"It is easy to take a beautiful photograph of Kelli O'Hara, because she is a classically beautiful lady with one of those old Hollywood faces," said photographer Zeren. "But behind that face is the continuously ticking analytical mind of a master storyteller, a natural humility, and protective warmth that seemed to grow as we opened up to each other about life and art. There are those names in American Theatre that are associated with greatness and being the exception–Kelli O'Hara is one of them. She is able to tackle classics like The King and I and make these songs - that most of the world has heard before - seem like fresh and justified expressions of her character's thoughts; similar to great classical actors tackling Hamlet. What I was reminded of in our sitting is that although she is one of the top artists in her field and someone that people aspire to be, she is really just a woman balancing work and motherhood trying to find the balance and devote herself fully to both of these vocations."
Along with Zeren's creative and artistic portraits, his subjects also share a bit about themselves in a short Q&A.
Details that O'Hara shared about herself include that what she wanted to be when she grew up included "a small animal vet. A pediatrician. A MOTHER. A TEACHER."