He­lena Howard

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Howard made her film de­but in Josephine Decker’s “Made­line’s Made­line,” with a per­for­mance that elec­tri­fied Sun­dance and Ber­lin au­di­ences and crit­ics. “I’m just glad that peo­ple are go­ing out and sup­port­ing it,” she says. Howard al­ways dreamed of be­ing an ac­tor — “When I was 3 I re­mem­ber be­ing on­stage for a Christ­mas pro­duc­tion and hav­ing a feel­ing that was un­like any feel­ing that a 3-year-old feels” — and was “dis­cov­ered” by Decker at a school dis- trict arts fes­ti­val. The di­rec­tor was taken aback by Howard’s mono­logue, they kept in touch and Howard work­shopped the film with Decker and the other cast mem­bers. “Now I’m just fo­cused on build­ing a ca­reer and strength­en­ing my­self as an ac­tor. Build­ing a foun­da­tion and mark­ing my mark. The con­cept of be­ing able to por­tray dif­fer­ent sto­ries from screen­writ­ers or play­wrights is so cap­ti­vat­ing and beau­ti­ful and hon­est. Act­ing is not a hobby. It’s some­thing I love.”

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