NYC Talent Portfolio I

Photographed by Rebekah Campbell

Erin wears a dress by Rebecca Taylor, shoes by Jill Stuart, bra by Annie Bing, and stylist’s own belt and pin

Erin wears a dress by Rebecca Taylor, shoes by Jill Stuart, bra by Annie Bing, and stylist’s own belt and pin

Erin Wilhelmi, actress

CREDITS: The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012), Disconnect (2012), The English Teacher (2013), Jamie Marks is Dead (2014) The Knick (Cinemax, 2014-2014), Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016), The Crucible (Broadway, 2016) Upcoming: The Accidental Wolf

Audiences first met Erin Wilhelmi when she made her Broadway debut as Mercy Lewis, one of the young followers of Abigail (Saoirse Ronan) in Ivo Von Hove’s startling Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in spring 2016. “Ivo’s approach to rehearsals is so different from any other work I have done before. At the first rehearsal, all of the actors are off-book, which is actually very freeing.” Van Hove is known for his imaginative and provocative restaging of classic works, paired with his focus on the text, an approach that allows his actors to feel a sense of gratification in their roles. With her porcelain skin and baby blonde hair, Wilhelmi fit the part of a young, alleged witch seamlessly (and sometimes terrifyingly). She learned a lot from the production, sharing the stage with such talents as Ben Whishaw, Ciaran Hinds, Tavi Gevinson, and Ronan, who she says “is really like any other girl. You’d never know she was a two-time Academy Award-nominated actress.” 

Wilhelmi’s first role straight out of university was opposite Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in the cult hit, The Perks of Being A Wallflower. The film proved to be a unique experience as it was written and directed by Steven Chobsky, the novelist behind the book of the same name. Wilhelmi’s fierce talent has seen her portray a blind girl in the stand-out short, Like Sugar on the Top of My Lips, and, more recently, play the lead role of Adele in the upcoming feature Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl. She describes the film as a “a modern gothic horror entwined with a complex female relationship.” Wilhelmi equates it to the 2014 film, My Summer of Love, starring Emily Blunt. Thus far, the film has played to festival audiences from Barcelona to Austin. With a bright future ahead of her, Erin says, “I feel so lucky just to get to act. It never feels like my job.”