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Lotz To Be Excited About
A professional dancer, singer, martial arts performer and now actress, California girl Caity Lotz can – and no doubt will – do it all. The star of new horror flick The Pact tells Roe McDermott about dancing with Lady Gaga, why she hated filming a Ouija board scene and how she’s literally and figuratively kicking ass on the way to the top.
Roe McDermott, 12 Jun 2012
“I think I always knew my body was made to be active,” says Caity Lotz, explaining her lifelong love of sport and dancing. “Even when I was a little kid I had a six-pack! I picked up movement easily. I always understood my body and wanted to push its potential.”
At 25 the California starlet can sing, dance and act. Plus, with some serious martial art skills, she could easily kick your ass.
Landing her first professional dancing gig at 17, Lotz appeared in a music video for Jojo’s ‘Baby It’s You.’ In 2005 she joined girl group Soccx as a singer. Though the Pussycat Dolls-lite band enjoyed some recognition (they were, as they say, “big in Germany”), Lotz missed dancing and decided to return to it full-time, touring with Avril Lavigne and a little someone named Lady Gaga.
“She was so inspiring in terms of performance and expression, because she’s completely legit. She’s no joke, and it’s no act. She is that crazy! In an insane, talented way. And she’s so committed, she wanted to learn every dance and had real input into the performance. I was about 21 at the time, still quite young. I found her very intimidating, I wasn’t running up to her asking to hang out or anything!”
Having reached the top in professional dance, Lotz grew restless and decided to try something new; acting. And yet again, being the disgusting over-achiever that she is, she struck gold, landing the role of Anna Draper’s niece Stephanie on the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men.
“I got lucky, that was my first chance to act. I’d appeared in Bring It On: All Or Nothing but had never had a proper part in anything. And being picked for such a prestigious, well-respected show instantly validates you. If Matt Weiner thinks you’re good and puts you on, then everyone else believes him! So it instantly opened so many doors and led me in the right direction in terms of the projects I wanted to be involved with. I mean, so many actors who are huge, now cringe looking back on their first acting gigs. I couldn’t be prouder.”