As a young child, my parents were constantly fighting and, because my mother wasn't around very often, I was forced to grow up quickly. When my parents divorced, my dad married my stepmom, with whom I am very close.
Growing up, I moved a lot; in some schools, I was popular and in some I was the loner. No matter where I was, my outlet was always the performing arts. I was the big ham in the family, always jumping in front of the camera. When it came time for high school, I decided to take a risk and go to one that was far from home, where I would have to meet all new people again. The school was very well respected for its music academy; there, I studied singing, drama, musical theatre and dance.
This school and all of its casting was cutthroat. I had really bad acne, was very self-conscious, and felt like all my friends would stab me in the back just to get a part. Therefore, I decided to attend summer school and graduate a year early. My friends were totally shocked that I actually left and were never able to understand why.
After my acne cleared, I ended up traveling and modeling in Europe, where I was responsible for myself. I feel that the experience matured me quite a bit.
I came back home and moved in with my grandparents to help take care of my ill grandfather; I thought that it would be a cool opportunity to get to know my Gramps before he was gone. After six months of telling me about his and my Gram's courtship, his war stories and all his lessons on life, he died of lung cancer. At this point, I thought I was going to move out on my own but my Gram didn't want to be alone so I stayed.
During this time, my mother was having a lot of trouble with her health and couldn't care for my baby sister, who is five years old, so I became her guardian. This was a very hard time in my life being that I was a twenty year-old taking full responsibility for a child. My sister now lives with my grandmother and brother and the responsibility for her is shared amongst the family. My grandmother's health now is deteriorating and she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, so my mission now is to help her live as comfortably as possible while educating myself on this debilitating disease.
Q: What's your current relationship status? What do you look for in a potential mate?
A:I'm single. I look for humor, honesty...and someone who loves my dog.
Q: What physical activities do you do to stay in shape?
A: I hike a lot with my dog in Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park.
Q: What's your best physical feature?
A: My smile.
Q: Do you have a secret skill or hidden talent?
A: I was a classically trained dancer.
Q: What were your best and worst subjects in school?
A: I'm studying Communications. My worst subject was History; my best is English. I like writing essays.
Q: What are some of your favorite movies, books and CDs?
A: Movies: The Shawshank Redemption is a great movie, beautifully shot.
Music: I'm listening to Robbie Draco Rosa lately.
Books: Deepak Chopra, 7 Spiritual Laws of Success.
Q: Did you have a childhood pet?
A: I rescued my dog — a pit bull named Gemma. I nursed her back to health. She's white with brown spots and a pink spiked collar.
Q: What's the one product or item you can't live without?
A: My VCR, because I tape all the shows that I watch. I need to get a TiVo but if I had one I don't think I'd ever leave the house.
Q: When you want to indulge yourself, what's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Food — Italian food.
Q: What's your favorite curse word?
A: I don't cuss.