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CASTING CATHERINE JOHNSON 06/15/2012

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I would have no claim to being a real Portlander if I hadn’t done a lot of the casting for our film (“Purple Mind”) from local casting agents and personal recommendations.  One of the very first local actress to get her headshot and resume into my hands was Catherine Johnson, who was interested in the supporting role of MARY, Jenna Matthews mother.  “Cat’s” day job has been selling oncology drugs which takes her all across the country, depending on the season and whether or not she’s doing a movie.  A devoted marathoner, Cat doesn’t feel like the day has even started unless she’s run ten miles before coffee.  And, as dedicated to her acting as to her running, she books dozens of local film and video projects every year.

I first met Cat at a downtown Portland coffee house (World Coffee), where I’d workshopped the screenplay with a core group of local writers in a back room they provide for customers in need of a meeting space.  Cat stands barely five feet tall, but has the energy of half a dozen folks of larger dimension.  Attractive with a Susan Sarandon kind of sensuality, Cat’s look and voice combine to command attention – which always works to an actor’s favor.

Each time we met, Cat would wear amazingly hot short skirts showing off a great pair of (runner’s) legs, the whole Catherine Johnson package starting to fit the image I had of Mary, a mother who had raised her daughter to go off and get pregnant straight out of Junior High.  Also, it didn’t hurt that Cat was a pretty good actress with few inhibitions.  Take a look at this clip from our final read through party…

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