Paige Faure on Stepping Into Cinderella's Glass Slippers, Her Les Miz Love & Being a Dance Moms Kid

Fresh Face 07/10/14

Age: 27

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Role: After a stint in the Cinderella ensemble, Faure is now donning the glass slippers as Broadway's Ella—she’ll continue the role in the production’s first national tour beginning this October. She also plays mom to 17-month-old Hank.

Stage & Screen Cred: Faure made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, then briefly departed Cinderella for Bullets Over Broadway before returning to play the title role in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

“I wanted to be a ballerina when I was really young. But then I realized I really like eating burgers and stuff.”

“My life was like Dance Moms as a kid. Body glitter galore! There’s pictures of me somewhere in cheetah hot pants with black sequins. It was so, so bad.”

Before Broadway, I worked at Starbucks. I loved making caramel macchiatos—you draw on the inside of the cup with caramel sauce, so it was actually somewhat creative!”

“My husband [Les Miz star Adam Monley] and I have cultivated a community of friends and family to help take care of our son Hank. We survive on them. It’s tough both being in shows, but we’re really lucky—he’s the perfect kid.”

“You're constantly thinking, as an actor, ‘What am I going to do when I’m unemployed?’ At some point, I’d love to get a sommelier’s license. I went from liking red wine to liking red zins to liking specific winemakers. I think my palate is pretty decent.”

“At the stage door, kids who grew up with the Disney version of Cinderella ask, ‘Why aren’t you wearing blue?’ and they get thrown by the fact I’m not blonde. But they learn very quickly that it’s OK to be different, and that’s pretty magical, too.”