Traci Dinwiddie is one of the unique female guest stars recurring on CW’s «Supernatural» as the badass and blind psychic, Pamela Barnes. Another notable television role is from the sci-fi mow «Target Earth» in which she plays Detective Madeline Chandler starring with Christopher Meloni and Marcia Cross. She has also guest starred on «90210» and shared the screen with Demi Moore as her psychotic kidnapper, Sarah Leaves, in the major feature film «Mr. Brooks». She morphed into Lauren Hodges; a rich friend of Jessica Biel in the feature film «Summer Catch». As a seasoned stage actress, she’s tackled a diverse range of roles such as Patsy Cline, Titania, Lady M, and Mrs. Forrest. Traci will soon be seen as the leading lady, Peyton Lombard, in the feature film, «Elena Undone» which premiere’s in June of 2010. A dynamic force on and off screen, she fills her days with West African drumming, Anusara Yoga, and myriad forms of community improv theater. Her motto in life is Rumi’s poetry… «Let the beauty we love be what we do».
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Why did you choose to be an actress?
Do you know yet if you will appear again later during this season or (possibly) season 6? You’ve got a lot of fans all over the world.
What is your best and worst memory from shooting Supernatural? What was your favorite scene to shoot?
My most favorite is still meeting the boys and re-uniting with Bobby in the Season 4 opener. It’s just a great, fun moment. And the worse, if there was one? (Wouldn’t call it the worst, more like most challenging) It’s a tie between getting my eyes burned out of my head or being stabbed in the stomach. Both were exciting, but emotionally draining for me.
Have you been a victim of Jared and Jensen’s pranks on set? If so, how did they get you and what about payback? Any funny stories that happened with you on the set, maybe funny bloopers ?
I have, thankfully, not been a victim of their pranks so far. We do have a great time together. Love to laugh. It feels like home with all the dogs hanging out by our trailers. Jared likes beans a little too much, methinks! ;o)
Could you share with us your impressions about Jensen and Jared? Jensen once said in an interview that he’s better in comedies. It seems Jared thinks otherwise about himself. If you had an opportunity to work in one project with Jared or Jensen, who do you prefer for a comedy? And for a drama?
Jensen is very sincere and somewhat shy natured, if you can believe that. He is EXCELLENT at comedy, though. Jared is like a big ole’ cuddly puppy dog. (Or more like a great dane puppy, cause the boy is huge!). I’d pick them both for a comedy.
Do you watch Supernatural? Maybe as a fan or just for to notice your own mistakes?
I do watch SPN. Got it set on my DVR when I’m working or traveling too!
Have you been doing your own stunts for Supernatural or at some other point in your acting career?
We know that actors, directors of Supernatural contribute their own ideas to the script during the actual filming, and that these ideas often blend in successfully with the big picture. Has it ever happened to you? If yes, could you tell us more?
As actors, we get to find fun ways of infusing our own nuances into the scenes. Like, for example, when I pick “Bobby” up in season 4. It wasn’t written in the script, but I knew Jim and I needed to create a strong back story for our characters. So, I ask him if it was alright that I surprise him with a kiss or a good natured punch or the like. He was completely up for anything I brought to him. Jim is an awesome and incredibly generous actor. I adore him!
And what about other sets you appeared? What good or bad memories do you keep from these experiences? Is there the same friendly atmosphere as on Supernatural set?
The set of Supernatural is quite rare. There are only a few sets that I’ve experienced that have been as kind and fun. I’m so lucky to have joined this badass group of good folks!
We know that sometimes you participate in fan conventions. Do you consider this work or a welcome break from it?
I LOVE it! Love meeting the fans and getting to travel. Such a blast!
Do you remember any funny questions you have been asked on the conventions?
Tons of great questions. I am stunned when someone leaks a spoiler in the midst of their question and the whole room tone gets electric and intense! Personally, I don’t like to give away spoilers. I adore the element of surpirse!
Please tell us about your previous work projects and about your future plans.
I’ve just finished filming a feature film called “Elena Undone”. It’s an unconventional love story in which I play a lesbian freelance writer who falls in love with the wrong kind of woman. Also, I’m writing a web series that is kind of a cross between Twilight Zone and Twin Peaks. I really like it so far.
Which points of your career are the most significant to you as an actor?
The whole process amazes me, really. Of course, getting cast as Pamela Barnes in “Supernatural” was an all time high for me.
Which movie roles are the most special to you as a person?
Playing Julie in “Open Your Eyes” was a very powerful experience for me. I play a woman dealing with Breast Cancer and the aftermath of having a mastectomy. It was a very precious story.
Any particular role that would you like to play?
I feel like I SHOULD have played Spock’s mom on the latest Star Trek! Wynona has nothing on MY eyebrows! ha ha!
As far as future roles I wish to play, I am aiming for my own series reg role in something “other worldly”. I love magical stories and long for a character to develop over several years!
If you hadn’t got into acting, what would you do for a living? What else do you like to do except acting? Any hobbies? You’re in good shape and we know you are keen on yoga. Maybe any other sports?
My goodness, aren’t you the curious one! ;o) I’m also a West African Drummer, so I’d love to improve my skills and groove all over the world!
What are your favorite books, movies, directors, bands or musicians?
Must see TV: (Besides SPN) 30 Rock, Madmen, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, Damages, The Good Wife, Fringe. Such good storytelling!
Movies: Frida, The Goonies, All that Jazz, The Dark Crystal. The Hours, Boys Don’t Cry, Yes, Fur, Ghandi….and so many more! (couldn’t ever choose 1)
Music: (an eclectic mix of…) Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Ani DiFranco, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley, Queen, Bismillah (a compilation from The World Sacred Music Festival in Morocco)
Is there a question that no one ever asks you but you would love to answer?
Can’t think of one, but I always welcome new and interesting curiosities.
Are you familiar with the Russian cinema? Somewhat, yes. Have you seen any Russian movies?
”House of Fools” was quite fascinating for me to watch! If yes, do you like any Russian actors or directors? Mila Kunis is a work of art!
What would you like to tell the visitors of our website and other Supernatural fans in Russia?