We had the opportunity to talk with actress Jacky Lei (Ransom, The Flash) about her career in acting and more.

Jacky is a stunning young actress who has taken on the role of Riley, the passionate party girl with a wild streak, on Freeform’s new series “Beyond”. “Beyond” is a one-hour drama about a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. The series premieres early 2017. Jacky is also currently guest starring on the new CBS series “Ransom” which follows expert crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont as he deals with some of the most dangerous criminals in the world.

Check out the interview below!

DFAT: You were an entrepreneur, who transitioned to acting, what made you change your life around to pursue your dreams of acting?

Jacky: After the end of a serious relationship I did a lot of travelling and soul searching. It helped me come to terms with the fact that if I didn’t give acting a shot now, I never would. So I booked my ticket and flew to Vancouver.

DFAT: What are some films from your past that influenced your decision?


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Jacky: Growing up I didn’t watch a lot of films, but since I’ve been training and working more, I’ve learned to appreciate the art and the influence of what we do. So it wasn’t until recently I started appreciating films in their entirety.

DFAT: You relocated from Toronto over to Vancouver and landed a job on The Flash, what was it like to be part of the DCTV verse?

Jacky: Being in the DCTV universe was such a crazy experience! When we shot the opening scene of the episode I was in, we shut down an entire power plant and had cranes to use for stunts.

DFAT: On the show Beyond, you play the character of Riley. What about the character were you drawn to and how much of yourself do you see in her?

Jacky: I was drawn to Riley’s confidence and unapologetic demeanour. She’s definitely more reckless than I am, but I can easily be the instigator of the group which isn’t too far-fetched from Riley’s character.

DFAT: What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in acting?

Jacky: Take audit classes. Vancouver has some of the best coaches I have ever worked with and they allow free audits, so if you’re in the city, definitely take advantage of that!