Acting Alumna Finding Success in The Big Apple
UWSP alumna Andrea Boehlke now works for People Magazine. Courtesy of Andrea Boehlke

Acting Alumna Finding Success in The Big Apple

Waking up at 4:45 a.m. is typical for television host Andrea Boehlke.

A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevena Point, Boehlke is now a co-host for People Now, an online morning talk show for the celebrity and human-interest publication, People Magazine.

She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in acting. After graduation, Boelhke moved to New York City to pursue a full-time career as an actress.

While on campus, she was involved in many student organizations including the student television station SPTV and Players, the student theatre group. Boehlke acted in several theatre department productions including “Inspector General,” “Almost, Maine,” “Hair” and “Dog Sees God.”

Gary Olsen, design and technology professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, interacted with Boehlke in rehearsal and said he knew her future would be exciting.

“She was just great fun. She is just one of those people who works tremendously hard, and you just want them to succeed. It is really neat to see that she is doing so in a lot of different areas,” Olsen said.

But living in The Big Apple was not necessarily a natural transition for Boehlke, who grew up in humble Random Lake, she said.

“Every morning I feel like I’m going to screw it up, and then I end up pulling it together, so something about that keeps drawing me in,” Boehlke said.

She has been with the magazine for a little over a month and said she enjoys the variety of people she interviews, from Grammy-award winning celebrities to everyday people.

“Just the eclectic group of people we interview is so amazing. Every interview is so different, and I love the spontaneity. I absolutely love the live element. It’s so stressful, but something about that is really fun,” Boehlke said.

After arriving at the Manhattan studio at the crack of dawn, she talks with writers and producers about the upcoming show for the day and then goes to hair and makeup. At 7:30 a.m. they begin filming any pre-taped content and then the show goes live at 8:30 a.m.

She has interviewed a variety of celebrities including Harry Connick Jr., Debra Messing, Snooki and Jwoww.

“I grew up reading People Magazine, and I just never thought I would work for them. So getting hired at People Magazine as a host, it’s just a little surreal. I’m already five weeks in, and I can’t believe I’m interviewing celebrities, like big celebrities,” Boehlke said.

Eventually, she hopes to be a content creator and a producer of her own show and possibly have her own channel. She enjoys traveling and talking to people, so a job that incorporates those things would be great.

But for now Boehlke is content with where she is.

“There are actually these amazing stories that we cover and that kind of traffic really speaks to me. I get really emotional because I realize we are covering things that matter, and yes, we cover celebrity stuff, but we kind of cover the whole range of everything that is going on,” Boehlke said.

Looking back on her time at UWSP, Boehlke wishes she had been more vulnerable and open to challenging herself in auditions and extra-curricular activities.

“I think I would have forced myself to be more bold. I am a very outgoing person, but I have always been a little shy, shy in terms of showing off my talent. I have always been such a perfectionist and always been very afraid to fail,” Boehlke said.

Once she transitioned into the working world, she decided to take more risks and take advantage of every opportunity. Boehlke thinks this mindset has positively influenced her career and helped her accomplish many goals.

“I firmly believe you should love what you do for work, so if you’re not having fun, find a career that better suits you. Life is short,” Boehlke said.


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