I'm just a girl who happens to work for two of the biggest theme parks in the world while I try and figure out what I want to do with my life. Right now that means turning people into minions, helping people receive their wands, and dealing with a whole bunch of crazy characters.
Band of Brothers. Theatre. Disney. Supernatural. Glee. Doctor Who. One Tree Hill. Harry Potter. HBO War fandom. The Vampire Diaries. Criminal Minds. ASOIAF. Starkid. Pretty Little Liars. Percy Jackson. The Hunger Games. The Food Network. One Direction. The Avengers. Teen Wolf. Star Wars.
I like owls and hedgehogs and penguins more than what's proper.
I have an obsession for anything AU. It's a weakness.
okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles.
our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.
over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.
and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”
first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.
and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.
by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.
anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.
bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me
"I have all your movies" Oh my GOD. *dead *
I’m really sweet and needy and affectionate for a bitter and cynical person
#can i talk for just a minute about how much i loved hotch’s answer ‘it’s hard to say’? #because. like. #he *can’t* answer that question for reid. #he can’t tell him ‘you’re going to wake up six months from now and it won’t hurt as much’ #or anything like that. #he can’t tell reid how long it took for *him*#because even if he could pinpoint it #- and grief doesn’t really work like that anyway#where one day you’re grieving and the next day you’re not - #because he’s not reid #and while there are obvious similarities between how hotch lost haley #and how reid lost maeve #there’s also a universe of differences. #their experiences aren’t - *can’t be* - fungible. #because they’re not the same person #and it’s not the *same* experience for all that it’s similar. #so i loved that hotch didn’t project his issues and experience #all over reid. #it was the most honest - and selfless - answer he could’ve given.
And I really love how they didn’t address Hotch/Haley story directly in this episode but we can definitely feel it. Because I think it soooo fits to Hotch’s character that they didn’t mentioned it despite of their clear similarity. Because this is Reid’s story not Hotch’s. It is usual that people use their own experience to try to understand that person’s feeling. Like Rossi did. It’s usual and from compassion and sometimes -often- it works. But Hotch almost never do it, especially to teammate. He almost never says, “I understand because I had similar experience.” kind of thing. He almost never measures other’s feeling based on his own. He never makes other’s story about himself. He focuses on that person’s feeling. Sometimes it looks “cold” on surface. But it’s not from indifference. He must know too well how victims feel most of the time. He understands and it’s definitely there. But he also knows it’s never same however similar the situations are. It doesn’t matter how he feels. It matters how that person feels. He respects and cares for that person’s own feeling, not his own. It’s not easy. And this is one of Hotch’s characteristics I love and respect the most. And I’m grateful they presented it right way.
Day 1: Favorite Male Character- Robin of Locksley
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