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Kate Hackett is an actress, writer, and producer best known for creating & starring as Alice Rackham in the Amazon[1] web series Classic Alice. She is also known for Hulu's Best Laid Plans[2] and Netflix[3]'s Real Rob.

Kate Hackett
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Born
Maryland, United States
Alma materBoston University
OccupationActress, writer, producer
Years active2009–present
Known forClassic Alice, Best Laid Plans
WebsiteOfficial Website

CareerEdit

Hackett acted in plays and musicals from a young age.[4] She began acting in film at Boston University,[4][5] studied with several LA studios, and graduated from Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[6]

Hackett was cast[7] in Hulu's all-improv series Best Laid Plans in 2010[6] and was selected to play the romantic lead. After getting her start in the web world, Hackett went on to write and produce several short sketches.[6][8] Her short, written by and produced with Mark Kosin, "A Special Message for America's Teenagers" reached Funny or Die's front page and amassed nearly 10,000 views.[9] After finding success on Funny or Die, she wrote and shot Kate & Joe Just Want to Have Sex, which recorded over half a million views.[10] Hackett was then approached by a team and she began working on Classic Alice.[11]

Both her writing and acting work on Classic Alice were praised as "smart, funny, and absolutely addictive,".[12] Hypable called the acting and dialogue "fast-paced and witty" and commended the writing for using "...a less pop culture-saturated book".[13] Hypable went on to add: "The main character, Alice Rackham (played by series creator Kate Hackett), is likeable and instantly relatable."[13] GeekyNews said: "Kate Hackett, who also writes the show, brings a character to the screen that is unlike anyone we’ve seen on YouTube. Kate is captivating and has a way of making you fall in love with Alice’s quirks and awkwardness. She portrays a relatable heroine whose many nuances make sure that everyone can see a part of themselves in the character.".[14] Classic Alice garnered over 1.5 million views to date.[15][8]

After Classic Alice, Hackett booked a small role on Rob Schneider's sitcom Real Rob. He had this to say about her acting: "[Kate is] truly funny. Every take was hilarious. That's hard, a lot of people can't do that."

In 2016, she completed a series called Not a Plan. In 2017 she began work on a new short film The Long Dig with the creator of Personal Space, Tom Pike[6] as a producer and writer and lead actor.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Classic Alice". Amazon. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ "WebSerials.com | Improvised Sitcom "Best Laid Plans" Comes To Hulu With Brand New Episodes". www.webserials.com.
  3. ^ Schneider, Rob. "Real Rob | Netflix". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Kate Hackett". Classic Alice.
  5. ^ Narula, Navraj (January 28, 2016). "TERRIERS INBIZ: "Classic Alice" creator shares timeless novels through social platforms". The Daily Free Press. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kate Hackett".
  7. ^ "WebSeries.com Launches Unique New Unscripted Web Comedy". August 31, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Kate Hackett Productions". YouTube.
  9. ^ "A Special Message for America's Teenagers".
  10. ^ "Kate & Joe Just Want to Have Sex - YouTube". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Interview with Kate Hackett from Classic Alice | Geek and Sundry". Geek and Sundry. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Curios Books Interview with Classic Alice by Reading Rainbow".
  13. ^ a b Wilken, Selina (September 11, 2014). "Featured Webseries: 'Classic Alice' is a light-hearted literary comedy". Hypable.
  14. ^ Czimmerman, Alice (January 23, 2015). "CLASSIC ALICE AND WHY YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING". GeekyNews.
  15. ^ "Classic Alice -- The Complete Playlist - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 25 May 2017.