Brandy Burre is not exactly an actress with an IMDB page that screams "powerhouse." Her best known role was as Theresa D'Agostino on The Wire, during which time she appeared on fifteen episodes. This was from 2004 to 2006, after which she seemed to disappear into the abyss--better known as embracing domesticity, motherhood and moving to suburbia (Beacon, New York).
So what can you do when you've given up your dream for the nightmare? Document it. "I'm not working, so this is my outlet," says Burre at one point in the film. The "this" in question is the documentary by Robert Greene (known for the pro-wrestling exposé, of sorts, Fake It So Real), entitled simply Actress.
In spite of proclaiming the usual guilty mother statement about loving her children (she has two) but no longer having any time for herself, Burre takes relief when they depart with her husband for a long weekend. It is during this time that she seizes her opportunity for freedom by cheating on her everyman sort of husband, Tim. Naturally (and conveniently for the drama of the story), Tim finds out about her indiscretion after discovering something incriminating on her computer.
Burre takes the unraveling of her marriage as a sign to continue to pursue her true passion: acting.The fortuitousness of being neighbors with Robert Greene perhaps further proved that the screen was not ready to lose her--the film of Burre's life ultimately being what needed to come out of her time spent in housewifery .
"I'm clumsy...not very graceful." So concludes Robert Greene's documentary, with Burre appearing before the camera with a black eye after having auditioned in New York. The damage to her face is, obviously, not going to help her land any roles anytime soon. Though she did have one recently in 2014's Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman. So will she keep going after this, subjecting herself to the cruel scrutiny directed at actresses of a certain age (a subject she addresses with vitriol)? Presumably. Because the call to do something you want never really dies until your soul does.