January 11, 2018 at 12:30pm

Millikin graduate talks acting career and involvement at MU

Millikin University graduate Annie Wersching '99 took part in a podcast on ComicsVerse discussing her recent acting projects and her time at Millikin.

Wersching currently portrays the role of Leslie Dean in Marvel's Runaways, which airs on Hulu. The show is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise.  

"Millikin really lets their students get involved and immerse themselves in the theater world, which is what I was looking for, and it was great," Wersching said. "Once I was a little bit older, and I was able to play a woman instead of the girl in a story, I feel like that was a little bit more suited for me, just in general, as a person."

Wersching played FBI Special Agent Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of Fox's 24.

Annie Wersching

After her two season stint on 24, Wersching guest starred on various shows, including CSI, NCIS, Rizzoli & Isles, Hawaii Five-0, Body of Proof, Dallas, Revolution, Castle, Blue Bloods, The Vampire Diaries and Touch.

"I absolutely loved my time at Millikin. We had dance classes, and ear training, and music theory, and then you auditioned for the shows, and there was a little black box theater where you got to do student-directed shows," Wersching said. "There were the big main stage shows; there were smaller shows. It was a school that really let you get involved in a lot of ways."

In reference to acting methods she currently uses that she learned at Millikin, Wersching said, "We were big on having an intention in every line, so I feel like if I'm struggling I really just go back to what is the action here? What is the action word? What am I doing at this moment? But overall, my work ethic that I learned there, combined with obviously just my upbringing, and the other work I did."

Wersching added, "I feel that Millikin, along with a lot of other things, just taught me to be a good worker in general, whether it's on a set, or helping somebody move. I feel like I always give my best, and try to actually just work really hard, which is such a simple concept, but I don't feel like it's something that everybody does anymore."

Click here to listen to the podcast in its entirety.