For an outsider, the desire to work in Hollywood is next to achieving nirvana. In an industry with hundreds of thousands of actors and newcomers, making space for oneself in the large crowd is extremely challenging, if not impossible. Many people take the leap into acting to fulfill their dreams and a vast majority step back without realizing them. But if there’s one actress who chose to not give up and stayed persistent to get a “dream-like” opportunity, it is Kate Katzman. Hers is the kind of face you will see in bit parts for years before she shows up in a supporting role and lands squarely on your radar. It has taken a movie like The Comeback Trail for her to take that latest step.
To be sure, Katzman has worked very hard to get where she is. The Irish-American actress started out as a model in Miami but moved into acting when she took Burt Reynolds’ prestigious master classes in Jupiter, Florida. She has done several films, but none quite as high profile as this.
“Every actor dreams of working with other high profile, highly-esteemed actors,” says Katzman. “But in the end, all you want to do is good work. You want a unique script that pulls you in, makes you laugh, or uniquely touches you.”
The Comeback Trail – a remake of the 1982 comedy of the same name – sees Katzman starring alongside some very notable names in Hollywood: Robert DeNiro, Zach Braff, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman. And it is certainly an irreverent story, in which two down and out producers cast an aging western star in the hopes that he’ll die and they can collect the insurance.
Katzman is, understandably, thrilled to be working with such a cast. And she’s excited to tell such a fun story. “Honestly, films like these are why you become an actor in the first place,” she says.