Cinzia Mungo, 20

Fort Washington Ave between 180th and 181st Sts

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Cinzia

Photograph: Jay Muhlin

Don’t you hate it when you wear your rain boots and then it doesn’t rain? [Laughs] Yeah, but there are always five or ten other people who made the same mistake.

Safety in numbers! What are you up to? I’m waiting for the bus to go to school—I’m a junior at Marymount Manhattan College.

What’s your major? Theater.

Are you gonna make a go of it professionally? I want to be an actor, yeah. I’ve tried other stuff and it’s probably one of the few things in life that I’m good at. [Laughs]

And so practical! I know. That freaks a lot of people out, but it doesn’t bother me.

A lot of female actors have to flaunt physical attributes to get themselves known. Do you have that do-anything-to-succeed instinct? I’ve heard that before, and I don’t like it because I know a lot of people who aren’t supermodel gorgeous but who are really, really good actors. I’d like to be in Hollywood, but I’m not the type of person who’s focused on being famous. My chances of that are not too high. My goal is to be generally successful.

Is it possible to be “generally successful” in showbiz and not starve? If you go into it expecting to be a superstar, you’ll be crushed faster. Some people are a lot happier if they just say, “I’m not going to be successful; I’m just going to be an artist.”

Hm. Trust fund? [Laughs] No. I’m really poor...and just easy to please.

More from Cinzia

“I recently finished a scene from Spring Awakening. That was a lot of fun. I played Wendla, the young girl who gets beaten by her boyfriend. [My partner] got to throw me around and smack the floor and stuff. It was a lot of fun. [Laughs]”

“I am really shy. I suck at public speaking. But when I’m playing a character, I can hide behind words that somebody else wrote for me. There’s so much going on internally and I’m so focused, I forget there’s an audience.”

“I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was kind of boring. Worcester and New York have a lot of the same things, but people there just don’t take advantage of them like they do here. Here, you say, 'Wanna go to MoMA?’ and people are like, 'Yeah, sure!’ In Worcester, if you say, 'Hey, let’s go to the Worcester Art Museum,’ people are like, 'Why?’”

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