Entertainment Tonight - 1 March 2002:
"Plus-Size Kids in Hollywood"
Mode Magazine - August 2001:
"One to Watch - Our Favorite Soap Dish" - by Ceslie J. Armstrong
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Name: Lindsay Hollister
Breakout role: Christine, an overweight student on Fox's hit TV
show, Boston Public. Mistreated by the other students until she proved herself a winner on the school's wrestling team, Christine
ultimately dies of heart failure. "I found out that this was Lindsay's first job, and after the first take we did together
I was so blown away by her performance I said, 'Honey, welcome to the rest of your life,'" said Chi McBride, who plays
principal Steven Harper on Boston Public.
How art imitates life: "Every day, from second through ninth grade,
the kids made me feel ashamed of myself because of my size," remembers Hollister. "But when I got to high school
and stepped onstage for the first time, the kids started to respect me because I really shined. And then I knew what I was
going to do with my life."
Where to see her: On the NBC soap Days of Our Lives and in featured appearances
on Lifetime's Strong Medicine and Any Day Now.
Inspirations: Kathy Bates and Camryn Manheim. "They've carved
out a path for women. And I feel like I am going to carve it out a little deeper."
New York Daily News - 4 May 2001:
"Heavy Message - 'Days' teen to face weight taunts" - by Carolyn Hinsey
This Week Online (Pickerington, Ohio) - 24-31 January 2001:
"PHS graduate shines brightly in Hollywood for 'Boston Public'" - By Mark A. Claffey
The Miami (OH) Student Online - 2 February 1999:
"Thespians win 'prestigious' awards" - by Andrea Might:
Suburban News Publications - Pickerington, Ohio - 17 January 2001:
"Hollister getting noticed as character actress in Hollywood" - by Shannon Mast
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The Pickerington Local School District has another reason to boast besides its recent perfect report card from the state.
Lindsay Hollister, a graduate of Pickerington High School, appeared in the television show Boston Public, which
airs on Mondays from 8 to 9 p.m. on Fox.
Hollister auditioned for a guest role on the new, David E. Kelley-produced
series and was asked to play Christine Banks, a teen-age wrestler.
Lindsay Hollister, a Pickerington High School
graduate, is making her way in Hollywood with one appearance on the Fox series Boston Public under her belt and one more coming
up Feb. 5.
Hollister learned that the show's producers are bringing the character back for the Feb. 5 episode and
is waiting to receive word about further guest star spots.
High school years
During her years
at PHS, Hollister was an active participant in the PHS Drama Department.
"Mrs. Lawson is great," Hollister
said, referring to Margaret Lawson, head of the drama department. "She gave me a chance to perform on stage and started
Hollister appeared in many high school productions, including
Rumors, Bye Bye Birdie, Sound of Music, Steel Magnolias and Anything Goes.
"I remember after her first stage
appearance she came to me and said, 'This what I want to do with the rest of my life,'" Lawson said. "She was just
trembling with excitement.
"I suggested she really work on being a good character actress, because that's
where her strengths are. She's good at playing the acidic but lovable curmudgeon."
After high school, Hollister
attended Miami University in Oxford and received a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre performance.
The August after receiving her degree, Hollister took off for Los Angeles.
"A lot of people
ask me why I didn't go into theater and move to New York," Hollister said. "I can't dance or sing -- my strengths
are all in acting -- so I always knew I wanted to try to get into film and television, even before college.
I'm a character actress; there aren't a lot of theater parts for someone my age as a character actress."
many of her peers skip the college education in favor of making it in LA immediately, Hollister is glad she opted to wait.
"I wanted to be trained and get a college education before I made the move to LA," she said. "I really
got to hone my skills throughout my college career."
Janice Plank, is glad her daughter chose higher education, too.
"It's really hard to convince theater people
that they need to get the degree," Plank said. "They feel like they're wasting their time, but Lindsay has an edge
over many of those others because of her training.
"She moved out (to LA) as prepared as she could have been."
Once she'd made the move to LA, the next step was getting noticed.
lot of people move out here and think they're going to get discovered just walking down the street," Hollister said.
"That's just not the way it works, at least not usually. It requires a lot of work on your part."
help from her parents, Hollister was able to survive with only a part-time job, leaving her time to work on getting her face
onto agents' desks.
"I didn't think any (agency) would take me without any TV or film experience, but I sent
out material to 25 agents," she said. "Then, I just kept doing it periodically to let them know that I was still
Hollister's persistence paid off and she received responses from two agencies.
got lucky," she said. "They believed I would be marketable and talented enough to find work."
signed with the Stevens Group, an agency based near Hollywood, but didn't book anything through them until Boston Public.
"To get hired, you almost have to be a member of the Screen Actors Guild because producers get fined if they
hire non-union members," Hollister said.
"Most of them can't afford to pay the fines, and since it's
pretty much impossible to become a member of SAG without any kind of major film or TV credit, it's often a lose-lose situation."
Luckily, Hollister said, David E. Kelley's decision to hire her allowed her to apply for SAG membership.
"I'm so lucky," she said. "Guest starring roles are getting to be few and far between, and lately they're
going to bigger-name stars, so I was very fortunate that I was exactly what they wanted, both physically and acting-wise."
Hollister's character, Christine, is a wrestler and, consequently, has several
scenes where she is actually wrestling.
Hollister attended several wrestling practices, learned the techniques
and performed her own stunts in both episodes.
Having finished the two episodes of Boston Public, Hollister's future
with the show is still unknown.
"I'm currently on hold for a third guest appearance," Hollister said.
"I hope I get to go back. David E. Kelley is good at bringing back people and characters that he likes, and he definitely
likes this character.
"The second episode I did, the script was more in-depth than the first.
love to keep going back again and again, but we'll have to wait and see," she said. "That's the thing about this
business -- there are no guarantees."
While she is enjoying her work on
Boston Public, Hollister does not harbor any false hopes about what it means for her future.
star work on a primetime show that's getting good ratings will definitely open doors for me, but it won't shoot me into superstardom,"
"It all just depends. I could do this and be great and then not work for six months, you just
In addition to her appearances on Boston Public, Hollister also has appeared in two short films
and has had a feature part in an independent film since moving to Los Angeles.