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Hilary Angelo

Stars in 'Charlie Wilson's War'

Hilary Angelo, who stars in “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

Book I’m reading:
“Under the Banner of Heaven” by John Krakauer and “A Method to Their Madness” by Foster Hirsch

Total number of books I own:
Boxes full! Too many to count

Three books that mean a lot to me:
”The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert (if you’re a woman and haven’t read the last book, get to a book store, ASAP! It’s life changing!)

Last film I saw:
“Gone Baby Gone,” directed by Ben Affleck. Is it just me or why wasn’t Casey Affleck starring in movies for the past 10 years? He’s a superstar and a really interesting actor. I’m happy to see that he is getting amazing roles now. He truly deserves it.

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Dr. Zhivago,” directed by David Lean
“The English Patient,” directed by Anthony Minghella
“Kramer vs. Kramer,” directed by Robert Benton

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood?
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Charlie Chaplin… “City Lights” may be the most romantic movie of all time!

Who do you look to for inspiration?
My teacher, Tony Greco and my classmates in Tony’s acting class.

Song currently on iPod:
”One of the Brightest Stars,” James Blunt…are all his songs so sad?

three songs that mean a lot to me:
“Two Step,” Dave Matthews Band
“Scientist,” Coldplay
“Tiny Dancer,” Elton John… My husband proposed to me to this song and it was our first dance at our wedding.

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they?:
“Save the Day,” Alana Davis
Lyrics:
”…Before I grow too old to seize the day,
before I spread my wings, and fly away,
like to get to see my heart and pray,
see if love can save the day.
But if it’s the only way,
Can we save the day?”

Concert that changed my life:
Dave Matthews Band with one of my best friends, Dani Kaplan. We nearly lost our minds and the next day we went out and bought every Dave Matthews Band album available. Since then, we have never missed a concert when he comes to Los Angeles.

Guilty Pleasures:
* TV: “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Lost,” “24,” “Entourage”

* Film: My husband likes to rent all the films that I missed out on as a kid because I couldn’t see Rated R movies. I’ve since seen “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Coming to America,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Midnight Run,” “Stir Crazy,” “Reds”…more or less, I’m catching up on lots of films
* Reading material: Instyle, Us Weekly (hate to admit it, but I love it), Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine

Best hangover remedy?
Sleep, water, and something greasy (not necessarily in that order)

Upside of the internet:
Information at your fingertips
Downside of the internet: Child pornography and sexual predators

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?:
As soon as you realize you want to be an actor, actively pursue getting representation. It is the only way to truly pursue getting work in this business. And, once the agent gets you auditions, it is up to you to sell yourself to casting and producers. Know what you’re selling because this is a business and you are your own marketing tools. That means get good headshots, get to the gym, get in a great acting class, and hone your craft. And, don’t forget to have fun because as a great actor I worked with once said, “Hey, it sure beats shoveling chicken heads.”

Do you have a dream project?
Anything my husband writes…I would love him to direct me in a film that he wrote. That would be a dream come true!

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
My husband’s sweet smile

Who was your celebrity crush as a kid:
Fred Savage (I was convinced he was going to marry me), Jason Priestly, Brian Austin Green and Luke Perry (all three of the “90210” alums were honored as posters on my wall as young girl)

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
I don’t think of myself as famous, so I do everything the same.

What’s more dangerous a mountain lion or bitter ex:
I would definitely say a mountain lion!

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?:
Jack Nicholson…not that I have anything against Spike Lee, but I am more of a Lakers fan being from Los Angeles. Plus, Jack is the man!

What’s the real reason behind answering these questions:
Maybe someone will read this and go see “Charlie Wilson’s War” and offer me a job. This business is about keeping the vine swinging…

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