Ask Brooke / May 2000
How does it feel to be an actor?
Being an actor has been a really exciting experience for me. I've traveled to some amazing places (like Africa!!) and I've met some really special and interesting people. Most of all, acting has been a lot of fun, since I really enjoy what I'm doing. Sometimes, it's been tricky balancing work and school, but it's all worth it in the end!
I definitely had some unforgettable experiences working with exotic animals on both the Animorphs series and Running Wild. Dande, the elephant star of Running Wild, was two and a half years old at the time of filming, although she was still quite big!! I went swimming with her once in a pond, and eventually I could get her to do tricks for me, like raising her trunk or shaking her ears.
I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. I usually like whatever is playing on the current Top 40 List. I like Tal Bachman, Jacksoul, Santana, Macy Gray, Enrique Iglesias and especially The Buena Vista Social Club. My all-time favorites, though, are Madonna (especially The Immaculate Collection!) and Sarah McLachlan.
Since I was a little girl I've been acting in school plays and musicals. When my middle school did a production of The Pirates of Penzance, my mom realized I had the talent and it was the last time I begged to get into showbiz! (My mom had been hesitating before because she knew it would be a lot of work on her part too.) The next step was to find an agency. I took a few courses in auditioning techniques and on-camera work. The rest was a mixture of luck and perseverance.
After Animorphs, all the cast members took different paths, some returning back to their hometown. I'm the only left in school, so it is a little harder for me to keep in touch with the others, as I'm the only one leading a fairly typical teenage life. As far as I know, everyone is still acting, but some like Nadia are also pursuing other avenues in the film industry I do sporadically keep in touch with my co-stars, Nadia in particular.
I try my best to answer all the fan letters I receive! Sometimes the letters come through only at six to twelve month intervals in a package and it appears that Scholastic reroutes them to my agency while Nickelodeon doesn't. Sometimes people don't leave their return address and sometimes I can't make out the writing!Note: Related to that last question: there have been a few requests via the 'Ask Brooke' form for an autograph, to make things easier for everyone if you want an autograph, please send a self addressed stamped envelope (it should be large enough to fit an 8x10) with your request to: