Featured in the Inaugural Issue of Constellation Magazine
Minifie’s theatrical dreams came true when she starred in the Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s devastating drama, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Every night, she shared the stage with Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon, Gabrielle Byrne and John Gallagher, Jr. Next to Lange, as Cathleen, she was the only woman in the cast. “Confidence can only come from yourself; we are all in the same room, the actors and the audience, so it serves us on the stage to act like it. The subconscious is present for a reason,” she says.
Given that Minifie made her Broadway debut at age 11 in The Pillowman, she was not too intimidated to share the stage with such prolific actors, who were each “marvelous in their own way and so giving and open to each other’s process.” “I got so damn lucky,” she says. Now, reflecting on her early career, she says: “I so admire these child actors that blow up and are still able to compile a body of work that is self-reflective and challenging. I think I really needed to work all that stuff out away from the public eye. I also needed a kick in the pants when I started resting on my resumé and my natural instincts too heavily. I needed to fail. I still need to fail.” Not every actor will admit to risking failure. Minifie’s words bring to mind Cate Blanchett, who once stated, “If you’re going to fail, fail gloriously.” Ironically, Blanchett is one of Minifie’s inspirations, along with Gena Rowlands (“I admire the trajectory of her career.”). Minifee has just joined a writing class, and eventually wants to write and direct, but for now, she’s focused on acting—and she’s still got much to explore in that realm. “I want to play Pippa in whatever manifestation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch materializes. And any part in her The Secret History. Her characters are so alive. I want to do a remake of Little Women. I want to do a movie on Henry David Thoreau and play Louisa May Alcott who, at 16, used to sit on the steps of his cabin at Walden Pond."
Minifie also co-stars in the female-centric Netflix original series Jessica Jones, which recently announced that it’s upcoming second season will be directed entirely by women. “That show sets a precedent for women in the industry. (Show-runner) Melissa Rosenberg helmed that ship with power and grace. When I met her, I remember thinking I had never met a woman with that kind of presence.” With two upcoming film roles and another Broadway show on the horizon, it’s clear that Minifie’s integrity, hunger to learn, and determination—not to mention her bright red hair and glowing smile—make her a standout in the competitive world of young actresses.
CREDITS: The Pillowman (Broadway, 2005), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Broadway, 2016), Jessica Jones (ABC/Marvel, 2015/recurring), Punk Rock (MCC Theater, 2014), Upcoming: Radium Girls, An Actor Prepares, Six Degrees of Separation (Broadway)
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