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What made you want to act?

I grew up in New York and used to play dress up when I was a kid. I would put on plays for my friends, imitate TV and generally I just enjoyed performing. My grandma took me to plays such as by the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and I loved them.

Is it weird being at school?

It was my freshman year, but now I’m used to it and it’s much more manageable. Partly because it’s old news now and a lot of people don’t care. It is nice when people complement my work. Generally though, I don’t speak as much in large classes.

What made you want to go to college?

I always wanted the college experience. I took a year off after high school and was working but decided to go back to improve myself. There are not enough good movies made, and I wanted to go back and learn so that I might be able to help. I also think that my work is better with a break and I do get free time between projects. I lived in the dorms my freshman and sophomore years. Now I’m in my last year and I’m a bit anxious to graduate this upcoming May.

What type of computer do you use?

I’ve converted to a Mac.

Tell us about your new movie, Mona Lisa Smile?

It’s a great movie with a great cast including Julia Roberts, and Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhall. It was great to be around Julia Roberts and learn from her experience and I had a lot of fun with Kirsten.

Who is your favorite actress?

Meryl Streep. I met her at an Equality Now function. She just floors me when I see her on screen. I also like that she is funny, quirky, and free spirited in person.

Who is your favorite actor?

Kevin Kline, although I haven’t met him.

Mona Lisa Smile Synopsis: In Mona Lisa Smile, Julia Roberts leads an all-star cast of prominent young actresses including Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and newcomer Ginnifer Goodwin, in a story of women struggling to define themselves in a world that has already defined them. Katherine Watson (Roberts) travels from California to the New England campus of Wellesley College, in the fall of 1953, to teach art history. In the post-war era, Katherine expects that her students, the best and the brightest in the country, will take advantage of the opportunities presented to them. Soon after her arrival, however, Katherine discovers that the environment at the prestigious institution is steeped in conformity. According to their poise and elocution, teacher Nancy Abbey (Marcia Gay Harden), an engagement ring on a young woman’s finger is considered a bigger prize than a well-rounded education. When Katherine encourages her students to think independently, she runs afoul of the more conservative faculty and alumni, including one of her students, the upper crust Betty Warren (Dunst). The recently married, Betty becomes a formidable adversary when Katherine persuades her best friend, Joan Brandwyn (Stiles), to apply to Yale Law School - even as Joan is awaiting a proposal of marriage from her boyfriend.

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