We had the chance to chat with emerging actress, producer, writer, and internet personality Lauren Elizabeth Harris about her leading role in the mini series How To Hack Birth Control. Check out our conversation below.
When did you decide that storytelling and acting was something you wanted to do?
I have known I wanted to be an actor since I was 5. I was obsessed with playing pretend with various narratives with anyone willing to play, from being dalmations to politicians in the White House. I’ve always loved the feeling of stepping into someone else’s shoes and getting to empathize with what they’re going through. As I’ve gotten older that desire has matured into storytelling on a broader scale, and telling stories that help others to feel represented, seen, and understood.
What can you tell us about How To Hack Birth Control and your character?
How to Hack Birth Control takes a comedic look at women’s options for birth control. It reminds us that women are entitled to control over their bodies and decisions. It’s extremely informative while also being entertaining to watch. I play Wendy, who has been controlled by her father and forced to wear a chastity belt until marriage and is unaware of her options for birth control. When her husband takes advantage of her by putting her in a position where she may have unknowingly gotten pregnant, she leaves him and heads to Planned Parenthood to learn more about her options for birth control. By the end of the film, she’s empowered and has taken control of her life. To me, Wendy represents the audience, and how we leave watching How to Hack Birth Control with a whole lot more information, feeling empowered, and much more self-aware.
How important is it for you to wear many hats in the entertainment industry?
Very important. As actors, it’s important to acknowledge we don’t have to wait for someone to make our career. We can find ways and use our network to start creating on our own. As creators, it’s difficult not to create, as we saw during the pandemic, and it can be difficult to wait for the opportunity to act. To tell the stories we want to tell, and raise others who may not have the same access to filmmaking but have just as incredible stories, it’s important to have a role in bringing them to the screen.
What advice would you give to people pursuing acting?
If you are positive that it’s what you want to do, then be persistent. Don’t give up, find ways to make it work for yourself. Balancing your priorities and making sure it’s at the top of the list will allow you to focus on achieving your goals. Learn as much as you can about it, and then learn the stories you want to tell. Having direction is key to sustaining this industry!
What do you enjoy the most about acting?
I think being able to empathize with another person. To learn the inner workings of someone else’s mind, what makes them tick, what their why is, and then be able to allow that person to tell their story- whether they’re aiding someone else’s story to be told, or helping to make a societal point- that’s what makes me keep going!
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