Actress Avery Lucas started her career doing makeup for the actors of her school's theater productions when she realized that she wanted to be on-stage instead of behind-the-scenes. She began auditioning for school plays and productions and enrolled in a local film acting class at the invitation of her friend, Natalie Schneider, who recently booked the horror film, “D-Railed,” which filmed in the Philadelphia area. Despite being a newer actor, Lucas found that the discipline and focus that she learned as a long-time gymnast and cheerleader translatable to the acting world. “Both take discipline, focus, and trust in the people around you,” she says.
She tells me that her family are avid movie-goers and she finds the escapism of stepping into the shoes of another character a big draw of acting. “Acting really helps me cope with problems and stress of being a high school student,” Lucas tells me. “I love the partner work in acting and working through my own emotions in the scenes… it really helps me grow as a person,” she concludes.
Lucas booked her first role in the professional world of film and television on the local series, “Certifiable,” by director Jennifer M. Kay where she played the best friend to the lead. She also booked a small featured part on a film, “Hollywould,” that was also shooting in the area. In the future, Avery says that she would love to be on a family drama like, “One Tree Hill,” or the “The Fosters,” but until then, she is continually learning more about the business of the industry and the craft of acting through on-going classes. Despite being relatively new to the industry, Lucas is off to a great start.
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Wallingford, PA, which is a pretty small town right outside of Philadelphia. I grew up in Wallingford for the first 10 years of my life and then moved to Minnesota. After a year of living there, I moved back to Wallingford. The funny thing is, is that I moved two streets down from my old house and pass it everyday driving to school!
When did you come to Los Angeles?
I came to Los Angeles for the first time in March of 2018. As soon as I walked out of the airport, I fell in love. While I was there, I attended Suzanne DeLaurentiis’ Oscar Gala, which honors our veterans. The entire trip was a dream of mine and I am so grateful that I was able to go and do what I did.
What inspired you to be in the industry?
Ever since I can remember, my family and I would go to the movies every week or so. As I grew older, I realized how much the films and actors were inspiring me to try different things. Because these actors inspired me, I realized that I could inspire others. I also loved how a person could step into the life of a character and put aside their own life. This really fascinated me and once I tried it for myself, I fell in love. The ability to transform into a new person is truly amazing. I began acting a year ago and joined a class with Suzanne DeLaurentiis. Ever since I joined this class, I have grown to love acting more and more. I hope to never stop and I am excited to see where the future takes me.
What are some of the projects you have worked on in the past?
I have worked on two projects since I started acting. I appeared in the film “Hollywould,” as a Club Vixen, and appeared in the series “Certifiable,” where I played a character named Cole. “Certifiable” was my first project and it really opened my eyes to what I could do with my work. It showed me how much work goes on behind the scenes and how fun it was to be apart of the cast. “Hollywould” was another fun film that showed me all the work that goes into a movie. It was amazing to see actors, that I knew personally, become the characters they were in the film.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working on improving my acting and learning everything I can about the industry. I am involved in acting classes and going to auditions; hoping for the best!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself auditioning and hopefully landing roles. Hoping to become a successful actress with experience in all different fields of the industry!
How do you feel the industry is changing?
Social media is most definitely playing a role in the industry. It creates a platform for new talent to be seen and discovered, which is very helpful. This is extremely important and I am grateful to have it.
How does it benefit you as an actor?
As an actor, I am able to make connections throughout the industry. I am also able to audition through self-tapes, which is convenient because, with this, I do not have to travel to the locations if I do not live there.
Interview by: Giovannie Espiritu