Jessica Greene, a Boston native, who made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actress and graduate from USC, is one of the hardest working actors in town. In addition to the daily hustle that is part of being an actor in Los Angeles, Greene is an avid yoga practitioner, indeed she is a yogi and teaches classes to others. Greene has already seen success in her career with some solid roles and this year alone she has booked a number of major commercials as well. We caught up with the actress to hear more about her career and life.
HB: How does living in LA compare to your hometown, Boston?
JG: I love living in Los Angeles. As an actress and a yogi who loves the city just as much as the beach, LA is the perfect home for me. Except I wish the traffic didn’t exist… but I guess you can’t have it all! Also, since I attended college at the University of Southern California, I think I have a unique perspective of living in LA as opposed to other actors who move out here just for work. I have an incredible group of friends from college who stayed in LA. They are my family out here and my biggest supporters! The thing I miss most about growing up in Boston is summers spent on Martha’s Vineyard.
HB: What made you decide to pursue a career in acting?
JG: I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. From a young age I would put on shows for my family in the living room after dinner and make my dad record me on his video camera. I started dance classes when I was three years old, and did some plays through local theatre companies. However, when I was in 6th grade I decided to choose dance over acting, and I joined a competitive dance team that I stayed on until I graduated from high school. In high school I got involved with a program that was focused on training boys to be Sportscasters. I was the first girl in the program and started hosting my own pop culture talk show called “Back Talk Teen.” I loved being in front of the camera. Through this I got the opportunity to do my first commercial at age 15. I still loved to dance, but acting was becoming infectious. The summer before going into my senior year of college I attended Boston University Summer Theatre Institute, a five-week program run through their BFA program. That solidified my decision to pursue acting in college. I majored in acting at USC and the rest is history! So there has never been a time in my life where I was not performing.
HB: What’s your method or way for preparing for a role?
JG: I do a lot of talking to myself! I will walk down the street with headphones on either reciting my lines or having conversations with myself as the character. I love psychology and exploring why people do the things they do, which is essential to creating a relatable character. Going through my day thinking how a different person would act or think about things helps me get into a role and create a truthful backstory for the character.
HB: What’s the most frustrating part of being an actress?
JG: The uncertainty! Everything is a waiting game. There is a lot of rejection. Actually not rejection… ghosting. Either they love you or they ghost you. It’s like dating. I thank my yoga practice for keeping me patient and grounded.
HB: The best part?
JG: Every day is different! I hate routine and feel I am the most motivated and creative when I don’t know what is coming next. And it doesn’t feel like work! I get to play and connect with incredible people.
HB: Favorite role you’ve played so far and why?
JG: I worked on a short film last year where I played a hippy fortune teller. She had this airy, easygoing elegance that was so fun to play. I really got to channel my inner yogi! At the end of the film she reappears in the protagonist’s dream to warn him about something, holding him at gunpoint. It was exciting to play that shift, and boy did I feel powerful (and a bit intimidated at first) holding that gun!
HB: Who’s your dream co-star?
JG: Ryan… Reynolds or Gosling.
Jessica Greene’s website is here.