I’d let other kids’ negative comments affect me, and then I’d let my insecurities lead me to alter my appearance and make a big mistake. Which was exactly why my mom was upset. She wanted me to recognize that I’d tried change one of my features to fit in. I hadn’t seen my thick, bushy brows as beautiful; I’d seen them only as something that make me different. So she taught me the mantra “The quirky things that make you differente are what make you beautiful.” Different shouldn’t be considered a bad thing. Different is beautiful.
I like to think of myself as a very passionate person, and as very determined. So, if I set my mind on something, I definitely stop at no end to find within myself the power to keep going, whether that involves thinking of a new approach to a problem, or physically challenging myself.
Everything happens for a reason and, of course at times it’s very
discouraging, but at the end of the day you can’t take it personally
and move onward because if you let it sit with you, then it starts to
eat away at you and you’re allowing someone else to steal your
excitement. No one wants that.
My mother used to take me to flea markets in my stroller, and I would just rummage through the piles. You’ve got to dig through the overstuffed racks that everyone else just walks by. It’s the only way to find the cool stuff.
Part of the reason I wanted to become an actor in the first place is that I so loved when my parents would read stories to me out loud because I would imagine it in my own head. I knew one day I wanted to be a part of that magic-making process for other people. I wanted to be part of that storytelling, so I’m living out what it is I really wanted to do as a kid.
My advice for girls who are waiting for their Prince Charming is to be open for anything. Be open to new experiences, be open to the idea that it may take longer than you want, but if you’re open to meeting new people and new adventures, then love will come along.