Karis is from the state that brought you Friday Night Lights and the size LARGE.  This explains a lot about her, like why her TV mentor is Tammi Taylor as well as the epic proportions of her emotional life.  It may also explain the size of her white wine pour.

While growing up in Texas she waffled on two career choices, being an archeologist, or a cartoonist.  So she drew a lot and had a rock collection that she retrieved from a dirt pit by her house (lest you think they were beautiful stones), then she grew up and decided to pursue a more traditional career path, so she became an actor.   

 She sees this as a melding of  the two dreams into one as she is daily digging and mining into the center of many lives and has the uncanny ability to make faces that resemble cartoon characters.  This does not mean that she overacts, stop thinking that.  It does mean that she might be endearingly neurotic, like say, Donald Duck.  Unless you are casting a serious movie, and then she's SUPER serious.  All the time. It's called versatility.  She learned all about that when she got her MFA from Florida State University. 

 

Before she was acting she was studying to become an opera singer.  See previous statement about epic proportioned, Texas-sized emotional life.  She got her Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.

She loves reading, TV, and reading TV Guide.  Just kidding it's not the 90's anymore.  She loves coffee and drinks way too much of it, so once a year goes off of it cold turkey for a week just to prove she can.  Try not to hang out with her during that time.  

She loves cooking, not baking, playing her uke and dreaming of being a famous solo ukulele player like Roy Smeck.  But since it’s not the 1920’s becoming an international ukulele sensation is unlikely.