Actress Sharon Morris has a growing list of films on her IMDB resume such as What To Expect When You’re Expecting, The Lucky One, The Blindside and her most recent blockbuster where she played a Game Tech on The Hunger Games. Landing far from her humble beginning as Dorothy in a 4th grade performance of the classic Wizard of Oz, Sharon is well on her way to becoming a household name. She sat down to chat with MommyNoire and was gracious enough to let us take a peek into the many layers of her life.
Has acting always come natural for you?
I watched a lot of TV growing up and had a gift for remembering everyone’s lines. I do feel as though I always had an eye for solid performances as well as a snafus on the editing side. I paid closer attention than most I think.
Did you study the arts in college?
I did and I didn’t. My major was Speech Communication. but I was a member of The Black Theatrical Ensemble and I truly believe it enriched my college experience at UGA in Athens, Ga. by leaps and bounds. It was my creative outlet; we built our own sets, sewed costumes, you name it, we did it. The experience was very organic because we were able to play a role in all aspects of the actual production.
Has becoming a wife and mother made it more difficult to pursue your dream?
I’m very fortunate to have a husband who is also in the business, David Conley. He gets it! You’d be surprised how much time and energy it saves because we don’t have to waste time arguing about some of the challenges that our careers present. If I’m experiencing a slow run in terms of finding work, he can relate and does his part to pick up the slack however possible. It’s a give and take of constant encouragement and support that we continue to master. As far as our 11 year old son and 13 year old daughter, they seem to get a kick out of the process overall. David and I have been able to maintain a sense of normalcy which has helped to keep their lives from being affected too much. They’re not impressed with us at all. David and I have to laugh at times because while we get kudos and recognition from their peers and school staff, we’re just mom and dad to them. They expect us to be there to pick them up on time regardless of auditions and other acting related appointments. They keep us grounded and we have a very healthy balance in our household
This December marks the 5th year of your professional acting career. What’s next?
My mission is to educate novice actors about the realities of the career. I want to help people develop a true sense of what it takes to devote yourself to this type of work so they can decide if it’s truly something they want to do. I’m very proud of my most recent role in Rectify which will be on The Sundance Channel. It’s their first original scripted series produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein of Breaking Bad.
We here at MommyNoire wish you the best on your acting endeavors Mrs. Morris!
Words By Sid Powell