Murphy on “In the Dark”
In The CW’s highly anticipated drama “In The Dark,” Perry Mattfeld stars as Murphy, a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twentysomething with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind.
Mattfeld began her career at the young age of 4, as a ballet dancer with Long Beach Ballet and later under the tutelage of renowned choreographer Debbie Allen, whom she studied with for two years. Under the direction of Ms. Allen, Mattfeld broadened her technique to include multiple disciplines of dance. She was featured in Ms. Allen’s world premiere musical, Alex in Wonderland. She is also proud to have been part of the original musical theater cast at Mattel’s American Girl Theater portraying American Girl Dolls, Kirsten and Kit.
Acting and performing is in Mattfeld’s blood. She comes from a musical family. Her Mexican grandparents were vaudeville performers during the 1920s flapper era. Her great-grandfather Felix would play piano while her great-grandmother Loreto sang and danced. Her great grandmother Catherine Mattfeld was a wedding singer. As a young child, Mattfeld was always observing people. She soaked up mannerisms, voice inflections, and patterns of speech which she was able to replicate with razor sharp accuracy. She speaks fluent English and French.
While applying to colleges, she snagged a guest role on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” opposite Selena Gomez. She was accepted to universities such as UCLA, Berkeley and her alma mater, the University of Southern California. She was one of only 17 students accepted into USC’s prestigious bachelor of fine arts theater program, earning her B.F.A. in acting and a bachelor of arts in film theory. She graduated Cum Laude. While immersed in her full-time BFA program, she represented the university as one of the “World Famous USC Song Girls” performing at away games and at The Los Angeles Coliseum in front of crowds exceeding 80,000 sports fans. She is also a Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Mattfeld’s recent television credits include a recurring role as Mel on Showtime’s “Shameless,” guest starring alongside William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, and guest roles on “Homecoming” and “Stitchers.”
Her favorite charity is Corazon de Vida Foundation which aids and supports orphans in Baja California. She travels with the foundation to Mexican orphanages, plays with the children, and fortifies them with encouragement and hugs.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her rescue kitten, Ivy.