Meet Rachel Lebovic
“I like delving into people’s psyches, taking a micro look into someone’s brain and expanding it. It makes me a better empathizer. I go from acting to looking at the world in a different perspective.”
An actor’s life, according to Rachel, is a balancing act of taking charge of what is in your control and letting go of what is not.
It can be very easy to compare yourself to others in showbusiness. “There’s only so much control you can really have, once you’ve worked hard and put in the hours.” When Rachel realized she couldn’t go on comparing herself to other people, her life became about doing what she wanted to do.
“It can be scary when getting a role is up to other people who want to hire you. I have to think about what I can do for myself, and embrace that it’s not always up to me.”
Rachel’s experience has become less about landing a role and more about personal successes. “I try not to be tied to the result. I will be happy if I put my best self and best work out there.”
Contrary to her bubbly exterior, Rachel admits that she is actually an introvert, and it is the intimate moments behind the camera that she feels she can truly communicate with people. “I can’t do public speaking, I get really self-conscious. For me, it’s the pretending.” Onstage, Rachel performs as if there’s no audience, and prefers film and television acting which provide a more intimate platform to have “those real moments”.
Rachel likes to get to know a role so intimately that it becomes part of her larger life education. “I like delving into people’s psyches, taking a micro look into someone’s brain and expanding it. It makes me a better empathizer. I go from acting to looking at the world in a different perspective.”
“When taking on a role”, Rachel explains, “it’s all still me, I just have a window into other people’s experiences.”
Rachel leaves her moments of pretending for the camera. She is committed to being true to herself and her Jewish culture. “When I was trying to be like people around me I felt the most of an outsider.” She takes the opportunity on set to learn from every actor, as everyone has a unique perspective to share, and no one is looking to blend in.
In tough times, Rachel is motivated by her love of the creative process. She continues in the face of challenges as a result of that love. “It keeps me going. Even if no one was giving me jobs, I’d find some way to express myself and act. It’s cathartic for me.”
Rachel believes in going for what you believe in. “I’m young and foolish, maybe recklessly optimistic. But, unless your dream is impossible or going to kill you, you don’t have a lot to lose, especially when you’re young.”
Rachel Lebovic grew up in Thornhill. She attended the Theatre and Drama program at University of Toronto Missisauga and Sheridan. She is currently a working actress in Toronto and dreams of a future for herself in film and television.
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Written by: Adina Samuels