A Conversation with Kathryn Hunter
Harry Potter fans best know Kathryn Hunter as the actress who plays Mrs. Figg in Order of the Phoenix, the Dursleys’ unassuming Squib neighbor who was brought forward as witness to the Dementors’ attack of Harry and Dudley at the Wizengamot trial. Her brief, tantalizing appearance left two distinct impressions on the viewer: her tiny, weathered figure, cloaked in an opaque raincoat, completely at odds with the bloated, tacky presentation of the Dursleys; and her raspy, emotion-laden voice, which wonderfully added dimension to her character as written about in the books. This is what Kathryn Hunter excels at, completely immersing herself into a character until the viewer can barely distinguish between them and their character.
She’s a wonderful theater actor, most known for her turns as King Richard in Richard III and Red Peter in Kafka’s Monkey. Right now, she will be donning both hats of producer and director in the upcoming play My Perfect Mind, which will be performed at 59E59 Theaters in New York from June 10 to June 28, a limited three-week run for the theater’s Brits Off Broadway season. You can buy tickets here and read more about the play here.
I had the fantastic chance to interview Kathryn Hunter about My Perfect Mind, as well as poke her fascinating and intelligent brain about herself and her thought processes. The thoroughly intriguing interview, conducted via email, has been slightly edited for both clarity and brevity.