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Allison DuBois: The Real Medium Behind "Medium"

Interview with Allison DuBois


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Real-life medium Allison DuBois with Patricia Arquette, the actress who incarnates her on-screen for prime time's 'Medium'.

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Evelyn: I was going to ask you about that. You were saying in a previous interview that a lot of mediums, unless it's reaching someone who died of old age, don't want to touch trauma.
Allison: They can't stomach it. They say "it's too hard, it hurts." But that's our job! We're supposed to take on their pain for them. That's what we do. We help to remove it. They have to rejoin the living, it's our job to do that so they can finish their life. So I actually prefer the trauma readings because when I walk away, I'm exhausted when I leave the event, but I did something that changed somebody's life and that's big and if I can do that for the rest of my life, I'll die happy because if people live better lives because of me, then I guess I was born for a reason.

Evelyn: I've got one last question for you. You have an Emmy award-winning prime-time TV show based on you, you've made it on the New York Times Best Seller list, you're on tour ... what's next for Allison DuBois?
Allison: I wish I could tell you what's next! I actually know but there's not a lot to say. I've got some big things in the works for TV next year. I'm negotiating a couple of contracts right now and I'm writing my fourth book and I wrote my first television series and I wrote a movie I'm trying to get made. I just like to write. But I think I'm ready to take a vacation with my family because I've been very work-oriented and my family has to carry equal weight so -- my middle daughter just turned 13 and last Saturday was her party and Maria Lark who plays her [on Medium] came for a sleepover and so watching to two of them together on their laptops playing their dragon video games ... -- I'm going to spend the next year balancing family with work. But I'm at that point where I don't know what to do for an encore. I'm just really proud of the show and hope it gives people a different take on the fact that [mediums are] not perfect, that we're human beings and we could be anybody, a priest or a mother, anyone. I'm just proud of where I'm at and I hope my girls pick different professions. [Laughter]. I'm like "be a doctor and use your intuition or something but don't do this professionally just because you can." So they've all picked different professions from what I do so I'm happy. I always say "you don't break a glass ceiling without getting cut" so that's what I'm doing. I'm making it better for the next generation.

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