She’s Taking Charge
Long before starring in CBS’ God Friended Me, actress Violett Beane got her start performing on the stage of her high school in Austin, Texas. The daughter of an art teacher, Beane was always encouraged to be creative and had been involved in theater and choir since middle school. When her friends started applying for college, she found an agent and began auditioning for roles around Austin, eventually making the decision to move to L.A.
A few years later, with multiple roles under her belt, Beane began starring as Cara Bloom in God Friended Me; she acknowledges that her time with the show has been open and welcoming since day one. “Our show creators, since the beginning, have asked us for our opinions on choices they’ve written, which is something that I’d never experienced,” says the 23-year-old actress.
Coming from a family of Quakers, Beane has carried her certain qualities into the entertainment industry and stayed grounded: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. “It’s about being aware of yourself and your surroundings, and being conscious of your decisions,” she explains.
In addition to starring in the 2018 film Truth or Dare alongside Tyler Posey and Lucy Hale, Beane has also become part of the DC Universe with her role as Jesse Quick in The CW’s The Flash (“Getting the suit was probably the best part. It’s a different experience, taking down bad guys”).
Besides having played a superhero on television, Beane has made a difference through working with PETA. Beane, whose diet is almost entirely plant-based now, posed nude for their 2018 ad campaign proclaiming, “All Animals Have the Same Parts. Have a Heart: Go Vegan.” By baring her own body parts, she aimed to support the fact that humans are also animals and the way we treat animals is a direct correlation to how we treat one another. A vegetarian since childhood, she learned more about the effects that the meat-farming industry had on the environment while growing up. “I think probably the biggest factor for me was the amount of energy and land and water that goes into producing meat,” she adds. “[When going vegan,] I noticed such a difference in my energy levels, as well.”
Whenever she can, furthermore, Beane travels as much as possible, valuing her time in nature. She also spends time with her boyfriend – musician Eyelid Kid – working on projects in their home studio. While stepping into the music industry is a scary leap, it is something she enjoys doing on the side.
Eventually, Beane wants to write, produce, and direct her own films and television series. “I’ve learned what it takes to create something from the bottom up,” she elaborates. “Each project that I work on, I try to learn as much as I can from every aspect of the production.”
Writer: Tara McDonough
Photographer: Adam Brett Schnee
Stylists: James Vazquez & Gabriela Langone
Stylists Assistant: Josephine Gonzalez
Hair: Naomi Porto
Makeup: Jenny Gonzalez
Videographer: Becca Werntz
Editor: Eiko Watanabe
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