Please explain what just happened.

My heart skipped a beat and stopped for a brief second. The rain is falling. People are driving by. Life goes on whether you are ready or not, so you better live it.


What is your earliest memory?

Dancing in the puddles in the rain with my sister. Every time it rained, a massive puddle would form in my parents’ front yard, and when the rain was warm, we would go outside and dance in it. It was pure joy.


If you weren’t an actress, what other profession would you choose?

I just discovered the other day that I would have liked to have been a detective. I love solving mysteries and learning and investigating and discovering things and putting it together like a puzzle. I don’t think I could actually do it though. I don’t think I could handle the reality of the horrific things people can do. My brother-in-law is a detective and I love hearing about what he does, but I cannot  imagine being able to handle the actual day-to-day dealings of the job.


Describe a typical work day.

There isn’t really a typical work day as an actor. You can wake up one morning and go to work with Ben Affleck. Or Mark Wahlberg (Haha. As I wrote that, I can’t even believe it, but you can!) You can be a desperate housewife of California or a waitress in a strip club. You can be an 8-months’ pregnant woman with a houseful of kids to take care of. The list goes on and on, and it’s definitely one of the main reasons I chose to become an actor. To constantly be able to play different characters in different scenarios, create new things, constantly be challenged, work with and meet inspiring people.  I’m lucky.

Some days on set, you’re in every scene so you’re constantly going, going, going, and then there are days when you’re in the first scene in the morning and the last of the day. Then there are the days when you aren’t working and you’re trying to get work. So you’re auditioning or working out or taking classes or taking care of your family or working on your voice or your soul (it’s important not to forget about that one). Nothing is typical.


Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Yes, every time I say yes to doing something that I’m going to regret later.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

The people who are mean to you in school, and in life, do not matter. Don’t listen to their shit. Do the best you can. Be the best you can. Follow your dreams, wherever that might lead. Strive for the top and you can laugh later in life. Trust me.


If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

It depends on what stage I’m in.  If I’m still in the angry stage, It’s Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. You listen to it very loud, so you can yell with her and dance and stomp around. She’s so angry, it’s awesome. If I’m in the sad stage, it’s Damien Rice’s O, which is so sad. It is just pure sadness.


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?





From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I’m inspired by my beautiful mother and her strength and unconditional love.


Name three books that have impacted your life.

The Chemist Al – Paulo “Rabbit” Coelho.

The Measure of a Mormon – Sidney “Big Love” Pointer.

Cooking Rock with Jamie – Jamie “Crack” Olive.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

Seeing my nephew laugh. It is absolutely the best thing in the world. Whenever he laughs, there is such pure joy and happiness in it. It lights me up.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Wow, did you know that there’s a computer program for that?? Apparently I’m a Bacon number of 2. I was in the movie Shooter with Elias Koteas, who was in Novocaine with Kevin Bacon. But personally, my boyfriend worked with Kyra Sedwick, who is married to Kevin Bacon.


What makes you feel most guilty?

When I eat a lot of junk food. However, it never stops me from doing it again.


How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I watch a lot of movies and certain television shows to watch the actors, see what they bring, their choices, their honesty, and then try to find ways to incorporate that into my work.


Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind Lost Girl.

It was the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people. They are a hardworking, talented bunch. And to do bad things.


What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Just do it. The rest will figure itself out. It always does. As they say: “Leap and the net will appear.” And you know what? It’s true.


List your favorite in the following categories:

Comedian – Eddie Murphy.

Musician – Eminem.

Author – I read a lot so it changes but right now, Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games).

Actor – This is a tough one. It’s a toss up between Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.


If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

I’d love to do something sort of fantastical like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. It’s exciting, it’s great storytelling, it’s challenging, it has heart, it has danger, my mom can watch it, great actors would want to be part of it. That would be amazing.


What do you want to know?

Why is there no cure for cancer yet?


What would you like your last words to be?

“Fuck Yeah!”  As in:  fuck yeah, I had an amazing life and I can’t wait for what’s next.


Please explain what will happen.

I don’t know. I don’t want to know. I like knowing that I can create my life.


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2 responses to “21 Questions with Tammy Gillis”

  1. Faith Bailey says:

    She is very ill. I would say cancer. I looked at her and that is why I read about her..Iishe I could Help her.good luck Tammy.

  2. Faith Bailey says:

    She is very ill. I would say cancer. I looked at her and that is why I read about her..Iishe I could Help her.good luck Tammy.please seek medical help from the best.Reprouctive organs I think.

    A friend

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