Skyler Shaye Dishes On Growing Up Amongst Hollywood Royalty, Her Role in ‘Ray Donovan,’ And Reminds Us How She Brought MerDer Together On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Growing up in Los Angeles and rubbing shoulders with major Hollywood figures during family dinner parties definitely sounds like a dream to most, one that many aspiring artists wish for every day. Admittedly, there are benefits to the star-studded, glamorous lifestyle: friendships are forged and connections are made. However, carving out a name for yourself among all of that glitziness can prove to be a bit more difficult than one would imagine. Children of major icons like Goldie Hawn and Will Smith have managed to stand on their own, settings themselves apart from their famous families. Still, this was not achieved without some extremely difficult work on their part.
According to actress Skyler Shaye, who can be seen in the third season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, connections aren’t everything. At the end of the day, you still have to prove that you deserve to be there; you want to make a statement. And then there’s also the factor of wanting to distinguish yourself from your family, showcasing that you’re your own person and not just a name. “I think that people on the outside think it would be so much easier because I’m so connected. It helps in a certain sense because you meet people, but that doesn’t get you the role,” she says.
Shaye might be best known for her role as Cloe, the super-skilled soccer player who relentlessly tries to keep her friendships together in Bratz: The Movie (2007). However, the bubbly and warmhearted Shaye boasts another important title. At 17, she starred in the pilot episode, “A Hard Day’s Night,” of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy as Katie Bryce, the patient that essentially brought Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd together.
Together with the guidance of her super famous godfather Jon Voight and her matchless talent and brimming determination, Shaye is more than ready to take Hollywood by storm with all of the incredible projects that she has coming up. On a sunny afternoon, the native Angelino took the time to chat with GALO about her role in the third season of Ray Donovan, her favorite memories from Grey’s Anatomy, and her advice for teen girls today.
GALO: First of all, I want to congratulate you on your new role on Ray Donovan. That’s so amazing!
Skyler Shaye: Thank you so much! I’m really excited.
GALO: Well, to just jump right in, for your upcoming role on Ray Donovan, I read that you will be playing a prostitute and that your character is really fun and down to earth. Can you give me a bit more insight into your role?
SS: Honestly, I can’t really say much more about what the storyline is, but the actual show this season is really badass. There are so many different elements going on.
GALO: I heard it’s going to be unbelievably incredible.
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