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article imageAndrea Evans discusses #MeToo film 'Rocking the Couch' on Amazon Special

By Markos Papadatos     Feb 12, 2019 in Entertainment
On February 12, Emmy-nominated actress Andrea Evans chatted with Digital Journal about serving as executive producer of the documentary #MeToo film "Rocking the Couch" (Avail Films). It can be streamed on Amazon Prime and on Vimeo.
Evans stepped into the role of executive producer for the first time. The documentary feature Rocking the Couch, along with fellow producers Minh Collins and Jerry Sommer, deals with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.
"Minh [Collins] and I were having coffee. I knew him because he directed me in the Hit List, and we've been friends ever since," Evans said. "He knew I wanted to get into the producing end as well. It was right when the Harvey Weinstein scandal had just broken, and the Bill Cosby events were going on. We thought that somebody would make a great documentary about this, and we just looked at each other and said 'why not us.' We wanted to present a realistic view of what happened and include things that I don't think the mainstream media did."
She continued, "I hope fans go out and watch Rocking the Couch. They can see it on Amazon Prime or on Vimeo, where you can buy it or rent it there. I would love the fans to watch it and tell us honestly what they think about it. I do listen to my fans since, without them, I wouldn't be here. I hope they enjoy Rocking the Couch and I hope they come and support us."
On her plans for the rest of 2019, Evans said, "We are looking to do another documentary. Plus, I am in a show on Amazon Prime called The Bay. I just started in season four."
Evans' advice for young and aspiring actors is as follows: "If you want to pursue acting, then you pursue it with everything in you. It's a hard industry and most people fail. If it's what you want, then it's worth the risk."
Digital transformation of the entertainment business
On the impact of technology on the entertainment business, especially with the plethora of streaming services, Evans said, "In my career, I have seen various changes in technology. Going from three networks to cable, and then from cable to satellite, to DVR to streaming and the Internet. Technology constantly evolves. 10 years from now, we will be talking about some other way that television and film are delivered to the public because it will evolve and you need to evolve with it if you want to stay in this industry or any industry."
Evans shared that the content on the streaming services is great, where one can binge-watch and totally get into the different web series. "You don't have to wait until the next week's episode to see what is going to happen," she said. "You can take a whole rainy Saturday and binge-watch your little heart out."
With technology these days, Evans added that not only can people film auditions but they can make entire films on their phones. "Technology is right at the palm of our hands," Evans said.
Throughout her illustrious career in acting, Evans has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards. In 1988, she was nominated for "Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series" for her portrayal of Tina Lord on One Life to Live, and most recently, in 2015, she was nominated for Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series" for playing Vivian Price in the web series DeVanity. "I was very happy about those two," she said. "I am hoping the third time will be a charm."
Aside from playing Tina on One Life to Life, she played such characters as Tawny Moore on The Bold and The Beautiful, Patty Williams on The Young and the Restless and Rebecca Hotchkiss on Passions. On her portrayal of villainess Rebecca Hotchkiss, Evans admitted, "It was a fun character to play."
When asked how Evans handled being dialogue-heavy (where she had to learn and memorize a great number of pages and execute them in a short time period), she responded, "I grew up doing soap operas. I am very used to it, and the dialogue doesn't bother me. If anything, I have been doing much more film work these days, and I have to bring something to occupy myself with because I'm not used to having time to sit around a set. With film, it is a much slower process and you need to adjust your energy and how you handle it."
Looking back over the last two decades, Evans acknowledged that she sees a "happy woman." "I actually get paid and I get to do what I love to do. I am a happy girl," she said.
In her spare time, Evans enjoys spending it with her family, including her husband, daughter, nephew and dog. "I am very much a family person and I stay close to home. I'm not a big partier. I've never have been. I love my family and I love my work," she said.
The best advice that she has ever been given was by her mother at a young age. "If you want a happy life, find something that you love to do, and figure out how to make a living out of it'," Evans recalled her mother telling her when she was a little girl.
Speaking of happiness, the acclaimed actress defined the word success as contentment in life. "Success means your family, your work and having it all," she said. "You make time in life for what's important to you, and you don't make time for what is not. If you know what you really love and what is important, you find a way to make time for it."
To learn more about two-time Emmy-nominated actress Andrea Evans, follow her on Twitter.
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