‘Walt Before Mickey’ Actor Kate Katzman’s Rise to Stardom

Every year, new and talented actors find their route to the top of the ever-competitive world of Hollywood. A few of these fresh faces bag coveted roles, transform low-key studio projects into massive box-office hits, and also happen to reap national awards for their performances. While some stars have already congealed their Hollywood success, the rest are on the verge of rising to stardom and achieving it. One such actor, who made her debut in Hollywood with the 2015 film “Walt Before Mickey,” said she took many risks and endured several “routine drills” to get noticed by a director like Khoa Le and producers like Armando Gutierrez and Arthur Bernstein.

Kate Katzman
Kate Katzman

The Irish-American actress, also a mother of two children, is on a roll. After working as a theatre actor for a few years, Katzman hit the jackpot with a stellar performance as Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife, in “Walt Before Mickey.” As an actress and model, Katzman took top spot through her acting debut and soon emerged as a style icon, international star, and red-carpet diva. Her presence at award shows each year never fails to grab the attention of the international media.

Since her acting debut, Katzman has been raking opportunities, with films like “Adverse” opposite Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Penelope Ann Miller; “The Comeback Trail” alongside Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Zach Braff; and “This is the Year” with David Henrie. These movies are slated to release in 2020-21.

Her formal training from Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre and experience as a stage actor has proved to be her superpower, giving her an addictive mix of authenticity and rawness. What’s even refreshing is her ambitions and eagerness to please audiences of all ages – often seen reflecting through her interviews and public appearances.

Katzman, still finds it hard to believe that she has found a leading position in Hollywood. Still, one thing which she is sure about is that her success in the glamorous film industry is courtesy her mentor, late legendary American actor, Burt Reynolds, and her will to make it to the top. “I ought to be pinching myself for being able to live my childhood dream. I was a movie-enthusiast and this young kid who had a passion for acting. I had never imagined that something that had started merely out of interest, for fun, on a whim, would soon turn into a reality. It has been an interesting journey so far, and I’m only looking forward to seeing what’s in store for me in the near future,” said Kate Katzman.

To her fans, she is often seen sharing that it is because of her mentor, Burt Reynolds, and the faith he put in her, that she was able to make the right choices, leap into a new industry, and pursue her craft that was long dreamed. Katzman believes, her journey to rise to unseen heights has set a great example for the up-and-coming actors that the industry embraces people on the basis of talent, not legacy.