Saturday, August 18, 2012
Erin the College Girl
Broderick said she decided to pursue a career as a doctor for the same reason she enjoyed acting: She loves working with people.
"I really like connecting with people, and acting was a unique interaction," Broderick said. "But I feel there is no more intimate relationship than between a patient and any clinician. You get to see people during a very vulnerable time in their lives."
So she officially quit acting in 2008 to enroll in a pre-med, post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University.
Medicine seems to run in Broderick's family.
When she was growing up in New Fairfield, Conn., both of her parents worked at a nearby hospital, her father as a doctor and her mother a nurse. Of her four siblings, one is a radiologist technician, another is in his final year at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, one is in a pre-med program and another is studying physical therapy.
But it wasn't always apparent that she'd follow a similar path.
"I asked my mom to bring me to an audition in (New York City) for my birthday one year," Broderick said. "I had no experience or anything. I was 10 years old."
She ended up landing a job on a commercial at that first audition, and she was hooked.
Over the next 13 years, Broderick would work on films, commercials and soap operas, but her most stable and high-profile work was on "Law & Order: SVU."
She said she maintains relationships from that show, including with Christopher Meloni, who played her on-screen father, and series creator Dick Wolf, who wrote two college recommendation letters on her behalf.
But eventually life as a young actress became too much.
"Doing it as an adult is a lot different from doing it as a kid," Broderick said. "As a kid, it was all play and very fun. As an adult, it's an extremely competitive business. It's still fun, but you have to say, 'there is a level of success I may never achieve.'"