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She’s played in indie horror films, in plenty of tough girl roles, and with multiple theater groups, and she recently “signed a contract in blood” (her words!) with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. Julia Pickens, 27, has been acting since she was 14 and earned her degree in theater at Towson University. Now, she’s taking on the role of Mandi in the play “Asking Questions,” a Baltimore Playwrights Festival production at Fells Point Corner Theater, premiering Friday. Check out this local actress’s tastes.

What’s on your iPod? Lots of classic rock and oldies. Some more recent things, especially Rasputina and Modest Mouse. Several things I got from friends and haven’t even listened to yet.

What song are you hating right now? Whatever it is, it’s by the Black Eyed Peas.

Last video that made you snort with laughter? Trololo cat!

Last great meal you had? Pizza with chicken, feta, and french fries from Kyro in Mount Vernon. Getting french fries on a pizza is a life altering experience. 

Last play you attended? I got to see The Book of Mormon while it was in previews. It was amazing! Probably the funniest show I’ve ever seen.

Worst pet peeve? People who aren’t careful with umbrellas. And anyone else when they’re behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Program you compulsively DVR? No DVR, let alone a cable hookup. But if I did, the answer would be Jeopardy. Or do I have to phrase that in the form of a question?

Your worst habit? Caffeine. And cats. Luckily I manage not to give my cats caffeine. 

Favorite book you recently read? The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace. It’s a lovely piece of meta-fiction, and I always love the way in which DFW names his characters.

Favorite quote/saying? Right now? “Theatre is easy!”

If you go: “Asking Questions” at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Opens 8 p.m. Friday; additional shows Thursdays to Sundays through Aug. 28. $12 all shows opening weekend; $10-$17 other shows.

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