Never Give Up!
When Alley Mills ( Pam) was a young actress living in Los Angeles, she was completely disheartened when her then- agent told her she didn’t have a look that was viable. “She said, ‘ I just don’t know what to do with you. I mean, you’re kind of pretty… ’ I told her, ‘I don’t operate on pretty… I’m a character actor!’” Dishear tened by the expe-
rience, Mills returned to New York to focus on theater, but it was while seeing a performance of Sweeney Todd on Broadway that she was inspired to return to Tinseltown. “There was an actor in the show, Len Cariou, and he was so brilliant that I stood up and screamed ‘Bravo!’ at his curtain call, and it just inspired me to go back and not give up,” she explains. Mills even went so far as to go backstage to tell Cariou about the ef fect his per formance had had upon her. And when she bumped into him years later in Hollywood, she reminded him of that encounter — which he remembered!