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Rebecca Rittenhouse

by C California Style

The Into the Dark actor remembers her first opus

The opera was Rebecca Rittenhouse’s first opus. “I played a dancing bear in the production of La Bohème when I was 12,” says the actor. “I was inside a full bear costume and some kids came to see a performance. They wrote to the opera and said the bear was their favorite part.” The 29-year-old pauses, then jokes, “In that moment, I was like, ‘This is my calling.’ ”

In actuality, the Pasadena native initially resisted the urge to pursue her passion. Instead, she majored in romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, she enrolled at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, which eventually led to her first major gig as an understudy in Amanda Peet’s play Commons of Pensacola in 2013. Rittenhouse has since appeared in Jason Blum’s Unfriended: Dark Web and Gus Van Sant’s indie drama Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot with Joaquin Phoenix.

Come October, she’ll be seen in Hulu’s horror anthology series Into the Dark. “It has a darkly comedic vibe to it,” she says of the project, which features self-contained stories in each episode, following in the tradition of Netflix’s futuristic Black Mirror. Rittenhouse is also currently shooting the Suits spinoff Second City for USA Network. “It’s a little bit darker,” she says of the show. Meanwhile, she’s still pinching herself—her gamble paid off. “I had no idea if acting was actually going to pan out,” she admits. “Thank God it did.”

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