Actress Ally Maki has more than surpassed her fan’s expectations with her talented performances in well-known film and television roles throughout the years. Whether it’s a great performance from films such as Geography Club and Step Up 3D, or her Halloween costume coordination with singer, Colton Haynes, Maki definitely does not disappoint. Young Entertainment Mag had the opportunity to interview this talented actress and discuss some personal aspects of her life that turned her into the actress she is today.
YEM: How long have you been in the entertainment business?
AM: I was scouted when I was 14 in my hometown of Seattle, WA and have been in LA ever since
YEM: What has been your favorite part of the job so far?
AM: I love performing more than anything. It truly is my passion. Getting to travel the world and do what I love is so incredibly fulfilling.
YEM: What show or film did you have the most fun in? And why?
AM: Definitely Wrecked because I get to film in different tropical locations with the most hilarious group of people. First season we were in Puerto Rico and we just wrapped in Fiji for season 2! We’ve had so many amazing adventures together as a cast.
YEM: What’s one challenge about the job that you can share with other young professionals who want to make it in the business? And how did you overcome said challenge?
AM: The rejection aspect. I always tell people if you don’t truly love the art of what you’re doing, then find that thing you do love. Then go pursue it 110%. At the end of the day, the ups and downs are brutal, so I’m thankful for the constants in my life. Friends and family are everything.
YEM: Not sure if you’re comfortable answering, but I believe you’ve made it into Colton Haynes’ Snapchat during Halloween Weekend. What can you share about the process in how his out of this world costume is created? How long does it take to get all that work done? Who decides on the theme? And what’s the decision process like?
AM: Hah! Colton’s Halloween costumes are out of this world. He always puts a ton of thought into them and treats them like he’s going to the Oscars or something. It’s hilarious. Sometimes I coordinate with him on a costume, but my whole thing is, I just want to be able to wear flats and dance! He would win the costume contest, but I take the cake on the dance battle. We’re a great pair that way. So when he wanted to be Miss Piggy, I said, “Okay, I’ll be Kermit. Easy. Done deal.” Then I did a pretty epic tap dance to Drake. We have fun.
YEM: Before hearing back after going to an audition, what sort of confidence do you have in whether or not you did well or not? Are you usually accurate in your prediction?
AM: I don’t know if I’ll ever completely figure out the audition process because it is such a beast. The moment I think I’ve got it all figured out, I’ll get completely thrown for a loop and am back to square one. It’s such a humbling process, but it constantly keeps you learning and growing. I usually find that if I did my homework and then completely let go in the room, I feel good. Beyond that, the other factors are out of my control.
YEM: What’s one thing about Jess in “Wrecked” that’s not you at all? How did you get to that place where you could act it out?
AM: She has way more patience than I do! Especially with Todd. With some of the stints he pulled last season, it definitely would’ve been hard to stay with him. My real-life self always wants to call him out. I love that Jess has that heart though. It helped so much that Will Greenberg (who plays Todd) and I are so close. He’s fantastic and not at all the douchey guy he plays on TV. It’s so fun to play with him in scenes.
YEM: Where can people find you on social media?
We highly recommend following her on social media and learning more about her career and who she truly is, especially if you’re an aspiring actor or actress. Maki is a great role model for young adults and we are thankful to have been given the opportunity to learn more about her.