After a hectic holiday season, I finally get to sit down and let you know about our amazing run of Rabbit by Nina Raine!
Rabbit ran at the beginning of December, and we had the absolute best time! Playing Bella in Rabbit was a dream that I never thought to ask for, because I never expected I'd get the chance to play such a multi-faceted, difficult woman, a true lead role that fully runs the gamut of emotion.
I especially didn't think to ask for a role so suited to me specifically, a character whose father is dying (mine died a few years ago), who is both openly feminist and deeply suspicious of her own talent and abilities (guilty), and who can't seem to accept love (I know, I know, but isn't that all of us?).
I have been cast in the Southbank Theatre production of Nina Raine's Rabbit in Indianapolis! I'm playing Bella, a woman who is using her 29th birthday party as a distraction from the fact that her father is dying. She's messy and insecure and funny and deep and difficult, so we have a lot in common. I first read Rabbit when I was about 19, and I was so drawn into its complex discussions about feminism and love, all with sharp humor and deep grief as its constant backdrop. I bought a copy and kept it for ten years, knowing that it would be a great show for me one day. Over those years, as I've experienced love and loss and my own dad's death, it's only become more relevant to me. And now, at 29, Bella's age, I get the chance to play the lead, alongside the most talented people I've ever met. This is THE ACTUAL DREAM.
Welp, there it is, folks! As of last Friday, ALL EPISODES of my web series REPRESENT are out and available for you to view! (At least, all of season one...)
I'm so proud of the work we all did, and so thankful for everyone who has watched it so far. Watching something that I thought of, wrote, starred in, and edited finally reach people's eyes is so trippy but also so, so cool.
You can watch the whole series so far on YouTube, or on the REPRESENT website. Or you can watch one of my favorite episodes above! And if you happen to love it and have some money and want to finance a second season, hit me up! I have it all planned out :)
It's HEEEERE!!!!! The first three episodes of REPRESENT premiered last week!
I started writing REPRESENT in the fall of 2015. We started filming in the fall of 2017. We finished filming early 2018. It took us until the end of 2018 to edit it, and finally after the festival run, it's ready.
I've spent nearly five years working on this series, and it brings me so much joy to finally see people laugh along and love it like I do. Well, maybe not as much as I do - it is my baby, after all :) Check out the first episode below!
Please visit www.representwebseries.com for more about the series and the amazing people that made it happen. And please watch the first three episodes!
New episodes are being released every Friday, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss it!
I hope everyone is staying safe and sane inside during the COVID-19 crisis. I'm grateful to be inside with plenty of food, TP, and time to write. In the last week and a half, I've finished a draft of a feature and an hour-long pilot, so the extra time stuck at home is being put to good use! Also, we've been ramping up for my web series's release next week!
The first three episodes of REPRESENT will be premiering online on Friday, March 27 (#femalefilmmakerfriday)! That's right - the thing I've spent HOURS and hours of time on, that was made through the love of a billion people who helped me, that I've been working on for, at this point, years? It will be on your laptop screen in, like, a week. WILD, right?
As the day gets closer, I get more and more nervous. But ultimately, what really matters is not who likes what we made and who doesn't. What matters is that we made it. That's huge. That's a leap of faith. It's an act of hope. And it's gonna be incredible, whether a million people watch it, or just my mom and my therapy group (who promised me they would, so don't back out now, Sarah*!)
Love you all! Stay healthy out there!
*I do have a real therapy group who promised to watch, but none of them is named Sarah. I'm not about to break confidentiality, y'all!
Happy New Year, everyone!
I am so beyond excited about 2020 for so many reasons. Every year, I try to choose a word to focus on and use as a guiding light throughout the year. This year, I chose "receive". I have had a lot of trouble with this word in my life. First of all, it's the only word in my vocabulary that I still have difficulty spelling occasionally. But mostly, as a lifelong over-achiever, I rarely feel like I'm doing enough. I tend to focus on pushing myself to produce, on waving away compliments, opportunities, and accomplishments.
But this year is going to be different. It's my first full year in LA, and I'm ready to receive opportunities, inspiration, money, love, happiness, and all other good things that come my way! I'm keeping the channels open, and that's part of why I'm so excited to finally announce: REPRESENT IS COMING OUT THIS YEAR!
My web series REPRESENT, which I wrote, produced, co-directed, and co-starred in, has finished its film festival run and is finally coming to your screens in 2020! Specifically, the first three episodes will be available March 27 - the last #FemaleFilmmakerFriday of Women's History Month! I'm so excited to finally release something that so many of my best friends worked so hard on. To keep track of all the updates, visit www.representwebseries.com, or follow @representwebseries on Instagram!
My year of receiving has officially begun! Thanks for keeping up with me and my career, and I hope you receive everything you deserve in 2020!
Hi, all! It's been a little while since I posted, but thank you for being patient with me as I acclimate more to my new city surroundings in LA! I've missed out on telling you about some news, so I wanted to do a quick update to keep you informed!
This is all to say, I've been amazing - thank you so much for asking! I'm about to travel back to the Midwest to visit family for the holidays, so I'll be taking a tiny break to enjoy that time! But I'm really, really looking forward to all the doubtlessly incredible things 2020 has in store for me. #prayerhandemoji #2blessed2bestressed
So happy to announce that I've been hard at work on the recently announced Lizzie McGuire reboot! Thought I'd show y'all a sneak peek! :P
Okay, in all seriousness - I'm not working on this show, obviously. But in middle school I watched every episode and copied every one of Lizzie's hairstyles, so when the reboot was announced this week, I did find myself wondering what a grown-up Lizzie would be like. This is the very silly, slightly profane result...
I had so many awesome improviser friends in college, and I loved going to their shows, but I distinctly remember watching them, thinking to myself "I could never do that."
Which, honestly, LOL. Because all my life, the second I start thinking that is the second my brain starts going, "You know what?...No. No. Well...HA!" like the woman in that meme when she tries kombucha for the first time.
This is all to say, basically, eff all that. Because I'm in improv classes at freakin' UCB now. Yep. That UCB. Which, I know paying to take a 101-level improv class at such an institution is not prestigious or anything, but man. That kinda feels big in itself! And I guess if you're in LA, you can come see me do bad improv in October! But in the meantime, I'm enjoying healing bad patterns and being ridiculous while doing it, which is good enough for me!