A heart to heart with… actress Natalie Grady 28/10/2013


1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why?

I would probably want my mum’s heart. She’s an incredible human with a very big and open heart. She has an astonishing capacity to love and care for others that I aspire to daily. And more practically, it’s a pretty ‘healthy’ heart – at 63 her doctor tells her she has the heart rate of a 17 year old. I’d guess her heart is in better shape than mine 30 years her junior!

2.Could you tell us a little about your character? What three words would you use to describe them?

At the start of the play Kelly is pretty lost. The relationship with her father is fraught. They are very similar people, that share the same desire to distance themselves from emotions and consequently each other. It’s clear that she’s struggling and has chosen to close down … until the arrival of Linus and Marnie, when she decides to open up admitting to Linus that she feels like she’s drowning. It seems to be their influence that force Kelly to find her way again.

She’s strong, intelligent and passionate. There is a passion for life and feeling that is directed in all the wrong places when we meet her in the play but there is a sense by the end of the play that she may have found her way and direction.

3.What does home mean to you?

Even though I’ve lived away from my ‘family’ home for 12 years, I still class it as home. Home to me is being around my family. A place where the stresses of day to day life disappear and where I can be myself without fear of judgement. When I picture home and my family I see a lot of laughter and excellent food!

4.What is the best and worst thing about being on tour?

The best thing about being on tour is a bit like being away on holiday – you get to forget about all the day to day chores for a while … And you get to eat out a lot! There is also something great about taking a show to different places and different types of audiences each night – I think each new venue feels like opening night and that certainly stops actors from becoming complacent. The worst part of it is being away from home comforts – there is a lot to be said for sleeping in your own bed.

5.What was the last photo you took? 

Rather embarrassingly it was of my cat. I photograph her quite a lot. She’s a very funny looking long haired ‘rag doll’ cat – yes that’s the name of the breed.