I’ve been acting my whole life. I have this huge imagination! I’m a dancer and my mom’s a dance teacher, and I was always performing and entertaining people. I’d go to see live theatre or a movie, and I’d become the main character for a few days afterwards. I loved being somebody new for a temporary amount of time.
When you become a mom you just learn how to function sleep deprived and you do get used to it. I came back to work when Finley was three months old and the first few months were rough. Then somehow you learn to exist on no sleep and now when he does upon occasion sleep through the night, which is like a full six hours, you’re pretty sure he’s suffocating. So you don’t sleep anyway.
Well I was eight years old, and I have an older cousin who is three years older than me and she was doing acting, commercials, and modeling at the time and… to see my cousin doing that was really inspiring and I wanted to do it. So I went to my mom and I asked her if I could do it, and for the acting part of it, she made me study for a year.
When I was six years old my friend was auditioning for ‘Annie,’ and I decided I wanted to audition with her. My mom was worried I would fall flat on my face because I’d never opened my mouth to sing, so she sent me to vocal lessons. I did the audition and fell in love with the entire process of a show.