Heather Olt ’96, a Los Angeles‑based actress and writer, is the co-creator, co-producer and star of the upcoming comedic web series 2 Hopeful Spinsters. Described as a mash-up of Thelma & Louise meets Laverne & Shirley, the series will be released online this summer. At a May 1 Hollywood premiere of the show, Heather (at right, in blue) was joined by celebrities such as comedic actress Christina Moore ’95 (right).
The project is the creation of Heather and co-producer Dellany Peace. Olt and Peace describe themselves as single women in their 30s who were quite aware they are beyond the average marrying age, but who have not yet decided when or if they want to settle down to marry. They most definitely do not consider themselves “spinsters.” But that view changed when Heather made a guest appearance as a “hopeful spinster” on the NBC comedy Up All Night. That role, along with comments from family and friends, gave her and Peace the idea for their web series, which seeks to redefine what it means to be single in the 21st century.
2 Hopeful Spinsters follows the lives of Peace (portraying feisty Southerner and momma’s girl Dellany Butler) and Heather (playing sarcastic, nurturing, loyal Heather Monaghan). Heather’s previous acting credits include Scandal, Body of Proof, American Horror Story, The Mentalist, Chuck, Nip/Tuck and Dexter.
“My self-starter attitude began at Wesleyan when I co-produced a night of one-acts with a fellow School of Theatre Arts student as well as a non-required senior recital,” says Heather, who majored in music theatre. “Perseverance and a strong work ethic are skills IWU definitely helped me develop.”