Hilary Bernius is a Chicago based actor, originally from Nevada. She is a graduate from the University of Nevada-Reno, as well as The Second City Training Center Conservatory, and iO Chicago. Her most recent Chicago credits include THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS (Baba Yaga), THE GREEN BIRD (Fata Serpentina), and LANGUAGE OF ANGELS (Kendra) (TCTP), and performs with the sketch group FAKE QUOTES. Hilary would like to thank TCTP and director, Denise, for this amazing opportunity. Love to Taylor, Gilly, and family.
Get to know Megan! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
HB: I went to visit my sister in Costa Rica in January. She has been living there for the past year and we were introduced to what the "Pura Vida" lifestyle is. Pura Vida is Spanish for "pure life." The law of the land in Costa Rica. The expression is used in many forms, from a greeting, to a synonym for "excellent" A synonym of "hakuna matata." Life is wonderful; enjoy it. Be happy with what you have!
TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?
HB: I have definitely felt lost. I'm sure I will feel lost many more times in this lifetime. I learn new things about myself in those moments, and I find it's an uncomfortable necessity.
TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?
HB: People do come to me for advice. I tend bar and there is a cool relationship between myself and my regulars. There have been multiple conversations where I ask for advice and vice versa. It's always interesting to get an outside perspective from those other than my family and close friends. I have no problem giving my younger sister advice or lectures when necessary, and my mom will always be the first person I turn to for help.
TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?
HB: I had to beg forgiveness from my best friend when I accidentally finished off her whole pint of Haagen Daz coffee ice cream. I panicked and filled the empty carton with water and froze it. I think this incident made her cry. Marisa, to this day, I am so sorry!!!
TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?
HB: I've actually enjoyed all my jobs. However, my first job I taught a preschool gymnastics class. One of the little girls went a wet number two in her leotard and then proceeded to jump on my back. The mess went everywhere. On the floor, mats, me, in her hair, and on the other kids. Class ended early, parents were grumpy, and I realized working with little ones was a great form of birth control.
Come see Hilary and the rest of the cast of The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building
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