Ana Lucasey on the set of her short film, “Audrey Makes a Mixtape.” Lucasey, a 2006 graduate of Marquette Catholic High School and an actor, appeared in the network television show “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and has played roles in a few independent films.
Former Alton resident Ana Lucasey turned a passion into an occupation following graduation from high school eight years ago.
Lucasey, a 2006 graduate of Marquette Catholic High School and an actor, appeared in the network television show “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and played roles in a few independent films, or movies made outside the Hollywood system.
“It’s so fun being able to get paid for what you love to do,” Lucasey said. “It’s not like working. It’s so rewarding. I really have to thank my family for supporting me so much.”
Lucasey appeared in “American Teenager” in the role of Dylan in its final two seasons in 2012 and 2013. Recently, she appeared in a short film, “Audrey Makes a Mixtape,” presented at the St. Louis International Film Festival on Nov. 7. The film — shot in Los Angeles by former St. Louis resident James McKenzie — takes place in 1988 and revolves around a young lady who makes a tape for a high school crush, Lucasey said. The actor described it as a mix of “fantasy and romantic comedy.”
The short played in the “shorts” section of the St. Louis International Film Festival and featured songs from the period such as New Order’s “Every Second Counts” as well as contemporary selections including up-and-coming independent artists Future Islands and their single “Where I Found You.”
Lucasey started acting on the stage when she was 10, landing a role in a Springfield production of “Annie” as an understudy. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years acting in community theater productions. Lucasey studied theater at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for two years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting dreams. Her mother, Kam Lucasey, owns hazel2blue, a woman’s clothing boutique in Alton. Ana credits her mother and father, Dan Lucasey, with encouraging her in the acting field.
“They’ve always been supportive in anything I’ve tried,” Ana Lucasey said. “My mom followed her dream of owning a boutique after all of her kids left the house. There’s really no barriers to what you can accomplish.”
The former Alton resident has work lined up; she’ll be appearing in a Los Angeles-based play, “Almost Maine,” and in another independent film, “Poor Boy.”