SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – August 30, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — Alicia Witt is just finishing a film being shot in Salt Lake City called “The Truth About Christmas.”
Witt has been seen in numerous TV shows and movies. From David Lynch’s “Dune,” to “The Sopranos,” “Friday Night Lights, “The Mentalist,” and has starred opposite Al Pacino in the film “88 Minutes.” She also appeared in Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995), opposite Richard Dreyfuss, as clarinet player “Gertrude Lang.” She was also seen in the John Waters film, Cecil B. DeMented (2000), with Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith, as well as director Cameron Crowe‘s Vanilla Sky (2001), opposite Tom Cruise.
She played Detective Nola Falacci opposite Chris Noth on NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” for half a season; she was also featured on the Emmy-award winning CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” as a teacher turned stripper in an episode featuring an extended lap dance that has been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube.
Alicia is also an accomplished singer/songwriter. A classically-trained pianist who has been performing her original piano-driven rock all across the world, and has opened for Ben Folds Five, Jimmy Webb and John Fullbright.
Alicia Witt is a warm and open person who has a an engaging personality as is at ease with others and makes other at ease around her.
Her first professional gig was as a piano player at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Because I was classically trained and competed in competitions since I was a child, I was sitting there at 16 years old…people would come up to me all the time. Like three people an hour and ask what I was going to do with my music. And ask if I was going to a university.
“And I’d say ‘NO!’ I am in LA to be an actress. And they’d say ‘You don’t want to be an actress honey, there’s so many of those. You’re good at this… you should do this.”
But one day she was approached and was offered a role in a film.
The actress doesn’t want to be pigeonholed into being thought of as just one ‘type.’ Balancing her music career with her acting career gives Alicia a kind of freedom that very few artists get to experience.
What’s her advice to anyone coming dreaming of a career in show business?
“The advice I always give is that you have to know it’s gong to be very hard work. But it’s definitely worth it… if that’s what you want to do more than anything.”
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