Pollyanna McIntosh is one of a kind. The Scottish-American actress, writer, and director known for her roles in “Exam”, “The Woman”, and “The Walking Dead” is so much more than a pretty face! Read on to hear how Pollyanna discusses roles, the acting world, and her biggest learning experience:

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First off, we’ve seen you in so many great roles…have you had a favorite role so far in your career?

Thank you. They’re like kids, you shouldn’t pick favorites but…Jadis in The Walking Dead and The Woman in The Woman have definitely been highlights.  Luckily for me I was asked to direct the sequel to The Woman, which meant I got to bring her to life again in Darlin’, which comes out next year.  The Woman’s primal goals and animal assurance are a lot of fun to play with and she’s such an unusual character.  Jadis’ self-assurance and her toying with people as well as her smarts and bravery are also fun.

You’re of course known for your acting in The Walking Dead – a super loved series. What was one of your biggest learning experiences from that? And we have to ask, was it ever as scary during filming as it was when we watched?

I still get scared watching the show too, but the fear I’ve ever felt shooting I’ve created myself so it’s a little easier to take!  As far as learning, you’re learning all the time in this job; it’s part of the satisfaction of it.  I think the most obvious learning to me was something we learn over and over again: to trust my instincts.

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Are there any projects you’re working on right now that we should know about?

I’m attached to a brilliantly off-kilter film called The Moonshine Gang of Cheyenne, which is a British Western werewolf movie.  Steven Ogg from The Walking Dead is doing it too, so it’ll be fun working with him again.  I have a few projects I’m working on as a filmmaker, so I’m excited about those too.

We find, of course, that as working women, it can sometimes be tough to balance our ambition with personal life. What are your personal success tips for this?

I like to say that if it’s not a problem for a man it shouldn’t be for a woman.  We give ourselves less permission than men because of how society has been structured, but it doesn’t mean we deserve to give ourselves any less.  So it’s something I continue to work on: my perspective of what I’m “allowed”.  It’s working pretty well so far.

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When you’re in a role, how do you get to that level/place where you’ve transformed into the character? Other than it being your job, do you try and draw emotion in the moment from personal experiences in the past?

Yes, I use all sorts of experiences and also research and inspirations to create a character. Then it becomes a collaborative experience when you bring it to set.  Sometimes I’ve substituted someone I know for another character, but it’s got to be preparation work that takes me to a place where I’m so in it that anything can happen in the moment with the other actors and the reaction will always be real for the character.   It’s an odd job to talk about to be honest!

If you weren’t acting as a living, what’s another profession you think you’d enjoy?

I love to write and direct already and I’d love to produce too.  I have fantasies about opening a brick and mortar joint like a shop and bar with one of my sisters and I might do it too, but I’m definitely tied to this circus family of the entertainment business.

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We’re curious…of all the roles you have played so far in your career – which would you say you can most relate to?

I always find a way to relate otherwise I couldn’t find the role, but to tell you who I relate to the most would be giving away too much.

Which can you LEAST relate to?

Oh if I couldn’t relate to a role well enough either by experience or through imagination I’d be screwed!

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How are you hoping to evolve over the years? Picture your career and life 5 years from now – what do you see?

I’d like to be making films and TV I love and believe in both as an actor and as a filmmaker and having a production company with a community attached to it feels like a very exciting prospect. I’d hope to be raising a child, whether my own or adopted, with my fella.  I’d also like to extend on the charity work I’ve been doing for mental health charity The Joshua Nolan Foundation by creating a similar charity here in the USA where mental health is so often ignored and diminished.  The Joshua Nolan Foundation is a brilliant Scottish charity that talks about mental health in schools and other institutions and provides free counseling for those who need it, thus reducing the risk of suicide and offering a road to recovery, so the important work they do is very inspiring to me.

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photographer: Tereza Janakova @ ADB Agency

art director/stylist: Loli Laneova

hair/makeup: Veronika Robova using MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and Bumble

locations/special thanks: Chinese Tuxedo and Jing Fong Restaurant

story: Elisa Zucconi

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dress by Cheng

cuff and bracelet by Julie Vos

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dress by Ronny Kobo

necklace and bracelet by Antipearle New York

stylist’s own gloves

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jumpsuit by Rococo Sand

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earrings and rings by Solomeina available at Flying Solo

blazer by Subin Hahn

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sweater by Victoria Hayes

pants by Cheng

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dress by Ronny Kobo

bow by Cheng

skirt by Agaati available at Flying Solo

cuff by Julie Vos

shoes by Paula Torres

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dress by Ronny Kobo

necklace and bracelet by  Antipearle New York

stylist’s own gloves

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dress by Cheng

cuff by Julie Vos

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sweater by Victoria Hayes

pants by Cheng

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coat by Victoria Hayes

shoes by Paula Torres

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