Oh wow, I mean I did a series before PLL that went for a year and I did a series before that, and I’ve done four or five pilots that we shot that just never got picked up… So a total in my life of auditions… I mean thousands, there are so just so many you start losing track! But it’s fun - I enjoy the auditioning process. I love reading material and I love going in and trying new things but there’s a whole story before PLL that people don’t even know about me; I’ve pretty much been working and supporting myself since I was 15. I booked PLL when I was 20, so it’s been a steady incline since then.
I don’t think young girls are told enough that what makes you different is what makes you cool. I didn’t really feel that way when I was younger and had big eyebrows and braces, but that’s unconventionally beautiful. And I wish girls could embrace their quirks a little more, because I’ve always thought that the stranger-looking people are the most beautiful, and most confident. Plus, I think it would be boring if we all looked the same.
Space, the air, the vibrations, the people, I can feel the gravity, I can feel the rotation of the Earth, the heat leaving my body, the blood in my veins. I can feel my brain. The deepest parts of my memory.
I’m super type A, so even as a kid, I sort of planned out my future, and the goals and dreams I was going to achieve - I grew up singing and performing and entertaining, so I had always imagined myself being a musician. I thought I would be a singer who would tour the globe, but then I got introduced to acting. I was actully against it when I was a teenager because I wanted things to be the way I planned it in my head. But I said, “OK, I’ll give it a go, and I’ll keep an open mind.” Sure enough, I was totally taken by surprise that I enjoyed it as much as I did, and from then on, things shifted and I had a new interest, something to explore. But that’s how life’s interesting, you sort of take a left turn, and then everything works out for the best.