Born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Stephanie Bignault grew up doing theater. She’s appeared in multiple regional theater productions and currently resides in Los Angeles where she’s begun pursuing work in film and television. She also loves writing poetry and working with children.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… I see myself as open, fun-loving, and a total nerd.
My last acting gig taught me… I recently had the opportunity to be in a new stage adaptation of Great Expectations, where the actors had a chance to collaborate with both the playwright and the director in the room. We worked together to solidify the play’s structure and to discover nuanced, non-text moments. It was lovely being in such a collaborative piece, because the final script we played before an audience was something that each one of us had not only contributed to, but had developed in a deeper fashion that most processes offer. That was a pretty rare find for a regional theater, and I loved being a part of it.
Proudest performance moment… One of the coolest things I was lucky enough to have been a part of was an original, devised work called Tender Comrades. It was a play some of my friends and I created. Every little component from the props, to the found theater space (it was set and performed in a funky little bar), to the words we said, we created entirely ourselves. Because I wrote my character for myself, it felt raw and exhilarating to be playing her because she was actually another version of me. My poetry was in there, as well as sections that we wrote all together, and it was such a thrill to see how each moment would be received in our intimate little space. Every performance of Tender Comrades, which we independently promoted and ticketed, was sold out. That was gratifying. And our audiences seemed to get a lot out of it. That was the most gratifying. It’s an amazing thing to go through a process, honing your voice, and then when you offer it up, and people really dig it? Very cool. There’s nothing else like it.
Most embarrassing audition… Oh man, I was like 12 and didn’t have a clue about auditioning. I didn’t understand what to prepare and I had memorized a psalm from the Bible. So I showed up, stood in front of a panel of people casting a middle school production of The King and I and I sang Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas followed by the recitation of a Psalm. It was so weird and I could feel the weirdness as it was happening. They were really nice, albeit awkward with me, and I ended up being cast as one of the wives with no lines.
Most challenging part… The grind. That daily task of submitting for auditions, reaching out to managers, updating profiles, etc…It’s all the little tedious things that you CAN have control over even when it seems like nothing else is moving forward. Because if you don’t stop doing the tiresome leg work, the auditions will drop in your lap seemingly out of nowhere, but really you’ve been blindly working towards them all along. It’s easy to forget the universe is always watching and listening to you.
The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... I was so young I honestly do not remember a shining, magnificent moment. But my favorite actor by the time I was eight was Robin Williams, and I wanted to make movies like he did.
If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a Child Therapist
Dying to work with... Mike Birbiglia
Was born to play... Helena in Kin by Bathsheba Doran. I’ve played her before, and I want to play her again as many times as I can. I miss her like how you can miss a friend you rarely get to see. She’s got a lot of flaws, but I aspire to live in a heart-led way like Helena does.
Learn lines by... repetition, repetition, repetition.
Get into character by... I love creating memories for my characters. Stepping into a new memory as a means of dropping in before a scene is delicious and often opens up new doors for that take.
Acting is… Living truthfully within imaginary circumstances.
Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I am so great at making dog friends.
Movie I can’t stop talking about... Take This Waltz
Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… The Crown, Good Girls Revolt, and Garfunkel & Oates
Currently reading… Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Car karaoke tune... Satisfied from the musical Hamilton
Star Wars character that best represents me... I have moments of Rey, where she’s rising above the struggle; but really, I’m more often a Chewbacca, just making noise and going around with my friends.
If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Carey Mulligan.
Actor crush... David Tennant
Sign… Scorpio/ Saggitarius cusp
If I were a color, I'd be… Lavender
Fave travel destination… Paris
LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Griffith Park
The best advice I ever got… You are enough.
You can find me at… Carrie Macy Talent Agency | Instagram: @stephaniebignault