We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophie Thomason and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Santa Monica and am grateful to have grown up in an overwhelmingly progressive and inclusive community. It’s tempting to hunker down in Santa Monica’s (beautiful and very privileged) bubble, though LA is a such melting pot of riches that I’m glad to have grown to know much more of it in college at USC. I was raised the only child of a single mom who works in the film industry, so needless to say, I watched a lot of TV and movies growing up. Being surrounded by a myriad of adults (several parents of childhood friends included) working in the biz in a city teeming with art, it’s very clear to me how and why I ended up on the actor/writer trajectory. If my mom was a lawyer, perhaps I’d be doing that. (Mom, you probably should’ve been a lawyer.)
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.
As an actor/writer and occasional choreographer living bicoastally, life’s a lot of writing, filming shorts, auditioning, performing in cabarets, yoga, and teaching. Post-grad is really when I tapped into my comedic voice and began creating my own content. In NYC, I was able to debut a number of my shorts on stage, a few of which I’ve since adapted into short films. I wrote several scripts, including a play, over the course of this unprecedented (sorry) year and am excited to hopefully see them produced in the near – or not so near, whatever’s first – future. Of course thoughts of, “Should I just bail and go to med school?” still come, but then I remember that as a kid I could never bring myself to participate in any dissection in any science class ever, so here we are. Therein lies the importance of creation; when no one else was offering me a job, I started making my own, and that’s the artistically sustaining stuff. Ultimately, I want to make people reflect and laugh about the weird and hard parts of life.
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?
I’m big into staying local. My favorite places to hit with visitors are the Malibu beaches and wineries (with an inevitable stop at Reel Inn); Topanga; my Santa Monica neighborhood parks; some of the darling cafes on Montana Ave.; Main Street, Rose, and/or Abbot Kinney on a Monday-Thursday (Friday-Sunday is a zoo, though a lot of people are into that, so…); the Venice Canals; and the boardwalk.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Biggest shoutout always to my mom. Shoutout also to every teacher/mentor I’ve had, my funny friends, and my Santa Barbara family.