Q&A with Actress Camilla Strathearn

With City High's production of Grease right around the corner, Camilla Strathearn gives insight into becoming Sandy Olsson.

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Lucy Wagner

Strathearn rehearses "Hopelessly Devoted To You" during set change.

Lucia Wagner: How and when did you first become interested in acting?

Camilla Strathearn: I would say around 6th grade. My older siblings were always involved in theater, and my parents actually met in a play.

 

LW: What is your favorite part about acting?

CS: I love being able to play a variety of different characters and step outside of myself.

 

LW: What are some of your favorite plays you have performed in?

CS: West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Footloose, Into the Woods.

 

LW: Who is one of your favorite actresses?

CS: I really like Emma Watson. I love everything she does.

 

LW: What inspired you to audition for Grease?

CS: In general, I love being in musicals. I had the goal in mind to try out for Sandy and I thought it was fitting because I’m the new girl at a new school.

 

LW: How did it feel when you found out that you were cast as the lead female role, Sandy?

CS: Honestly, I didn’t think I would get the role. I was very excited!

 

LW: What are you most excited about for Grease? Is there anything you are nervous about?

CS: I always love the song “Summer Nights” – I listened to that a lot as a kid. That will probably be my favorite scene. I wouldn’t say I’m a very strong dancer in general, so that will be difficult!

 

LW: What would be your dream acting project?

CS: I would love to be in Anastasia one day.

 

LW: Do you wish to pursue acting in the future?

CS: Possibly musical theater, but I would prefer choir.

 

LW: Do you have any tips for anyone interested in acting?

CS: Try and analyze your character. Try and get inside the head of the character as well as understanding their thought-process.

 

LW: How do you feel you personally connect to Sandy?

CS: I’m the new girl here at City High. Sandy is new and I understand how it feels to be in new school and the combination of nervousness and excitement, as well as making new friends.