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Paten Hughes: Lights, Camera, Action!

— by on September 16th, 2016

Actress and producer Paten Hughes’ dream role would be to play Hillary Clinton. “I find her incredibly interesting,” she said in an interview with The Tulcan Times. “I want to dig into bringing her to life.” She’d also like to play Juliet.

In the meantime, the recent French and theater graduate of Washington and Lee University has another project that launched Sept. 9 — “Heirloom,” the debut of a nine-part rom-com web series on Vimeo.

In the series, Paten plays a struggling actor in New York City who inherits an old farm in Sonoma, California. “Crazy things happen when growing and selling tomatoes,” she said.

She added, “I co-created and star in the series alongside Margaret Colin (“Gossip Girl”), Tom Wopat (“Dukes of Hazard”), Ryan Cooper (upcoming “Rock That Body”), John Lavelle (“Selma”), and Pascale Armand (Tony nominated for “Eclipsed”). The series was penned by rock star playwright Bekah Brunstetter (“Switched-at-Birth,” “American Gods”) and directed by the insanely talented Michael Melamedoff (“Weakness,” TruTV’s “The Problem with Apu”).

Paten, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, became an original member of Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic New Voices Network, performing in both London and New York in a variety of stage performances, including Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” directed by Eve Best. Her films include “Charity” (2015), “Long Nights Short Mornings” (2016) and “Two Wasted Lives” (2011).

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