Sophia Koevary is an actress, model, playwright, and artist from Newton, MA. She earned her degree in theater arts from Drew University and London Dramatic Academy, before settling in Boston. She currently works freelancing with different companies around Boston as a performer and model, and is an Actor’s Equity Membership Candidate. She also sells her art online. Her first play will receive a staged reading with TC Squared Theater Company in June, 2018. She can also be found performing improv with ComedySportz Boston.
Hollywood Insider Interview with Actress, Model, Playwright and Artist Sophia Koevary
Hollywood World: What are you currently working on?
Sophia Koevary: I’ve been working on a few film projects with some film schools, but currently I’m taking a short break from large acting projects in order to work on playwriting. I feel like I have career ADD because I’m never satisfied with doing just one thing! I started writing this play (entitled Dropout) about two years ago, which has slowly gone through development with TC Squared, a theater company in Boston. In about a month, a new scene will be previewed at a play festival and then the full script will receive an official reading in June.
Hollywood World: What do you love about the role that you are currently playing?
Sophia Koevary: As a first-time playwright, it’s a nerve-wracking process. Writing a play can be a very personal process, as opposed to the usual collaborative nature of acting I’m used to. But it’s very exciting and liberating to be able to write the words and direct the story myself. Seeing it come to life with fellow actors and passionately creative people has been an incredible experience, and very eye-opening, being on the other side of the table!
Hollywood World: What is the storyline about?
Sophia Koevary: The play is about a young girl from the small-town suburbs of Boston who returns home from the US army supposedly on leave, only for it to be revealed she was dishonorably discharged. She grows up across from the airport, watching planes go by all throughout childhood, and eventually turns dreams to reality by becoming a paratrooper. A gruesome event occurs in her time in the army, which propels her life into tragedy. It’s a story about family, love, loss, and living in the face of trauma.
Hollywood World: Who else is involved in this production, director, producer, actors?
Sophia Koevary: Currently, Boston director Sierra Grabowski is taking the helm, and actors Katie Flanagan, Claire Davies, and Evelyne Cardella are attached.
Hollywood World: What makes a good scene partner?
Sophia Koevary: Genuineness, generosity, and good listening.
Hollywood World: What are your favorite projects you have been part of?
Sophia Koevary: I participated in a project called “Every 28 Hours” through Company One Theater, which was a very powerful experience. Produced in collaboration with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One Minute Play Festival and in support of the #blacklivesmatter movement, the show focuses on the statement that every 28 hours in the US, a black person is murdered at the hands of a vigilante, security guard, or police officer. The project started in Ferguson, MO and spread across the nation.
Another project I loved was a black box production of Macbeth I did with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which made use of live foley sound produced by the actors.
In college I also directed a production of Chatroom by Enda Walsh, one of my favorite playwrights which was an inredible experience.
Hollywood World: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?
Sophia Koevary: To trust my instincts.
Hollywood World: What other types of movies would you be interested in filming?
Sophia Koevary: I tend to get cast as very sweet and likeable characters, and I’m dying to play someone with a little more grit, maybe a little morally gray (think: female Walter White). Wonder Woman’s got me on a superhero kick as well. I might cry if I go my whole life without being in a Star Wars movie.
Hollywood World: What was your most memorable role? Why?
Sophia Koevary: In college I played Cecily in The Importance of Being Ernest, which has always been one of my favorite plays. In the script Cecily keeps a diary; I spent the summer before rehearsals immersed in the script and kept a diary as Cecily. I’m very character-driven, so the chance to spend so much time in her brain and step into her shoes was amazing. I think everyone relishes the chance to do Oscar Wilde at some point in their career.
Hollywood World: What runway shows have you been part of?
Sophia Koevary: There isn’t much of a runway scene in Boston; I’m much more interested in print.
Hollywood World: How do you see your role as a model?
Sophia Koevary: As a collaborator in an art form. I’m also not super tall—so I always get excited when I see shorter models being represented.
Hollywood World: What are your personal goals?
Sophia Koevary: To win a guacamole contest, and to be happy. In that order.
Hollywood World: How do you stay in shape?
Sophia Koevary: Krav Maga! Self-defense, fighting, and cardio.
Hollywood World: Any tips about how to be a successful actor/model?
Sophia Koevary: Don’t worry about the things you can’t control and work hard on the things you can. It’s easy to get bogged down by rejection in these businesses, you just have to plow through, work hard, and remember that you have something no one else has.
Hollywood World: Do you have an agency that represents you?
Sophia Koevary: Looking to get represented soon for modeling, but prefer being my own agent for acting!
Hollywood World: What’s next? What else can we expect from you this year?
Sophia Koevary: After my work on Dropout comes to a close, I’ll be doing a brief 5-month stint working in the theater and arts scene in Tel Aviv. You can also catch me performing Fridays or Saturdays with my improv group, Comedy Sportz Boston.
*Cover photo by Alejandro Gasperin