Sarah Koskoff is a former actress who made her screenwriting debut with the recently released 'Hello I Must Be Going'. She was good enough to take some time out to waffle with us.
The Movie Waffler: How did you first get into acting?
Sarah Koskoff: My parents are big theater and movie fans, so I grew up seeing a lot of movies and plays. From a very young age they took me to see everything -- from Shakespeare plays to 'Saturday Night Fever'. It was pretty inappropriate and really great. I was also in a lot of plays in high school and college, and I studied acting. It was a natural transition to working as an actress.
TMW: Your last role was 2004's 'The Clearing', have you retired from acting and, if so, what made you quit?
SK: Yes, I’ve stopped acting. When I was acting in plays and studying acting, it was always the good stuff -- Shakespeare, Pinter, Brecht, Chekhov, etc. I loved it. But when I started working as an actress it was mainly on television. The money was good, but the parts were... not very interesting. I didn’t enjoy it, and it didn’t matter how much I put into it. By the time I started getting parts in more interesting projects, I realized that I didn’t really like acting! I was interested in language and stories. My writing moved into the foreground, and I let go of acting completely. Happily. But the experiences I had as an actor continue to be enormously helpful to me as a writer.
TMW: 'Hello I Must Be Going' is your first produced script but, given its strength, I suspect it's not your first foray into writing. How long have you been writing for?
SK: I started writing stories when I was a kid. I always wanted to be a writer, and I continued to write all the while I was acting. I wrote some fiction, but mainly I wrote plays, before I ever even tried to write a screenplay.
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