Alicia Minshew was born on May 28, 1974 in Plantation, Florida, USA. She is an actress, known for All My Children (1970), Desires of the Heart (2013) and Tainted Dreams(2014). She has been married to Richie Herschenfeld since October 26, 2008. They have one child.
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been acting?
Alicia Minshew (AM): I have been acting professionally for about twenty years. I starting doing commercials and plays when I was in high school. I did my first commercial at 16 down in Miami and my first professional theatre show when I was about 20. I was a dancer and singer in the show “My Fair Lady”. Making the move to New York City was what really started my career. It was there that I made a living from commercials, did some theatre and indie films, went to an intense acting program, and ultimately and landed the role on All My Children! New York City was the game changer…gotta love this city!
BM: What was it like playing Kendall Hart on the soap series “All My Children”?
AM: Playing Kendall ultimately changed my whole life. I learned so much in the 10 years that I played her. I learned about acting, about life and how to be professional in this business. It was so much fun and so much work all at the same time. It really was a dream role. I got to work with so many talented actors…most of whom are to this day my closest friends. Of course getting to play Susan Lucci’s daughter was really a highlight of that. The writers always wrote great stories for me and always kept me busy. As an actor you want that! I am so grateful for my time on All My Children. I wouldn’t have my husband Richie or my daughter Willow if it wasn’t for the show. My on screen husband,Thorsten Kaye, introduced me to my real life husband and the rest was history! Being on the show gave me a career and a great life.
BM: Tell us about Beacon Hill.
AM: Beacon Hill is a wonderful, sexy political web series. It is being produced by Crystal Chappell’s production company. She approached me about a playing the role of Sara, and I have always been a fan of her acting work as well as the shows she produces. When I read the script and saw the rest of the cast involved, it was a no brainer to take the role! It is written by the talented women of Bella Books, one of the biggest lesbian book companies. I play a gay woman who is a reporter struggling with many aspects of her career and love life. Sarah Brown plays my ex-girlfriend who is a politician. So there is a lot of drama about our relationship and our jobs. It is a really smart and exciting show. It is kind of like Dallas meets The West Wing. New episodes stream every Wednesday at 3pm EST on beaconhilltheseries.com. There are 12 episodes this season. I have loved being a part of this show, it’s very different from playing Kendall!
BM: What is it like playing a lesbian reporter?
AM: I love playing a different kind of character than I have ever played before. It’s very empowering. I also love playing a gay woman. There is something very grounding about working with women that I just love. I like telling a story that is very real and people can relate to. I am so used to playing love scenes with men, so doing that with Sarah was so refreshing!
BM: Tell us about Desires of the Heart?
AM: Desires of the Heart is an indie film that I filmed in Savannah, Georgia two summers ago. I played opposite the very gorgeous and talented Val Lauren. It is basically a mystical love story about an Indian man who falls in love with a Southern woman named Madeline. There are a lot of other things that go on in the film that are very mystical and have to do with the ancient practices in India. My half of the film was shot in Georgia and the other half was shot in India. It was directed by James Kicklighter and produced by Solila Parida. Right now the film is doing the festival circuit. It won Best Foreign Feature at the LA Femme Film Festival,and screened at the Macon Film Festival as well as the Sedona International Film Festival So, we are waiting to see where the film ends up…it was a a fun time!
BM: What advice would you give to other aspiring artist out there?
AM: I would tell them to never give up. If you really want to be an actor don’t let anyone talk you out of it. You must be in it for the love of acting… not to be famous. There is a lot of rejection to get used to but don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you are not talented, it just means you were not right for that role. Keep trying! Take classes and always be studying to keep your acting fresh. Also, if you can, have a good support system around you of friends and family. Whether or not you are lucky enough to have that, just believe in yourself and keep at it. Be patient and try to enjoy the whole ride! You must be resilient and don’t give up easily! I am glad I didn’t because my life would have been different if I did.