Glee's Ashley Fink's Body Peace BreakthroughWednesday, March 16, 2011
Ashley Fink: "I was in high school, and I went to a theater high school, and they were talking about typecasting, and I remember my theater director saying, if he was going to pick a Juliet, he would never pick Ashley. And I remember being like, 'Woah.' I remember asking him why, and he was just like, 'Typically, I wouldn't pick you.' I remember being like, 'You're wrong, and here's why.' I was like, 'Okay, I can see why you'd say that, but you're absolutely incorrect because Juliets come in all shapes and sizes.' I worked so hard, and I remember, I came in with the entire script memorized, and my audition was phenomenal, and I ended up getting the part. He apologized to me, and he was like, 'You're so phenomenal, and I'm so blown away, and I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.' And in a weird way, having him say that, was this moment where I realized I wasn't going to let anyone tell me who I could be, and who I am, because of what I look like. So instead of this moment of great depression, I was like, 'I'm German! I'm built for baby-makin'! I'm built like a house! And that's fine, but I can also act my face off, and I can be Juliet if I want to be.' That was a breakthrough moment for me, and then I ended up getting the lead in every play for my last two years and graduated with a 4.2 GPA because of my acting scholarship. It's amazing."