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Lori will be playing a cop in the 6th season of Third Watch - the show about the three emergency services set in New York. Karon Hollis talked to her about her role and her hopes for the future.

Lori MartiniLori Martini is a rarity in the acting world.  Someone who has achieved a lot quite quickly.  We were lucky enough to get an interview with her inbetween filming for Third Watch. Here's what she had to say:

KH: Were you a Third Watch fan before you got a part in the series?

I didn't start watching "Third Watch" until I started working as a background cop on the show.  I became a fan of it because of how wonderful it has been to work with both cast & crew.  I am most grateful that "Third Watch" gave me my first break.  Words can't even say how much I love working on it.

KH: How were you cast and how long did the process take?

Trying to get a part in just about anything (even saying one word) is extremely difficult. You have a better chance at hitting the  lottery. I'm serious. It doesn't matter how much talent you have because if you don't know how to promote yourself and network, it will get you nowhere. I did my job well as a background artist and took classes and met with the casting director who eventually called me in. I was called back to do another part and hopefully more in the future. I've only been in the business since August 2002. Some people it takes a lifetime or never.  Some don't even become eligible to join the Screen Actors Guild until 5-10 years later. I have to say I've been very lucky, but then again I suppose you make your own luck. I've had such a passion to do this, that I want nothing more and I also keep a support group of other actor friends that I try and promote. I had a business/marketing background before becoming an actress.

KH: How far in advance do you get to know what you are
doing in the  show?

I got a call to audition that same day. Everything in this business is last minute...especially with episodic TV. It takes 8 shooting days to film an entire episode and they're on a tight schedule. 22 episodes fill an entire season on network TV. So I I auditioned for the part on a Thursday, the next day casting called me to tell me I booked the role. If you don't hear anything, well you didn't get it. They don't like when you call them either. Once I booked it, they started shooting that episode on a Monday... My scene wasn't up until that Thursday so I had time to prepare, but you don't always get that convenience. I've seen people get cast and thrown lines that same day. It's a nutty, but fun business. I'm always up for a challenge.

KH: Do you have any idea how your role will/might develop?

I'm really hoping they will develop my character more. They are trying to get younger cops in there and apparently I've created a buzz about what a great job I did so we'll have to cross the fingers and see. I've been putting the bug in everybody's ear and constantly postcarding and stuff so they don't forget. This business gets hectic and it's easy for them to forget. Thank god my name stands out. It's my real name also. Martini is also the last shot of the day. The second to last shot is called The Abbey Shot, named after Abbey Singer who always kept saying "one more time" so after The Martini Shot gets done, everybody can go home. It makes people happy.

KH: Where would you like to go from here?

Most actors always want to expand into film. I honestly don't care. I'm just happy to be working. I think there's room to grow and do different things. I'll take whatever is out there that's offered to me. I'm mostly a TV/commercial type of actor... Well, that's my own personal opinion. Eventually I want to produce a TV show. I'm in the process of working with a writer on a TV pilot. 

KH: If there was one other character on Third Watch that you
could play (male or female) who would it be and why?

Hmm, on Third Watch? Well there's not much else than the cops.  They've cut back on the EMT/Fire stuff. I guess maybe the new EMT girl, Grace. She plays a vulnerable character, though it's too early to tell how her role will develop. Actually, I love Cruz... She's a bad ass, no holds barred, take no BS, take charge woman. I like the tough roles. 

KH: What made you want to become an actress?

I've always been intrigued by the entertainment industry and I tried to get into it several ways. MTV never called me and I was willing to volunteer/intern for them. Geffen records... I applied to be an admin assistant... Interviewed three times with them, but since I wasn't living in the city at the time (my parents moved me upstate for a bit) they went with the local girl. I went to the CT school of broadcasting and I interned at a local radio station in Danbury 98Q WDAQ. Still nothing. I always would ask the film crews if I could be an extra for free and nothing. I started promoting bands and doing all sorts of stuff until one day my uncle tells me I should promote myself. Sure, but promote myself on what basis? I play the drums, yeah but could never get a band together so I wasn't going to be a rock star anytime soon, though I truly wanted to be. Then one day I crashed a film set with my connections at Shea Stadium and these girls told me how to get into it and I ran with it and nothing is going to stop me.  I wanted this for way too long. 

KH: You list some pretty exciting skills in your resume like rock climbing, sky diving and drumming. How on Earth do find time to fit all of these in,and have you had a chance to use these in your acting yet?!

I try and do as much as I can. Softball is what I have the most time to do. I like to keep busy so when I have free time and go out on a spontaneous whim (which is almost always) I do whatever the moment strikes. I really want to do more of it, but there's just not enough time in the day, months in a year etc. I WISH I could use these in my acting. I DID however get to play in front of 1,200 extras and cast and crew with the "School of Rock". That was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

KH: What is your favourite acting job to date and why?Lori on set

I'd have to say Third Watch... They're like my family.  I love all of them and I am grateful for everything they've done for me. They better get picked up for another season or I'll be heartbroken. I think that will be worse than breaking up with a boyfriend.

KH: Have we missed out a question you would love to be asked - what is it and why?! 

I'm not sure. I think the best way is to give details and be honest. Be good to those around you because what comes around goes around. There's a lot of backstabbing and jealousy in this business, but you just have to deal with the fact that some truly need medical attention. Always keep a positive attitude. Don't let people make you feel insignificant whether it be another actor, casting director or what. Always take constructive criticism, but always move forward..and that goes with anything in life. I've never done a drug in my life..never smoked pot either. That's something I'm extremely proud of and think that kids these days shouldn't feel pressured to do things and that staying active is the best solution than escaping reality through drugs. There's more peer pressure now as an adult than anything I've  experienced as a child so I can only imagine what it's like now.  Remember that you are your own person. 

If you would like to find out more about Lori, then please visit her site at www.Lorimartini.com Season Five of Third Watch is currently being shown on Channel 4.

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