Q – How did you get started in the business?
A – I started when I was about six. Originally it was just for fun, but I quickly developed a passion for it. I started doing commercials and short films and eventually an agent convinced my family it would be a good idea to try LA for a few months. It was going well so a few months turned into twelve years.
Q – What’s been your favorite role so far?
A – Playing Abby Boyd in Disconnect was a dream for me. I fought tooth and nail for that role. I loved everything about it — it challenged me. The story covers the nasty parts of social media and encourages people to look up and be present. The internet can be the best and worst thing sometimes. It was and still is an important story to tell.
Q – What’s been your most challenging one?
A – Probably Brenna on Chasing Life. It’s funny still playing a teen when in real life you’re older. I wanted to play her right because I wanted the LGBT community to approve. I felt like I was representing people finding themselves at that tender age. I had a blast playing her!
Q – How would you describe your personal style?
A – It’s a lot of things. I don’t think I have a set style. It’s really whatever I’m in the mood for. It’s important for me to feel comfortable, effortless and practical. I like to have fun with clothes. It’s how I express myself.
Q – Has it ever matched up to any of your characters?
A – Yes! I played a character named Sherry in Victor and it took place in early 1960’s Brooklyn. Between 18-20, I was obsessed with dressing like I was mildly from the 50’s everyday.
Q – If you could borrow from anyone’s closet, who would it be?
A – Alexa Chung, Diane Keaton, or Iris Apfel.
Q – Favorite ice cream flavor?
A – Mint chip!
Q – Last song you had stuck in your head?
A – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys.
Q – Zodiac sign?
A – Aries. It’s pretty fitting since it’s represented by the ram.
Q – Any advice for someone trying to break into the business?
A – Passion is key. If you’e not passionate I don’t see how it’s worth it. This business can be so hard and emotional. Be comfortable with yourself and know that not everyone’s opinion matters. You’ll hear no a thousand times, but the hard work to get the yes’s make it worth it.
Q – What’s next for you?
A – I’m so excited to find out. I feel like I accomplished a lot in the last year. I can’t wait to try out more characters. I want to be challenged. Spending three years on Chasing Life was so much fun and I’ve learned so much. I’m ready to be thrown into something new. I’ll also keep working with AARDA on raising funds and spreading knowledge about Autoimmune Disease. And I want to learn to sew.
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