“As a kid, I was always interested in the performing arts, I loved dancing and singing and just putting on shows. My father taught me how to use a video camera when I was seven and I would make ten minute films and ask everyone around me to be in them.”

-Christine Evangelista

Fashion Credits:(Left) Satin Lapel Tux Jacket – Saint Laurent // Trousers – Saint Laurent // Bustier – Stylists own // Heels – Kendall and Kylie || (Right) Satin Lapel Tux Jacket – Saint Laurent // Trousers – Saint Laurent // Bustier – Stylists own

(Left) Trousers – Salvatore Ferragamo // Sweater Bra – Stylists own // Leather Pumps – Vince Camuto

Dress – Ronny Kobo // Leather Moto Jacket – Guess // Finger-less Gloves – Stylists own

(Left) Dress – L’Agence || (Right) Dress – L’Agence // Sandals – Vince Camuto

(Left) Trousers – Salvatore Ferragamo // Sweater Bra – Stylists own || (Right) Cardigan – Sanctuary // Tights – Wolford // Patent Oxford Lace Up Shoes – Marc Jacobs

Top – Alexander Wang // Studded Skirt – Maje

(Left) Top – Alexander Wang // Studded Skirt – Maje // Leather Pumps – Vince Camuto || (Right) Dress – L’Agence

STORY & INTERVIEW BY KATINA GOULAKOS

Imagista: Where are you from?

Christine Evangelista: I grew up in Staten Island and currently I am living in New York City.

Imagista: How did you get your start in acting?

CE: As a kid, I was always interested in the performing arts, I loved dancing and singing and just putting on shows. My father taught me how to use a video camera when I was seven and I would make ten minute films and ask everyone around me to be in them. When I was fourteen I started traveling into Manhattan everyday, alone, to do various theater programs throughout the city. I kept going to more prestigious schools and by my late teens I was in an off broadway play in the West Village which is where I met my manager.

Imagista: What are you currently working on that you are most excited about?

CE: The Arrangement, which is a television show I have been working on for two years and now that it is out it has been a lot of work promoting that. Also, this past year I had the chance to work on the show The Walking Dead, which is an amazing show. I was blessed to be on it and loved the character I played. The characters I played both on The Arrangement and on The Walking Dead are very strong determined and ambitious women and although the shows are very different it was amazing to play such strong female characters.

Imagista: What is the best advice you have received in regards to acting?

CE: Just keep going. I remember when I was really broke and staying in a sublet in Venice Beach during pilot season. I was really grinding and could not even afford a rental car, so I was borrowing my friends car. She ended up needing it on one of the days I got called in for an audition, so I ended up taking a bike. I remember pedaling for miles, I was so deflated arriving there, full of body sweat but the audition ended up going a lot better than I thought. I ended up meeting Jon Favreau there, he was directing and producing the show I was reading for and he actually listened to my read. He told me “this industry is really hard and very unfair but you have something I do not see often and you should keep doing it and not give up.” This is something that stuck with me throughout my career, perseverance is something that is tangible, no matter how broke you are just keep at it because you never know who is going to have an impact in your life so just be kind.

Imagista: Who is your biggest inspiration?

CE: I am inspired by incredible actors and film makers. However, my biggest inspiration is my mom. She is from the Bronx and came from nothing and ended up getting her doctorate and is a nursing professor. She would always tell me “success is not about your resources, it is about how resourceful you are with what you have.” My mother has been resourceful in her career, she has always worked very hard and is incredibly inspirational to me.

Imagista: What do you do to re-inspire/ re-charge yourself?

CE: I am very into wellness. Mediation is the key to mind and body. Especially in this industry, there is an enormous amount of pressure involved. Meditation is a way of detaching yourself and looking into your core and your body to be able to create a blank slate for yourself in order to be someone else and live their experiences.

I also work with animals a lot around the world. I work with an animal rescue group in New York City to help find homes for cats and dogs that are going to be euthanize. The animals have really opened up my humanity, they do not care who you are or what you do for a living, it is just the way you treat them and the love they receive, which is why this work is so valuable to me. Again, with the pressure of Hollywood is so easy to get lost and pretend to be something you are not which is why I like to do something for humanity. This may sound weird, but if you are going through something hard, help someone else, I promise it will help.

Imagista: If you could pick 1 role / person to portray, what role would that be?

CE: Historical figures, I really love what Natalie Portman did with Jackie O. I would also love to play Audrey Hepburn, she is someone who I have always admired. Clara Bow is also someone I would love to portray, she was a silent film star and had a very interesting life.

Imagista: If you were not acting, what do you think you would be doing?

CE: A waitress. I make that joke all the time because I could not imagine myself doing anything other than this. I do get a lot of gratification from helping animals but I do not know if I have the stamina to be a veterinarian but I would definitely do something revolving aiding animals.

Imagista: Is there anything you want our Imagista readers to know?

CE: “Success is not about your resources, it is about how resourceful you are with what you have”, I know I previously mentioned this quote but it is something that I truly value. You may not grow up in an environment that you feel gives you everything you need but you need to make it work with the tools you are given.

Imagista: Where can we find you online?

CE: Instagram: @missevangelista | Twitter: @CSEvangelista