By John Geraghty
Blonde, beauty, brains, and a whole lot of talent. She can bend and snap, too.
“Omigod you guys!” Jessica Hoffmann seems more similar to her upcoming leading role than the Carolina theater community could have ever imagined.
From November 22-24, UNC-Chapel Hill students will have the opportunity to see Hoffmann perform in Company Carolina’s fall main stage production of Legally Blonde: The Musical as leading role, Elle Woods.
If you’ve seen previous productions on campus, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and HAIR!, then you must be familiar with her massive talent.
What you probably did not know is that Hoffmann is a business major at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and has interned for AEG Live in Los Angeles. Although not pursuing theater as a career, she intends to combine her passion for the arts with her knowledge of business as a liaison between creatives and suits. That’s right, she’s an unexpectedly brilliant Southern California girl, just like her current role.
One thing is different, she’s chasing after her own dreams and not Warner’s. Additionally, she’s not a Delta Nu or part of the UNC Greek system, but has rather found her own “sorority or fraternity in a sense,” within the close-knit theater community.
Theater has taught Hoffmann focus, discipline and teamwork, all of which will ultimately benefit her in the long run within any professional arena she decides to pursue.
“I’m a little insane, but I honestly don’t think I’m crazy enough for theater,” Hoffmann said.
However, she is crazy enough to survive tech rehearsals, a competitive major, and a vibrant social life. How does she handle it all “so much better” than many other students?
“Good question. I drink a lot of coffee, and a lot of water so I don’t kill my vocal chords with the coffee.”