The Actress

A Novel

The Actress

A “fun, funny, steamy, and unputdownable” (Entertainment Weekly) new novel from bestselling author Amy Sohn, in which an ambitious young actress discovers that every marriage is a mystery and that sometimes the greatest performances don’t take place on screen.

When Hollywood heartthrob Steven Weller pulls Maddy Freed out of obscurity for a starring role in his newest Oscar-worthy film, she feels her career roaring onto the express track. Steven’s professional attention soon turns personal, and Maddy falls headlong into a fairytale romance with the world’s most eligible bachelor. She’s sure there’s no truth to the gay rumors that have followed him for years, but soon realizes she cannot afford to ask too many questions about his complicated past…

A “sexy and engaging” (Emma Straub) page-turner set in a tantalizing world of glamour and scandal, of red carpets and ruthless competition, of scheming agents and the prying eye of the press, The Actress sits “perfectly between Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays and Jackie Collins’s Hollywood Wives….A valuable contribution to the canon of Hollywood fiction” (Slate). Booklist calls it “addictive…This may well be Sohn’s breakout book.”
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451698626 | 
  • June 2015
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A talented young actress. A leading man. A sexy secret. The role of a lifetime. In this big, juicy literary novel from bestselling author Amy Sohn, an ambitious young actress discovers that every marriage is a mystery, and that sometimes the greatest performances don’t take place on screen.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Actress includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Amy Sohn. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Maddy Freed is a young actress who will do almost anything to be able to work. At the Mile’s End Film Festival, her starring role in the small independent film I Used to Know Her attracts the attention of Hollywood super-manager Bridget Ostrow. Soon Maddy is catapulted from her hipster life in Brooklyn with her long-term director boyfriend, Dan, to film festivals in Europe, high-profile meetings with legendary directors, and a starring role in the much-anticipated film Husbandry opposite Steven Weller, one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Maddy quickly finds herself thrust into the spotlight and falling madly in love with Steven, and before she knows it, they are married in a secret and romantic ceremony.

Back in Los Angeles, Maddy’s new role as Steven Weller’s wife sets her career into high gear as plum roles and opportunities seem to fall into her lap. Maddy and Steven grace magazine covers as Hollywood’s number-one power couple, but their fairytale life isn& see more

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About the Author

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Amy Sohn

Amy Sohn’s novels include Prospect Park West and Motherland. Her articles have appeared in New York, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, and The Nation. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.