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Kristen Ariza on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Kristen Ariza

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Kristen Ariza is a veteran of film, television, voice over and stage. If she looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her in nearly 100 national commercials as well as nearly every procedural show on TV, including “All Rise,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “NCIS:Los Angeles,” “Bones,” “American Horror Story,” “Lie to Me.” She has also exercised her comedic muscles opposite Amy Poehler in “Parks & Recreation” and Matt LeBlanc on “Friends.”

She studied at Florida State University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She has performed on stage in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta and most recently last year at the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN where she originated the role of ‘Sally’ in the World Premiere of “Sally & Tom” written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner author, Suzan-Lori Parks.

Kristen’s recent film credits include “Hiding Places” and “Scenes From A Street In LA” as well as the “Resurrected” and the HBO drama, “Confirmation.”


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Li Jun Li on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Li Jun Li

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Born in Shanghai, China, Li moved with her family to Bogotá, Colombia at the age of six, and then moved again to New York City at nine years old. Once in NYC, Li’s parents enrolled her in classes to study Chinese Classical Dance and she fell in love with performing on stage. She attended the esteemed LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and State University of New York at Purchase’s Acting Conservatory, further honing her craft. She went on to land roles in dozens of off-Broadway plays, before landing the lead role of Liat in the first Broadway revival of “South Pacific” opposite Matthew Morrison.

Li recently appeared in Sky Italia’s “Devils” (2022) opposite Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey, as well as in the Netflix Original Series “Wu Assassins” which aired in 2019. Other credits include: “Sex/Life” for Netflix, “Evil” for CBS, “Why Women Kill” for CBS All Access, a series regular role opposite John Cho on FOX’s “The Exorcist” (season two), and a lead role on the FOX series “Minority Report,” amongst others. In 2022, Li was cast in Peacock’s upcoming comedic thriller series “Based on a True Story.” This year, Li Jun Li can be seen starring opposite Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle’s upcoming feature film, “Babylon” (Paramount Pictures).

When Li is not on set, you can find her traveling as she loves to explore the world and learn about other cultures. She is also a dedicated animal activist.


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  • Sex/Life
  • Babylon
  • The Exorcist
  • Evil
  • Devils
  • Wu Assassins
  • Quantico
  • Blindspot
  • Billy & Billie
  • Minority Report
  • The Following
  • Damages

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  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

19 Derek Webster on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Derek Webster

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Derek Webster started acting at Foothill High school where the focus was Shakespeare. He then attended California Institute of the Arts and got his BFA in theatre. He started pursuing professional work in 92 and has been at it ever since. In that time he’s armed himself with 21 years of meditation practice and surrounds himself with like minded birds. In the last handful of years he has started to study jazz guitar. He considers himself a lucky AND fortunate man!

His notable work includes “NCIS New Orleans,” “Mayor of Kingstown,” “Independence Day,” and “The Whispers.” He can be seen in the upcoming “CSI Vegas.”


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  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

Riley Smith on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Riley Smith

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Riley Smith is an immensely talented actor whose body of work comes to life in diverse roles across television and film. With a promising new series, Riley’s star is quickly on the rise.

Riley Smith has most recently been cast to co-star in the CW’s up and coming hit Nancy Drew. The series is set the summer following Nancy Drew’s high school graduation, where she and several teens throughout the town are suspects of murder. The victim? Smith’s characters, Ryan Hudson’s, socialite wife. Nancy Drew can be seen following Riverdale on the CW starting in October of 2019.

Before landing the role of Ryan Hudson, Smith had wrapped up his role of Levi Scott in Fox series Proven Innocent, and prior to that was Dr. Will Grant on the CW series Life Sentence.

Smith was the lead in the CW series Frequency, which premiered October 2016. In this re imagining of the 2000 New Line film, Peyton List plays a female police detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (Smith), also a detective, but who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case. However, unintended consequences of the butterfly effect wreak havoc in the present day.

In 2015, Smith was seen in a strong arc in Season 4 of the popular ABC musical series Nashville. Playing Markus Keen, an artist signed to Rayna’s Highway 65 label, Smith merged his love for music and acting, recording singles, such as “In the Name of Your Love” and “I Want To (Do Everything For You,” for the Nashville soundtrack. Also in 2015, Smith scored a recurring role as Rachel McAdam’s boyfriend, Sheriff’s deputy Steve Mercier, on HBO’s True Detective, the second installment in the crime franchise. This role followed his previous stint on the pay cable network as a vampire on the seventh and final season of HBO’s True Blood. Smith played Keith, a rugged, rock ‘n’ roll vampire with a romantic side and story line opposite Arlene, played by Carrie Preston.

Previously, Smith had recurring roles in the Emmy-nominated CBS series Joan of Arcadia, the highly acclaimed Fox show 24, the WB series Summerland, and Judd Apatow’s master creation for NBC Freaks and Geeks. He was a main character in the Fox show Drive and appeared in seven episodes of the fifth season of CW’s 90210 as Riley Wallace, a paraplegic opposite Shenae Grimes, and Tristan Wilds. He can also be seen in television movies including Disney Channel’s Motocrossed and Nicholas Sparks’ Deliverance Creek.

Smith’s other credits were in films as diverse as Radio (Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr.), Eight-Legged Freaks, Not Another Teen Movie, New York Minute, as well as Gallowwalkers (Wesley Snipes), Weapons, the Sundance Grand Jury Nominee, and Christmas in Conway (Andy Garcia, Mary-Louis Parker). Over the past twenty years since Smith has called Los Angeles home, he has managed to complete more than seventy-five projects: fourteen pilots, nine series, and dozens of guest star roles.


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