Brooke Bloom illustrates the highs and lows of a enigmatic woman who made a major imprint on history in the A.R.T.’s latest production, Marie Antoinette. Playing Marie is no easy feat, as David Adjmi’s interpretation of the scandalous French Queen is a complex character with much of her adult life compressed into two hours. Bloom, a member of the Antaeus Company in Los Angeles, has a varied background that properly equips her to command the stage for the majority of this play. Get yourself to the Loeb Drama Center and you’ll see her power in the last half hour of the performance.

But for those who can’t make it, we recommend you dive in and get to know her a little better! Here are our five questions with Brooke:

Why are you attracted to Marie Antoinette, the individual?

Well, in this context…because she is a tiny part of me.

Where do you do your best creative work?

Whenever I’m hired to do it…supervised.

What is your pre-show ritual?

Changes for each show. In this one I can’t tell, it’s a bit superstitious.

Favorite kind of cake?

Marzipan cake from Viktor Benes Bakery.

Paris or Versailles?

Paris.

Image courtesy of the A.R.T.