Laura grew up in Denville, New Jersey, and attended Morris Knolls High School, where she first became interested in drama and played lead roles in school plays. She later earned a fine arts degree with emphasis in acting at Pittsburghs Carnegie-Mellon University, a hotbed of dramatic talent that has produced many successful Hollywood actors and directors. Following graduation, Laura moved to New York and appeared in various theatrical productions. She also landed guest starring roles in the popular TV series Crime Story and The Equalizer.
Lauras television career has flourished throughout the 1990s. Major roles in the TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen Kings The Stand, and telefilms The Right to Remain Silent and For Their Own Good led, in 1997, to her selection for the lead role in Just Shoot Me. The decision to appear in a weekly series was no doubt influenced by her desire for a stable, more conventional work schedule that would allow her to spend more time with her son Mason, who was born to Laura and then-husband Cameron Dye in 1996.
Chet Cooper: When did you decide you wanted to be an actress?
Laura San Giacomo: High school. I knew that I wanted to be an actor. Then it became about whether acting wanted me. So, I gave it a shot. It hasnt worked out too bad, so far.
LS: I went to college in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University...studied acting there. Then I went to New York for about five years. I moved out here about 10 years ago.
LS: Yes. I did theater at Carnegie, and in Pittsburgh and New York. And, Ive done a little bit here.
LS: I dont know...I have sort of liked them all. Ive fallen in love with all of the women (Ive played) because there is something wonderful about them, and if you empathize with them, then you kind of love them all like...sisters or something.
CC: When you are rehearsing for roles, do you get into those characters to the point that you feel like you are part of them?
CC: How did you get your role on Just Shoot Me?
LS: I met with the creator and we seemed to hit it off. It looked like a really good project, so we decided to go forward.
CC: Tell me about the film you recently completed in Canada.
CC: Chris Reeve said he expected things to happen so much quicker, not knowing the bureacracy would be so slow to act. Have you experienced this as well?
LS: Oh, my Lord, yeah. The last time I talked to Valerie Estes she said they were very close to putting out some conclusive evidence. They have to do many trials before its considered conclusive. And then they have to apply for all kinds of things. And I know someone else who is into medical research and it has been really difficult for him as well.
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