Kelly Rutherford: Authenticity Is The Way To Create Good Relations

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Kelly Rutherford, an accomplished American actress, has left an indelible mark on the television landscape with her versatile performances. Born on November 6, 1968, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, she embarked on a journey that would lead her to become a household name. Rutherford's acting prowess emerged as she portrayed Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC soap opera 'Generations' from 1989 to 1991. Her talent found further recognition through the character Megan Lewis on Fox's iconic Melrose Place (1996–1999) and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW's beloved series Gossip Girl (2007–2012).

Kelly Rutherford's early education at Corona del Mar High School in California laid the foundation for her artistic pursuits. After honing her craft at HB Studio in New York City and the Beverly Hills Playhouse, she entered the spotlight with roles in daytime soap operas. Her portrayal of Dixie Cousins on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. showcased her multifaceted acting abilities. Notably, her appearance in the film I Love Trouble and her roles in various TV series, including Threat Matrix, E-Ring, and Dynasty, demonstrated her versatility. Rutherford's contributions to both the small and silver screens have solidified her as a respected figure in the entertainment industry.

Kelly travels a lot, and one of the places she loves is Greece. She has met so many wonderful people there. She finds them kind and generous. The beauty of Greece brings so much peace in her. She would live on Milos Island forever.

Greek City Times recently caught up with Kelly and here is what she had to say.



When reflecting on your childhood years, did you always dream of becoming an actress? What were some of the pivotal moments that led you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Yes, my mother took me to see films and I could ‘do’ relate to some of the characters in the films that I thought it would be so nice to act. To share our humanity in that way.

You have had an extensive career collaborating with various actors and actresses. How do you approach building chemistry and rapport with your co-stars to bring authenticity to your performances?

I work with what’s there and really make the best of it. It is authentic this way and continue to cultivate it as you would any friendship or working relationship.

You've been involved in both daytime and primetime soap operas. What are the key differences in preparing for these roles, and which genre do you find more challenging as an actress?

Daytime, you are filming a script a day. Primetime, a script over about 8 days. So you have more time to be creative. It’s been so long since I did daytime. I was lucky enough to learn a lot there about work ethic when I first started at 18 years old.

Your filmography includes a diverse range of roles. Is there a specific character that has had a profound impact on you, and if so, how did it influence your approach to acting?

I believe they all have because you are able to see another perspective other than your own. You are required to think about how someone else would do things. Soon have learned so much from the characters I have played.

As a co-founder of the Whyzzer application, can you tell us about the inspiration behind its creation and how it aims to enhance user experiences?

Yes, it is a way of making knowledge accessible to everyone and sharing knowledge, expertise, and wisdom in one place. So many have wisdom to share that can make us all Whyzzer (wiser).


Family seems to hold a significant place in your life. How has your role as a parent influenced your choices in acting projects and career trajectory?

It’s always about prioritising. When I did “Gossip Girl” I did 10 out of 13 episodes so I would have more time with my kids. And they were really wonderful about my schedule doing press and so on, so you just do your best.

Looking ahead, what kind of roles do you aspire to take on in the future? Are there any particular genres or themes you're eager to explore?

Yes, I love films like “The Bourne Identity” or “James Bond” and action films like “Mission Impossible”. Also, I love the costume dramas.

Social media has become a powerful tool for actors to connect with their fans. How do you strike a balance between engaging with your audience and maintaining your privacy?

I just do my best to enjoy it and put something good out there in the world.

Tell us about a memorable experience or challenge you faced while working on a project. How did it shape your approach to handling similar situations in the future?

For sure I have learned, it’s so important who you choose to partner with and how you communicate.

As an actress with a diverse portfolio, what advice would you give to aspiring actors who are looking to establish themselves in the entertainment industry and maintain a successful and enduring career?

It has changed so much since I started. I would say create roles for yourself. Option a book and get it made. Or start creating interesting, and inspiring content. Or write a script or book that can be made into a film or series.

You have been to Greece. Tell us your impression of the country. 

I have visited and love Greece. I would totally move there. I love Milos, I could just live there, it’s so peaceful and beautiful, and the food! And the people I know from Greece are just so wonderful.

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