The character Anita is a wild child with a theatrical soul, and is one of the two leads of the series.
I’ve worked with Ashley in the past for a few of my short films, and I’m glad to have her bring her talent to this project! She’s hardworking and motivated, and she’s constantly working on new projects.
Here’s what she has to say about the project, her interests, and, most importantly, what kind of sandwich she’d bring with her to a deserted island.
1. Give us a quick summary of your acting background and why you decided to major in theater here at USC.
ASHLEY: I have always loved to act, sing, and dance and have been performing since I was very young. My first part in a show was the role of Molly in the musical Annie. I absolutely love being able to entertain people! Being able to bring the audience on the journey with all the performers is an amazing opportunity. What a wonderful feeling to be able to help people escape their reality and sit back and enjoy the show. I have a real deep passion for the arts… always have and always will!
I decided to study drama and musical theatre at USC to further my training and education in the arts. I believe one never stops learning, and am very excited about the education and opportunities I am getting through USC’s program. I am able to take an amazing variety of classes, not just in my major field of study, but also in a wide range of subject areas too. Additionally, I take lessons and classes in acting, singing, and dancing as well as other courses that interest me. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and approachable, and USC’s reputation speaks for itself in every way! I am truly honored to be a part of this amazing university and wonderful program, and am excited to keep learning and see what the future will bring!
2. What drew you to the role of Anita and the story of Antidote 15?
ASHLEY: What drew me to Anita is that there is so much more to her than meets the eye. There is so much given by the writer to work with and there is still a lot open to create. Being able to help develop and grow a character from the beginning stages, working with the writers, producers, directors, and entire team is a wonderful opportunity. As an actress, I find this extremely challenging and exciting!
3. Since your character and you share an interest in the theater, I have to ask– what’s your favorite play? Favorite musical?
ASHLEY: Oh goodness! There are so many that I absolutely adore for so many reasons. For my favorite play, I would have to say Romeo and Juliet. And for my favorite musical, I absolutely love Wicked.
4. Favorite kind of candy on set?
ASHLEY: Red gummy bears, skittles, or jelly beans.
5. If you could live in any TV show, which one would it be?
ASHLEY: One television show I would enjoy living in would be the ABC show called “Once Upon A Time”. I absolutely love the show, and adore the different time periods and fairy tales that the show incorporates!
6. What time period(s) are your favorite to study other than today?
ASHLEY: The Renaissance Era, Victorian Era, and the 1920s!
7. You’re stranded on a deserted island. What kind of sandwich do you bring with you?
ASHLEY: Corned beef or turkey on honey oat bread or egg bread. Do I get chips and water or tea also?