Hang out with Evanne Friedmann and it's hard to keep from laughing and smiling, because she's doing just that all the time.
The 17-year-old La Cañada High School senior and aspiring filmmaker has plenty to be happy about: Evanne will be crowned the Tournament of Roses' 93rd Rose Queen during a ceremony today at the Pasadena Convention Center.
But with her mother, sister and big scruffy dog in the living room of her cozy La Cañada Flintridge home, it was also easy to see Monday that Queen Evanne's good humor and bubbly enthusiasm for conversation, learning and new experiences came long before her crown.
Throughout our interview, Friedmann took every chance to speak of others' positive qualities before her own, though she is no stranger to accomplishment.
Aspiring to study film at USC, Friedmann is handling a load of three advanced-placement (college level) courses while also participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including choir, National Charity League and National Honors Society. She modeled briefly as a child after recovering from a dog attack and honed her public-speaking skills with the improv troupe Comedy Sportz.