Gayle Rankin


Nationality: Scottish Born: Unknown

Alan Alexander Milne, better known as A. A. Milne, was an author and poet from England, who was particularly famous for being the creator of the character Winnie the Pooh. Milne was educated at the University of Cambridge and initially worked as a playwright; however it was as the writer of Winnie the Pooh in 1926 that he became famous. It was followed up by The House at Pooh Corner two year later. Other than that, he was a prolific writer who wrote children’s short story and poetry collections, newspaper columns, plays and had also been a columnist for the popular magazine Punch.
There is magic in Scotland. It's country with a lot of pride and bravery. I feel lucky to have been born into that.
I spent the first 16 years of my life in Scotland. My whole family is there. It's in my blood and informs my sense of humour, my point of view, the people I choose to spend time with, everything.
I would ask my mum to feed my dolls and make sure they were tucked in when I went to school.
I fell in love with it after going there on holiday when I was 16: we went on one of those red bus tours, and it goes past Juilliard, and I was like, 'I want to go there'.
I was never interested in 'making up' games when I was little. I wanted to create something real.
I just feel lucky to have had my training at Juilliard. Even though it is a 'classical' training programme, they also prepare you for all mediums. They don't teach specific techniques or subscribe to a specific school of thought about acting.
I've always wanted to perform and act my whole life and to understand people more, so that's the only reason I've got to work with the people I've worked with.
I didn't think I was right for 'Cabaret'.
I was a really girly girl when I was younger. I only wore pink until I was at least 12. Think of me in culottes with a Bagpuss T-shirt and frizzy hair. Oh, and I was a fat child. It was bad news.
Naivete is the real reason I applied to Juilliard. I wanted to study drama and not musical theater because I have a hard time dancing. I only applied there.
'Calamity Jane' inspired me to be a performer. I still want to be her.
I could legitimately put someone in a headlock, for sure.