ER’s Hallee Hirsh (Rachel Greene) Going to UCLA in the Fall

Hallee Hirsh received great news on Friday, April 24th. She was accepted as a transfer student into UCLA School of Arts and Letters. She will begin her junior year in the Fall, 09.

Los Angeles, CA, April 28, 2009 --( Hallee Hirsh (21) is coming off a very busy year. She finished filming two lead roles in independent features, including starring opposite the legendary Brad Dourif in Brian Metcalf’s Fading of the Cries (a sneak peak was featured at the Fangoria convention last week) and Make the Yuletide Gay, both due out next year; attended the premiere of her first starring role feature, Becky Smith’s 16 to Life which won the Audience Award at the 2009 MethodFest Film Festival; and had a great big, pivotal role in ER’s final episode which was seen by more than 17 million people and still counting. Next up, a trip to Beijing, China in May to promote 16 to Life.

Through all this, she still made the time for her studies as a straight A student at Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA. She is majoring in Anthropology and will be participating in the Honors Program while attending UCLA. She is very excited about the rigor of course work she will likely encounter at UCLA, a top tier university ranked #3 of all public universities in the U.S. News and World Report 2009 rankings. “This is a public Ivy League school with the distinction of receiving the highest number of applications for any university in the country - over 55,000. I feel very honored.”

Asked how she is able to juggle a busy acting career and still succeed as a full time student, Hallee said, “It is a matter of really wanting both and doing what it takes to succeed at both.” When schedules conflict, and they regularly do, she works it out with her professors. Having established herself as a serious student, her professors have mostly been accommodating as long as she makes up all of the work. “It may not always work out and when that happens, I will have to choose. But right now I am very determined to get my degree and even go on to graduate school.” Hallee sees anthropology as a great major for actors. “As a discipline that focuses on the nature of man, it helps one understand the underlying motivations of people from all cultures. It helps me to know where characters may be coming from and to imbue those characters [which I may be playing] with the depth of that knowledge.”

She is also eager to explore where anthropology and the film industry can come together and plans to learn how to produce and direct documentary films.

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