At USC, jaded a bit by growing up in L.A., Heather McDonald decided not to major in theater. Still, she performed whenever she had the chance while also taking a few theater classes as electives. “When I graduated, I realized I shouldn’t deny that this was my passion.” She began taking classes at the Groundlings, where she also began to write. Concurrent to that she started doing standup. Her first professional writing gig was on Keenan Ivory Wayans’ late night talk show. She went on to be a writer and panelist for Chelsea Lately, and has written two books. Turns out she chose the right course. “I knew there were a lot of actresses out there,” she says, “but I realized I had this gift for comedy that not everyone has, and for doing impressions and characters. I knew that I should start to pursue that because I could stand out as opposed to being the brunette girl who gets one line on Friends.” 16+.