We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsey Hewlett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsey, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to become an actor because I have a deep appreciation for the art of storytelling. It is always a thrill to perform, to emote, to feel, and to share with an audience that takes a journey with us, but actors also have a unique responsibility to demonstrate to the audience what it really means to be human. The vulnerability required of us will always feel risky, but the humanity of it is what drives everything we do. Art has been the catalyst for societal progress since the beginning of time– from Oedipus Rex to Hamlet to Citizen Kane to Roots, the examples are endless. Collaborating with other artists to build a tapestry of deeply personal stories with the power to inspire healing, a change of perspective, and (perhaps most importantly) a spirit of empathy is an enormous privilege.
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?
The first stop would be Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Hollywood. Fried southern comfort food always hits the spot, and the inevitability of paying more for parking than for your meal is a uniquely L.A. experience. From there, I would take my friend to the Huntington Library in San Marino. The world-class art collection and vast acreage of botanical gardens would take anyone’s breath away. Then I would close the day with a drive (via Mulholland) to see the sunset from Paradise Cove in Malibu. A California beachside sunset is truly magical.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have always supported my journey, even when they have wished I would have chosen a different path. They are sweet, caring people who worked hard to lay the foundation for me to have an easy and comfortable life; instead, I chose to pursue work in the film and television industry (nothing easy or comfortable about it!). Even so, they have always encouraged me to be true to myself and vigorously pursue opportunities to make the world better. They are my biggest fans, and the feeling is mutual.
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