Who’s Watching? introduces a rising screen star, who details their latest role and how they got there in their own words. In Anything’s Possible, a new teen rom-com streaming on Amazon Prime Video on July 22, Eva Reign plays Kelsa, a high school senior navigating friendships, college applications, and a crush. Kelsa adores animals and connects with her large online following by publishing unfiltered YouTube videos about her favorite creatures and her day-to-day life. Reign is also an artist and an avid comic book reader.
Name: Eva Reign
Astrological sign: Aries Rising, Gemini Sun, Leo Moon. I actually have four planets in Gemini, so I’m super, super Gemini.
Born in: St. Louis, M.O.
Where she lives now: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Her first gig: I did a theater workshop when I was 10 for the Charlie Brown musical. We all had roles, but I can’t think of exactly who I was. We all kind of doubled-up on stuff.
What she turns to for inspiration: I often turn to music. I listen to a lot of Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, and Kehlani.
Who she leans on for support: I lean on my friends and family. Definitely my older sister, she’s always there for me.
Her latest role: Kelsa is a very vivacious person. She loves animals — I love animals, but maybe not quite as much as her — and fashion. She’s a young girl about to graduate high school who is just so full of hope and joy. We're both sassy, we’re both very funny, and we both happen to be trans. Kelsa tends to wear her heart on her sleeve a lot, which I do, too, but I think I may be a little more grounded than Kelsa is. She has her head in the clouds, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
Her favorite animal: Elephants. I just think they're really cute, especially when they're babies. I really want to ride an elephant one day. That would be everything.
Her experience working with Billy Porter in his directorial debut: Working with Billy is everything. I say it over and over again, but Billy is just such a force. He directed the whole movie as if it were a play. We spent a lot of time rehearsing and talking about what this script meant, and what the story was going to mean to different people. One thing he always said was, ‘Yes, this is a teen romantic comedy, but it's grounded in truth.’ I think that shines through. He did a really great job of making sure that everyone was accounted for — that everyone felt heard and seen.
What she’s streaming: I love comic books, so I'm watching The Boys, Ms. Marvel, X-Men: The Animated Series from the '90s, and I'm also about to start watching a lot of anime. I'm watching Scandal again. There's just so much in that series that you don't really notice the first couple of times that you watch it. And Kerry Washington is one of my idols.