Full given name: Shayla Love Washington

Current Project: 2012 Summer Stock Theatre Series; Reckless, an 11 Eleven 11 Project Film

Where you were born/where you were raised: Born and raised pre-pubescence in Cleveland. Goofy teenager and beyond in Las Vegas.

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Why did you take this role?

Because I got the feelings: ‘How exciting. Can’t wait to do this. Wait, what if I can’t do this? I think I’m scared to do this.’ Ultimately, I saw it as an absolute opportunity to grow as an artist – shooting an entire character’s journey in one day is intense and a half! I learned a thing or two or three, about my strengths and weaknesses as an actor. [It’s] the most hands-on classroom I’ve been in to date.

Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor?

Right now, I’m just really inspired by artists with insane drive and discipline and those who are utterly fearless and transparent in their work.

The one movie — attended — that you will never forget: 

X-Men in 2000. It was the first time I ever cried during a movie; don’t judge me.

Your personal acting idols:

Kerry Washington, Jeffrey Wright, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Lange, Kimberly Elise.

Last good movie you saw:

Night Catcher.

Some films you consider classics: 

In no particular order: A Clockwork Orange, Friday, Scarface, Reservoir Dogs.

Performer you would drop everything to go see:

Prince.

Pop culture guilty pleasure: Twitter lingo use in everyday conversation #againdontjudgeme

Favorite cities:

D.C. so far.

First CD/Tape/LP you owned:

Will Smith’s Big Willie Style #yup

Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:

I’ve always felt like a performer, before I even knew what to call it or [how to] spell it  and I’ve had so many moments re-affirming it. The first moment that comes to mind is watching Jurnee Smollet in Eve’s Bayou. To this day, I still can quote the entire movie, the entire movie.

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:

During the shooting of Prosper, I had to run for my life up a slippery muddy hill, in skinny jeans that didn’t quite fit – all bad.

Most challenging role you have played:

Daisy Dooz It in Local Celebrity.

Worst job you ever had:

A telemarketer for Hilton Grand Vacations, I quit the first day.

Career you would want if not a performer:

Olympic track and field athlete.

Three things you can’t live without:

1. My notebooks filled with everything from poems, goals, inspiration and random quirks.

2. Art

3. Twitter,  just kidding it’s Facebook; again just kidding, it’s love.