Meet Violett Beane.

At 20 years young, she isn't your typical actress. While you may know her as Jesse Quick on The Flash, she is also a budding activist with mean creative chops. Although Beane is based in Los Angeles, she has an ambition the size of Texas.

We talk about her most intense role, what goes behind editing a music video, and why it's better to work with your friends.


You were born in Florida, but you moved to Texas and it was where you found your passion for acting. How did you become interested in pursuing the field?

When I moved to Austin, it had a lot to do with it. Austin is incredibly creative. Everyone who's moved there is either a musician or a visual artist. I just sort of found acting between middle and high school, where I did the shows and plays. Around my senior year, I started to focus. Everyone starts applying for college, but I got good grades. Had I gone to college, it would've been a completely different lifestyle. I think with a lot of creative jobs, the route to school isn't necessarily made to be. I am proud that I didn't go to college because I have the time to focus.

I can definitely sense that! I love how you are very ambitious and willing to buck the conventions by putting yourself into experiences. I notice that you are into dramatic and serious roles like The Tower, where you play a pregnant victim. For TV shows like Flash and Leftovers, where you play a missing girl, who inspires you to play these types of roles?

I am driven to more dramatic things. I am a funny person in real life, but comedy is a whole other realm. In comedy, I'm so nervous and I want to make them laugh. For drama, it comes naturally for me and I think a lot of the stories that are told in drama are the ones that touch people the most. All the stuff I like to watch are dramatic or psychological thrillers.

What was your secret to preparing for this type of role [in The Tower]?

Because it's based on a true story, I was able to get a bit of background information about her. The director [Keith Maitland] did the interview with all the survivors, who were witnesses of the shooting. The woman I played is a few months pregnant, walking across the campus with her boyfriend and her baby's stomach was shot. Her boyfriend was shot and both of them died. So, her story is a very big one, especially since she was the first person shot. We talked to her about everything and I was able to get her take on the situation. It was interestingly not negative in her way. She was very positive and optimistic about the whole thing. She went on to adopt a boy from Africa. She has one of the most amazing, optimistic stories from something that was traumatic.

I'm glad that you got a good experience from playing this type of role. I like how you are able to tap into it and do it so authentically. Comedy is a complete 180 from drama. What's your favourite type of method to make a scene better than what'd you expect from a script?

The thing about comedy is that a lot of it is a lot of improv, you know. You're actually there on set adding in those comedic moments. I think they have a duty and they know to comment on politics in their own way. For drama, you are there to comment about that stuff because you can write a story. With comedy, it's tough to do that and make people laugh - they have a fine line to walk. I think political comedy is the most relevant and important kind of comedy.

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Apart from acting, you are passionate about supporting animal, environmental, women's and political causes. As an activist, when did you realise that you can use your voice and what made you want to support them?

I mean, I'm a believer like most people. Everyone should be treated fairly, but it obviously hasn't been the case since the beginning of time. So I definitely think it's a job to care, fight and support... whether or not it's socially. I mean, the fact that certain parts aren't utilised blows my mind. I think we all have - celebrity or not - to support everyone's causes, be kind and work towards a better future.

Definitely! I remember that being a woman in Hollywood is a hard world out there. But I like how you're willing to be DIY, which is going to become a trend. You've directed, edited and starred Eyelid Kid's music video. As someone who's been in front and behind the camera, what experiences have you gained from doing all this by yourself?

That project is my boyfriend's band and it came about in sort of a weird way. But, being on the other side of it is very, very different. Directing is very managerial. You have a lot to worry about. The things that actors think about and the things that we like are important. When you get on the other side of it, you're like, "I get what you're saying," you know what I mean? I have to see it in action.

With editing, that was my first time ever using an editing software program besides iMovie.


Just like that and on top of your life, it was eight-and-a-half hours. We had a couple of special effects. But besides that, it was a quick process.

Was it something that you taught yourself to do?

When I was younger, I used to make YouTube music videos and I would edit them using iMovie. I definitely knew I was capable of it; I didn't really ever know if I was doing it again. I think in the future I will be directing, writing and all of that, so I think it's a possibility.

That's so awesome that you are willing to do this yourself and not afraid to put your own personal touch to things. Speaking of indie movies, what is it like for you to be in those types of movies versus something mainstream?

I think it's fun! I think doing indie movies is just seeing the industry in a different way. Sometimes when I'm working with big sets, it can be a little tiring or you feel like you need to impress. But when you're hanging out with friends or anyone from your hometown, I was working with people I knew. It's calmer.

I can sense that. Some indie movies can become successful in their own way. Like if you think about Ghost World, it's getting so much cult status.

Yeah, definitely.

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Are you looking to doing more indies or do you see yourself straddle between the indie and mainstream world like Scarlett Johansson?

I'm interested in it all, but I would love to do more movies and vice versa.

Which type of dream role have you always had in mind?

I think when I was growing up, I liked movies because that was the thing, but TV is really a long way in there. Especially with networks now like Hulu, Amazon, Netflix and all those, I'm open to anything.

Lastly, what's your biggest dream? Think of something that you always wanted to do, but never got the chance do it until this year.

I wanna go to Thailand. I've been wanting to go forever! I just want to travel and be making enough money to do the things I want to do. I want to be happy.

You can catch up with Violett over on Instagram.