The SCOOP...

To an outside observer, Kristen looks like your normal, run-of-the-mill, middle-aged Midwestern mom, or maybe the nice lady next door who brings you cookies on your birthday.  With a tidy haircut and conservative bearing, she can even pass for a doctor, or lawyer.  But anyone familiar with her work will tell you that she has a talent for creating characters that are slightly to the left of normal.  That nice lady next door?  She likes to corner you out in the street to talk about her cat’s litter box habits.  The clerk who sits next to you at the office?  She’s actually a computer genius who relaxes during her free time by hacking into her co-workers’ personal email accounts.  Intelligent, yes, friendly, absolutely, but also nerdy and obsessive.


Kristen’s nerd roots run deep.  Her family is definitively left-brained—2 doctors, a NASA engineer, a dietitian, and she herself worked for a number of years as a computer programmer (she denies hacking into anyone’s emails, however).  After discovering a passion for acting, she moved to L.A., where her suppressed dorkyness and sarcasm (which she swears she inherited from her parents) were an asset.  She has embraced those qualities with extensive improv training at Bang Comedy Institute, Second City Training Center, and The Groundlings.


Kristen's L.A. acting career thus far has included a number of dramatic roles in various independent films and The Young and the Restless.  But it's her small, comedic role as lighthouse keeper Nora McQuoddy in an episode of ABC’s darkly quirky comedy Pushing Daisies, that stoked her passion for subtle, oddball comedy.  Plus, as a side benefit, Kristen now knows firsthand what it would look like to be melted onto a lighthouse light by a murderous nemesis.  She continues to experiment with other comedic characters in a self-produced series of micro-short comedy videos, including Helen Parker, blogging queen, and Diane my @$#% neighbor, and in the webseries Half-Baked.