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MR: Are there any scenes from movies that have stuck with you over the years? MP: So many… One of my favorite scenes is probably a from Sex and the City which is one of my favorite series of all time. The season finale of Sex and the City, the final episode when she decides she’s moving to Paris with the Russian, Big shows up and she screams, “…you can drive up this street all you want because I don’t live here anymore!” Their relationship is so beautiful. Saying goodbye to someone when you know you still love them is so hard and that scene is such an incredible representation of that. It also really speaks to timing in relationships and what a significant role it plays. That scene just breaks my heart. Their relationship was so intense and they are brilliant characters. I would never want them to remake it but I wish I could be in a series just like Sex and the City. MR: What is one of the challenges find yourself facing in this industry? MP: Sometimes it’s easy to get down on yourself by comparing yourself to other people. But you have to believe in yourself and not compare yourself to others. I get inspired reading interviews from people like Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone where they talk about the whole journey to where they are now. Nothing is overnight even if it might seem that way from the outside. Dwayne Johnson tells a story of how

he had 7 dollars in his pocket and nothing else. The fact is, you don’t know anyone’s story or how hard they’ve worked to get where they are. Never give up. In the social media age, it’s so easy to compare yourself but it won’t make you feel any better about yourself. MR: Do you have any goals as far as acting goes? MP: I’m striving to create a balance between TV and film. As an actor, I don’t want to get stuck doing one certain thing. I like a variety of genres and I want to explore them all. MR: Do you have any advice for young women who want to break into the entertainment industry? MP: If you love it, do it. There are so many reasons why people get into the entertainment besides the pure joy. So many people are in it to be famous, make money or get followers but if your heart isn’t in it, then it’s not a great industry to be in. There is a lot of competition and rejection. What keeps me going in such a hard industry is being on set and being inspired by other people who want to make art that they’re proud of, whether it makes people laugh and feel good or makes them emotional and touches on important topics. If you have a genuine love for it go for it. Work hard and practice all the time. It’s very hard and very challenging. I’ve been doing it for 13 years and I’m proud of where I am, but I’m still nowhere near where I want to be. Don’t give up. ■

“If you have a genuine love for it

go for it.

Work hard and

practice all the time.”