McKenzie Westmore is an actress and host probably best known for her role on Syfy Channel’s “Face Off,” though she also appeared on the soap opera “Passions” from 1999 to 2008.
As to which genre fans recognizes her most, McKenzie Westmore said, “I would say it's pretty even. It's probably 50/50. It's like daytime versus primetime. Both are amazing. I have people still following me and who have come over to the sci-fi world because they remember me from daytime. I kind of have the best of both worlds with these amazingly passionate fans. I'm here because of these people. I have longevity because of these people."
She got her start in acting when she was three years old in “Raging Bull.” She landed the part because her famous make-up father was working on the make-up for Robert DeNiro’s boxing match. DeNiro was at Westmore’s home and connected with McKenzie and asked her to be in the film.
McKenzie Westmore is also a trained opera singer. “I started singing when I was five years old and I studied opera and I discovered that I was a coloratura soprano. I started to go down that road and my dream was to be on Broadway. I’ve done opera and musical theatre and I’ve done a few demo songs that I have on my website.”
As far as going into special effects make-up like her famous father, she said, “Absolutely! I started taking classes as a teen and helped my dad in the lab many times, but at the end of the day I couldn't give up my love of acting and singing.”
She attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
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As for her role on “Passions,” McKenzie Westmore said, “To be a working actress for nine years on a television show was a blessing! I have so much love for the crew and cast of Passions. We started off so young and we grew up together. I have so many great memories from that show. It was like starting a family and then losing it at the same time after the show was over.”
McKenzie Westmore landed on "Face Off" through an audition process. “It's a really interesting process and funny enough, it's not that far off than for a theatrical role. I went in with Syfy and Mission Control (the production company) and I went on tape four times. The first time they didn't want me so "host-y", the second time it wasn't "host-y" enough (laughing), so it kind of went back and forth.”
She added, “It's so different from acting. I was scared walking in – I'm not used to being myself, I'm used to being another character – so over the years I've gotten so much more comfortable, especially after doing that live episode. I've learned to become comfortable in my own skin. I don't want the focus on me, I want it on the artist, and I look at it like my job is to give them the information clearly and precisely, make sure they know what they are doing, and then act as sort of their one person cheering squad throughout the challenge, especially on the elimination stage," (411mania.com).
Most recently, she got engaged to Patrick Tatopoulos. McKenzie Westmore is also working on formulating a cosmetic line. She resides in Los Angeles, California.