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Actress Rachele Brooke Smith Talks Ryan Gosling & her “Unbreakable” Journey

By Alexandra Gratereaux
Posted On May 26, 2016
Actress Rachele Brooke Smith Talks Ryan Gosling & her “Unbreakable” Journey

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe light up the screen in their latest film The Nice Guys, and joining them is the optimistic actress/dancer Rachele Brooke Smith.

“I’ve been a big Ryan Gosling fan for a long time now,” Smith tells New You exclusively. “From an acting perspective, I am a fan of his career choices. But, what I loved is that he treats everyone with kindness on the set. He is dedicated and focused.”

In the film, Smith plays a “super fun girl,” who appreciates an “awesome party” anytime, anywhere. Meanwhile, Reynolds and Crowe, two out-of-the-box investigators, look into a case that initially appears to be the suicide of a C-list porn star back in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1970.

It was this same dedication that she noticed in Gosling and Crowe—ironically—that has made her a coveted commodity in Hollywood. Although Smith is just now getting her feet wet in the entertainment industry, she already has earned roles in movies and TV shows including Scream Queens, Iron Man 2, Burlesque, and Bring It On: Fight to The Finish, starring alongside the charming Christina Milian. While Smith says she has enjoyed every role, it was the role of Kate Parker in Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008), the story of a hungry and determined dancer from Detroit on a mission to audition and earn the lead role in a New York City ballet dance academy that hits home for her the most. “Center Stage mirrors my life,” Smith says. “I auditioned for this role four times and I got it! It was a childhood dream.” This movie, Smith’s role in it, and how this film has changed her life, has led Smith to creating her inspirational web show titled “Unbreakable,” where Smith touches on living a healthy life and encourages fans to always have a positive mindset to achieve their dreams.  

“My company stems from my ‘Center Stage’ story,” says Smith. “I grew up as a competitive gymnast, but I was always stressed out and nervous all the time. I couldn’t do it anymore.”

“I was impacted by that film. I kept thinking, ‘what am I going to do with my life?’ and right after seeing the movie I knew I wanted to act, dance, and perform. I was on a mission to inspire and change lives.”

It did not take long for Smith to move to Los Angeles at 18 and, like most who move to the city of angels to chase their Hollywood aspirations, she went into her acting journey full throttle. Now, she is well on her way to adding inspirational coach to her resume.

“With positive thoughts, you can create your life the way you want to,” Smith says. “Every day I would google and research inspirational quotes. I really believe in the power of belief.”

“There is so much more to being successful than being physically strong,” Smith continues on her philosophy. “Attaining mental strength, emotional strength, and inner strength come first before having outer strength. I have an unbreakable mentality.”

For this flourishing actress, being unbreakable and having peace of mind is a priority. In this day and age where our lives are more vivid on social media than in reality, Smith says from time to time she goes on a “social media fast” where she disconnects from all social media platforms and just tunes in with herself.

“Sometimes I get obsessed with posting and likes,” says Smith. “As an actress, it can be all about the numbers—how many people are following you or how many people you are following—and this can have such an effect on people’s self-esteem.”

“After stepping away from the social media platforms for at least one day, I felt more productive and better with myself.”

The Nice Guys was released in theaters nationwide Friday, May 20th, 2016.

You can also catch Smith in Cold Moon coming Oct. 28, 2016 as well as the drama Bomb City, and the comedy Chalk It Up.