A Westminster actress has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry for an Amazon Prime Video show she co-wrote, co-produced and co-stars in.
Lauren White, originally from Baltimore, created “Partners in Wine,” a short-form buddy comedy, along with her friend Jasmine Curry.
White moved to Carroll County in the late 1990s and currently bounces between Westminster and her Los Angeles residence. now.
She has been interested in entertainment since she was 10 years old.
“A friend that was just down the street, we would always get together for TGIF, the kid programming with ‘Full House,’ ‘Step by Step,’ and so it was kind of our weekend thing and we just decided to create a television show and, of course, being that age, we thought the best name for it would be ‘Way Cool,’ ” she said, “so we set up the VHS camcorder and did some ridiculousness, so that was kinda the earliest memory that I have of being a performer of any kind.”
“Way Cool” might have been her earliest performance memory, but it wasn’t until participating in her high school drama class that she really started to pursue acting.
“I loved it [the drama class], I loved the people I was around, I loved the acting — so that just kinda lit the bulb and it was just kind of like a fun hobby and it just kind of go away,” White said. “Then I thought, ‘If I’m really going to do this, I should do this right and let’s really try to tackle this.’ That’s when I started looking into headshots and what was needed to actually pursue the craft versus just playing around.”
Before starting her own show, White also appeared on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” where she learned more about the comedy industry.
“It was a blast. It was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had,” White said. “It was really cool to see how they worked and kind of learn from them. … Me seeing people who are experts at their craft and have gone to do even more things was just a wonderful experience in and of itself.”
According to White’s website, she also can be seen in the indie feature “Better Living Thorugh Chemistry,” “Cordially Invited,” an award-winning short film, “Little Bits,” an online sketch comedy show, and numerous commercials.
“Partners in Wine” came from the idea of White’s and Curry’s vision to produce a short series about the “hilarious and unconventional conversations between two best friends, honestly sharing their views with each other, over several glasses of Chardonnay or Merlot.”
“We created it to create content and get ourselves out there,” White said. “Generally speaking, the attention span on the internet is not as long as it is sitting in front of a television. So, we created them to be very short episodes, which business term is short form.”
Curry’s character, Mia, is married and is a new mom, and White’s character, Anne, is her single, childless friend. The two hang out after Mia’s husband and baby are asleep, around 11 p.m.
“[They] basically talk about life, an angle with dating, relationships, marriage, motherhood — all the different contracts of those people’s lives,” White said.
“Partners in Wine” premiered on Amazon Prime Video on May 28, and viewers have been reaching out to her with praise for the show.
“The response blew me away,” White said. “Showing it to an audience for the first time was a little exciting, nervous, you just don’t know what to expect. To hear people laugh and respond back that people really enjoyed it and they think the writing is good and the acting is good, and it looks really nice — just hearing all of that stuff is so wonderful.”
White is a contender for an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series because of her role in “Partners in Wine.” Nominations will be announced later this month.
White said she loves working in the entertainment business because she likes to bring joy to others.
“For me, if I can give people, through my performance or my art, just a minute or two or however long of either joy or something — just basically entertaining people and bringing them joy [I have succeeded],” she said.