What do you get when you mix Texas Beauty Queen good looks with the brains enough to major in molecular biology and women studies at UCLA with enough talent to star in a hit television series on MTV? Well, you get Holland Roden, better known as Lydia Martin on MTV’s most successful scripted series Teen Wolf.
If you are not familiar with her work on Teen Wolf then you are missing out on not only a great television show, but also a talented actress on her way to making her mark in the world of Hollywood. Not only does she possess a timeless kind of beauty that would make anyone green with envy but she also has the ability to bring an enigmatic quality to her characters. Lydia Martin, the character she portrays on Teen Wolf is the popular, beautiful girl in school who turns heads when she walks down the hallway, a role that could be played so easily and could lead to an actor being typecast. However, Roden chose not to play Lydia like the typical “bitchy” and sometimes vapid “hot” girl and instead has managed to inject her character with a little bit of attitude and lot of brains. I find it refreshing to see Roden’s portrayal of Lydia as a smart girl with beauty both inside and out. Whether she is busy running with werewolves, hooking up with hot boys, hanging out with her best friend or discovering her own inner powers as a Banshee, Roden is able to perfectly execute just the right dynamic.
Roden, a Texas native who used to satisfy her obsession with the Queen of England through one woman plays she put on for her family, has now turned her dream of acting into a reality. While her work on Teen Wolf was really her big break, it is definitely not her first foray into primetime television. She has appeared on a string of hit shows including C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Weeds, Community and Grey’s Anatomy to name a few. While she has quite a resume now, she did not always plan on acting as a career. In fact, she studied molecular biology at UCLA for a year before realizing she wanted to return to her passion of acting. She went to an all girls’ school for most of her education until she was 16, which spurred her passion for acting.
“I went to this massive co-ed school for the first time when I was 16. Everyone there had been together since elementary school, and I found it quite difficult, especially when I’d never stepped into a classroom with boys,” Roden says. “So I started looking out in the community for a social outlet. I started getting involved in student films and community theater. Acting began as a hobby.”
As interesting and dynamic as Lydia Martin is, Roden’s full range of star power still remains to be seen, but don’t count her out as just another pretty face. Roden is a force to be reckoned with and will undoubtedly pave her own way into America’s hearts and the small screen and big screen alike. Keep her name in mind, and don’t mess with Texas!