You’ve surely seen rising actress Anne Winters grace your screen at some point in the past few years. From television roles in Zac & Mia and the upcoming Grand Hotel to roles in big blockbuster films like Night School, Winters is thriving in the entertainment industry. We got candid with her about the impact of social media, 13 Reasons Why, and her love for acting in our Fall 2018 issue.

Let’s talk about 13 Reasons Why. It’s a show that a lot of young people can relate to, and it’s clear that the storyline of mental health and the difficulties of navigating high school resonates with viewers. Do you think the authenticity of the show plays a role in its success?
100%! If a show doesn’t have authenticity it won’t be as relatable and exciting. Viewers appreciate when the characters are going through real-life problems that they might be able to relate to. I think these authentic depictions facilitate meaningful conversations.

So we know you’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning. Initially, you even auditioned to play Hannah Baker. What drew you to the project?
I loved the book as well, so when I first got the audition for Hannah I immediately knew this was a good project that I’d love to be a part of. I had no idea how much success the first season would have, although I’m not surprised. To be a part of the second and third season is a dream come true for me! I love the story and the authenticity that the writers brought to the script. I think that this show was needed in our industry.

What can you tell us about Season 3?
I feel like just yesterday I was being asked this same question but about Season 2. Time flies! I cannot wait for the third season…this is by far my favorite season. The way our writers and creators spun this season is so cool, real, and exciting. I can’t say anything yet, but it’s going to be so good.

So you’re starring opposite Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in Night School. Can you tell us about your character in the movie?
I play Mila! She’s a millennial stuck in a night school class with a bunch of misfits trying to get their GED. Mila definitely feels like she’s different and should be anywhere else but there, but she slowly begins to like her classmates. They all become sort of like family.

What was it like working with so many hilarious individuals?
It was hilarious. They are all so funny on and off screen. I will say that Taran Killam who plays our principal is the funniest human I’ve ever met. Tiffany and Kevin obviously are hilarious, especially together. I learned so much about comedy on set from them. It was a great time!

And let’s not forget that you’re also starring in the ABC drama Grand Hotel. Can you tell us about the show and your role in it?
I’m so excited about this show! It’s a modernized version of the original Spanish drama series Grand Hotel. I play Ingrid, one of the hotel maids that will do just about anything to have a better life without having to work for it. Ingrid is fun, lazy, and mischievous.

Your social media following is ever growing. Do you ever feel pressure to be anyone but yourself?
I think social media allows me to be myself freely. I get more interaction when I’m fun and outgoing and just me. If I had a page full of trying to be someone else, I wouldn’t have people following me.

How do you deal with internet hate?
I ignore it. That’s it. There’s nothing you can do about it. The more followers you get, the more haters will come and find you and try to bring you down. Not sure why, but that’s just the way it is. Do you and forget the rest.

If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing?
I originally wanted to go to college for nutritional sciences, but I’m not sure where or what I would be doing now without acting. I’m just so glad I pursued acting!

Random question: If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Girl, don’t worry if your time isn’t now. It will come, just be patient and keep going.



Read more in print and digital: Volume III, Issue No. 004 – Fall 2018.

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