Daily weeping. It was a harsh adjustment because I’m from tiny towns and just being surrounded by so many people and buildings made me scared and dizzy.
4. What sparked your interest in theatre and acting?
My dad is a preacher and I grew up in church acting in little church plays and nothing made me happier or feel more valuable than getting laughs or being another person. I was greedy for more than one life and acting was a way to get more lives than just one.
5. Did you have a back up plan if your acting career didn’t pan out the way you wanted?
Circus Bear? I guess that’s still acting. I thought I would like to be a therapist. I still would like that. Behavior is an endlessly interesting thing to me and to have a space where you can really tell the truth without judgment has been invaluable to me and I would like to give that to others. Also I’m an excellent secret keeper.
6. We notice you star in both TV series as well as Broadway shows, do you prefer one type of acting over the other?
Theatre is my first love and nothing beats the thrill of that immediacy but TV sure pays better and they feed you.
7. Do you ever get intimidated working with such renowned stars, such as Larry David and George Lopez?
I am intimidated by the owner of the bodega downstairs. I live in a state of social anxiety.
8. In an industry known for constant rejection, what is the one thing that keeps you motivated when you’re feeling down?
It’s important to zoom out and realize that we are animals on a rock floating in an expanse of space. So you didn’t book the job? These are first world problems. It could be so much worse and is for so many others. Be of service.