Article By: Piper Hale
Published: Nov 16, 2011
Bevin Prince, from Raleigh, North Carolina, is working toward an M.F.A. in performing arts from SCAD Savannah.
Bevin Prince started acting in musical theater in high school and later got her big break in television as a recurring character on "One Tree Hill." From there, she was launched into parts on shows like "Desperate Housewives" and "House: MD" and into roles in films, including Darin Scott's "Dark House."
Her appearance in these films and shows resulted in the appearance of several fan websites devoted to covering all things Bevin, from her newest hairstyle choices to conjectures about her future roles and romantic prospects. While Bevin is perplexed by the interest in her personal life, she says, "The fact that they want to know what my next project is and they take the time to put these stills up blows my mind, and it makes me work harder. I don't want to let anybody down."
Bevin has met many of her fans in person at signings and charity events. "The 'One Tree Hill' fans are great," says Bevin. "They are the most dedicated fans you will ever have in your entire life. They live and breathe the show and they're so invested in you. It's really neat to see them face-to-face."
As Bevin's fame grew in the wake of "One Tree Hill," she found herself working in more and more challenging roles. She had never received formal training as an actor, and decided the best way to prepare for these more advanced roles would be to pursue acting in a graduate program. She chose SCAD for the collaboration between the performing arts department
and other programs, especially film. "I knew that a lot of the students here will be the people that I'm employed by one day," she says.
Since beginning her graduate studies at SCAD, Bevin says she has developed confidence in her acting and has cultivated the skills needed to pursue the ambitious roles she wants. "Andra Reeve-Rabb was the head of CBS for years, and we get to do an auditioning class with her," says Bevin. "Had I had that before I'd gone to L.A., it would have been a different experience for me. I don't think a lot of the students know yet how fantastic and how relevant what they're being taught is, and how much it's going to help them."
These other students in the program have become a major source of support for Bevin. "They are family to me," she says. "When you jump, you have a good safety net right here. Right now I am fearless to go and do an audition. It isn't a terrifying experience anymore where I could fail. Instead, it's a really fun chance for me to showcase the facets of myself that I have been able to explore in this program."
These newly explored talents include live theater, improvisation and even dance. She has also acted in several student films, which she says have been valuable experiences. "I'm so impressed with the professionalism of the undergraduates and the graduates," says Bevin. "I've worked on a lot of films that weren't as professional as the ones the SCAD students are making."
Bevin doesn't graduate for another year, but she is already working on her thesis, a play she will write and direct. The play is based on unsent letters, which she collected from her blog readership.
After she graduates, she plans to continue working in television; she hopes to expand into less familiar genres, especially comedy. She now feels much more prepared to tackle these new challenges. "SCAD has changed my life, my work and is clearly going to change my future," says Bevin. "I'm so excited to be able to get back to L.A. and get back to work knowing what I know now with the support and the foundation that I have from being here at SCAD."
See Bevin's past roles on her IMDB page.