Lisa Joyce recently got the kind of break that most actresses only dream of. The 31-year-old Chicago native was offered a starring role — sans audition — in André Gregory's staging of Ibsen's The Master Builder
. That turned into an opportunity to showcase her talent on screen in actor/playwright Wallace Shawn's cinematic reworking of the tale. The film version, which director Jonathan Demme shot over the course of one week, is currently captivating audiences everywhere — quite possibly because of Joyce's breakout performance as Hilde Wangel, a beautiful, unhinged young woman, who is a stand-in for the Angel of Death.
While this may sound like an overnight success story, Joyce sharpened her acting skills at the DePaul Theater School and Steppenwolf Theater in the Windy City before landing a recurring role on Boardwalk Empire
and hitting the big time. So, before she becomes untouchable, we caught up with Joyce to chat about how she's handling the recent attention, what she wears when she's not on screen, and why her favorite Chicago memory has something to do with the "Superbowl Shuffle."Hair and makeup by Andrew Colvin.
Photographed by Atisha Paulson