Innovative Actress & Singer Claudia Lee
USA- Park City, UT | Jan 27 2012 | (01:11:08 - EDT)
From the time she took her first steps at the age of 9 months, Claudia Lee has had a passion for performing and parents who encouraged her to follow her dreams. EYES IN Editor-in-Chief Vivian van Dijk interviews the performer during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana on June 20, 1996, Claudia Lee was taking ballet lessons before her 3rd birthday. By the time she was 8, she decided that she wanted to learn the native language of her Polish-American immigrant father. He happily embraced the idea and accommodated his daughter’s wishes, sending her to a private school in Poznan, Poland that summer. Seven years and many classroom hours later, Claudia is fluent in Polish and gladly translates for her American-born mother, Denise, and her father’s side of the family.
At age 13, Claudia embarked on a journey that would change the course of her life. While studying acting and filmmaking at the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) summer camp in Vermont, her roommate introduced her to Harry Abrams, president of the Abrams Artists Agency. The prestigious talent agency offered to represent Claudia, and with her mother accompanying her, she relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2009.
During her first seven weeks in California, Claudia filmed a national Comcast commercial with Zachary Levi (Chuck, Less Than Perfect). Her summer was filled with other exciting auditions and meetings with producers. One of Claudia’s first accomplishments, after the Comcast commercial, was landing a role in the short film The Circus Girl, in which she plays Elizaveta, a young Russian villain traveling with a struggling circus family. This challenging role helped solidify Claudia’s determination to pursue a career in film.
Shortly after completing Circus Girl, Claudia won her most prominent role to date—a recurring role in Season 3 of the popular sitcom Zeke and Luther, which airs throughout the world on Disney XD and the Disney Channel. As the character Bridget, a waitress at a donut shop, Claudia played the love interest of Luther (Adam Hicks), allowing her to demonstrate her comedic acting abilities. Recently, Claudia was cast to play the role of “Magnolia Breeland,” the younger sister of “Lemon Breeland” (Jaime King) on the CW series Hart of Dixie. Her first episode aired on November 7.
Despite being busy with acting and school, Claudia remained interested in music, and began working with producer Max DiCarlo (Elton John, Donna Summer, RBD). In November 2010, she released her first single and music video, It Gets Better, inspired by the It Gets Better Project, a national campaign against bullying. She recently completed her first country music album, to be released in early 2012. The first single, Hollywood Sunset, was released nationwide on September 26, 2011.
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