Blue-eyed beauty Brittany Snow is one of the busiest actresses
in Hollywood. Here's why.
By Jordana Divon | Photography by Tyler Shields
Snow will be the first to tell you she's got a lot on
The 26-year-old multi-hyphenate (that's actress,
singer and dancer, in case you were wondering) has
more films coming out this year than most actors
manage to crank out in two or three -- and with a
drama (96 Minutes), a comedy (Syrup), a horror flick
(Would You Rather) and a musical (Pitch Perfect) in
the mix, the Tampa-born talent gets to show off her
considerable chops alongside co-stars like Amber
Heard, Anna Kendrick and Kellan Lutz.
But it's all par for the course for this busy working
girl. After all, she's been toiling under the klieg
lights since she was a toddler, and with credits like
Hairspray, Gossip Girl, American Dreams, and Harry's
Law under her designer belt, Snow has managed that
rare, seamless transition from child actor to
full-fledged Hollywood star without so much as one
documented TMZ meltdown.
TFP caught up with the sweet-faced blonde to discuss
what keeps her grounded in a crazy business, the
importance of keeping a balance and how she indirectly
helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Cup in '04
You're working very steadily in an industry
where actors can be out of a job for a long
time. Why do you think that's the case?
Although I do work steadily I took a year off a
couple of years ago just to get my life in order
and reevaluate what's important to me. I've been
working since I was three years old and I needed
that time to just find out who I am and what I
like and do normal things. That rejuvenated me
somehow and gave me the strength to keep on
auditioning and also to be really picky about
that parts that I do choose. I think it's just
really being OK with yourself and being
centered, because the more that you get into
your head in this business the more it swallows
you up and then you end up not working
inevitably because you just get so stressed out.
Is it difficult to stay levelheaded in
I don't find it difficult because luckily I have
amazing friends and family that keep me in check
and constantly pull me back to reality to be
grateful and not get overwhelmed and overworked.
I try to stay pretty grounded, but who knows?
Maybe I'm not doing it.
You mentioned you've been in front of a
camera since you were three. Is this it for you,
or has there ever been a Plan B?
I've never even thought for a minute that I'd
want to do anything else, because in a way
[acting is] my therapy and it makes me feel just
like I'm a regular person. Of course, I've
always thought if it didn't work out I'd want to
do something with the production side, but even
if it got to where I'm performing in a community
theatre for a few people, I'd probably still do
it because it's what I love to do. Maybe one day
I'll do my charity work full time if I'm really,
really old and tired (laughs). But that's
probably a long time from now.
So many actors are double dipping in the
music world these days. Any interest in picking
up a microphone?
I'm a little scared of doing a CD because I
don't think that being a pop star is in the
cards for me at all. I'm way too shy to ever get
out on stage and rock out with a tube top or
something. If anything, I might do a low-key
sort of thing with my musician friends one day
and not tell anyone it's me. Then if people
really like it I'll say, 'surprise! It's me, I'm
singing.' But if they don't, I'll never say it's
What's it really
like to be a successful working actress in Hollywood? Is it work, work,
work all the time or are there opportunities to relax and enjoy yourself?
I don't even consider myself one of the busiest people. I sometimes think
about people in the business who are doing movies constantly and how they
still manage to be photographed at dinners. I'm like, 'how did they get
out?' But I think it's all about managing your schedule and balancing your
time. I try not to go crazy and go out to clubs until 4 a.m. But I think
it's also nice to let your hair down every once in a while and be young.
When you do let your
hair down are you afraid of getting caught in tabloid crosshairs, or is it
actually harder to get all those stories made up about you?
lot of people say that: "How do you manage to stay out of the tabloids?"
And it's funny -- it really hasn't ever been something that I've done on
purpose. I've just never been interested in those kinds of things that get
people into the tabloids and it's not something I want to be a part of.
More than anything I want to be respected and respectful, but sometimes
things happen that are beyond people's control and they wind up in [the
tabloids]. But I think there are a lot of times people aren't looking,
which is really great for me because I get to get away with a lot of
What kind of stuff?
Well, I definitely had my years of going out to the clubs and hanging out
with the people that I used to hang out with and just being young and
having fun. Luckily now that's not my kind of life anymore but I
definitely had my days, just no one was paying attention, which was great.
Do you ever read about yourself online? What is it like to know you
have all these fan sites and fake Twitter accounts popping up?
It's really bizarre to me that people even know who I am. I don't think
I'm ever going to get completely used to it when people make pages for me
or fake Twitter accounts. I can't really think about that stuff or else
priorities get all out of whack. But then once in a while I'll see a fan
page that somebody made me and it's got every single thing I've ever done
and every picture that I've ever taken and they've taken pictures from my
childhood and made it into a collage, and I'm like, why do people care?
This is so weird. It's very humbling and I'm very grateful for it. It's
very cool, but I try not to buy into all that stuff too much because I
think I would just lose my mind.
You're known for having a girl-next-door appeal but you took a pretty
sexy turn in Maxim last year. What made you decide to go there?
It wasn't really a decision where I went, 'Oh I'm going to be sexy now,' I
think it was just something I thought it would be kind of fun to do it
while I was young. I wanted make sure it was done in a classy way and
didn't want any leather or black or anything like that because that's for
another time or maybe a character. But I thought they were really
beautiful pictures and done in a nice way. I wanted it also just for my
own confidence and exploring my own sexuality. I would never pose nude or
So what was the reaction from your friends and family?
It was great. I really didn't get any negative feedback, even from my dad
who didn't want to look at [the pictures]. And he didn't really look at
them -- just the cover. I think I was most concerned about my dad and my
grandfather (laughs). Because of the way I look and because of my voice
and my demeanor, people kind of see me as this little girl and I wanted to
do something where I could prove to myself and to people that I'm not that
Obligatory hockey question. Any interest in the game whatsoever?
No, but I'm from Tampa and I used to go to Tampa Bay Lightning games all
the time when I was a kid. We had season tickets and they never, ever won
a game in the five times that I went. And then I moved to L.A. and
probably about two years later, I guess it was in about 2002, they became
the best team ever, and I was like, dammit! because I never got to see
them when they were actually doing well. My Canadian friends are all about
it, of course. But I don't really know it well.
So you haven't caught any games at the Staples Centre?
No, actually. I have a friend who said he was going to hook me up with
some Kings tickets but it never happened.
Is there anything people would be surprised to know about you?
I love really cheesy jokes and corny things, and every guy that I've ever
dated has to have a really good sense of pun stuff. I don't know why. I
think I'm like an 80-year-old man somehow.