SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Terri Partyka: My name is Terri Partyka. I guess I am still figuring out who I am, because the description seems to be continually changing. Currently, I am a wife, mother of 3 adult kids, and a pup, business owner, and most passionately an actress.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actress?
Terri Partyka: I have always been an actress, even if it wasn’t on stage or screen. I was one of those kids who would make up plays and shows for my family and neighborhood. I started in local theatre groups in high school, started film acting in 2006 or so, and have been exclusively acting in film since about 2012.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The woman in the room Dollar Baby film?
Terri Partyka: I was contacted by Tyger Sharee. She sent me the script and asked if I would be interested in playing the role.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Terri Partyka: I think it is very real. Everyone can relate to at least the possibility of being in that type of moral dilemma.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Terri Partyka: I don’t know that it was written directly for me, but I didn’t have to audition. Tyger asked me if I would consider the role.
SKSM: You worked with Tyger Sharee on this film, how was that?
Terri Partyka: She was great to work with. She gave a great balance of direction, while still allowing the actors to become the characters they envision.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Terri Partyka: I don’t think it was funny, but it was memorable. One day on set, I happened to be looking out the window, and noticed a guy park a car. The interior was on fire. Within a couple of minutes, the entire car was engulfed in flames, and nothing but a shell. It was our distraction for the day.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Terri Partyka: I most definitely still have contact with most all of the cast and crew. We all support each other and keep up with each other’s projects.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Terri Partyka: I don’t have any big projects in the works at the present time. I just finished a role in an audio book, and am doing a couple small, commercial projects. So, if you have a character or project in mind, let me know.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Terri Partyka: Who isn’t a fan of Stephen King’s work? LOL! I think if you have any interest in suspense/horror, you can’t help but put Stephen King at the top of the list.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Terri Partyka: Some people might know that I am kind of an athlete, but most don’t know that I played on a women’s semi-pro football team in my 20’s.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Terri Partyka: Thanks for listening, and watching. You inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Terri Partyka: Horror/suspense fans are the most supportive movie fans out there.