We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Foiles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, how do you think about risk?
I am the type of person who will have a near panic attack in the grocery store because I don’t know if the avocados I’m about to purchase are ripe enough. The thought of making an incorrect purchase will drive me into madness! What I’m getting at is that, in normal, everyday circumstances, I am NOT a risk taker. I don’t like rushing into things if I don’t have every ounce of information beforehand. That being said, I’m the opposite when it comes to my career. The same girl who was afraid to make a $2 avocado mistake picked up and moved to California within a week of deciding she wanted to get back into the acting industry! (That girl was me, just, you know, to clarify.) I had no apartment, no job, no real plan, but I believed in my talent and taking the risk was an easy decision. I’m a complicated weirdo, I know! But taking career risks has always paid off. Successful or not, I learned from every experience.
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.
Even though I didn’t come from an entertainment family, I’ve always known I wanted to be a performer, ever since I was three. My parents constantly watched classic comedy movies, like It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and I’d watch them thinking, “I want to do that!” I think many child actors at least have relatives or friends in the industry so they know where to start, but we didn’t. We knew no one! I started from the very bottom in LA and I’m so blessed that I’ve found so much success. If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen.
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?
Have you had the pizza at the Rainbow?! I mean, come on, that’s the ultimate LA spot! I could also spend hours at The Laugh Factory, and then cruise over to Bossa Nova on Sunset for some chicken stroganoff… mmmmm. I also love, love, love the LA Zoo. It’s one of my favorite spots to just walk around, relax, and think – and, you know, look at koalas. 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to send all the love and appreciation in the WORLD to the cast and crew of my first big TV show, ALL THAT! There are so many people I worked with on that set that helped shape me as a person. I was only 14 when I joined the show, and was a cast member for four years. Those are extremely formative years, and the people that surrounded me were like family. I was homeschooled, so my fellow castmates were like my classmates! They were my only real friends at the time, and I still cherish them to this day. Every crew member, writer, and executive on that show helped me grow into the person I am today, and I’m so thankful for ALL of them! In fact, I even got to work with several of them again when I guest starred on the new All That reboot in 2020. It was a fun little reunion!
Other: My new fantasy book, “Ash Ridley and the Phoenix”: https://amzn.com/dp/1682619036/