What's the deal?
When I was 10 years old, I stumbled into auditions, mother in tow, for a local professional theatre production. I booked a role- the big cheese- "Schoolgirl #1."
One of the actors in the play told me that I should only pursue acting if I loved it more than anything else. So, naturally, I spent most of my life anxiously searching for other things to love. I followed a few pursuits that were fun: Arabic, physics, fine art, pure mathematics, elections administration. All of them enriched my life in surprising ways, like studying math under a Fulbright grant in Budapest, or spending summers during high school at an immersive Arabic language camp, or trying to help preserve the fabric of our democracy. But in the end, the goose was cooked: I still haven't found anything I love to do quite as much as acting (though I do still think democracy is nice).
I wish I had something inspirational to offer, like the idea that storytelling is inherent to human nature and that I want to be a mere vessel serving a greater vision. Truthfully, though, I think acting is fun, and difficult, and fun because it is difficult. I love it because it requires constant learning and growing, chipping away deeper and deeper to get at an inherent truth. Not in a Sisyphean way, in a fun way!
Also, I am highly motivated by free food.
So what's the deal (but with actual specifics)?
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, I attended Mount Holyoke College, where I graduated (you guessed it) as a mathematics major and an Arabic minor with highest honors in physics. After college, I published my research in a national journal while studying at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics on a Fulbright grant. I moved to LA in January of 2022.
I am so grateful to have had comprehensive, lifelong arts education. Due to great teachers and my parents reluctantly driving me around town for a decade, I am a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, I have dance training in modern, ballet, jazz, and hip hop, and I studied drawing and painting for 18 years at the Art Academy, my second home.
I would love to cap this off with something insufferable, like "most days you can find me... on set!" More accurately, most days you can find me stuck in traffic, eating string cheese.