It’s clear to us that Holt isn’t shy to take risks and go outside her comfort zone. For starters, 2016 will mark the year that she makes her debut in a feature film. Based on the 2006 novel with the same title, Same Kind of Different As Me was directed by Michael Carney and tells the real-life story of a friendship between a modern day slave and an international art dealer.
Of course, the first few days on a new set can be daunting, but Holt describes the experience as both positive and exciting—and how could it not be? Getting to spend your days surrounded by a group of critically acclaimed actors seems pretty ideal. She describes the opportunity of getting to act alongside Hollywood royalty, such as Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight, and Greg Kinnear, as an honor. “They are all so talented and humble,” she says about her co-stars. “Watching them work was such a cool experience for me. I learned so much from all of them.”
As she begins to expand her presence in Hollywood, Holt takes note of what her personal idols are doing as a guiding light. “Career-wise, Reese Witherspoon,” she says when I ask who she would consider the person she looks up to most. “I think she’s done some really amazing roles and has made choices with those roles that I couldn’t see anyone else doing. And she’s such a down to earth human being, so that’s a plus.”
Although a potentially overwhelming thought, Holt has herself taken on the role of “idol” for many of her own fans—a position she handles with immense grace. Even with an astounding 1.2 million Twitter followers and more than double the Instagram followers, she manages to be very interactive with her fanbase and puts a priority on chatting with them and keeping them up-to-date with what she’s doing.
Still, as great as social media is, Holt admits that getting to talk to the people that support her face to face is something she always looks forward to. Thinking back on one particularly special day with fans, she says, “I work a lot with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and about a year ago, I threw a fun karaoke party at the hospital with some of the kids there. Watching them sing, dance, and laugh made my heart so happy. Also, hearing them talk about the shows I’ve worked on and the episodes they love made me love what I do even more!”
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