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How did you start as an actress?
I always knew in my heart that acting is what I wanted to do.
What sort of outdoor activities and free time interests do you have?
Travel. Travel. Travel. Materialistic things can always be taken away from you. Your shoes will fade, your new bag will become obsolete, the latest “must have” gadget is soon yesterday’s news. One thing that no one can ever take from you is your own true life experiences. Experiences last a lifetime, material things don’t.
As far as outdoor activities, I love to scuba, pilot planes, and when I travel; I love to do what the locals do. Whether it be zipling through the jungles of Central America, visiting the Buddhist temples of China, or navigating my way through the canals of Venice, Italy. I love exploring and learning about new places, cultures but most importantly, the food! 🙂
Are you currently working on any projects?
We just wrapped up “War with Grandpa scheduled to hit theaters fall of this year. The film is starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, and Rob Riggle. It was both a blessing and an honor to work next to such extraordinary talent!
Are there any charities, advocacy groups you’re active with?
I don’t have specific charities that I’m involved with on a daily basis, these issues are close to my heart and I incorporate them into my daily life: keeping the environment clean for not only us but future generations. Helping people in need and saving our oceans.
I currently have two kitties; Lucy and Vivian. I’ve always been a huge fan of the iconic television show “I Love Lucy”. My kitties names were taken from Lucille Ball, and her legendary partner in crime: Vivian Vance. (I couldn’t name her Ethel).
How long have you been a Padi Scuba driver? How’d you get into that?
When I was 7, my parents took me on a family vacation to Maui where they introduced me to snorkeling. I was fascinated by the beauty of the ocean and it’s entirety. Ever since then, I’ve longed to go deeper to explore the reefs that the snorkelers can’t see. I became a saltwater tank enthusiast and loved watching, collecting and learning about new ocean species. My favorite being the vibrant corals and anemones. In march 2008 during college spring break, I received my PADI Open Water certification. Since then, I’ve logged 50+ dives. Among the several shipwreck explorations, cave diving, and shark diving; the Great Barrier Reef in Australia will still be the most memorable for me. I actually found “Nemo” lol the legendary Clown Fish. SCUBA is one of the most relaxing sports out there. When you’re down there, it’s nothing but you, the gentle sound of bubbles from your regulator, the faint sound of snapping shrimp and the occasional sounds of whales in the distance. One day, I hope to experience Palau. I can’t wait to see what adventures and explorations lie ahead of me.
You’ve been training to be a private pilot, a bit more on that.
I love flying! For me, It’s more calming then any sort of meditation or yoga combined. There’s always that rush when you’re lined up and ready for take off. The thrill of pushing that throttle all the way down until rotation speed; bringing the plane off the ground is exhilarating! Being in the air is very serene and freeing. You’re in control and can go wherever you please. No phone calls, no emails, just you and the breathtaking nature around you. It’s an amazing feeling.
How’d the switch go from electrical engineer to actress go?
I never truly wanted to be an Engineer. The degree was actually pushed upon me by my parents. I was always very good in math. Electricity combined with technology always fascinated me so Electrical Engineering seemed fitting. While attending South Dakota State University, my heart was always longing for the movie sets in California.
My parents always encouraged me to be practical. To realize the harsh reality that most people don’t make it in Hollywood due to the extremely competitive nature of acting. They stressed to me that I was a small fish in a giant ocean. I took in their advice, did things their way but in the end went off to follow my heart. I don’t regret anything. Life is too short to be unhappy. It’s about doing what makes YOU happy and following your OWN dreams. I may be a small fish, but guess what? I’m still swimming 🙂
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