Jillian Rose Reed Talks 'Present Tense'

The MTV star dishes on the docuseries

Photographed by Scott León. Jacket by Kempner, tank by Maje, skirt by Designers Remix, Reed’s own bracelet.

The following feature appears in the April 2016 issue of NYLON.

Jillian Rose Reed may be most recognized for playing high school BFF Tamara to Ashley Rickards’s Jenna on MTV’s Awkward (which is currently airing its fifth season), but with a cool new docuseries, Reed is proving she’s much more than a sidekick. We caught up with the 24-year-old Michigan native in New York City’s Chinatown, where she was recording voice-over work for Present Tense, in which she goes behind the scenes at a drag show, witnesses cat yoga in action, and even eats crickets as a way to delve into serious topics like gender identity and sustainable farming. Here, she tells us all about her thought-provoking web show. 

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