Shauna Macdonald (II)

Shauna Macdonald (II)



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A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Shauna MacDonald is a film and television actress most known for her roles on the BBC action drama Spooks and in the 2005 thriller The Descent. Although born in Malaysia, where his father used to teach English, Shauna and her family moved back…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Macdonald was part of Total Film magazine's December 2008 photoshoot and feature article, "Rising Movie Stars as Characters Past". She dressed up as The Bride from the 2003 film Kill Bill: Vol.1.

    • Shauna did voice-acting for the character of Vari on the BBC radio programme Soft Fall the Sounds of Eden, directed by Gaylor Macfarlane.

    • Her professional onscreen acting debut was starring alongside Billy Connolly in The Debt Collector when she was only 17 years old.

    • Shauna modeled her portrayal of Sarah in The Descent after Sigourney Weaver's performance in the Alien movies.

    • In 2006, Shauna, as a member of the Banana Army team, participated in the Great North Run marathon in England and ran to raise funds for Leukaemia Research. A regular participant in long-distance running events, she also joined the New York Marathon in 2005 and clocked in at 3 hours and 37 minutes.

    • Macdonald, star of the action horror The Descent, admits to not being a fan of the horror genre or of "slasher" movies and prefers psychological thrillers.

    • Theatrical Credits:
      A View from the Bridge (Dundee Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse)
      Home (National Theatre of Scotland)
      Victory (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh)
      Pal Joey (Citizens Theatre)
      The Tempest (Brunton Theatre)

    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      The Debt Collector (1999) as Catriona
      Daybreak (2000) as Emily
      Late Night Shopping (2001) as Gail
      The Rocket Post (2004) as Catherine Mackay
      Niceland (Population. 1.000.002) (2004) as Sandra
      Chicken Soup (2006) as Jess
      If I'm Spared (2007) as Fiona
      Wedding Belles (2007) as Rhona
      Jetsam (2007) as Rachel
      Mutant Chronicles (2008) as Adelaide

    • Shauna is 5' 6½" (1.69 m) tall.

    • In 2007, Shauna was nominated for a Best Actress Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, for her movie The Descent.

  • Quotes

    • Shauna: (advice to aspiring actors) Just go out and do it. If you really want to be an actor, you will be an actor, because you get so much rejection. The best actors get rejection. Bad actors get rejection as well. But it's the ones that stick to it that make it.

    • Shauna: (recollecting an playing a little fairy as a child) I was a really shy kid and my mum bullied me into it. I was waiting in the wings and I was supposed to sort of twinkle on with a friend of mine and I just got total, utter stage fright. In the interval my mum came downstairs and said to me, 'Do you know how long it took me to sew those sequins on your tutu? You are going on stage.'

    • Shauna: (describing how she got into acting) When I was about thirteen and just realized that acting like now, I was quite shy-god, watching the film you wouldn't think that we were shy girls. But you do just get to sort of play around and be different characters and do things you wouldn't dare do as a normal person I suppose.

    • Shauna: I was always cast as the f*cking fairy, because I did this kids stuff for a few years, I was a fairy for a long time, which I rebelled against and said, 'I'm not going to be a fairy anymore!' so they went, 'Okay, you can be the crippled peasant.' And [laughing] that was my promotion.

    • Shauna: I love being able to work on different genre films, that no one has filed me away in a nice little box yet and I can do lots of different types of film and genres and different types of characters. If I have an ideal career or strive for anything it would be to carry on being able to do that.

    • Shauna: I love Edinburgh I miss it a lot, so who knows I may make another move up. But even if you do live in Scotland you're fully prepared to spend a lot of time away from your home so if I did ever move it would be to have a nice base to move from.

    • Shauna: (on her physical preparation for "The Descent 2") Sometimes it was really hard getting the motivation because it's tiring being a mum with a baby who's gorgeous but doesn't like to sleep all the time, but you know the incentive was to get back into leggings and a vest top and also I wanted to be good. I remember feeling just awkward with some of the fighting in the first film because I wasn't prepared and I thought no, don't have that detracting me, I need to think about my moves, I want to be able to flow with it this time.

    • Shauna: I like the instant reaction you get in theatre – you know right away if it's a good night or a bad night. With film you sometimes have to wait two years for that reaction or sometimes they don't ever get released.

    • Shauna: (about working on "Realism") I'd never worked without a script before. We did improvisation and the script was constantly changing – there was loads of fine tuning. Working that way is quite intimidating, but also quite liberating. It's not like some kind of concrete block that you're working with; you can push things.

    • Shauna: I'm genuinely scared of the dark and I don't like being in enclosed spaces and I don't particularly like being on my own in a house.

    • Shauna: It's not that men are finding stronger women sexy. I just think women are getting stronger.

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