20 Question’s With The Secret Life Of The American Teenager Actress Renee Olstead

I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and super talented actress/musician Renee Olstead currently on The Secret Life Of The American Teenager!

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AK: First off tell us how you were “discovered” and how your acting careerall started!

RO: I grew up in Texas and came out to California for the first time when I was very young. I was fortunate enough to start working young but I booked my first log running series at 12, “Still Standing”. I definitely consider that my big break!

AK: When you were a kid was acting something you always dreamed of doing?

RO: When I was young I didn’t really know any other way, but by my teen years I really grew to love it.

AK: I can’t act to save my life so actors always really interested me, I’mvery drawn in by someone’s ability to do what you do! Is it hard… ordoes it come naturally?

RO: It comes pretty naturally! It’s definitely a dream job. The more complicated the scenes are the more prep work is required though!

AK: Who is your dream actor to work with?

RO: Hmm. Johnny Depp? Brad Pitt? Angelina Jolie? 🙂

AK: How would you describe your personal style, I love it! To me your theperfect mix of vintage beauty glam and rock and roll. Where do youpull your inspiration from?RO: Thank you! I love your style and am a loyal Tokyolux shopper 🙂 My other influences include Dita von Teese & 70s rock n roll 🙂

AK: Favorite designers?

RO: Jeffery Campbell, Chanel, Patricia Field, and you of course!

AK: You’re a singer as well, Is music something you see your self gettingmore and more into in the future? Would you ever tour?

RO: Yes I am! I put out two albums on Warner Bros a few years ago but I’ve been super busy with Secret Life & movies (I’m shooting “The Midnight Game” right now!) but yes, there will be more from me for sure.

AK: Do you have any hidden talents?

RO: I love writing! I’ve been working on a YA novel lately, plus I’m also writing for the Huffington Post! 🙂

AK: If you could be any animal which one would you be and why?

RO: A kitten. So I could model for your line! 🙂

AK: Sometimes the entertainment industry gets a bad name due tocattiness… Have you found that’s true, or so you have a lot offriends in the industry you have met on sets?

RO: I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic cast that I get to work with on Secret Life. Camille Winbush (Lauren) has been my best friend for almost a decade now!

AK: Do you ever get shy or uncomfortable in front of the camera whilefilming a scene?

RO: Not yet! I’ll let you know if I ever do though!

AK: Favorite movies?

RO: Casino, Reservoir Dogs & Casablanca.

AK: Five things you can’t live without?

RO: My boyfriend and my four dogs.

AK: Is acting something you see yourself doing forever?

RO: Absolutely. I realize it’s a very fickle industry, but I’d love to do this for as long as people still wanna cast me!

AK: What’s in your ipod at the moment that you can’t stop listening too?

RO: Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, the Beach Boys etc.

AK: Give us 5 facts about you people may not know.

RO: Hmm. I’m vegan, have four rescued dogs, I grew up in Texas, I love to write & my favorite show is “RuPauls Drag Race”.

AK: What’s the best and worst thing about being an actor?

RO: Shooting in a really cool locations for weeks at a time, away from your friends and family for long stretches of time. 🙂 / 🙁

AK: Your a huge animal lover life me! I know you have a handful of dogs,did you adopt?

RO: I did! I have four beautiful rescues with my boyfriend Tommy.

AK: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

RO: Hugo’s New American veggie burger! 🙂

Be sure to catch The Secret Life Of The American Teenager Monday’s at 8pm!