Currently seen as DC Comics superhero character Jesse Quick, in The CW series The Flash, the actress recently directed, edited, and starred in the music video, Landscape, for the band Eyelid Kid. She talks to CSL about her travel faves.
Q Tell us a little about your career path.
A I loved theatre as a kid and was in class at school all throughout middle and high school, reading scenes and putting on plays. In the beginning of my senior year, when all of friends began applying colleges, I realized that I wanted a career in the film industry, and that I didn’t necessarily have to go to traditional college for that. I found a local agent back in Texas and started auditioning, and about a year later I met my manager. I started booking some bigger projects and about six months ago made the move to LA!
What are some of your favourite projects that you have worked on? Why?
The project I hold closest to my heart is actually the first on-camera project I’d ever worked on. Tower is a reenactment documentary about the first mass school shooting in America at the University of Texas in 1966. I play Claire Wilson who was eight months pregnant and was the first person shot, who not only lost her boyfriend, but also her unborn baby. The most humbling part of working on this film was hearing and “living” Claire’s story and not feeling any hatred for the shooter. She is one of the most courageous people I’ve ever had the chance of meeting, and to this day she spends so much of her time fighting for gun control and an end to gun violence.
Tell us about your charitable endeavors and why it is important to give back.
I’ve recently gotten involved with Art of Elysium’s art programs at the CHLA. It is such an amazing program that gives children who are dealing with short and long-term illnesses a creative release and hopefully some laughs! They offer all kinds of creative workshops for the kids, from room-to-room improv to art classes and musical performances. Seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces gives me and the other volunteers real joy and hope that the kid’s might feel a little less alone in this world.
Favourite city to travel to, why?
Well, I’ve been to Paris a couple of times now, and I’ve found new ways to love it each time I go back! The food is so fresh and isn’t filled with all of the hormones we pump in our food in the States.
When I am not working I am…
Baking or petting my bunny rabbit, Milo.
Best advice (business or otherwise) that you have received
Be yourself always
I can’t live without…
Three of the most played songs on my iPod are…
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, I Feel It Coming by The Weeknd, and Yes I’m Changing by Tame Impala.
Her Travel Faves
Most memorable travel moment.
Sitting under the Eiffel Tower at night when all of the lights began to flicker, I could sit there for hours!
Currently day dreaming about?
Thailand for the gorgeous water I’ve yet to see and the amazing food I’ve yet to eat.
Favorite hotel in the world, Why?
Public Hotel in Chicago because the lighting is incredibly soothing.
This original article first appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.