Corinne Furman — Actress, Advocate, Hungary & Ukrainian Dog Rescue Supporter

British actress, Corinne Furman, wants “the younger generation to dream big, to learn that anything is achievable, no matter what disability someone has.” Corinne struggled to be successful in the UK’s education system and was frustrated that her test scores did not reflect her knowledge. Corinne focused her education in the performing arts and made it to university. In her final year of college, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. And then, Corinne said, “Everything made sense.”

Corinne’s burgeoning career is off to a great start with two recent feature films. Corinne plays Paige in “Fisherman’s Friends: One and All” that recently premiered in UK. She is starring as Hope in the soon to be released, “The Hunting of the Snark,” a film adaptation of the Lewis Carroll poem.

ABILITY’s Chet Cooper met with Corinne via Zoom to talk about her promising film career, her life before the dyslexia diagnosis, as well as her volunteer work with rescue animals from war-torn Ukraine and Hungary.

Chet Cooper: First thanks for reaching out to share your story with ABILITY Magazine.

Corinne: Thank you. I think for me, I’m always so passionate about what I do. I want to make the life for myself that I want. It’s great having an agent, having people behind you to support that, but I also want to be doing what I can to get to where I want to be. I think it’s quite easy sometimes to just kind of sit back and let other people do the work for you, but I just want to do it for myself.

Cooper: Have you always been self-motivated in everything you’ve done growing up?

Corinne: I think with acting, yes. But there are things, obviously, that I don’t find as interesting. (laughs) Like all those subjects at school which I found really, really hard because of the dyslexia. No interest, no motivation. (laughs) But if I love it and I believe in it, I’ll go in guns blazing.

Cooper: Did you have any teachers who sparked that part of your mind to say, “This is great and I’ll dig into this?”

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Corinne: I think not necessarily teachers, but my mom. My mom has definitely been my biggest supporter and my biggest cheerleader. She’s always the one to tell me that if I dream it, if I believe it, and if I work hard enough, then I can get to anywhere I want to be. Through the ups and downs of having loads of acting work and having no acting work, she’s always been the one to keep me going. And if I’m feeling demotivated, thinking I’m not getting anywhere, I haven’t had a job for a while, she’ll say, “It’s coming, it’s coming. You’re putting the work in. It’s coming.” I don’t know, she’s the main person for me who makes me feel like it’s possible.

Cooper: That’s great to have that support.

Corinne: I think it’s rare as well for parents to be as amazing as she is, especially when it comes to a kind of unsecure job in the sense of you don’t know when your next day of work will be, when your next paycheck will be. But to have a parent who fully supports it and believes in it as much as I do, if not more, I think she believes in it more than I did. I think that’s really, really special, yeah.

Cooper: She’s on the other line right now asking me to ask you questions.

Corinne: (laughs) She’s like, “Keep going,” hon? “Tell more about her mom.” (laughs) She’s great, by the way.

Cooper: (laughs) What does she do?

Corinne: She is a yoga teacher. We both work for a dog rescue charity. So, when I’m not acting I work at the dog rescue charity. She also works for the dog rescue charity. And funnily enough, she’s actually a dyslexia teacher at my primary school. She teaches children who are severely dyslexic, and she didn’t know that I was dyslexic. I found out really late. Being a dyslexic teacher herself, she didn’t realize. And she kicks herself every day.

Cooper: Isn’t there a saying that the cobbler’s children don’t have shoes?

Corinne: Yeah.

Cooper: Do you know anything about the methodologies she’s using for really extreme dyslexia?

Corinne: She does all sorts. She teaches it right back-to-basics. Kids who are unable to pronounce the alphabet and string a sentence together. She’s the other end of the spectrum. But now, putting all the pieces of puzzle together, it’s very obvious that I’m dyslexic, but I think just because she had been so rooted in the opposite end. It just didn’t click for her.

Cooper: So, when you were not doing well in school, she just thought you needed extra help?

Corinne: The thing is I went to a school that wasn’t that academic. I don’t know how you guys do school things over there, but when we’re in secondary school—That’s year 7 to year 11. —And throughout that time, I struggled a lot with math. I had to do extra math classes, extra math tutoring. Math was something I really struggled with, but not to the extremity of some of the other students there. And then it was my two years after that, they call it AS-levels— I’m the sort of person, I’m a very visual learner. I had posters all across my bedroom wall of everything I needed to learn for all of my exams. My mom would quiz me every single day until I knew every single answer to what she asked me. I learned it all.

I did my exams, (I thought I absolutely smashed them. Done this, in the bag, done, done. I got through those, read my results, and every single one of my written exams I had failed. I was so confused. I was heartbroken because I had put in so much work. I didn’t know what had happened, if they had marked the wrong paper. I was gob-smacked. Obviously now, understanding that my writing doesn’t necessarily make sense—kind of explains it. So, it was around then that things really started to change. Even when I was really little, I’ve hated reading since I was five years old, hated it. I never thought that there was anything to mention with reading not making sense.

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When I read, the sentence doesn’t string together to form a sentence. I have to read the same line over and over again, and then it finally strings together to make a sentence. For me, reading was a chore. It wasn’t enjoyable. I never enjoyed it as a child. I thought that was normal. I couldn’t understand why people liked reading. I never explained it to anyone in that way. So yeah. I then, obviously, failed all my written AS-levels. I did a B-tech in performing arts. Here, a B-tech is kind of like a more practical course. There wasn’t really much written work. It was acting, singing, dancing, and lot more doing rather than writing. That was how I got into university.

I went to quite a good university. I remember my first day at university. It was my first-ever lecture. I sat in the room and I was gob-smacked. I felt like the most stupid person in that entire university. I didn’t understand anything anyone was saying. I didn’t understand how they had annotated the notes that they did from the texts that we were given because the texts didn’t make sense to me. I remember phoning my mom after my first-ever lecture, saying, “I don’t think that university is me. I shouldn’t be here.” It was weird because obviously at school, I was the in brighter half of the students. But then going to such a good university, I was at the complete opposite end. It hit home then, like, maybe something isn’t right.

And then the more practical side of stuff started. The next week we did the more practical side, and everything was fine. I felt like, “I can do this, I can be here.” We had a lot of essays to do on our course. Every single essay I did, I had to sit with my mom. I would show her the stuff I had written, and none of it made sense. I would say the essay and my mom would type it. Even if I’d read something back, if I’d got it in my head that that’s what it said, that’s what it said, even if that isn’t actually what it says, if that makes sense.

I remember we were at the theater one night, and it was really funny. My favorite program is “Drag Race.” Have you ever watched it?

Cooper: No.

Corinne: It’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Cooper: Oh, “Drag Race.” I thought you meant a car show. Yes, I know what you’re saying now, but no.

Corinne: It’s basically about drag queens. And there was a drag queen on the program called Sum Ting Wong. We were at the theater seeing the drag show, and it suddenly clicked. I had watched six weeks of this drag queen on the TV, and I went, “I finally get her name! It’s like something wrong, Sum Ting Wong!” And my mom was like, “Corinne, what do you mean, you’ve only just got that?” And I said, “It’s like anything. I read it. I read it again, and it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t form a sentence.” My mom looked at me and she said, “You need to get tested for dyslexia.” And it suddenly all just clicked in her head. Everything that had happened previously all made sense. And we thought, “Uh oh. We have been stupid. We’ve missed this the whole entire—the whole of my education.”

So, it was in my final year at university that it got tested for dyslexia, and—yeah.

Cooper: And here we are today!

Corinne: (laughs) Here we are today. I remember, the lady who tested me, I remember her being so rude and demoralizing. I was so upset by the situation. —Like I shouldn’t have been, but it is a big thing. —And I remember at the end of the test, I said to her, “How did it go? What do you think of the outcome?” She looked at me and she went, “Hmppph. You’re dyslexic.” I was like, “What?” Kind of a shock, heartbroken, taken aback. Obviously, the result came back I was dyslexic. And I was upset. But things made sense. It reaffirmed to me that I wasn’t stupid, it’s just that my brain works differently to other people’s.

Cooper: I’m always wondering how actors who have dyslexia memorize their lines. What’s the process, especially if it’s a fairly difficult thing to study and to read and memorize? What do you do?

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Corinne: It’s funny. Even in my acting classes when I was younger, I remember we would always sit in a circle, and we would all get a scene. And I would be sweating, I’d be so nervous. I kept saying to myself, “Please don’t be first, don’t be first to read.” I was so nervous that if my teacher did choose me to read first, I would say the words wrong, I would get words scrambled. It was a massive panic. Now, obviously knowing that I am dyslexic it makes sense. With scenes, it obviously takes me a little bit longer than most people to get the gist of things.

With scenes, because I’m so passionate about it, it obviously takes me a little bit longer than most people to get the gist of things. I even did a tape the other day, and I had completely misjudged what the scene was, what was happening. It just wasn’t in my head how it was written. I think now I know that I need to take time, to not stress. I can obviously make people aware that I’m dyslexic so it may take longer for me to get used to things.

But when I read a script, after the first initial few times, it’s like it comes to life. And I can see it play out in front of me. I think that’s quite similar with a lot of dyslexic people. They’re very creative and very visual people. It’s like I can see how it’s meant to happen, how the actions play out. It’s not then so much about the words that are written on the page and more like a choreography. I remember the emotion that happens with each action, where I’m meant to be facing. It kind of makes into more of a dance in a way. That’s how I remember it. It sounds a bit weird and wacky, but I guess it’s not focusing so much on the words and more about what emotions follow after one another, what action happens, the interaction between the other actor and the way that made me feel and triggering what happens next in the scene.

Cooper: I’m not sure if this is the right term, but is that method acting?

Corinne: I think method acting is more in the sense of getting into character. Say, for instance, I was playing a super-angry character, I’d go to a boxing class and really delve into all of my emotions from childhood traumas that made me super-angry and stuff that I hadn’t dealt with and put it into action. Whereas with this, it’s more creating a choreography with the emotions and the feelings and the actions, if that makes sense.

Cooper: Let’s come up with a new term: method choreography acting.

Corinne: (laughs) Corinne’s method, yes.

Cooper: I have dyslexia, so—

Corinne: Oh, you do?

Cooper: So, everything you said was just spot-on for me as well.

Corinne: Oh, really! I find it so interesting. I feel like a lot of people I’ve met have said the same thing. If you don’t realize you’re dyslexic, you just thinking you’re a bit crazy, but actually there’s a lot of us out there.

Cooper: There is talk about people with dyslexia having more creative capability.

Corinne: There’s a really interesting book all about people with learning disabilities and how their minds are so much more creative and how some companies search for people with dyslexia or dyspraxia to be part of their teams because they bring that creative flair that other people just don’t have in their brains.

Cooper: We see employers looking for that creative mind.

Corinne: I can finally say I’m dyslexic. It took a while to get used to it and to finally be able to say it, but I think it has helped me in a sense. For example, I did a table read, do you know what that is?

Cooper: That’s where you’re reading while having dinner…

Corinne: (laughs)

Cooper: For people who don’t know it, I would say it’s where actors around a table read their lines for an upcoming show.

Corinne: Yeah. I did a table read a couple of months ago. It was for a TV series. They gave us the whole episode. The script was huge. It was all the cast, the potential cast, ready to read it. And just me being able to say, “By the way, guys, I am dyslexic. It’s not that I’m not prepared or that I haven’t spent time on this, I haven’t learned what I meant to. It’s just with this amount of words in front of me, I might fumble, I might trip over my words, I might get some of the words wrong.” It gives that reassurance that I’m not just uncaring or I haven’t put the work in or I haven’t prepared. It’s just not the case. When it’s something like that and you are nervous and stress, it makes it so much worse. Just being able to say, “FYI, I’m dyslexic. Just give me a second,” is more freeing. It makes you feel more comfortable and takes, for me, anyway, that bit of stress off the situation.

Cooper: It does. It gives you agency.

Corinne: I think it takes time to get to that stage where you’re happy and open to talk about it. I’m sure anyone who’s going through a similar thing, it’s about the same. When you get to that stage when you can be proud of it and you know that your brain is beautiful and creative, just different, and you can speak about it openly, I think it’s an amazing thing. But I think it’s a journey to get there. It’s not something that everyone can get to or want to speak about. That’s why I think what you guys are doing is such an amazing thing, giving people the opportunity to realize that they’re normal, and that’s fine, and people’s brains work in different ways and not everyone is the same. I think what you guys are doing is great.

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Cooper: How did you find out about us?

Corinne: Just online, actually. I always like to research other actors who are dyslexic as well and how they cope with and deal with things, and other people with general disabilities. I like being inspired by people and learning from people. I just stumbled across you guys, and you guys are fab! (laughs)

I was thinking of coming over to the U.S.

Cooper: What does it mean for you to be in the U.S, in LA?

Corinne: It’s a lot bigger scale, a lot more opportunities. You meet a lot more people. Even if you don’t get the job, it’s more practice. it’s getting your brain trained again to learn all these lines and be fast-paced and be under pressure. It’s super-challenging. I love to challenge myself. But it can also lead to amazing opportunities as well.

Cooper: How do you network when you’re here?

Corinne: That’s a good question, one we’re all figuring out.

Cooper: (laughs) Oh, OK.

Corinne: You have to start preparation a long time in advance. You couldn’t, say, for someone who lives here, just get on a plane and expect to get in the room every day. That’s just not what’s going to happen. You need to be proactive, working hard months in advance to have those contacts, those connections, have things lined up for when you’re there, hopefully. Take it as it comes and see what happens.

Cooper: Would your agent or manager help you with that navigation?

Corinne: An agent would help, but I think you would need to put a lot of work in yourself. But, for now, I think I’ll see how the next couple of weeks go. Obviously, I’ve just had “Fisherman’s Friends” come out.

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Cooper: Tell us about that.

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Corinne: That was my first job coming out of university, which was a huge opportunity, something people don’t expect to happen to them for their first job out of uni. I remember doing my self-take, sent it off, thought nothing of it. A couple days later I heard back saying that they wanted to give me the part of Paige. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t realize the scale of the film. I didn’t even realize it would be in cinemas or the cast that I’d be working alongside with. I found out more about it, went down for filming, and the rest is history. (laughs)

Cooper: For people who haven’t seen or know about the film, can you tell us about the film and your character?

Corinne: Sure, “Fisherman’s Friends” are a real-life band from a little seaside town in the UK. It’s basically a true story following their journey. They end up playing at Glastonbury. They still play there nearly every year now. They’re a normal group of everyday people who have just stumbled across fame. The first film came out a couple of years ago, and this is the follow-on from that. It’s got a bit of romance. It’s a very feel-good, happy, English, funny film.

There’s a really important story line in the second film, advocating men’s mental health and normalizing it and showing that men have struggles, too. And then shows the family that they all are and the support system they have and getting things back on track with their music career. Struggling through loss and heartbreak. It’s a really beautiful story. My part, however, is not so beautiful. I’m just kind of a bit of fun, a feel-good, young singer who is a bit obsessive herself. She loves to selfie.

Cooper: Is Paige part of the band?

Corinne: She’s completely separate from the band. I’m signed to a big record label that did have the Fisherman’s Friends on board. Through their struggles, they kind of messed up a bit in the public eye, and the record label are dropping them. I’m the one who’s come in, the record label’s new focus and new drive, and the Fisherman’s Friends are earning back the record level. Without giving too much away, that’s kind of the vibe of it all.

Cooper: I won’t go any further. I don’t want to give it away. From that, did the phones start ringing because of that part?

Corinne: They haven’t quite started ringing yet. However, when we had just finished filming, I made a really good friendship with one of the main actors, Ramon Tikaram. He’s done “Game of Thrones,” “EastEnders,” all sorts. We were in the car, riding back together from base one day, back to costume, and he said to me, “I know this is your first job, I really want to help you.” He was in another film. One of his close friends is the director, and he knew that they were looking for a young woman to play the part of Hope. He put me forward to the director. I got the part. And then he and I did another film together. And then I got another job following on from that. And now “Fisherman’s Friends” is out, it’s only been out for two weeks. I don’t know how many people have gone to see it in the cinemas yet, but hopefully when more and more people see it, that will push things a little bit for me.

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Corinne and cast members of Fisherman’s Friends 2

Cooper: That’s really good. Maybe the phone didn’t ring, but your ears were.

Corinne: (laughs)

Cooper: Is that film international or UK-based?

Corinne: It will come to the U.S. eventually. The first one did really well in the US, so I know that the plan is to get the second one out there as well. At the current moment, it’s just in cinemas in the UK and then will be on a streaming service and go out to the U.S.

Cooper: So, it’s not streaming yet?

Corinne: No. It’s just in cinemas in the moment.

Cooper: That’s too bad.

Corinne: (laughs) The first one’s on Amazon Prime, but the second one is not out on streaming services yet.

Cooper: You didn’t name the other movies.

Corinne: The second film I did with Ramon is called “The Hunting of the Snark,” which is a Lewis Carroll poem. He wrote “Alice in Wonderland.” Our lovely director is Simon DaVison. Ramon plays the lead. I play a character called Hope. It’s a rendition of a Lewis Carroll poem. It’s not your average poem. It’s called a nonsense poem. It’s a bit of a weird and wonderful film, something a little bit different. It’s very true to Lewis Carroll and how he wrote it. It’s very exciting.

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Cooper: Where is that now?

Corinne: That’s not out yet. It will be out in the months to follow. And I did a Netflix series, a teenager’s, children’s drama. It’s called “Rebel Cheer Squad.” It’s season two of something called “Get Even.” So, they call it “Rebel Cheer Squad, a Get Even Series.” I play a character called Maya who’s a teacher. There’s speculation around the school about one of the students having a girlfriend. They turn heads to me. They’ve found love letters. It’s safe for children, so it’s still very PG, only love letters. But it turns out it’s not me who’s the love interest.

Cooper: Are you a regular? Do you show up more than once in the series?

Corinne: One episode, a small part again. I got a main part in a short film, which is really exciting.

Cooper: Can you talk about that?

Corinne: It’s a little film called “Four Walls of Us,” directed by a lovely director, Rhys Freeman. I’m playing the lead role of Joyce. It’s the story of two young lovers getting divorced. My parents recently split up, so I’ll be using some method acting. I’m going to channel my inner emotions and, hopefully, get a good, raw performance out of it. (laughs)

Cooper: (laughs) That’s good. I wanted to talk to you a little bit deeper is the work you’re doing. At one point you mentioned charity work with the rescue dogs, is that paid or volunteer?

Corinne: It’s volunteer work, for the charity, volunteer-based.

Cooper: How did you get into that? And is your mother doing this as well?

Corinne: We’ve always been a very big animal-loving family. We’re all vegan and we’re a bit animal-loving to the extreme. Anyway, we were in lockdown, and our previous dog, our family dog, had died a few years back. I was really, really struggling throughout lockdown. I found it really hard on my mental health. I kept saying, as a family, “We need a dog! We need dog! A dog would make everything better!” And slowly and surely, I started to talk everyone around.

My mom saw an advertisement of my current dog, Bobby. There was a bus that was coming over from Hungary. —That’s where the dogs were rescued from.—And it was arriving the following day. We had seen this photo of him, and we found out he was coming. The next day there were three dogs on that bus who didn’t have homes.

I saw a photo of him and I literally knew that he was my dog. I know that sounds really crazy to say, but it was just something in his eyes. And I thought, “Right! That is the one for me!” I said, “Look, guys, I’m going to adopt this dog.” My sister also fell in love with one of the other ones. She said, “I’m also adopting a dog.” And my parents couldn’t really do anything about it. So, the next day, we went to the charity and picked up my lovely dog, Bobby, and my sister’s dog, Luna.

From that day, I’ve become more and more involved with the charity. I got a second dog from the charity about six months after getting Bobby. They do such incredible work. They are the most caring people I’ve maybe ever met. They have such big hearts. They have literally dedicated their entire lives to saving dogs. They’ve transformed their family home into a big dog sanctuary in Hungary. They bring 20 dogs over to the UK every two to three weeks, so they’re literally saving dogs all the time.

They find dogs either on the streets or in killing stations in Hungary. And we get them ready to come over to the UK. For instance, neutering them, spaying them—We don’t want any more puppies in the world because that is part of the problem. We vaccinate them, give them their worming treatment, their flea treatment. We give them their vet checks and then we bring them over to the UK to be homed.

Part of that process is home-checking people, checking that their garden’s safe, asking what prior experience they have, finding out if they have cats. You name it. It’s a long list of questions we have to go through. Basically, we try to match up the best dog to the best family. That’s a huge part of what I do. We’re literally saving dogs all the time. It’s really sad to see them in the situations that they find them in, but it’s one of the most beautiful things to see them happy, following their journey down the line and seeing how much they change and how much happiness they’ve brought a family, how they come out of their shells and start to become confident. It’s literally a very beautiful thing to do, and I’m really passionate about it. That keeps me going when I’m not doing the whole acting thing.

Cooper: I think there’s a lot of therapy that goes on when you volunteer, but then there’s a connection now with an animal that you’re supporting. So, there are multiple levels of wellness that are happening.

Corinne: I do genuinely think that my dog Bobby is literally my therapy dog. He pretty much saved me throughout lockdown. I’m sure a lot of people also were struggling with mental health at that time. He got me out of the house. He made me meet new people on dog walks. He changed things around for me. I do believe that therapy dogs are a thing.

Cooper: How did this organization expand to also supporting Ukrainian dogs?

Corinne: Hungry meets the Ukrainian borders, and the family—It’s a family-run charity, a nonprofit. —When everything in Ukraine started to happen, obviously, it had a big impact on people’s pets as well. They would drive over to Ukraine, risking their lives every single time they went over, and tried to save as many dogs as possible. They had people ringing them, saying, “We need somewhere for our dogs to go to keep them safe. We can’t look after them anymore because we’re living in such dangerous conditions.” They’d find dogs on the streets in Ukraine and it started happening that way as well. They’re literally the most selfless people I’ve ever met. They’re just incredible.

Cooper: The news doesn’t cover what happens to people’s pets.

Corinne: Yeah, the families have to put their families first, the kids, the human beings. It’s not that they don’t care about animals any more, it’s just such dangerous conditions that they can’t physically help everyone. So having a charity like Hungary Hearts, who are literally going in and risking their lives to save people’s pets as well, they’re just incredible.

Cooper: Do you think they understand that the word “Hungary” in the English means—

Furman sisters at Hungary Dog Rescue
Furman sisters at Hungary Hearts Dog Rescue

Corinne: (laughs) I don’t know! I think my dogs do know. When I’m feeding them, I go, “Are you hungry?” And they eat like crazy. So, I think they do.

Cooper: (laughs)

Corinne: Oh, it’s definitely a play on words, yes.

Cooper: So, they speak English?

Corinne: It’s run by a lovely couple, and their daughter, Hilda, she’s the lady who runs everything from the UK. Her parents, who live in Hungary there, don’t speak any English at all, and Hilda speaks Hungarian and English. So, she’s the point of contact between the volunteers we have in England and her parents who are looking after the newly rescued dogs in Hungary.

Cooper: Do you think the name of the organization came from the parents or from the daughter?

Corinne: I think they came up with it together. They’re a very close-knit family, they’re very close.

Cooper: When I first heard it, I thought it was maybe a food bank or a dating service.

Corinne: I think as soon as you type their name in, they have dogs everywhere, and you think, “Oh, Hungary Hearts, dogs are always hungry, Hungary.” I think it’s quite clever. (laughs)

Cooper: You could do that to so many charities in Hungary, using the word Hungary first.

Corinne: (laughs) Exactly.

Cooper: Who knew that you had an acting bug first, you or your mother?

Corinne: I’m going to have to say my mom, just because I’ve always been the child from a very young age to perform for my parents and to do impressions. Even when I’m explaining things sometimes I’ll act them out. I guess my mom, but the real passion I think came from me first. I started dancing first. Dance was my main passion. I then went from straight dance school to a performing arts school, and then they introduced me to singing and acting. Within a couple of lessons I completely fell in love with acting. I think it’s an art that’s so much more freeing in the sense that it’s open to anyone, whereas with dance, you have to look a certain way, you have to be a certain way, your career finishes by 30. In acting, you can be whoever you want to be, short, tall, fat, skinny, ginger, blonde, you can be anyone and there is a part for you. So that was why I fell in love with it initially.

I love performing. I love being able to tell important stories. I love how you could have the same scene in front of you and do it with two different actors, and there would be a different outcome. There’s never a right or wrong, whereas with dance, it needs to be in line at the same time, your leg needs to be at this level. Whereas with acting, it’s completely different. Everyone’s interpretation of the scene is completely different. It’s so much more freeing. For me, getting to channel my emotions and stuff that I’ve gone through in life in a way to tell a beautiful story is really special about acting as well.

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Cooper: So, from your early childhood you’ve always had that intrinsic nature to perform?

Corinne: Yeah. I mean, when I was little, I used to be quite an (entertainer). I loved making people laugh and do a little show for them. I think I just had it in me. Now it’s not just the acting that I love. I love being on set. I find it thrilling. I literally come off set with such a buzz, such a high. I love meeting new people every day, doing something different each day. I love it all. I love seeing everything that happens behind the camera. I love seeing the months of hard work finally all coming together and seeing the finished product. There’s so much more to acting than just the acting, if that makes sense.

Cooper: Absolutely. Without a doubt. You talk about leaving the set alive. You probably get energy just heading toward the set.

Corinne: Oh, I do. I’m so excited. Costume fitting, I’m over the moon. I get excited by all of it, all of it. I love it. I absolutely love it. I love every single part of it. It’s literally what I want to do forever, and I hope that with enough hard work and determination, that’s what can happen.

Cooper: Anything else you want to share that we haven’t talk about?

Corinne: I’m not at this stage yet, but I want to be sharing my story and telling people that if you want something and you dream of it, then go for it and don’t be scared that it might fail, because if you want it and you work for it, then—fingers crossed, it will happen. I think that it’s important to not feel held back by a disability. If you love it and you dream of it, what’s stopping you?

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