How I first became a ‘mermaid’…well, there is a lot of layers to that. My parents had me in swim classes when I was an infant, so I literally swam before I ever walked. They always wanted feel safe with me growing up around a pool in the backyard. I would always swim after school when I was little. The worst punishment was taking that away from me. My father made me my first mermaid costume when I was 7 years old. I was obsessed with the movie ‘Splash’. The whole reason I wanted to be an actress was so I could be a mermaid in a movie. In my little girl mind, I was gonna be the mermaid daughter in ‘Splash 2′.