Popular Girl: Taveeta Szymanowicz
May 5, 2020
Meet Popular Girl – Taveeta Szymanowicz! The Canadian actress and dancer can be seen on the USA series Dare Me as cheerleader Riri Curtis!
The show is based on the Megan Abbott novel by the same name and is giving us major Scream vibes… if everyone was a cheerleader. She can also be seen in he Netflix Original ‘October Faction‘ where she plays ‘Young Deloris Allen’.
We had a chance to sit down and ask questions about her, Toronto and a few stories from her career! Keep reading to get to know Taveeta.
1. Tell us about Dare Me and your role as RiRi Curtis!
Dare Me —based on the novel by Megan Abbott—follows the story of two best friends — Beth and Addy— in a small midwestern town that’s relationship is put to test when a new coach begins training their cheer squad. Dare Me is part small town drama, part murder mystery and dives into themes of female power dynamics, loyalty, betrayal, and submission. My character Riri Curtis is a member of the cheer squad, and a pawn in Beth and Addy’s relationship. Riri is a very vibrant young women, eager to rise to the top of the social chain and cheer squad. You can expect Riri to make you want to feel young and reckless, but also remind you how delicate and dangerous the care free joys of youth can be. She’s not what you initially expect her to be and that is what I love the most about her, and I am eager to see how that reads to the Dare Me audience and fans of Megan’s novel.
2. What is your favorite part about going to set?
My favourite part of going to set is showing up everyday knowing that that day will be completely different from the last. From the actual scene work to all the work that goes in behind the scenes. I never know what a day on set entails and that is what excites me most.
3. What has been your most challenging role to date?
My most challenging role to date has been playing Young Deloris Allen on Netflix’s October Faction. That role was my first action stunt based role and I didn’t have that much time to prep. So the combination of low prep time and the physical training and weapons training, proved to be an exciting challenge.
4. Can you recall the moment that “everything changed” for you?
This past year was my hardest year personally, but most successful year professionally. I really feel like the year in its entirety was massively transformative for me, and I am eager to continue down the ever changing path that is life.
5. Is playing a cheerleader as fun as it looks?
On Dare Me….. hell yes! It was such an empowering experience to train alongside so many talented women. The real grit, blood, sweat, and tears that goes into cheerleading I feel was easily tapped into everyday, because of all the feminine power floating around. To do that with the squad that we had was massive fun.
6. What is something you wish more people knew about you?
I wish more people knew that I aspire to direct one day.
7. 3 of your favorite things about Toronto?
Kensington Market, The Cauliflower Wings at Brewhouse, and how incredibly diverse our city is!
8. Toronto or LA?
BOTH with a side of Sydney and New York.
9. An embarrassing moment?
I spilt an entire table of sushi on me on my first real date.
10. Your proudest moment?
I am proud of myself everyday for waking up and choosing gratitude, love and light, my loved ones, and my goals.
11. What is your “Hollywood Dream”?
To be able to create and bring stories to the screen that represent a diverse range of individuals from all walks of life.
12. What is your party trick?
I sing show tunes with my mouth closed.
13. Favorite 3 places to shop?
I am in a bit of a market phase. I love thrifting and finding little gems to add to my closet and daily routine. Large markets with everything from vintage clothes and accessories to up and coming natural beauty products, has been where I have been doing most of my shopping lately.
14. Can you tell us a secret?
I am incredibly obsessed with Dr. Pimple Popper.
15. What upcoming projects can you tell us about?
I can’t give away any details, but I am very keen for all that’s in the works to be shared, and I’m looking forward to all the projects to come.
- Photographer Anthony Fascione