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The Hottie Stop interviews Lexi Atkins, Miss IL 2014 and star of Some Kind of Hate

09.21.2015by: Eric Walkuski

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I can now officially say I've spoken to Miss Illinois. Before becoming an actress, Lexi Atkins was given that prestigious title in 2014 - only four years after nabbing 2010's Miss Illinois Teen USA. These two titles opened some doors for Lexi, who decided to leave her small town home of Champaign, IL behind in favor of the wild world of Hollywood. Since then, she's appeared in movies like ZOMBEAVERS (with Hottie Stop alumna Rachel Melvin), THE BOY NEXT DOOR and TED 2. Currently, she can be seen in SOME KIND OF HATE, a supernatural revenge thriller focusing on a bullied teen who accidentally releases a vengeful spirit on his tormentors.  Lexi plays a concerned teacher in the film, and concerned she should be with the events that transpire in this wicked flick.

In the below interview, I speak to Lexi about what kind of kid she was growing up, leaving her small town behind and what it's like to be Miss Illinois.

 

Tell me about your role in Some Kind of Hate, and what attracted you to the part?

I play Christine and she's one of the teachers at the school, she used to go there. Usually I'm playing a schoolgirl, one of the kids, or the sweet girl next door, and playing this teacher gave me a chance to play a richer role.

Are you a fan of horror films?

I had never been a fan until I started working on them. I'm not a fan of watching them as much as I am of being a part of them. I get really freaked out. [Laughs] This one is definitely going to be awesome, I have not seen it yet. So I wasn't a big fan of them growing up but once I began working on them, I appreciate them in a different way.

Do you enjoy watching yourself in movies?

I don't like watching dailies or any playback because it gets in my head, I'd rather just stay in character. But I actually love watching the movie once it comes out, because you get to see what you worked so hard on. So I do like watching myself, just not while it's happening.

 

Some Kind of Hate centers around a student who is bullied, and bullying is a pretty hot topic right now.

Yeah, definitely. The film I'm working on now deals with bullying too. I think it's a really great thing. It's been happening for a long time, obviously, but now people are starting to recognize it more.

Were you ever on the receiving end of bullying?

Yeah, I think everyone has been. In middle school, high school, I definitely got bullied in different ways. The older I get, the more I wish I handled it differently, because sometimes it would depress me, and sometimes I would bully back, and that's just mean. I didn't really have anyone to talk to about it.

What kind of a kid were you growing up, were you a nerdy kid, one of the cool kids, an athletic kid?

Literally, I was ever single one of them. [Laughs] I think that's why I like acting so much, because I can't figure out who I am. Like, every year I would change totally.I would go from doing track and being a tomboy to doing cheerleading and wearing skirts. I was also super nerdy and doing after school stuff. In high school it's so hard because it's so cliquey.

 

Did you grow up in a small town?

I wouldn't say it's the smallest town, but we have a university there, which kind of makes us a small hub. But four miles out it's all farms, everything's cornfields. And until high school, I went through school with the same 40 people, from kindergarten to freshman year.

Once you were done with high school, did you immediately say you were going to move to New York or L.A.?

Ever since I was little, I knew that I wanted to get out of the town. [Laughs] When I was little I wanted my own TV show and I would make my mom film me every single day. I lived in Chicago for a year before I turned 18, and that was an interesting time, being a small town girl in Chicago. And when I turned 18 I went to L.A. and have been there ever since.

Was acting always something you were focused on?

Yes, but I was always focusing on different things, I was jumping around so much my whole life figuring out what I wanted to do. It was depressing almost, because I couldn't just pick one thing. Once I did a musical at our school, I was like, "Oh my god, this is what I want to do."

 

You're a singer too, I see. Is that something you want to do even more than acting?

That's a really hard question, because right now I'm focusing all of my time on both of them. I really, really love music, I love singing and performing. I'm making music videos now, and I love that I still get to act in the videos, it's kind of like the best of both worlds. Lately I've been thinking I like music more, but I haven't lived in that realm as much as I have acting.

What are you up to when you're not working?

[Laughs] I don't really have off time. I don't really do anything other than what I do for work, but I love to do it. I've only been out three or four times in the past three years. I've only gone to five restaurants? I'm just a homebody and I like to work, I don't do anything that's fun for other people, but I think what I do is fun. 

As the old saying goes, if you love what you do you don't work a day in your life.

Yeah, basically! It's been really, really awesome.

You were Miss Illinois in 2014. Congrats, by the way! What are the perks that come with such a title? Does it change your life?

Thank you! I think for a lot of girls it definitely changes their lives. A lot of doors open, especially for girls from smaller towns who don't have as many opportunities as do girls in New York or California. But I competed as a teen in 2010,  that was my first time competing in a pageant. I had heard of it because my mom actually competed in the same pageant growing up, which is really funny.

That wasn't something you wanted to keep pursuing?

No, and I can't actually. If you've won, you can't compete in the same organization, so I wouldn't be able to move to another state and try again or something. But there are other pageants and organizations if I wanted to keep going, but I'm definitely past that.

Well thank you very much for your time.

Thanks!

 

SOME KIND OF HATE is currently in theaters and can be watched on VOD and iTunes. You can follow Lexi on Twitter right HERE.  

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