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Meet Lara Leggero

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lara Leggero.

Lara, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name is Lara, I’m 21 years old and I’m Italian.

I feel like I recited this intro so many times it follows me in my dreams!

If you ask me what I define myself as, I am a dreamer, a passionate hard worker, an actress. I always had a passion for the arts, whether it was art fairs or local plays, I’ve always been fascinated by the magic those things evoked in me. So as I discovered more of it and more of myself, I found the two things being deeply interconnected.

I started acting as a child, the lights of my Christian elementary school stage were brighter than the Broadway ones for the six years old me, and little I knew that was going to be the beginning of a life – long love story.

As I grew up I kept practicing this passion mainly with private lessons (one of my best friends and mentors is my acting coach Alessia Olivetti, that has been with me from the very start), and then I started attending workshops in Milan and Rome.

During high school this passion started shaping more and more into a profession, I grew up in a theater and in senior year I landed my first minor roles on film and tv.

Fast forward three years later I ended up here, in sunny California, to pursue first my degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (from which I graduated in May 2019) and now my career in the entertainment industry.

Wow, it’s already been quite a ride, but it feels like the beginning still!

Has it been a smooth road?
Is it ever a smooth road? I hardly believe so!

The truth is that struggles and successes balance each other out, you just have to play your part in the most consistent way possible and pray for the luck to be on your side.

Consistency and luck are key factors in everyone’s career, and an actor’s one is not excluded.

There are bumps in the road every day, but I try to remind myself to stay grateful, even just to be able to walk this road. And if I think about it, it already has took me 9,663 km from where I started (sorry folks, I still struggle with miles) in Turin, Italy where everything seemed impossible when I used to dream about it.

The small victories keep me going, I got to film in amazing locations like the Universal Studios or work with brands and people I wanted to meet or collaborate with, and even if there’s always room for improvement and nothing has to be taken for granted this accomplishments give me the fuel, knowing the 10 years old me would be pretty proud of herself.

So yeah, it’s never smooth but I like to think that keeps it interesting, right?

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I love to create art, acting is my main vessel but I love to write and I enjoy the creative direction behind the camera as well.

I have a lot of plans for the future, I would love one day to open a production company and develop diverse and forward-thinking concepts in my home country, la bella Italia!

I already produced the first season of my personal web serie “Laraland”, that talks about my passion, my roots and the beginning of my journey. (The second season is in pre-production so stay ready!), recently I was the producer of “Skid Row”, a project me and some dear friends of mine brought to life for the 48 hours film festival, receiving six nominations for “Best Of”.

At the same time I keep auditioning and taking part in various feature films and shorts, in the past two years I got to meet so many interesting personalities and work on tons of different sets and I feel that every time I walked away from it happier and enriched.

Since I came to Los Angeles I started modeling as well, and to my surprise I love it!

I try to always keep active and collaborate in projects I believe in because this career is made of teamwork and I believe the people you work with reflect the work you do. I have met a lot of goals that I set for myself but I have many many more that I wanna work for, and I’m excited for the journey.

I don’t believe in limiting yourself, if I notice I am procrastinating on doing something because of fear I tend to cut it short and throw myself in it, so here I am diving into the actors’ world in Los Angeles, dribbling between my producer passion and my modeling hobby that’s turning more and more into profession.

I have no idea what the future holds but I won’t shy away from the challenge for the fear or losing it, that’s for sure.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I had a busy summer where I took part in different and exciting projects and now as I briefly mentioned before, I’m in pre-production for the second season of “Laraland”; plus I just got signed with a new agency so this past month has been an exciting one full of planning and scheduling.

Now it’s time to take full action, and we’ll see where we’ll go from there.

I have an upcoming feature film in the Winter and a few commercial projects this Fall, but one of the primary elements in this profession is what I like to call the “surprise factor”, so who knows what will be next? We’re always one role away from the one that will change our lives, right? Lol

But seriously, I have a few projects (that I can’t discuss too much at the moment) and great feelings about the future.

Next summer I’ll be filming something that I’m very excited for, but for now, I’m focusing on this year ahead of me that I’m sure will reserve me a lot of surprises, hopefully, all the good ones. I try to just go with the flow and trust my guts with my decisions, I have a clear vision of who I wanna be in 10 years and I know that what I need to get there it’s patience and hard work.

I am a planner, and I have big plans to accomplish, so let’s get to work!

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