As soon as I meet Meg I could tell she was a lovely person: welcoming in every way. Our team had made her wake up painfully early but she was unbelievably cheery and excited to have us there. This energy carried through to when we made her sit on the wet ground in the freezing cold, not once did Meg complain and she was absolutely compliant and willing to get the shot. I guess you could say she was the sunshine in our rainy day.
Meg grew up in a small town in New Jersey called Peapack. She fostered her love for acting and music at a theatre school called Annie’s Playhouse, where she spent her earlier years performing. “One day, when I was around 11, an agent came to one of the performance we did and they told my parents they wanted to sign me. And we had no idea what to do, we were just kind of like “OK!” So I started auditioning professionally and then it took off from there”. Meg’s story is every theatre child’s biggest dream; getting discovered and being able to pursue a career in the business. However, the process is definitely not easy. Meg expressed how difficult it is to go from audition to audition hoping that something will stick, “it’s so rare you actually get a job, it takes a toll on people”. Through this all Meg had a supportive family that kept her head above water, “my dad always said “if you go into it knowing you have no control over their decision, you can just go your best and hope it’s enough! So if you don’t get it you don’t lose anything and if you do you get so much, it’s worth the risk’”. It is this positive mindset and hard work that landed her role of Taylor Otto in American Housewife on ABC.
My dad always said “if you go into it knowing you have no control over their decision, you can just go your best and hope it’s enough! So if you don’t get it you don’t lose anything and if you do you get so much, it’s worth the risk.
American Housewife is ABC’s newest comedy, starring Meg, Katy Mixon and many other wonderful cast members. The show is a hilarious narrative which follows the Ottos, a family that lives in Westport, Connecticut. Surrounded by “perfect” housewives, Katie Otto is fearlessly herself. The show addresses issues such as body image through a comedic lens, “there are some touchy subjects on the show but they make it all funny and relatable.” In the show, Meg plays Taylor Otto, the eldest of the Otto children. A typical 14 year-old girl obsessed with popularity and exercise, Meg is almost the opposite of Taylor. Meg is unbelievably grateful to have landed the role and loves the cast as if they were her family. “Taylor is really into sports, and I am awful at sports! But it’s fun to step into that role and be someone else”. In the future, Meg hopes to intertwine acting and singing. I am confident that with her attitude and talents Meg will become incredibly successful.
Photos by Anna Zhang
Words by Ana Sandoval
Hair and makeup by Kyle Sheehan
Originally published in Volume II, Issue No. 001 – Winter 2017.