Beginning December 10th, you can find Shereen Pimentel taking on the lead role of Maria in the highly-anticipated Broadway revival of West Side Story directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove. No stranger to the stage, this current Julliard senior and award-winning soprano is sure to stun audiences on The Great White Way next month. Until then, join us On The Couch with Shereen!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My curiosity is my best asset.
What was your proudest moment?
When I first learned to knit. I never understood how the yarn stayed on the needles so one day I decided to learn how from YouTube. And now I knit all the time.
What is your favorite drink?
Non-alcoholic – Orange juice
Alcoholic – Bourbon neat
What is your favorite food?
Ramen (specifically from Ippudo on 51st).
What is your favorite condiment?
Hot Sauce. I put it on almost everything.
What is your current obsession?
Maggie Rogers – “Light On”
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Shopping. I would save so much money but I wouldn’t have such a happy closet.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To be an EGOT winner.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Food and a close 2nd would have to be shoes. I love a good shoe.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
I love my Mickey Mouse Beats Headphones, but they are definitely threatening my hearing.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
My work ethic – they taught me to be determined and go for what I want no matter the obstacles.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What in the world most thrills you?
Having a night with friends where we play board games. I love going to the board game cafe Hex and Co.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Wearing the fanny pack (belt bag) over your shoulder instead of around your waist. For some reason, this really bugs me.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
Probably the time I forgot the lyrics to “Everybody Say’s Don’t” in a room full of people who are involved in the arts.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Well, even though I live here, I LOVE New York City. Close 2nd and 3rd – London and Germany.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Understanding. This career is so unpredictable, and things can change in a split second, so I would need them to be understanding when things change
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs, especially since I’m allergic to cats.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
Someone would have to come to me with a puppy and say I can keep the puppy forever. Also, anytime I go to the pet store to buy something for the puppy it’s free. I would probably name the puppy something corny but I would love them forever.
What is your personal motto?
My personal motto is a quote from Dita Von Teese “you can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there will always be someone who hates peaches” So just be yourself!