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One of the things I love about the Heal My PTSD… website is that it continues to build a terrific community of survivors, caregivers, healing professionals and others who are
One of the things I love about the Heal My PTSD website is that it continues to build a terrific community of survivors, caregivers, healing professionals and others who are sympathetic to the plight of symptoms of posttraumatic stress. Last week I received an email from Erika Ringor (you might recognize her from the movie Love & Basketball or from TNT’s Jada Pinkett Smith series “Hawthorne”, or “Ghost Whisperer”, “Cold Case” and a recurring on CBS “Moonlight”) about a new film she wants to make about a female marine struggling with PTSD.
Erika is in the midst of raising money for the project and needs our help in spreading the word. You can find info about the film, watch the trailer and learn more about Erika’s fundraising efforts here. Please help her raise awareness for this project so that this compassionate film can be made.
I asked Erika for an interview so we could learn more about the film and why she’s interested in making it. You have an opportunity to be heard and influence how she plays the character as Erika specifically asks us for answers about what it’s like to have PTSD….
Summarize the story; what’s the arc and focus of the film?
The focus for our film is to make people aware of how difficult it is, for our Vets in particular, who suffer with PTSD, to adjust to civilian life. “TROY SPEAKS THE TRUTH” is told from a woman’s perspective.
Tell us about the character with PTSD — how is she handling it, what does she hope for, etc.
Diana Troy, played by me, Erika Ringor, is a First Leuitnenant in the Marine Corps whose unit is attacked while on a routine mission in Afghanistan. She loses men and witnesses things that you can never really be prepared for. She hopes to adjust and continue with her old life when she comes home to her family, but the mental scars are just too much.
Why do you feel compelled to play this role?
I feel compelled to play this role because I think it’s an important story, I’m compassionate about it and I’m passionate about telling this story. As a strong, independent woman, I want to speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves. I want to represent the woman who aren’t represented.
How do you plan to prepare to play a character with PTSD?
My plan is to spend time with woman, veterans and non-veterans, who suffer with PTSD and talk to them about their daily lives and how they cope. Talk to their families about how it affects them as well. Try to walk in their shoes for a few days and experience their experiences if that makes sense.
What will audiences learn about PTSD by watching the film?
We want audiences to learn how to have compassion and patience with PTSD. We want people to know that it does exist and is very prominent in our society. They will experience someone elses struggle and maybe get an understanding of what a person who struggles with PTSD goes through on a daily basis. We want people to be AWARE.
If you could ask my audience for PTSD pointers, what do you most want to know?
My goal in playing Diana Troy is to be as true to the story as possible. I don’t want to “play” a person with PTSD, I want to become that person while I am doing this movie.
1. What do they want to see in a movie about PTSD?
2. What is their daily routine is?
3. What do they want people to know about PTSD?
4. Are there any specifics that are common amongst people with PTSD?
I may never know what it’s like to have PTSD, but if I can just for a moment experience an ounce of it, I think I could do this role justice.
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