"It was a big deal to me to play characters and feel things and connect to somebody in a fake world," she said. "It sounds so stupid — a fake world — but I guess, yeah, I just wanted to be those people. To be a part of a glamorous world."
So she began persuading her parents to allow her to take one-day bus trips to New York City, mostly for television parts. During her senior year in high school, at age 17, she landed a recurring role on "All My Children" and moved to NYC.
Soon, she was accepted to Fordham University. But when she was late to her first English class because of an audition for "Mean Girls," she began to reconsider going to college.
"I never ended up getting in the elevator," she said. "I was panicked. It was a big moment for me and I just wasn't in it. There was nothing in my body telling me to go forward with this. I was like, you know what? It's fate."