The fall 2012 release of The Perks of Being a Wallflower marked the big-screen debut of KCD alumna Erin Wilhelmi ’04. Although she’s an experienced actor, it was Erin’s first foray into the world of professional film. Erin spent six weeks shooting in Pittsburgh and attended premieres in both New York and Los Angeles. “I fell in love with that whole process,” she said. “I still can’t believe it happened to me. It was like a little fairytale for a month.”
When we spoke in June of 2013, Erin was preparing to leave for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she has a role in the play American Hero by Bess Wohl.
Erin got her acting start at KCD and credits Trudy Wheeler and Kate Scinta for inspiring her love of theater. “Ms. Wheeler believed in me and helped me get over my stage fright,” Erin said. “John Lennon & Me was the first time that I realized that I really loved acting. In high school, Ms. Scinta was the one who helped me get into college for acting. I couldn’t have done it without her help.”