This podcast interview with A.J. Bridel was recorded in 2015.
A.J. had recently appeared in "Kinky Boots" with Alan Mingo Jr., whose Broadway credits include Sebastian in Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (Original Broadway cast member) and Tom Collins in "Rent."
A.J. graduated from Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener as an "A" student, starring in the school play. She is candid about her early personal struggle that occurred two years earlier; while working through her parent's separation and lashing out, she had been kicked out of the school play because of her inability to focus and collaborate.
With the help of friends and family, A.J. managed to get back on track by focusing on theatre and her schoolwork.
It was impressive and courageous of A.J. to share this story, back in 2015 before many people discussed personal mental issues.