General Hospital Interviews!
with Senta Moses (Winnifred)
February 15, 2009
The lovely and talented Senta
Moses is no stranger to television and films. Senta has a long and
impressive resume. You may remember her from episodes of “Bones,”
“Strong Medicine,” “Beakman’s World,” and “My So-Called Life,” among
many others. Senta also had a recurring role on the television show,
“Greek.” She’s been in a number of films, including “Home Alone,” “Home
Alone 2,” and “The Blues Brothers.” Recently Senta took time out of
her busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Here’s what she had
I love your name – it’s very
unique – is it pronounced the way it’s written? Were you named after
tell my parents that you like it! My name is pronounced just as it’s
written, although people sometimes mistake it for Sonata, Sanka, and
Santa around the holidays. I wasn’t named after anyone. My name is
Scandinavian, and it means “a feeling.” My mom’s friend was in
Scandinavia while my mom was pregnant, and heard a mom calling her
daughter on the street. She came back and suggested the name to my
parents. Poof! I’m named Senta. My middle name is Michelle, a
little more common, after my dad, Michael.
You’ve been acting
professionally since you were just a baby? Are you from an acting
family? You started in commercials? Do you still do commercials and
if so, what might we have seen you in?
I don’t come
from an acting family. My mom was a model/interior designer/jewelry
maker and my dad is a State Farm Agent. They put me in commercials at 6
months old, and I’ve been doing this ever since. I still do
commercials. I love them. Currently I have an IBM and La-Z-Boy spot
running nationally. Some of my more memorable commercials are Big Lots,
Best Buy, Staples, and a bunch of McDonald’s.
You were in “The Blues
Brothers” movie when you were young, correct? Is there anything that
stands out about that experience that you can remember?
I was in “The
Blues Brothers.” I was a principal dancer in the scene with Ray
Charles. Shake a Tail Feather!!!! I had a TON of hair, and I was
wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt. Seriously, I’m all hair. Unfortunately,
I don’t remember a lot about my career as a child, but I remember being
VERY cold on that set, as it was the middle of winter in Chicago. John
Landis kept in touch after that film, sending me little books and gifts
as a child. He actually wrote me a college recommendation for USC.
You went to the Chicago Academy
for the Arts? Is it true you graduated at 16? I assume you were an
exemplary student? And from high school you went to USC to study
theater? At 16 years old that must have been an interesting
experience. Was that a tough adjustment to leave home so young and be
on your own? Was it difficult to fit in since you were younger than
most of the other students?
Well, you did
your research! I did go to the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Best
decision ever…I begged my dad to let me take the train all the way into
the city. Trust me, that was a negotiation. The school was wonderful
in every way. I was surrounded by kids my age, who understood my
passion for acting and the arts. It changed my life, and those people
will always hold a special place in my heart. I did graduate when I was
16. For a couple of reasons…When I was younger I was working a lot, and
I had tutors on set giving me private attention. I just got ahead in my
work. I also really loved school. I was the girl who over-studied for
every test, and was bummed when everything I knew wasn’t on it. Kind
of a geek, right?
I went straight
to USC from high school, GO TROJANS!!! It was a bit of an adjustment
being so far away from my parents, who I’m incredibly close to, but
after time, I found friends that became my support system out in L.A.
I spent most of my childhood surrounded by adults, so I never really
worried about the age difference. And besides, I was in L.A. pursuing
my career and auditioning more than I ever had in Chicago. It’s such a
gift to be able to do what I love.
I read that you auditioned for the role of a
nanny on GH a few years back Was that your first soap audition?
Also, were you a watcher of daytime TV, specifically GH?
I think that
was my first soap audition…there might have been one when I was much
younger, but I certainly don’t remember. And wow, I hate to say this,
but I’m not a big daytime TV watcher. I had seen GH a handful of times
when I auditioned, but that was it. My mom was into “All My Children”
when I was younger, but I never caught the bug.
Was there anyone in particular
at GH who helped show you the daytime ropes? And is there someone you
work with who’s your “go to” person if you need advice or assistance
I don’t know if
there was anyone specific who showed me the ropes, I just asked
questions as I was going…the cast and crew were so welcoming, I never
felt awkward about questions. And honestly, the producers and directors
are so awesome on this show, if I ever need advice or assistance. I just
go to them. That’s a blessing!
I’ve interviewed Bradford a
couple of times and I love him. Tell me how it’s been working so
closely with him.
Oh, he’s a
doll. I have so much fun with him. I feel like we’re the Yodas of
daytime television, and I don’t think he’d disagree. He’s incredibly
generous and great to work with. I love when we have scenes together.
I also read that you were only
supposed to do five episodes but you’ve been asked to stay on. It must
have been a pleasant surprise to have your role extended. Any idea how
long Winnifred will stick around?
It was a total
shock…and really a wonderful surprise. By day two, I was completely
attached to the cast and crew. They’re like a family over there. So
it’s cool that I get to hang with them for a bit longer. Honestly, I
have no idea how long Winnifred will stick around. I’ve only seen the
scripts for next week, and I’m not dead yet, so maybe a bit longer.
Rumors say Winnifred and
Spinelli may be heading toward a romance. Is that something you would
like to see happen?
I think it
would be fun to see them in love, and how they would express their
feelings in a cyber way. My father on the other hand, has warned me
that I’m not allowed to do sex scenes. He watches GH in his office
during the day, and doesn’t want to see me in bed with ANYONE : ) Did I
mention I’m an only child?
Obviously Winnifred is very
computer literate, and you seem very comfortable and natural playing the
“tech girl.” How do your own technical skills compare with Winnifred’s?
Oh wow, it’s
all acting. I can check e-mail, surf the net, open this word
application, and maybe update my website if I’m having an enlightened
day…but that’s about it. I’m surprised I don’t have my own stool at the
Mac Genius Bar.
Tell me about the hair and the
glasses. Do you wear glasses or are they just for affect to make
Winnifred look more studious? And do you usually wear your hair in
braids like Winnifred or is that more for the character?
I used to wear
glasses, but about 2 years ago I had LASIK and haven’t worn contacts or
glasses since. Thank you, Dr. Caster! It figures that I would book a
role of a girl who wears glasses after I don’t need them anymore. And
the glasses were written into the script, so when I went to my first
wardrobe fitting, they had a box of frames to choose from.
The only time I
put my hair in braids is if I don’t feel like dealing with it. My hair
is very thick, and very curly. Honestly, props go out to Linda, Joe and
Jennifer for handling all my curls and scrunching them into those
I read that you looked at a bit
of Spinelli on YouTube to get a feel for his uniqueness. Did you do any
other research for this part? Do you normally research a role?
I did check out
a scene of Spinelli’s on YouTube…just to get a feel for what he was
like. The majority of my research for this role was technical stuff.
Trying to figure out exactly what Winnifred was saying, or what she was
making reference to. You can’t act what you don’t understand, so I make
sure I completely get every word that is coming out of my mouth. The
tech stuff can be a bit daunting, but thank God for Google.
I’m crazy when
it comes to researching a role. A few years ago, I was testing for a
pilot to play a hostage negotiator, and I called the FBI. I figured I
should ask the real negotiators. I spoke with a wonderful agent for
about 45 minutes, and asked him everything I could think of about
hostage negotiations. I didn’t book the role, but I was very prepared
for that audition. And now I have a file at the FBI, documenting our
conversation. I’m a bad ass.
Do you have a favorite role or
project or one you’re most proud of?
That’s a really
hard question. I tend to put my heart into everything I do. I really
loved “Delia” on “My So-Called Life.” That show was just beautiful.
And I loved playing “Lizzie” on “Greek.” She is such a fun, perky,
irritating character to play…a sorority fanatic. And those producers
were wonderful! I’m proud of the work I did on “Beakman’s World.” I
actually learned all that stuff I was explaining. Talk about a crash
course in Science. I could keep going and eventually I would list
everything on my resume…I can find something I’m proud of in every role
I’ve done. Even if it’s just “I stayed away from Craft Service on that
Have you ever considered
another career unrelated to acting and if so, what was it?
has not been one single day where I wanted to do anything else. I have
hobbies that don’t relate to my career, but I’ve never wanted to pursue
them professionally. I’m into home improvement and interior design, but
it’s probably best just to keep that one as a hobby. I’ve been known to
get in over my head with home projects.
What do you miss the most about
living in the Chicago area? Is there a place or a food or something
that really makes you miss the Midwest? I assume it isn’t the snow and
definitely NOT the snow and cold. I went back to Chicago for Christmas
and was hit with 12” and 6 degrees. No thank you, I’m cold when L.A.
gets down to 70 degrees! But I do miss the city I grew up in. I miss
my family and my friends a lot. Maybe they’ll all move out to L.A..
The city of Chicago has such amazing culture, history and
architecture…it’s really beautiful. I go to the Art Institute almost
every time I’m back there, just to see a few paintings by Seurat. And
you really can’t beat a Bears game. Although I skipped the last one over
Christmas in fear of freezing my booty off. I miss the PIZZA. Every
time I’m back, I gorge myself on Chicago style pizza. Usually from a
local pizzeria in Warrenville called Arnie’s. Their double crust is
ridiculous! I had pizza four days in a row during my last trip.
I know you’ve done some work in
the theater. Is theater your “calling” or do you prefer television and
isn’t my calling at all. Honestly, I prefer film and TV, and I always
have. I wouldn’t pass up a chance to do theatre, but I feel most
inspired by TV and film.
I read you’re currently
producing and acting in an independent film called “Crazy Bitch.” Can
you tell us a little about that project? Is this your first time
working as a producer? And is that what you ultimately would like to do
– produce? Did you write the film as well? As far as writing, is that
something you have an interest in?
It’s a dark
comedy about a woman who does everything she can to be with the man of
her dreams. It’s about how love can make you do crazy things, things
you never thought you would do. We’re still trying to secure financing
for the feature, but hopefully something will come through soon, because
I’m so proud of that project. I had three wonderful writers on this
project, and I’ve done the last two rewrites myself. It’s the first
feature I’ve produced, although I did produce a pilot last year. I only
produce and write as a way to act. It’s just another door to walk
through in reaching my goal of working as an actor always.
As you can see, Senta is an
incredible young woman. Her passion for acting is so obvious. I found
Senta to be witty and intelligent – just an interviewer’s dream. I’m so
appreciative that she took the time to answer my questions. I look
forward to chatting with Senta again soon.
Visit Senta’s official website
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