Brooke Smith played heart surgeon Dr. Erica Hahn on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and her extensive filmography also includes the series “Weeds”, “Ray Donovan” and movies “Vanya on 42nd Street” and “The Silence of the Lambs.”
In an interview, she was asked if she has any advice for actors who “would love to have a career even half as fruitful as her own.”
“How about the fact that the reasons you don’t work are quite possibly the reasons you will work?
“The fact that I’m not like everybody else is hopefully what got me here.
“I think the danger is trying to figure out what everybody else wants you to be.
“Even when you’re at an audition, the kiss of death is the second you try to do what you think they want you to do. Just keep being authentic to yourself.”
[From Playing Doctor, by Jenelle Riley, BackStage.]