FIRST THING WITH JACLYN BETHAM

Channeling Amanda Cryer on the OWN drama series The Haves and the Have Nots, Jaclyn Betham seems in full bloom. Walking into the frame, her wide smile both blinds and warms the room. It is the smile of a formidable actress who knows her worth. From television and film roles from 90210 to the indie film Butterscotch, Jaclyn Betham is ready to take her rightful place in the spotlight…and did I mention she is the main ballet soloist of The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers?

THE HAVES AND HAVE NOTS STAR JACLYN BETHAM

FIRST THING IN THE MORNING: I usually have 5 minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face and run out the door. I teach ballet every morning and always am rushing out the door!

FIRST HAPPY MEMORY: I remember when we moved into our house when I was barely three. I was so excited and was dancing on our new brick fence!

FIRST DANCING SHOES: I started dancing when I was 12 years old. I loved it. Gliding and learning how to dance across the floor was like magic. I’ve performed from classical pieces like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Coppelia to many modern and contemporary works. 

FIRST DESIGNER CRUSH: Chanel – definitely Chanel!!

DANCING QUEEN: JACLYN BETHAM

FIRST BIG PASSION: Ballet!!! I couldn’t get enough!! It was so electric!!

FIRST ACTING GIG: I booked a guest role on America’s Most Wanted. I had to play a girl who got kidnapped and killed.

FIRST BIT OF CAREER ADVICE: My sister had modeled and learned you never pay anything except commission on jobs. There area lot of gimmicks and people willing to take your money. My mother told me that, so when I would look into managers and agents, I was prepared.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF HOLLYWOOD: I’m from Southern California so I had been around Hollywood my whole life. I used to go on acting/modeling auditions with my older sister and my mom would take me for ice-cream while I waited for my sister to audition.

FIRST TAKE ON THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS: I read the script the night before I left for Atlanta and I couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading all the episodes in one night!! I was hooked!!

BETHAM'S DESIGNER CRUSH: CHANEL!!

FIRST FEELING ABOUT AMANDA CRYER: I liked her and felt bad for her. She has great intentions but doesn’t know what to do with it. She is sweet but a lost soul trying to find her way to happiness.

FIRST DEFINING LIFE MOMENT: When I had the courage at 15 years old, I moved on my own to Houston to dance with The Houston Ballet. I was so scared, but I wanted my dream more than anything and was lucky to have a supportive family behind me! I danced in Houston for three years. I learned and grew as an artist and it gave me the strength I needed for life challenges.

FIRST NEW THING: I just shot an awesome commercial!! My birthday is July 4th and I’m excited to celebrate!!

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Brett Erickson www.brettericksonphoto.com
MAKE UP: Emily Shaw
HAIR: Cherie Bellows
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