Leading up to this year’s Daytime Emmy® Awards a lot of people were talking, discussing, and chatting about this year’s breakout indie hit series, CONVERSATIONS IN LA. The dark comedy is a modern-day story about a younger man (Gustavo Velasquez), who’s already had a fair amount of sexual experience and is genuinely searching for a meaningful relationship whose world collides with Michelle Macabee (Anne Marie Cummings) who is dealing with career transition, pet loss, and menopause. While Michelle’s age is something Gus grapples with, for a time, it’s Michelle who’s torn between her desire to just have sex with the young Gus versus be in a loving, committed relationship with him.
Michelle turns to her pet loss therapist for help and her two close friends, Alex and Nicole (in the midst of denying their own mid-life crisis’), witness Michelle’s transformation and become obsessed with redirecting her life down a path they deem acceptable and “normal.”
On the surface, CONVERSATIONS IN LA is about finding what makes us feel alive, whatever stage of life we’re in, but beneath that, it’s a story about self-discovery and finding who we are without the influences of those around us.
Cummings and Velasquez received 2017 Daytime Emmy® nominations in the lead acting categories for Daytime Digital Drama Series, as well as Vanita Harbour for her supporting role.
But one thing is certain, Anne Marie Cummings is a force and Hollywood has taken note.
As Creator, Cummings dares to go there.
As Writer, Cummings is brilliant.
As Actress, Cummings draws the audience in with each raw, real and authentic performance.
As Director, Cummings commands nothing but the best from the entire cast.
We stopped by the set of CONVERSATIONS IN LA which is currently filming Season 2 for a quick chat of our readers favorite questions with the Star and Creator Anne Marie Cummings:
What is your favorite word? Absolutely!
What is your favorite color? Always color combinations, particularly the ones you see in paintings. The blues and reds in “Interior with Open Windows” by Raoul Dufy; the orange, red, and yellow in “Love and Life,” by Marc Chagall; and the splatter of white and black in “Lavender Mist” by Jackson Pollock.
What is your favorite city? I don’t have one favorite city. I love Los Angeles for the weather, beaches, and sky; I love Paris for the seine and cobblestone streets and the grandiose Notre Dame; and I love Seattle for the view of Mt. Rainier at sunset (and on a day when it isn’t raining)!
What is your favorite season? There’s no doubt that when I lived in New York, winter was lovely with fireplaces and hot chocolate, but there’s nothing like waking up, having a cup of tea, and only putting on one layer of clothes before heading out into Los Angeles’ cloak of warmth. Love it!
What is your astrological sign?I’m a Sagittarius, through-and-through. The half horse with a human holding a bow and arrow is definitely me. Once I set my sights on a target, I go after it with full passion and there’s nothing holding me back.
Who has been the most positive influence on your life? I’ve had so many. I couldn’t possibly answer this and give you one person. Anne Frank and her diary; Timothy Hutton with his performance in “Ordinary People”; Mahatma Gandhi’s example; Michael J. Fox for turning his situation around and helping to raise awareness about Parkinson’s; Christina Feldman because she wrote a beautiful book called “Compassion”; Dame Daphne Sheldrick for dedicating her life to helping orphaned elephants and doing all she can to stop poaching; Pablo Neruda for his moving and romantic poetry; Willie Nelson for his soulful voice; Deborah Kerr for her authentic performance in “An Affair to Remember”; Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keefe for breaking the mold; Eddie Vedder for honest lyrics and a voice that I can’t describe; Anderson Cooper for seeking truth in journalism; and Baz Luhrmann for knowing his style and taking it all the way as a filmmaker.
What trait do you find most attractive in other people? Honesty peppered with gentleness.
What is something most people don’t know about you (Hobby, Favorite TV Series you never miss or Film you have seen many times or Secret Talent)? I like to draw when I have time. I love people’s faces and animals. I love looking at pictures and I love walking. I could walk all day. Forests are beautiful, beaches are heaven, and paths with tall trees that I can brush my hand past make me feel high. I do yoga often and have been doing that since I was 16. I like listening to music and will watch movies religiously. Right now I’m still reeling from the Oscar-winning film, “Moonlight.”
What inspires you creatively? My imagination and everything around me. One idea sparks another which sparks another and it goes on and on and on. There’s nothing like laying on my couch and listening to music or even silence (which to me is a kind of music) and allowing my mind to wander. That usually leads me to picking up a piece of paper with a colored Sharpie and writing a dialogue between two characters who just happened to appear in my mind in that very moment. I love seeing where that goes.
What is your favorite swear word? Holy S*!$!
What sound do you love? Wind, when I’m in it and when I’m listening to it from inside.
What is your favorite food? I love sweet potato French fries dipped in ketchup or a spicy aioli sauce.
What is your favorite beverage? It changes. Lately it’s this smoothie at Whole Foods called Green Nutty Butty with spinach, soy milk, peanut butter, and bananas.
What was career plan B? There wasn’t one.
If you have not yet seen “Conversations In LA” it time you started watching by clicking the link below:
Our Interview with Conversations In LA Leading Man Gustavo Velasquez
*All images courtesy of Bridge & Tunnel, Anne Marie Cummings, Paul Smith, and Conversations in LA