We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlynn Yennie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlynn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
To be honest acting was just always what I was going to do. I was a super creative kid growing up. I did my first play when I was 4, Goosey Loosey ( I player Goosey ) and the bug never left. I was involved in local / school theatre all through grammar, middle and high school. I moved to NYC at 19 to attend NYCDA and that’s where I knew that acting would be my career and lifestyle.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey has had many ups and downs. My first film ever went on to become a pop culture cult classic but with that came a lot of backlash. I was only seen as that, the dreaded fear of any artist is to only be seen as one thing they have made. It took years of reinventing myself, saying no to projects, saying yes to some that I should have said no to and learning how to overcome obstacles and keep believing I had more to do and more to say. I am resilient if anything. It takes guts to not throw in the towel when you really want to, but through the dark times and hard lessons I became a better artist. More well rounded, more present and my work shifted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Beach, driving the PCH basically anywhere along the water, Catalina Island for a few days possibly. The Getty is also a must see, it’s one of the most magical places in LA, you just feel inspired being there. As for food, you can throw a quarter down the street and find a great place to eat. We are very lucky to live in such a great city with amazing dining to suit anything you might want.
A few of my go to favs in no particular order: Silverlake Ramen, Castaway ( view of the valley is amazing ) Gjelina for the Butterscotch Pot de Crème and Mozza for a slice.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to ShoutOut my parents, family and partner. If it were not for the unwavering support of all of them I wouldn’t be here in this business still. It can be brutal at time’s and having solid people who you can turn to in those dark hours are essential to any success.
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