It’s a long way to Tinsel Town from Canton, but one local woman is hitting it big right at home.
It’s a long way to Tinsel Town from Canton, but one local woman is hitting it big right at home, landing choice acting roles in major films, and acting in television and radio shows, as well as smaller films.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Cindy Lentol, who has lived in Canton for a decade. “There is so much happening here in Boston. They have so many films here. It’s been just great for me,”
Lentol, who has wanted to work as an actress since she was a little girl, just wrapped up filming two well-known films in the Boston area – The Company Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck; and The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, starring Matthew McConaughey.
She said the state’s tax incentive program, which encourages filmmaking in the Bay State, has made local acting a viable profession.
“You have to be good, but the opportunities are there,” she said.
Lentol has been able to build her career while raising a family. She has a husband and two boys, who attend public schools. She attributes her success to her broad appeal, and her willingness to work in a diverse range of roles. In The Company Men she played a socialite, and in Girlfriends Past she played one of McConaughey’s former girlfriends, which was more of a racy part.
“I don’t like to play certain types of roles, I like transforming,” she said.
She recently starred in an independent film, Well-Founded Concerns, which won first place for best short film at the Chlotrudis Film Festival in Cambridge in March. She also acted in the independent film, Mind the Gap, which won second place for audience favorite.
In television, she acted in the pilot show Bunker Hill, for TNT, a mystery-type series filmed in the Boston area, starring Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan. She also guest-starred on the NBC television show Providence and the CBS pilot Waterfront, in which she played an investigative TV reporter.
She also has enjoyed acting in commercials, and has worked as a model for a variety of print and Web media.
Lentol’s roots are in New England, but she traveled to the Midwest and Los Angeles before settling back in Canton. She grew up in Connecticut, and attended college at Wittenburg University, in Springfield, Ohio, where she studied graphic design.
She said her father and others warned her about the perils of trying to earn a living as an actress, so she initially settled for an art career, and worked in that field in Ohio and Charlestown, after returning to the New England area with her husband.
She never lost the acting bug, however, and worked in acting as much as she could. She started getting bit parts in acting while working as a graphic designer in Ohio. She also worked as an actress in Los Angeles, and took acting courses, which she continues to do locally.
She said her husband’s job brought her to Canton. She tried to work in both graphic design and acting when she came here, but she said raising a family and working in two different careers was too much.
Now focusing on acting, her career has flourished. She’s able to work in a wide variety of jobs, devote time to her family, and volunteer in local schools.
She said she has no plans to move away from town, adding that she loves the location because it’s close to New York and Boston, but offers the niceties of small town living.
“I like trees, and neighborhoods and people, but I also like cosmopolitan life and culture. Canton offers a lot of that,” she said.
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