Heads up all you superhero movie buffs, there鈥檚 a new leading lady you might want to get to know. Clark Kent refers to her as Major Carris Farris, but IRL she goes by Christina Wren. The LA-based actress scored a role聽as a high-ranking military woman in Man of Steel back in 2013 and has聽reprised the career-making role in the sequel out today. Aside from scoring a place in Deadline鈥檚 top 5 鈥渞ising female movie stars鈥 to watch out for in 2016, Christina has also been busy behind the camera running two independent studios with her husband. Oh yeah, and she鈥檚 also building a jewelry company. We sat down with Christina to see what advice she has for budding filmmakers, couples who want to start a business together and how you can keep your self-esteem high in even the toughest scenarios.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actress Christina Wren attends the "Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice" New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on March 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)

On how you can make it in Hollywood from your bedroom鈥βChristina advises you ask yourself a few key questions: 鈥淲hat makes you unique? What makes your voice unique? Where do you come from? And how do you incorporate those things into your work?鈥 Once you鈥檝e figured out exactly what your niche will be, she says execution is key. 鈥淭hink about something you can execute really well. Look at the tools around you, and ask, 鈥榃hat can we make that we know we can nail?'鈥

On how she manages a crazy busy schedule鈥 鈥淚 silence my phone for a period of time,鈥 Christina says. 鈥淚 think the distraction of constant beeping and the email always coming in can do more harm than good. I sometimes get up really early and get a few hours of productive work in before the actual day starts, and then throughout the day I silence everything for half an hour and then get back online.鈥

On how you can stay sane while working with your spouse鈥 In addition to starring in a major action flick, Christina also runs two companies with her husband (Two Kids With a Camera and Studio No. 2). she explains that the two of them manage to make it work by making their聽roles super defined. She says, 鈥淏e really clear about your positions and gifts, and really remember that you鈥檙e partners in business. You want to support each other, represent each other well and always have each other鈥檚 backs 鈥 especially publicly.鈥

On the major challenge聽women in the film industry face today鈥 Christina explains that the struggles women face are mostly related to the sort of roles written for them. She tells us, 鈥淚f you look at a casting breakdown for any show, there will be a laundry list of all different types of male characters. And then there鈥檚 usually the lead woman, her cute and quirky best friend 鈥 both of whom have to be cute and romantic 鈥 and then an older sage woman who might be in one scene. Oh, and possibly a secretary. Male actors can make a living seeking out all sorts of different roles no matter what their type is, but woman are so much more limited.鈥


On the creative project聽she鈥檚 super excited about鈥 Surprise! Christina is secretly a professional jewelry maker.聽She dishes, 鈥淚 have a jewelry company on Etsy called Tea on Tuesdays, and I want to make it more robust. I鈥檝e always made jewelry, so I threw some photos up on Etsy but I haven鈥檛 put a ton of energy behind it. I want to make it more inviting and accessible.鈥

On how she boosts her self-esteem while working in Hollywood鈥聽Her advice is simple: Engage with the world. Christina says, 鈥淚 remove myself from anything that would make me think about those issues. Also, try to not have mirrors in prominent places. I find it to be really distracting if there鈥檚 a whole wall of mirrors in a home. Put it somewhere where you can go check yourself in the morning, then then leave it behind.鈥

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