We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlotte Larsen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlotte, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am originally from New Zealand, but was raised in the UK in a small village just outside London. I’m an only child, so I was always using my imagination. It’s also probably why I wanted to be an actor – I needed the attention! My family are heavily involved in the arts in some way too. My aunt was a professional ballet dancer and my mom was a librarian. My grandfather was a huge supporter of the arts too, whether it was his performances in amateur dramatics or his philanthropy with different arts organizations. I’ve always been fascinated by art of all forms, dance, painting, theater, film – there are so many aspects of it all that have influenced me in some way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I went to college and got my BA in film and theater. I really was looking to act and direct, but straight out of school I started a production company. I had no clue what I was doing, but I jumped in and hoped for the best. This led me to producing, because I was searching for projects and needed to produce to get them made. 15 years later I am still doing what I started, so even though it was challenging and a lot of learning on the way, I love what I do and I hope I am still good at it!
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?
My mom visits often and I am always trying to take her somewhere new. My favorite places to eat are Bestia, Nobu, The Ivy and a great Italian place in Sherman Oaks called La Cava. I also love Granville in Studio City. I love exploring the city so anytime I can find a new place I am happy. Recently, I’ve been heading to the beaches in Laguna Beach, and the marina in Newport Beach. Closer to home, I take visitors to The Grove, the lookouts on Mulholland Dr and maybe a movie at the Arclight in Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout to a few people! Firstly, my mom Nicki because she raised me alone and is the kindest woman you’ll meet! Also to my best friend, roommate, collaborator and inspiration Michael Benzaia. He’s a super talented actor, writer, dancer, singer and a medical professional all in one! I’m in awe of this extraordinary human. And lastly my late grandfather John, who helped me in my journey in the arts, and loved everyone he ever came into contact with.