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On My Mind: Actress Kelsea Victoria Mclean

Kelsea V. McLean

“Regrets are the scariest thing in the world, and I refuse to have any.”



It’s hard for McLean to wipe the smile off her face. The 25-year-old feels like the luckiest girl in the world. She just became a Kansas City homeowner with her girlfriend, Megan. She loves being a mom to their 5-year-old son, Coleman. She’s happy, plain and simple.

When the Belton native isn’t busy walking on air, she’s doing what she loves. For the past five years, McLean has been a working stage actress, taking on anything from musicals to classical dramas.

These days, she’s having a blast starring in the interactive murder mystery “Vote (Twice) for Murder,” which revolves around politics and Prohibition during the 1920s in Kansas City.

Tickets for the dinner theater show are $54 on Thursdays, $64 on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, go to kcmysterytrain.com.

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“When I was younger, I didn’t know acting was going to be my career for a hot second — I just knew I had fun doing it.”

“It’s so silly that I get to put on pretty clothes and practice my makeup and get paid for it. I’m like a grown-up child.”

“Even when I’m dressed up like a princess at a party, surrounded by 50 children, I still feel like a star. When little kids think you’re awesome, it makes all the hard work worth it.”

“I’m an emotional person, so instead of having thick skin, I just act like a huge dork about everything. Nobody wants to watch an insecure actor.”

“I feel like all the pieces of my life are finally coming together, now that I’m in love and have a family of my own.”

“Kansas City is a weird oasis in the Midwest, because people here tend not to be judgmental or too stuffy. Sometimes when I visit small towns, I realize that’s not the case everywhere.”

“Growing up, independence was instilled in me because I’m the oldest of five kids. But it wasn’t until I reached adulthood that I learned being independent actually means letting go of selfishness and paying your dues to the community, to the world.”


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