Samantha became a flight attendant to escape the repressive environment of her youth. Her fiancé Kate adores her, but isn’t nearly as invested in having a big wedding. They’re played by Nathalie Cruz and Kristin Watson Heintz respectively in the Indianapolis premiere of Enter Love at Theatre on the Square next month.
Nathalie, what’s lovable about Kristin?
NC: If I were to have a dream (woman) partner onstage, she would be it. It’s rare to come across an actor that you sync in right away. Her ideas seems to fit mine! And this lady is funny and fun to watch on stage.
And what’s lovable about her character, Kate?
NC: Kate to me is a very grounded character, the yin to Samantha’s yang. She can be a potty-mouthed girl and still be adorable. She’s real and yet very intriguing, that’s sexiness you can’t get enough of.
KH: I totally think the potty-mouthed thing was type casting.
Kristin, what’s lovable about Nathalie?
KH: Nathalie and I had never worked together before this show and didn’t know each other and then all the sudden, we’re a couple! She’s been extremely giving and open on stage. We have to create an intimacy and history fast, and she’s open to doing that and never shuts it down. She’s been a dream partner in our little airport world. Very generous. In an acting partner, that’s golden.
And what about Samantha?
KH: Her optimism. Her clear vision of what she wants. Sam is in love and wants to spend her life with Kate. The end. It’s an admirable trait.
Besides the two of you, which characters in this production are people going to fall in love with?
KH: All of them? Seriously, everyone is bringing it. Alex sticks out – Jill makes her so accessible and real. And Fern is just the cat’s meow.
What’s your favorite song in the show?
NC: One Dream
KH: Tie between Love Song and It Was You. When working on them with Lynn, I informed her I would probably throw everyone else off the stage and insist on singing them myself. They are singer’s songs. You want to lean into them, bend your back, hold an old fashioned mic in a club while wearing a slinky dress and just fly with those song.
What’s the longest time you’ve been stuck in an airport?
NC: 3 hrs (and that’s excruciating!)
KH: This isn’t the longest but it’s the most interesting: In college, our choir was invited to sing at the American Chorale Directors Association National Convention in Phoenix. After several days there, we were fed at a church on Saturday and then the next morning we were to sing at that church and then fly home that afternoon. Well, I got food poisoning. I ended up at the ER while the rest of the choir performed. There was a question about whether I would be able to fly. I was drugged with something that made me stop puking (and other stuff) but put me directly to sleep. I don’t remember how long our layover was that day but I remember lying on the floor in the airport and sleeping like the dead until someone told me to get on the plane (where I instantly fell asleep again).
What will people be talking about in the car on the drive home after the show?
KH: How darling this show is. It feels like old fashioned musical comedy (in the very best way) but with modern themes. There are some great surprises and great moments of reflection. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do: make you happy, make you sigh, make you laugh, allow you to escape.
NC: The wedding perhaps?
KH: Or the dress…
ENTER LOVE is playing at Theatre on the Square September 12 – 27. Tickets available online.