People started saying this to me when I was maybe four or five years old. I didn’t understand it, but it made me giggle. I mean, it was my name. I had no other concept of it.
Even when I was a kid taking theatre classes in the summers I didn’t know who Marsha Mason was. All I knew was that theatre and improv gave this hyper girl an outlet. It was all over when I got my first laugh. I was going to be an actor when I grew up.
Eventually I came to understand that Marsha Mason was an actor. A great actor. The Goodbye Girl, married to Neil Simon. Hollywood Royalty. And there was little, Canadian me.
Ho, boy. :)
I absolutely love my name. When I joined the film and television union, there was about a millisecond of doubt as to whether to use it or change it something else. But I’ve been performing since I was about eight years old. I’ve done theatre, comedies, dramas, improv, commercials, radio spots, tv and films. My name is a great conversation starter.
It’s also who I am.
So I decided that it stays.
And while I’ve never met her, I think Marsha and I have a fair trade off: she got one of my tv credits and I sometimes get her fan mail.
That Broadway gig, though—that would have been nice.