Eighteen-year-old Leven Rambin has never taken an SAT class or worried about a graduation dress. But the Texas-born actress and star of the daytime soap All My Children has quickly risen to the ranks of New York City social stardom, with Page Six, paparazzi, and gawker.com documenting her every move. Nevertheless, the attention seems to have paid off careerwise for Rambin. She recently completed her first movie, Gigantic, and filmed a TV pilot. She’s recording an album, too.
REBECCA SINN: You grew up in Texas. When did you move to New York?
LEVEN RAMBIN: We moved here when I was, like, 14. My dad is in commercial real estate and my brother, who is like two years older than me, stayed in Texas. Me and my mom moved to follow my dream.
RS: To the city?
LR: We started in New Canaan, Connecticut, because we figured that we didn’t want to live in a big, scary city. I tried to go to school there, but I ended up commuting in every day for All My Children. And then I was like, “Ma, I want an apartment in the city, so if I’m working late I can just stay.” So we got a studio. So that was my first taste of getting my bearings in New York.
RS: Did you go to high school?
LR: I went to Professional Children’s School, but with All My Children it was getting to be too much. I never went to a real high school for more than, like, six months.
RS: So you’ve never been to a real prom?
LR: No prom. I went to some dance in New Canaan and it was a disaster. I was the only one not wearing Lilly Pulitzer. I had no idea what the etiquette was.
RS: Are a lot of your good friends actors?
LR: Yeah, although we don’t really talk about it—it’s like an unspoken understanding. I have one friend who I was “romantically linked” with last year. We never mentioned it to each other until recently, and then we laughed about it.
RS: If the press was to be believed, last month you were making out with just about everyone.
LR: I know. I was like, “Gee, I’m good.”
RS: So what’s a typical Friday night like?
LR: Friday? I don’t go out on Fridays.
RS: Wrong night. Saturdays?
LR: Nights are usually, like, me going to some bullshit fashion party, and then to a friend’s house or Beatrice [Inn]. I kind of just keep it real most of the time. It depends, I guess.
RS: New York or Los Angeles?
LR: I’d like to stay in New York for a little while. My friend gave me the best advice. She said, “Don’t succumb to L.A. Wait until you have nothing to lose.” Her exact words were, “It will make mincemeat of your soul.”
RS: Are you going to the Hamptons this summer?
LR: I’m not particularly fond of the Hamptons.
RS: That’s refreshing.
LR: Yeah. [laughs] Maybe if I went to someone’s house that I know. . . . All my experiences there have been, like, fun houses where it’s like pay for play. It’s not relaxing. It’s like you’re sharing a bed in a basement and you want to just kill yourself.
RS: So, 18 years old.
LR: It is kind of scary. I’m going to be held responsible for my actions. Oh, and I’m doing an album. I already started it.
RS: What kind of music?
LR: It’s dance, fun, meaningless. Like, Fergie-ish.
RS: You’ve got TV, movies, and music covered.
LR: Yeah. Now I’m going into veterinary school. [laughs] No, I don’t want to do that.
RS: But you’ll live a good life.
LR: I’ll strive for greatness.