Kimmy Shields @kimmyshields
Photography by Carlos Vaz @uberalles
Muah by Jayme Kavanaugh @jaymekav
Styled by Bebe Couri @just1_bebe
Assistant Stylist Yvonne Mwazo @styledbyyvonne
Interview by Samantha Stricklin @f0rsake
What originally inspired you to take on an acting career?
I’ve been inspired to pursue an acting career since I started performing at six years old. I never wanted to become good at anything else, and am pretty sure I’ll never be smart enough to do anything else.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an actor?
The advantages are meeting bright, creative, kind people on every gig I have done and gleaning wisdom from all who will allow me to, as well as being encouraged to watch as many movies and television shows as possible to stay inspired and educated about the trailblazers that have come before me. The disadvantages are the lack of job security and having too much time to dwell on my insecurities.
What are you proud of?
I am proud of myself for trusting in the massive amount of faith required to stay grounded in my pursuits and for taking care of my mental health so I can be “on” wherever I go.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
I really love Saoirse Ronan (even though she stole my face), Julianne Moore, and John C. Reilly.
Do you have anyone you admire and would love to work with in the future?
Oh my gosh, how much time do you have? I would say any of the names listed above, Guillermo del Toro, Martin Scorsese, and anyone who likes me enough to play.
What were the biggest struggles you had to face to get to where you are?
I think all of the struggles I have faced thus far are personal struggles; learning how to work through my hardest days, being vulnerable enough to openly communicate my experience with trusted loved ones, and seeking out opportunities for fresh perspectives on what my place is in the world and how I can best serve others.
What is your go-to beauty secret?
Aggressive moisturizing and water.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Eclectic, passionate, and curious.
Best advice ever given?
Think kind thoughts, say kind words, perform kind actions.
What new projects are you currently working on?
I am gearing up to head back to Atlanta to shoot Season 2 of INSATIABLE and could not be more excited about it. We will see where this next journey takes us!