New Jersey-born actress & model Jackie Moore (www.jackie-moore.com) has co-starred alongside the likes of John Leguizamo, Vincent D’Onofrio and even has appeared on Martha Stewart and the Howard Stern Show. With various upcoming projects in the works – an HBO series, horror film titled Pernicious, and comedy titled School’s Out with actor Jason London – this east coast actress gone Hollywood is making quite a name for herself!
The Levity Ball spoke with Jackie in Los Angeles to find out more about her rise to fame…
When did you first know you wanted to get into modeling and acting?
“I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. During high school I worked at a photo studio and the photographer that owned the business took the first photos of me. Those photos got me into an agency. I knew that modeling was a good way to build up my confidence in front of the camera, so I used it as a stepping stone towards my main goal, which was acting.”
Do you have a passion for one more than the other?
“I love both, but I would have to say acting. Modeling is it’s own form of expression, and I think it helped me so much with movement and my confidence, but I love acting because it is therapeutic for me. I am very emotional, and I love being able to tap into that when creating a character.”
You have so many projects coming out soon… Is there one you are particularly excited the most about?
“I love all the indies I was lucky enough to be a part of, and they are all very different. I love them all, and I can’t choose one to be more excited about. I also acted in a pilot for HBO , Westworld directed by Jonathan Nolan, and was involved in one of the shorts in Project Greenlight . Those are premiering this year as well, and I’m very excited about them.”
Do you ever get nervous when shooting a film with other big stars?
“Maybe I was more in the beginning, but I think I am a always a little nervous before I start a film. As long as I’m prepared, understand my character, and know my lines I’m not afraid.”
Who were your role models growing up and why?
“My Mom, Dad & my sister Noel. They are great people and I owe everything that I am to them.”
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
“Just be you. Not everyone will like you, but the right ones will.”
What do your family and friends think of your career?
“They just want me to be happy. Acting makes me happy so they support that.”
What is your advice to others looking at moving to Hollywood to pursue the entertainment industry?
“Just go for it. Don’t think too much about what can happen if it doesn’t work out, just follow your heart. Once you get to Hollywood don’t get caught up in the scene, and always remember why you came here.”
If you could change one thing in the world today, what would it be?
“Less hate, more love.”
And final question: Where do you see yourself in five years from now , besides being older?
“Still chasing my dreams!”