By Lauren Buglioli An international childhood allowed his passion for performance to grow. “I was born in LA and was lucky enough to discover my passion for acting at a young age. I am truly grateful to have been exposed to so many different cultures as a result of living abroad. I was in London for middle and high school, and our school gave us a lot of opportunities to travel,” she recalls. “Those experiences while abroad and the people I met definitely intensified my love for storytelling. I’m really grateful for the theater I saw and the training I received—and I certainly don’t take any of that time for granted in my formative years.” Sadly, starting out in the industry at a young age meant being subject to body image policing from a tender age, But it also helped lead her to a tight-knit and supportive circle. “I was encouraged to lose weight for the first time when I was six. While I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, I’ve found that my experiences with body image are actually surprisingly universal and profound. It has served me to connect with those I love on a deeper level. Some of my most meaningful relationships have come from our willingness to share experiences and feel less alone.” The stress of a flawless body has long dominated Hollywood. “I think a lot of performers feel that, regardless of gender. This is an old paradigm that is thankfully shifting. Our worth or talents aren’t tied to external things and I think a lot of us believed a different narrative for so long.” Instagram is predictably pulling back on this movement. “We all know Photoshop, editing and filters really change our perception of reality. Can. I think we all look at magazines and know those pictures are doctored, but in many ways forget that Instagram has become a tool for advertisers as more and more accounts are used to sell our products. I follow people like that. Like people who make me feel good and use the mute button when needed.”
Lauren is slowly making peace with her body. “It is a lifelong process of breaking down those deeply rooted belief systems that encourage us to follow a certain ideal. I think that we will always work on our relationship with ourselves and our bodies to normalize. The body changes. our age And we live in a society that has encouraged us to pursue perfection, when in reality, we are perfect, whole and complete at any given moment. I’m a big fan of therapy, meditation, and self-improvement to continue working through issues as they arise. Apparently we are never ‘done’. Barbaric!” Having a healthy relationship with her body inspired her to pursue more acting roles. “The more I focus on the work and my craft rather than the outside, the happier and more fulfilled I am. Self-acceptance and empathy is a process. The interesting thing about acting is that you are always confronting yourself. The more I approach my experience as a human being with curiosity rather than through a lens of self-criticism, the more I can act with empathy and compassion toward other people.”
his new picture, A Jazzman’s Blues, about the resilience of true love. “This is a beautiful and heartbreaking love story that Tyler Perry wrote 27 years ago. The two main characters, Bayou and Leanne, face many obstacles that prevent them from being together, and I am one of those obstacles. It’s Friday, September 23rd, on Netflix will premiere and I’m so excited for everyone to see Mr. Perry’s vision come to life. He’s endlessly inspiring and I’m grateful to him and his team for the opportunity to be a part of this story,” said Lauren. No matter what they face, Beau and Leanne’s bond is everlasting. Either. “The film celebrates how love never fades even in the face of ignorance, darkness and hatred. I know audiences will be moved by these breathtaking performances.”
Outside of acting, Lauren enjoys helping children with disabilities. “I have a loved one with Down syndrome, and she’s the reason I started working with special needs kids in middle and high school. She made my life better, and that’s why I pursued acting studies as well as a degree in special education.” It is important to highlight disabled children and organizations dedicated to them “Even though I’m not in the classroom, I hope to use any platform to highlight the work of organizations that provide acting. Tampa Heart Gallery, which is making a difference in the lives of incredible children every day. Heart Gallery works to foster children who have experienced abandonment, abuse and neglect (some with special needs) into forever foster homes and improve their quality of life in the process. If you can’t adopt, you can support the Heart Gallery by becoming a birthday friend of a child in foster care, making a donation or spreading the word about the incredible work they do.” Donate to the Heart Gallery of Tampa here.
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Lauren Buglioli talks about “a jazzman’s blues” and building a positive body image. Photo credit: Ben Cope. Hair/Makeup: Kat Sherwin. Styling: Anna Schilling.