We had the good fortune of connecting with Becca Khalil and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Becca, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think every choice I make is a risk. Every word I write, even at this moment, is a risk. Words can be defining and that is risky. As a kid, I took risks without even knowing. I entered talent shows. I talked to strangers. I wore denim skirts over denim pants. Risks I took without even knowing. Further, I took bigger risks. I articulated my identity. I put myself in spaces that didn’t understand me. I wanted to be an artist in a cultural household. These risks I took defined me and I didn’t even know they were risks. Recently I performed in a play called Settlements at InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. A 5 person play unpacking what is helpful dialogue in the theatre. In the production, members of a Jewish Community Center must grapple with a workshop production that is much more Palestinian than they anticipated. My presence as an Egyptian- an obvious ally to Palestine, as POC, as a queer person- all things I did not choose- became risks that defined my identity in this place. Before I even spoke, these risks defined my career. It didn’t matter who I talked to. It was risky to be all these things and engage in a conversation with anyone. Risky of me to participate. Risky of me to not try to hide myself. It is, and always has been, a risk to not be in hiding. So, how do I think about risk? I think I take them. And I think I don’t. I think I am one. I think the risks define me and it would be a shame not to take them every single chance I get,

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well Hello. Okay, well I am an Actor. What sets me apart? Oh, easy. I’m that like perfect balance of cute and short, but hot and empowered, but also punk rock stoner kid, who is a Harry Potter nerd who works at Libraries and Escape Room, but who is also a Coptic Egyptian 1st generation born in Philadelphia? Also, a drizzle of trauma. But like, just enough trauma that it sits behind my eyes in a scene or makes the jokes funnier. Like, I have that brand that says like “good girl from a Cultural background goes bad by accident in their teen years.” (Also, just a lil GAY.) …so, yes. Many struggles. Also, I didn’t know the Arabic word for “mental health crises” growing up so that was also a bit of a barrier.Of course there were other barriers but eventually I realized like… back to what I started with- that I am cute and hot and funny and nerdy and I can do all of that and that is all me and also those are my challenges and are also how I overcame. I just became a weird quirky love letter to myself and that is my brand.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day at the beach! Blunts and dolphins. Arabic snacks and potato chips. Bury someone in the sand. Kayaking? Go out into the water then karaoke. Probably musical theatre- whatever feels disruptive. Fire pit. Smores.

Griffith. off-road secret smoke spot. Blunts (this will be reoccurring)! Coffee Shop on the way home. Fringe Show!

Escape Room! Lets play out a whole location. 3 in a row! KBBQ! Can we find a pool? Jacuzzi?

Disney Land! There’s no ethical consumption under capitalism!

Chill day! Pearl River Deli. The Resident at night.

The Frida Kahlo experience. Museum day! Omakase sushiiii

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
He is gonna haaaate this shoutout- but it goes straight to the man Dr. Donny Jackson! He is a POET. WRITER. PRODUCER. SHOWRUNNER. (pretzel lover. also a lover of cookies. also donuts. I’m picking up on a trend.) DOCTOR. MENTOR.

What does this guy not do? Well, I’ll tell you some things he has done. Took me out for Christmas cause I was alone. 12 bottles of OJ and 6 giant cans of soup showed up at my door when I got Covid. The pep talks. The support. The invites!

Thank you thank you thank you for being my friend and confidant. Also, for being my favorite poet.

Website: beccakhalil.com

Instagram: instagram.com/beccakhalil

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