Q. I saw that you play the glockenspiel-how did you get into that instrument?
A. Oh, I love the glockenspiel. I actually started playing it when I was going through a breakup. I was healing a broken heart and listening to lots of music and kept hearing a very joyful piano-like sound and it was a glockenspiel. So I ordered one online and started to play.
Q. Do you have any other hidden talents that people wouldn't guess?
A. I also play Skee-ball. I'm not sure that's a talent, but it's really fun to play. We filmed the pilot of Witches of East End in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the whole cast went out one night and competed in a Wilmington Skee-ball Tournament. That was fun!
Q. What would you wish for in the next five years?
A. Love, laughter, joy. I wish for Witches of East End to be a magical show on Lifetime for years and years to come, and I wish to continue telling stories about love and faith.
Q. When you aren't busy with filming, what do you like to do in your free time?
A. I'm currently filming in Vancouver, so I've been exploring the mountains and seawalls and going on walks through new parts of town. I love music, I volunteer with children's theaters, I read a lot and I am just beginning to work with several women's organizations.
Q. How can your fans in Tennessee best keep up with you and all your projects?
A. I recently joined the world of social media and would love to connect with you there. I'm @rachelboston on Twitter, and I have a new website rachelboston.net. Witches of East End will also have a website and Twitter account, so I will post those as well. Talk to you soon!
You may have seen her in the Golden Globe-nominated film 500 Days of Summer with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel or starring opposite Julia Stiles, America Ferrara and David Cross in the indie comedy, It's A Disaster, or maybe co-starring alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
If you don't recognize Signal Mountain native Rachel Boston from her movie accomplishments, she also has an impressive laundry list of leading roles and guest appearances on popular television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Rules of Engagement and The Closer-and now a new starring role in the upcoming Lifetime drama, Witches of East End.
Rachel Boston knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress-from impromptu performances in her living room to singing in children's choir productions at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, it was no secret that she was meant to be in the spotlight. "Growing up in Signal Mountain, my family loved to put on musicals in the living room. My mom would play piano, I would sing into a Fisher Price microphone, my brothers would dance and my dad would film the whole show," says Boston. "I started performing in the children's choir at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church when I was 7 and fell in love with theater. My first solo was in a musical called We Like Sheep. In high school, I studied with Suzanne Smartt and Catherine Bolden in the Girls Preparatory School drama department and then made the decision to move to New York City during my senior year. So it all started in Tennessee."
Although a small-town girl at heart, Boston made the journey to New York at the ripe age of 17 to try her hand at a career in acting. "Figuring out the subway system was the first great challenge," she says. "The first few years in New York were deep and soul searching. I knew what I wanted to do so I stayed focused and kept moving forward." And, as luck or sheer perseverance would have it, Boston not only managed to learn to navigate the subway system, she found success and acceptance in the acting world, soon moving to Los Angeles to film for her first major role in NBC's award-winning series American Dreams.
Soon after, Boston began picking up roles in popular television programs and movies, finding opportunities to work with many well-respected actors and actresses along the way. "I feel so fortunate to work with so many strong, empowered women. I'm currently filming with Julia Ormond, and she is beyond extraordinary. You learn so much from women who have navigated beautiful lives both professionally and personally. And I think it's incredibly important for women to be support systems for each other on our journey through career and life," says Boston.
Each role, Boston believes, has taught her something about herself and her craft, and she credits the many talented people she has worked with. "500 Days of Summer was a wonderful film to be part of. It is such a sweet and heartfelt story, and Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are tremendous talents. I loved playing an Amish girl on Grey's Anatomy. She really touched my heart, and the cast was so lovely and supportive. Very thankful for every role and all the artists I've met along the way."
Boston's current project, Witches of East End, in which she is costarring with Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Mädchen Amick is slated to premiere on Lifetime in October. "Witches of East End is the story of a family of witches set in the small town of Fair Haven. When my sister (played by Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and I are born, our mom (Julia Ormond) casts a spell on us so we don't actually know we have supernatural powers, but through a series of events, she has to tell us that we are indeed the next generation of powerful witches and we must step into our powers to fulfill our destiny," says Boston. "Witches of East End is also a story about growing up and trusting your instincts, stepping into your power and coming together as a group to fight the dark with light. I've been reading a lot on the history of witchcraft and studying the metaphysical world with some friends I met while I was filming in New Mexico years ago. I'm also learning lots of new magical skills on set."
Boston says she prays every day, so delving into the spiritual world is not unfamiliar territory for her. "I am so very happy to be working on a series that focuses on the spiritual world and goes beyond the physical realm and into the world we can't see or touch but can feel," she says. "It's a wonderful, complex, powerful place to live."
Although Boston's acting pursuits have taken her across the country and now the world as she works on the filming of Witches of East End in Vancouver, British Columbia, she still feels strong ties to the state of Tennessee and her Southern roots. "I believe peace is an inside job, so I remind myself with all the traveling and new experiences that true peace comes from within. Growing up in Tennessee definitely helped prepare my soul for this journey," says Boston. "Surrounded by nature, performing in church musicals and the incredible spiritual community I grew up in have kept me grounded. And my dad built the house I grew up in so I guess that instilled a do-it-yourself mentality that I've always carried with me.
"I do still have family in Tennessee and many of my childhood friends are raising families on Signal Mountain. Tennessee is so beautiful; the neighbors and friends I have there are kind-hearted and compassionate, and I have wonderful memories from living there."
The newest Lifetime drama, Witches of East End, inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, is slated to premiere on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.