The Lovely Haviland Stillwell

If you want to talk to Haviland Stillwell, she’ll talk. An open book of sorts, she wasn’t shy about opening up about her past and her hopes for the future. Having already begun working as an actor (she scored a role in the 1995 film Now and Then), Haviland didn’t feel connected to kids her own age. “My peers saw me as sort of annoying and different from them, and they weren’t subtle about letting me know exactly what they thought.” Haviland turned to acting for solace; she felt at home in the theater or on set. After leaving the South for New York City, she began her career on Broadway playing Grandma Tzeitel and Hodel in the original revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Rosie O’Donnell, Alfred Molina and Lea Michele. She also played Fantine in Les Misérables, a coveted role played by Anne Hathaway in the 2012 movie version of the original Tony award-winning production. According to Haviland, she always thought of herself as a Broadway girl, until Los Angeles came calling. Since moving to LA, Haviland has dabbled in voiceover work. She voices Raquelle, Barbie’s bestie in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse and Avia Trotter in the TV movie Monster High: Freaky Fusion. “I’m in the business of creating characters. Whether on stage, in a movie, or through voice, I enjoy creating and expanding those characters.” Her most recent character? Pop star. Her brand new pop album Spark is now available on iTunes and Spotify and is breaking barriers one song at a time.

Story by Kelly Adams

Photography by Elliot Dal Pra London