12 Things You Didn’t Know About Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf is one of those actresses that absolutely shines in everything she does, but when the cameras stop rolling, she has mastered the art of keeping a low profile and staying out of the spotlight. Despite her roles in some of TV’s biggest sitcoms, not much is known about Laurie Metcalf and, with the talented actress reprising her role as Jackie Harris in the Roseanne revival, get to know her better with these 12 things you didn’t know about her:
12. Original Career Path
According to Metcalf, where she grew up in Illinois was about as far away from a theatre as someone could get, and because of this she never seriously considered the fact that acting could be a career. Instead, Metcalf worked as a secretary while in college and originally majored in German because she planned to work as an interpreter when she finished school. After losing interest, she switched to Anthropology before she finally realized her passion was for acting, but still wasn’t convinced it would go anywhere. “I thought my acting career would consist of going over to St. Louis for one audition. I’d get turned down, and I’d never go to an audition again. Acting seemed like such an impractical thing to do,” she told the Los Angeles Times.
11. Prefers the Stage
For decades, everyone that has worked with Metcalf from her college theatre days to her work professionally on stage and on TV and film has been in awe of her incredible talent. Despite delivering some truly beloved and memorable characters on-camera, it turns out Metcalf has always preferred the stage and is always waiting for her next opportunity to act in theatre. “I’ve never been comfortable with a camera in the room. I become instantly a little more uptight, a little more self-aware, and I don’t feel free,” she explained. “I wish I could shake it. But in all these years, even after all the hundreds of tapings of show, I’m way too nervous for my own good.” When it comes to being on stage, however, Metcalf has the completely opposite reaction. “I’m hideously shy as myself, but on stage I can run around naked and bite the heads off fish,” she joked of being inherently comfortable when acting on stage versus on camera.