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Leah Grosjean Is the Next Big Thing in Film

The LA based actress discusses her role as Carmen in the popular TikTok series "Sydney" and opens up about the films that have stayed with her the most.

Leah is currently a series regular on TIK TOK series “SYDNEY” where she plays Carmen, (64.6K followers) A fun-loving, unapologetic, sex-positive queen. Tiktok's favorite fictional sugar baby. Leah received her BFA from Hussian College In Studio in Los Angeles in 2020 and straight out of school booked the LEAD role in SHORT FILM ‘Borderline’ directed by Maggie Budzyna, which is an artistic comment on the complications of class, greed and consent in today's society.
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You play Carmen in the TikTok series “Sydney” who is a passionate, sex-positive girl who isn’t afraid to speak what’s on her mind. What’s the most special thing about this role? Do you relate to Carmen?

Playing this part has been an eye opening experience, to say the least. Carmen and I are very different in many ways, so what’s been special about playing her is discovering parts of myself that I didn’t even know existed. Her unapologetic nature, free spirit, and unwavering confidence have influenced how I carry myself in the world in the best of ways. I also strongly stand behind her body-positive and sex-positive motives. She carries no shame around who she is and I LOVE that. I think we all can use a little Carmen energy in our lives.

You’ve participated in incredible short films. What’s your favorite thing about shorter projects and do you feel like you approach the role differently?

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some incredible collaborators on these projects. My favorite thing about short films is the importance of every little detail from top to bottom. Every second counts and every moment has meaning. I prefer to approach short films like I would any other project; fully fleshing out a character and their world is the only way for me. The only thing I don’t like about short films is how quickly it’s over!

How has the last year changed you, both as an actress and as a person?

Personally, 2021 has been the year of “rising from the ashes” in the greatest way. I’ve been able to identify what it is I want with my life and take huge leaps towards achieving my dreams. I’ve also adopted a deeper understanding for others and an empathy I’m grateful to feel, both for acting and just as a human being. I’ve been so fortunate to have met some incredible people, hit some major milestones, and to be doing what I love!

What has been the biggest moment of your life so far?

When I think of the “biggest” moment of my life, I think of when my dad passed away in 2016. It changed everything for me and I’m grateful to have had 19 wonderful years with him. His humor, loving nature, and incredible mind are attributes I strive to carry in myself everyday.

What’s one thing you hope never changes?

One thing I really hope never changes is good ol’ fashioned conversations. Putting the phone down and just talking! I get scared when I’m in a public place and look around to see everyone glued to their devices. And yes, I’m that friend when we’re out to eat that establishes the “no phones” rule. I just hope as a society we don’t lose the gift that is connecting to one another face to face.

 

Make sure to follow Leah Grosjean on Instagram and TikTok.