Who: Actress best known for her role on teen show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her first short, “Lucy In Her Eyes,” won the AFF Jury Award in 2016. Currently working on a TV series optioned by a major network.
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?
It’s the scariest thing to send a script to your team or to people to read. It’s much more vulnerable even than doing an audition because in acting, you can always fall back on other people’s words, the director, the casting director… but with writing your own work, it’s all you. If something isn’t working, you need to fix it.
What was a major turning point in your career?
Winning the Grand Jury Prize at AFF. I got signed as a director commercially. Even more than getting something optioned by a studio, being an ‘award-winning’ writer gave me some credibility.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I love Sofia Coppola’s movies. She was my biggest inspiration in becoming a director. Melanie Laurant’s Respire was a huge inspiration for me. I also love Wes Anderson’s movies. Obvious Child is a recent favorite. I love female coming-of-age stories.