Review Fix chats with actress and lawyer Lauren Gordon, who discusses her 2019 and love of yoga and what’s next.
Review Fix: Did you ever expect to get involved in acting?
Lauren Gordon: Ever since I was young, I always dreamt of being and actor and appearing on the big screen and television and showing people I had what it takes to succeed in the industry. My parents however had different ideas and since they were supporting me financially, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became a lawyer. I graduated top in my class from Delaware (Widener) school of Law and passed the bar exam on my first time in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After getting my undergraduate from the University of Pittsburgh, I went on to become a highly successful attorney in Philadelphia, handling catastrophic medical malpractice and domestic relations cases. Shortly after I became an attorney, I met my future husband, Len (a Lawyer as well), and got married and went on to have three beautiful children.
Throughout all of this, I never gave up my dream of taking the stage and pursuing my lifelong ambition.
Review Fix: How has your law background helped you as an actor?
Gordon: Just as in acting, skills an attorney needs include creativity, excellent speaking skills, persistence, discipline, dedication, memorization and the ability to communicate and engage with a diverse range of people. As a result, my time served (literally and figuratively) as an attorney, helped me immensely in my acting career.
Review Fix: How does your love of Yoga help you as an actor?
Gordon: I have been practicing yoga for 20+ years. I have also taught power yoga (vinyasa) and Bikram yoga for the past 5 years. My yoga practice has completely transformed my life and my physical being in the most positive ways. Yoga has been an inspiration in becoming the best version of myself. In addition, it has encouraged me to be more aware of my mental, physical and emotional well-being and health. Pranayama breathing (breath work used in yoga), and the intense heat that is used in the Bikram practice, have taught me to control my emotions and to be more present in the moment. Yoga has also improved my physical flexibility and ability to move my body under intense conditions. I just can’t emphasize enough how much I love yoga and how many amazing things it has done to improve my life as an actor and a person. All of the above, have been extremely helpful in honing my acting skills. Just as in yoga, one needs to be calm and present while auditioning and playing a role. I think yoga should absolutely be included in every actors toolbox!
Review Fix: How has 2019 treated you?
Gordon: As 2019 came to an end and 2020 began, I found myself reflecting on all the amazing opportunities that happened over the past year. 2019 was a game changer for me, three principal roles on film and lots of TV appearances and a best film award. I have an amazing Husband, wonderful children, three adorable rescue dogs and two huge, loving, overprotective rescue kitties.
Review Fix: What have you accomplished in 2019 that you didn’t expect?
Gordon: I am leaning my craft as an actor each and every day under the tutelage of famed acting coach, John Pallotta. I commit myself to classes each and every week, now in his master class, always learning something new . I have been honored to be given the opportunity to be featured in three top rated industry magazines, which will be coming out early this year. I addition I will be appearing on a national morning show in Los Angeles next month.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2020?
Gordon: I’ve made the commitment and the decision to make my dream a reality. I realize that nothing happens overnight. It’s a nonstop journey of self-discovery and a lot of blood sweat and tears. Seeking new opportunities for growth as an actor and a person and seeking new possible representation.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Gordon: As someone who is still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, I plan on growth as a person, a wife, a mother, daughter, sister, friend and professional. I look forward to new and exciting acting opportunities. I can’t wait to find out what 2020 has in store for myself and my family!