Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: Don’t be afraid to take risks.
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Los Angeles Lakers
Q: If you were president what’s the first thing you would do?
A: I would create a more fair and reasonable path for immigrants to become citizens.
Q: What woman deserves a biopic about her life that hasn’t been made yet?
A: Oprah Winfrey.
Q: If you could change one thing for women in the entertainment industry, what would it be?
A: Equal pay for equal work.
Q:What is your responsibility as a celebrity to improve the world around you? How do you encourage actions in others?
A: I need to use my voice and platform to shed light on important issues to me and others. I lead by example.
Q: How do you keep yourself positive and motivated?
A: I fill my home with “artwork” covered in positive and motivational quotes. Every morning I walk around reading them as I get ready for my day.
Q: What song do you listen to that psyches you up and makes you feel strong?
A: “Stronger” by Britney Spears.
Q: What is your role in ending unrealistic body ideals & body shaming?
A: I don’t allow my photos to be photoshopped.
Q: What’s the most intellectually challenging role you’ve ever had? What role has grown you into a better person?
A: Evelyn in Unusual Suspects is the most intellectually challenging role I’ve ever had because I had to portray the true story of a real person who had lived through having their mother murdered. Playing Princess Snow White grew me into a better person because I got to travel and meet 12,000 people every week including many Make A Wish families.
Q: In an industry so focused on appearance and often filled with rejection, how do you combat self-doubt?
A: I always try to remind myself that the majority of photos I see in the media have been edited and photoshopped and that angles are everything. I also just put my best self out there, I give my work 200% effort and past that, I know that everything happens for a reason.
Q: What advice would you give to young girls from all around the world?
A: If someone else that looks like you (similar physical shape, size, location, background, training, economic/social situation) has done it, then you can too! If they haven’t, then that’s all the more reason for you to be the first.
Q: If you could have lunch with one influential woman, who would it be?
A: Reese Witherspoon
Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken that you feel has paid off?
A: Moving to California.
Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Coming to California with nothing and building an entire “successful” life from scratch in 15 months.
Q: What potential do filmmakers and characters have to make change in the world?
A: One film or one character has the potential to change the opinions or views of an entire generation.
Q: If you could play any character in any movie who would it be?
Q: What’s your favorite tv show?
A: The Walking Dead.
Q: What has been your biggest career challenge so far?
A: Working for Disney Cruise Line because I was separated from family and friends and had no internet or cell phone.
Q: What’s your goal for this year?
A: Invest in real estate
Q: Have you ever considered branching out into directing or screenwriting?
A: Not yet but, I have many stories I believe would make good screenplays.
Q: Who is your favorite director to work with and why?
A: Joseph Kahn, because he has worked with so many legends and idols of mine. I also love his work!
Q: What’s the stupidest question you’ve ever been asked on the red carpet?
A: “What are you wearing?”
Q: What is the best piece of career advice someone has given to you?
A: You have to do what’s right for you. What’s right for someone else may not be right for you.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: 5, it’s a book about goal setting, dreams, hopes and wishes that is a compilation of the work of multiple authors.
Q: How did you start believing in your own work and talent?
A: I didn’t give myself any other option. I only want to work on projects and things that make me happy. Life is too short to work a job you hate.
Q: What prominent female entertainment figure would make a great late night host of a talk show and why?
A: Jenna “Marbles” Mourey because she is so real, honest, truthful and straightforward. She’s also not afraid to step on toes or say the wrong thing. She was the first major female YouTuber and paved the way for many other women after her and digital content is the future of media.
Q: What is the most meaningful project you have done? What would your dream project be?
A: I would have to say Girls Gone Geek because it was a collaboration of strong, independent women from all over the world. My dream project would be a role on The Walking Dead or one of it’s spin-offs.
Q: How do you think the film industry could better portray the lives, struggles and joys of real women?
A: By telling the true untold stories of female heroes throughout history.
Q: What’s one dream you’ve achieved that your most proud of and why?
A: Working full-time in the entertainment industry.
Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
A: Do what makes you happy and nothing else.
Q: Who is your favorite female lead of all time and why?
A: Reese Witherspoon, because she has had such a long successful career portraying a range of characters.
Q: Name a charity you are passionate about and explain why it matters to you. How do you show your support?
A: Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) because they rescue retired race horses that have been sold to illegal horse meat slaughter houses. I personally plan to go volunteer for them and I share their name and mission every chance I get.
Q: Tell me about a time you were faced with insurmountable odds, yet persevered to overcome.
A: When I first moved to California, I knew one person, had one suitcase, $400 to my name and slept on a dining room floor.
Q: What is one thing you do when you’re feeling stuck creatively?
A: Hot Yoga.
Q: What qualities should girls be looking for in their role models in the media?
A: Real, honest, truthful, caring, inspiring, positive and optimistic.
Q: What should every woman know how to do?
A: Check their oil.
Q: Is there a character in fiction or literature you dream of playing?
A: One of the versions of Sophia from the book, “My Name Is Memory” by Ann Brashares