Cliche Magazine Oct/Nov 2017 - Page 67

You have been able to uniquely balance your love of science and acting very well. You are a science communicator, you’re a contributing member of Mensa, you’ve been part of the Los Angeles Committee Society for Science & the Public, and the host of your own podcast, Know Brainer. How do you combine your two passions together in your daily life? They fluctuate; I work more in sci-comm when I’m on hiatus and focus more on punctual philanthropic work while I’m shooting...but I’m always happy to be a part of something striving to make an impact. Both entertainment and STEM do it in their own way. What advice would you give anyone who wanted to follow both a career in acting and science but were a little unsure of taking it on? Find a platform to make the world a better place. Whatever that is, whatever the job, use your skills to grow, to learn, and to then impact others with it. Usually when you believe in things bigger than yourself and have a cause, discipline, hard work, and passion all flow relatively easily, and with that combination, there’s very little one can’t tackle. “I’m always happy to be a part of something striving to make an impact. Both entertainment and STEM do it in their own way.” Dress KUT FROM THE KLOTH  You host a private monthly event known as Science Soiree, an event that brings together important figures in both the film industry and the scientific community to discuss science ideas, concepts, and topics. How important is it for both the film industry and the scientific community to come together to talk about developments in science? The film industry has such a strong impact in society, in youth, and in inspiring individuals to care about the current state of the world. The more we infuse our content with meaningful substantive messages, the better for everyone. Do you believe women should have a greater role in scientific research, topics, and discussion? Women (and minorities) already do have an incredibly important role in STEM. Most, unfortunately, just haven’t been recognized or have struggled with being undermined because of it. Now is definitely the perfect time to encourage the newer generations across the board to move into these fields, so highli