This talented brunette beauty opens up to us about selfies, #hashtags, and her personal feelings about work as an actress. Betham talks about everything from her lovable character Amanda Cryer on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN-TV, to how she likes her coffee in the morning. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing to you the lovely Jaclyn Betham.

What first sparked your interest in acting?   

I have always loved acting; I had the lead role as Susan B. Anthony in my sixth grade play and fell in love with the art!

How does it feel breaking out into the acting industry?

I feel blessed; I love what I do and I am so grateful everyday that I get to perform and create in this art.

How did get your start in acting?  

I was a professional dancer in Los Angeles and my roommate was an actor. She talked me into going to a cold reading class and I got a manager that day!

What do you like most about your role as Amanda Cryer on Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots?” 

It’s a challenge. I get to play a character that I was able to develop; I love playing this crazy girl!

How are you and your character similar?  

We aren’t similar. Because of that, I had to do a lot of character building and research. However, we do both love horses and ballet.

Do you have any particular favorite memory on set? 

I think the best memory was when Oprah came on set.  I hadn’t met her yet and that was really incredible!

Favorite actor/ actress? 

There are so many actresses I love and respect.  Some examples are Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel McAdams, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Marilyn Monroe…my list can go on for days!

Who was the most charming co-star/celebrity you ever met or worked with?

I really enjoy working with my current co-star John Schneider; he is a joy to work with and very charming.

What’s your favorite store to shop at?   

Wasteland, Saks, and anywhere with shoes!

How do you like your coffee?   

I like almond milk lattes.

What’s the last hash tag you used? 

I have a running joke with one of my best friends, Paris Carney; we always hashtag #blonde #brunette on everything.

Along with acting, you’re known for your chic style! How would you describe your personal style in your own words? 

I don’t feel that I belong in a specific category when it comes to style. I like to be unique and have a sense of creativity with my fashion.

What’s the best fashion trend you’ve seen this year?

I love crop tops and great high-waisted pants. I’m an hourglass shape so they not only fit my body type, but I think they’re adorable.

What’s the worst fashion trend you’ve seen this year?

As long as someone is confident in what they are wearing, I don’t think there are any bad trends.

What’s an average day-in-the-life for Jaclyn Betham? 

Well, I wake up, work out and then get ready and rush to auditions, meetings, and events. As an actor, I have a different schedule every day and it’s always changing.  No matter where I am or what I am doing, I always start and end my day talking to my wonderful husband Lane Toran. That is the high point of the day!

What do your hobbies include outside of acting?  

I love ballet, cooking, shopping, taking photos, traveling, and exploring new art in the city I’m in. I am also involved in several charities that are quite special and personal to me.

Who’s your celebrity crush?  

Well here’s a hint. When I was a little girl, my nightshirt was of Brad Pitt in “Legends of the Fall.” So there’s that!

Do you use any social media sites like Pinterest or Tumblr? If so, which one and why?

Of course, I use them all! They all have differences that I appreciate. I use Tumblr for fashion inspiration, Instagram to see what my friends are doing around the world, and Facebook to talk to my family (the only social media my parents have figured out). Pinterest is great to see recipes and cool household things. I use Twitter to read funny jokes or good quotes and I use Vine to watch my hilarious friends. It’s a lot to keep up with but I love all of it!

When was the last time you took a “selfie?”  

Why yesterday of course; I see nothing wrong with a good selfie!

We had a great time on your photoshoot, did you enjoy it as much as we did? 

I had a blast! You guys are so fun and I love you all!

What was your favorite look? 

I liked the slicked back hair with the millions of necklaces…or was it only thousands?

Do you have anything else you would like to share with our readers?   

Always be yourself.  Looking up to people is great for inspiration but only dream to be a better you.  We have one life to live so live it!

Follow Jaclyn at:

Twitter / Facebook / Instagram


Photo: Daniel Zahoul (Naluda Magazine)

Stylist: Erin Micklow

MUA: Christian The MUA

Studio: The Notion Studio