Alumnus Ashleigh MurrayAshleigh Murray plays the role of Josie in CW’s television series Riverdale.

NYCDA: What was your audition like for your new role as Josie on the CW?

Murray: Since I was being seen for a series-regular, I first read with the casting associate, and then for the head casting director and finally put on video.  Everything snowballed from there.  My favorite thing about the whole process was the work session.  You’re given the opportunity to meet with the writer and head casting director prior to screen testing for the network executives.  They walk you through the process, sharpen anything they can in your audition and set you up for success.  When they say they want you to do well, it really is true.

NYCDA: What did you learn at The New York Conservatory that you have used the most?

Murray: TRUSTING YOURSELF. If there’s one thing I had trouble with, it’s trusting myself, my process and my choices.  That breaks down to listening as well.  I’m always checking back in through the script analysis and character work I learned at NYCDA to see if I’m really listening and trusting my first instincts.

NYCDA: Have you always wanted to work in Television?

Murray: I grew up wanting to do both film and television, but after my first co-star role on “The Following” (Fox), I knew television was where I really wanted to be.  Growing up in the theater, you learn what it means to be a family in a production.  I wanted that connectivity and bond, but with more financial support.

NYCDA: Who would play you in a film about your life?

Murray: Hopefully, Quvenzhane Wallis or Naomie Harris.