Maggie Weston grew up in Hingham and attended Hingham High School before trading in small town life to chase her big city dreams of becoming a professional actress . (While we usually hate to see anyone live our little slice of heaven, we forgive you Maggie, professional acting gigs are probably hard to come by in the 02043.) Maggie is a 4th generation Hinghamite and is the daughter of Denny Weston of Hingham's WestonGraphics and talented Hingham architect, Sally Weston.
It's no surprise if Maggie looks familiar to you-her recent television credits include Almost Family on FOX, FBI: Most Wanted on CBS, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens on Comedy Central and Happy! on SyFy. She's also appeared in many national commercials. Maggie is currently playing Sandra in the Tony-Award winning play, The Play that Goes Wrong.
We encourage you to follow along as Maggie's career continues to grow. @MissMaggieWeston
Hingham, meet Maggie.
Has it always been your dream to become an actress?
In middle school my mom enrolled me in this summer camp at DreamChasers in Norwell. Unfortunately this sweet program is no longer around but it was there I learned skills to perform and discovered my love for the written word. I think it was then and there I decided I’d like to do this for a long time.
What was your first performance as a child? What do you remember about the experience?
My first high-stakes, fast paced performance was with the Community Center’s production of The Wizard of Oz where I played one of the illustrious lullaby league. I remember I loved dressing up, working with fellow teetering toddler thespians to play pretend. I guess I’ve always loved playing pretend and I haven’t stopped since.
What is your most memorable experience from your time at Hingham High School?
Hingham High participates in an annual Thespian Society competition with other schools around the state and those are some of my most exciting memories with the Drama Club. Leaving school early to compete was only a highlight. I remember once we were waiting for the results of the competition, all the schools we were competing were restlessly waiting when a spontaneous rendition of “Bohemiam Rhapsody” broke out among the students. It was a glorious celebration of theatre nerd-dom. Drama club was where we felt comfortable and we were urged to perform and create—it was a great experience.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Its incredibly rewarding to meet people of all different ages, backgrounds and from all over the world after the show who have forgotten their troubles for an hour or two and gotten to laugh and enjoy themselves. I think it’s so special to share a joyous experience with those around you and realize we’re all human and we can all laugh when people fall down.
Aside from The Play that Goes Wrong, where else might we have seen your work?
When Im not onstage, Im auditioning for the next big thing—tv, film, and voice-over which have led me to some pretty exciting oppurtunities. Most recently Ive been on Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on comedy Central, FBI: Most Wanted on CBS, and Almost Family on FOX. It was such a thrill to work with prominent actors in “the biz” on these shows and I learned so much.
If you had a different career, what would it be?
In addition to acting, I teach yoga and meditation in the city. These practices have helped me navigate living in a busy city with a hectic schedule and I hope I can offer that peace of mind to someone in my classes. I love this “side hustle” and I would be excited to explore it further.
What's your favorite local spot in Hingham?
World’s End! I love walking there with family and friends. The views are spectacular and the park is so well maintained for everyone in the community to enjoy.
What's one thing on your bucket list?
I’ve recently been getting the itch to travel more and I love to see more of the country and cross off faraway places like Brazil, Scotland, and Korea off my bucket list. Any recommendations, send them my way!
Favorite vacation spot?
Recently my family and I went on the most amazing, relaxing vacation to Turks and Caicos. I’m happy being anywhere warm for a while to escape the winter blues in the city.
Do you have a hidden talent?
Picture a busy New York sidewalk smack in the middle of Midtown and your late to work. My hidden talent is weaving through the hoards like I’m my own Mario Kart character, dodging umbrellas and sidestepping strollers. It’s a small skill but man, has it come in handy.
If you could give aspiring child actors one piece of advice, what would it be?
Follow the fun. This business can is trying and rejection can be discouraging but if you keep going for what you want while enjoying your successes along the way no matter how small, it’s a wild ride.
When presented with two choices, when did you make a decision that changed the course of your life?
I suppose it’s the actor’s cliché, but after graduating UMiami’s BFA program, we all had to choose where to live and work and for many of us it would be far away from our families. For me it was New York or LA. Im thankful I was brave at the time to move to LA to see what it was like but I ultimately chose to live in New York City for the culture, theater and to be closer to my loved ones. I was hesitant at first but Im so glad I stuck it out in this bustling city and I love calling it my home away from Hingham.