Public eye: Cecelia Gray, 23
New York street interviews: Stories from the sidewalk as told by real New Yorkers about their lives in the city that never sleeps.
Wed Apr 3 2013
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein
Fulton St between S Elliott Pl and S Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
What are you up to? Oh, just hanging out with my buddy Leaf. I babysit her every Friday. She’s the cutest thing on the planet.
Sounds like bad birth control. It’s the worst! I’m way too young and broke to be considering kids.
What do you do? I’m an actor. I just moved to New York in November. I’m a blogger, too. We just passed 130,000 views the other day—we’re legit now! It’s called Three Chic Geeks, and it’s about geek culture. It’s really weird that we ended up with a following.
So it’s about across-the-board geekdom? It is. It’s run by three women, so it has a feminist slant.
Do geeks tend to be a sexist bunch? They do, by and large. You’d think they wouldn’t be, but it mostly comes from the objectification of women in video games and comics. They’re always supersexy and fighting crime in high heels and no clothes. And it’s kind of the case that if you’re an attractive woman everyone assumes you’re not a real geek—you have to prove yourself at the conventions.
Were you born a geek? I was. My mom craved two things while she was pregnant with me: really spicy Mexican food and sci-fi movies. As a four-year-old I watched a lot of Star Wars; E.T., too. My mom introduced me to Ursula Le Guin novels, and then I got into Harry Potter, and it was downhill from there.
How’s the acting thing coming? I’ve been going on a lot of auditions and doing a lot of extras work. That’s been fun and weird. Kevin Bacon pushed me in the face on an episode of The Following.
Wow, that makes you— Yes! Zero degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. Everyone’s life goal, really. So he…pushed you in the face? He literally pushed me in the face. He was doing a running-through-a-crowd scene that will definitely get cut.
What kind of work do you aspire to do? Well, I’d like to be able to support myself by acting.
So, tampon commercials? Yeah, even that, if it means I’d be working. I never really wanted to do anything else.
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