Rachel Hendrix is an actress who demonstrated an affinity with theatrics and art from an early age. Rachel Hendrix attended The University of Montevallo where she received a BFA in photography. Before graduating college, she was introduced to filmmaker Kris Kimlin at a sushi restaurant and was asked if she would act in his short film, Letting Go which she agreed to. Because of that role, she was discovered and appeared in many short films, music videos and commercials. The acting bug had already bitten and by 2009 Hendrix landed the lead in Halogen Network’s TV pilot, Alumni. Rachel’s next movie October Baby opened in a relatively modest 390 theatres but also strode grassroots support and word of mouth to a #1 ranking for limited-release movies. Since October Baby’s release in 2012, Rachel Hendrix went on to star in two feature films, The Perfect Wave, next to Scott Eastwood and Cheryl Ladd, and “Letting Go with Andrew Cheney both of which came out in 2012. Since then, Rachel Hendrix has continued to flourish as an actress. Please enjoy my interview with Rachel Hendrix…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
I dabble in all kinds of artistic projects, but I make my living as an actress. It’s fun. I tell people I have the best and the hardest job in the world (other actors will get that).
Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz Weber. She’s a firecracker and has reached into the pit of my soul on more than one occasion.
What’s your earliest memory of reading?
I think I was four. My mom would sit me down on our beautifully comfortable, love-worn sofa and read an illustrated version of Strawberry Shortcake to me before bed. It was my favorite, so I unintentionally memorized all the words (since we had read it so many times) and in turn convinced myself I could read by reciting them back to her. I was wrong, of course.
If you could encourage young people to read one book in particular, what would it be?
Oh man, this is such a difficult question. I would have to say three books, in no particular order:
For the wild and free creative who wants to make a living – Wisdom Meets Passion by Jared Angaza. For my feminist readers out there, Ways of Seeing by John Berger and for anyone who wants a fresh perspective on what it looks like to love Jesus and love people, Love Wins by Rob Bell.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
I waited tables on Sunday afternoons at a Chinese restaurant with a cleanliness rating of 83.
Do you read as much as you’d like to?
Honestly, I don’t. For me, reading is a discipline. Since I’m drawn to non-fiction, I find there’s a sense of academia and growth, be it spiritual or otherwise, in the time I set aside to read. I don’t do it for entertainment. There is a substantial amount of film and television content available I have a hard time setting time aside to read and enter into that headspace. I know the value of it, but lately I replace that time by watching a good film or getting immersed in a series. Writing is everything when it comes to gripping me enough I feel I’ll run out of content to injest soon enough though. It’s difficult with my line of work to not want to be “in the know” with what’s out there and keep up with the writers/directors/actors making beautiful things.
What books do you feel are important reading for people on your career path?
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield; this book is in my brain most days.
I often carry around Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr with me when I travel and read pieces of it any time I get a moment. When I’m feeling a bit displaced, it’s a constant truth reminder of what it looks like to walk in the best version of one’s self, and when we don’t get it right (which is a lot of the time) what it looks like for grace fills in those gaps.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
Love Does by Bob Goff – this guy’s life is so fun to read about. It reeks of love and embracing the beauty of the mundane.
What’s your favourite genre of book?
I lean towards non-fiction lately, but I can’t say it’s my favorite. I love memoir, biography, short or long narrative, poetry, anything from Rob Bell to Jane Austen to Edgar Allan Poe.
What do you think a world without books would be like?
I think it would be colder, somehow. And perhaps shaped like a square.
Is there an author whose writing you’re such a fan of, that you’ll read everything they release?
I wish I could say yes to this but it’s unfortunately not the case.
Do you think digital books will ever completely replace real books?
Not in my lifetime, no. I think we can all agree this would be a borderline if not full out dystopia: if books were dissipating (wait, maybe they are already) or outlawed, even destroyed, the amount of stories passing from person to person would change drastically. I would be very sad for us as human beings. I don’t know how it would be physically possible to destroy what’s already been printed, but I can see a hold or discontinuation of printing all-together.
What book do you feel humanity needs right now?
I am not smart enough to answer this question.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life?
I have been and am still impacted daily by St. Paul’s The Epistle to the Romans.
For novel readers who like a little mystery and magic, I would recommend The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón or Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I will be buying them both in hardback for my fancy shelf this year.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
I’m not sure quite yet. I like to ask people for recommendations and go from there.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
This may be the best and hardest question. There have been many themes in my life and many words that land in my head when I think about this question. Finding my own unique voice and encapsulating it into a title seems like something I need to explore. I suppose I’ll have to write the book first.