Conversations with Hilary: Actor Jacqueline Toboni


Jacqueline’s story is exactly what dreams are made of, especially for a young college student who read a script on a whim and ended up landing a part in the upcoming series, GRIMM.

I am so excited to have Jacqueline Toboni featured in this month’s Conversations with Hilary. Since February her life has taken an exciting trajectory from college student to a prominent acting role in the new TV series Grimm, where she plays the role of Theresa Rubel — aka “Trubel.”  Aside from being an actor, she also happens to be a San Francisco native and the youngest of 29 cousins in my husband, Geoff’s, very large, charming and impressive family. Make sure and tune into Grimm on NBC, Friday evenings.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
It was pretty magical to be able to see myself on television, and graduate from the University of Michigan on the same day!

Do you have a prized possession? What?
My character on GRIMM keeps a black knight chess piece keychain on her backpack. The prop proves to be an important symbol for my character. I asked if I could keep after shooting. So now, on my backpack I have the same black knight. It’s my way of carrying a piece of Trubel, my character, around with me everywhere.

What do you love about yourself? What do you think others love about you?
I love when I make people laugh. I think people like me because I don’t care what they think. I guess I am courageous in that way.

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
I think I would want to be a chef. It would be intensely satisfying to bring people together,  and make them turn off their phones and connect with one another over a delicious meal. Well, hopefully delicious. I’d like to think I’d be a good chef, but if I was bad at least they could bond over the awful food, right?

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Go back to sleep, literally. I always set two alarms, so I can take satisfaction in the fact that I have half-an-hour left.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Usually some sort of outdoor cafe or bar. Maybe some tacos? Maybe some Margs? Who knows where the night will take us.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I get to see a different perspective every time I play a part. I get to walk in someone else’s shoes and hopefully understand people a little bit more because of it. But I also get to learn more about myself, because in every character I can see myself: the good, the bad, and all the rest.

What were you passionate about when you were a kid?
Making people laugh. I have always been an entertainer of sorts. I had a lot of energy as a kid, and my fuel was laughter.

What are you passionate about now?
I’m passionate about my friends, my family, my relationships, and my work.

What’s your favorite season? Why?
Spring. There is nothing like the end of winter and seeing the sun for the first time. It’s almost like people come out of hibernation with a smile on their face. Everyone’s wearing shorts and high-fiving each other–my type of weather.

If you were a cocktail or drink what would it be?
I’m like a Grady’s Cold Brew. Sometimes you have to water me down, but I always have that kick of spice.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Three copies of “The Survivor” boxset, in case two get water damage.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Langley. I would walk into Langley and inquire why Saul keeps trusting Carrie with all of these classified files.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Chris Farley. We might not change the world, but boy would that be a fun lunch.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
“How Androg(ynous) Charm Took Over the World”

Do you have any regrets?
I regret spending the time I did trying to be someone I’m not.

Define Freedom.
The liberty to decide for yourself.

What are your personal core values?
Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.

Stay connected with Jacqueline on twitter @jtaboner

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