Kalama Epstein is a Hawaii boy living his dream.
The 17-year-old currently plays Noah on the Freeform television show “The Fosters.”
“It’s an incredibly groundbreaking show and I’m so proud of it,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of groundbreaking stuff with trans rights and trans issues and gay rights, pretty much everything LGBTQ plus all around.”
Epstein says he got into acting at around age 9 while making his own short films.
“I eventually came to a time where I felt I couldn’t better direct my actors. So I told my mom to put me in an acting class so I can better direct my actors in the short films,” he reflected, “and so I got put into an acting class here, and I just found another passion and fell in love with it.
“It’s a whole new world, especially growing up in Hawaii, coming out to Los Angeles and diving head-first into this crazy industry. It’s been an incredible experience, and it was very overwhelming at first, but I definitely feel like I’ve gotten used to it now,” he added.
In addition to his work on “The Fosters,” Epstein has a new show coming out this fall called “Liberty Crossing.”
“It’s a workplace comedy that takes place at the National Counterterrorism Center,” he explained. “We have an incredible cast. It’s hilarious. I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of this.”
The show will be available for streaming on Verizon’s Go90 video service this fall.
Epstein will be on the judge’s panel for Hawaii’s CW Search for a Star event at Pearlridge Center.
Open auditions will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at the Uptown entrance near Tilt Arcade. Click here for more information.
His advice to eager hopefuls: “Don’t hide anything. Just be yourself, have fun, enjoy the moment, show us who you are, and I think that’s the best way to go.”