How Actress Rachel Hilson’s Baltimore Roots Influence Her Work Today
by Grace Hebron
Published February 27 in Baltimore Magazine
Excerpt: Perhaps you’ve seen her star as Mia in the Hulu series Love Victor, or maybe you remember her as younger Beth Pearson in NBC’s groundbreaking series This is Us. Now, Baltimore-born actress Rachel Hilson has another captivating project in the works. Granted, it’s not as far-reaching as a recurring role on a major television show, but it’s certainly a gig that will bring Hilson full-circle with her Baltimore roots.
This week, the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) alumna is heading to her alma mater to serve as the honorary chair of the Mount Vernon high school’s annual Expressions gala. The fundraiser, which highlights the accomplishments of students with a series of elaborate performances in different disciplines, returns to the Schaefer Ballroom March 2, 4, and 5. On certain dates, the showcase also includes a cocktail party with drinks and light bites, as well as interactive experiences with students and staff after the show. This year’s theme “Infinite Journeys,” celebrates the endless possibilities within the art world, and within oneself.
Ahead of the festivities, we caught up with Hilson—Zooming from her new home of Los Angeles—to discuss her time in Baltimore, memories of BSA, and wisdom she’s gained from experiences on the big screen.