For some people, future career goals can be difficult to decide upon. For others, it comes a bit easier. For Agnes Bruckner, she was 15 years old when she realized what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
She was filming 2002’s Blue Car, which follows a gifted student (played by Bruckner) who was abandoned by her father and neglected by her mother and turns to poetry and the support of her English teacher.
“While filming that movie, I had a moment when I realized that I wanted to act for the rest of my life,” she said. “I fell in love with the process of filming. That was one of the biggest moments in my life.”
Now at the age of 29, she’s still following that dream she had almost 15 years ago.
Bruckner didn’t just jump into acting in her teens. Her mother put her into modeling when she was five, but Bruckner was more passionate about dancing, singing and performing. When she was 10, she won the all-around prize at an IMTA modeling competition in Los Angeles and got her first manager. A few months later, she landed her first TV role on The Bold and the Beautiful, which she starred in from 1997 to 1999.
“I loved going to work and playing pretend,” she said. “It has fortunately kept going, and everything has been amazing.”
Since landing that first recurring role, she’s appeared on shows such as 24, Private Practice, Fairly Legal, and Covert Affairs, as well as the 2007 film Blood and Chocolate.
This year, Bruckner landed a guest arc on Once Upon a Time. Though her character is being kept under wraps until her introduction, Bruckner said jumping into the fairytale world has been a dream experience.
“I’ve always been into fairytales, and I play World of Warcraft, so I love the fantasy genre,” she said. “The show is smart and entertaining, and it’s been a blast to work with everybody on set.”