25 February 2013 12:15 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At only 17 years old, actress and dancer Julia Goldani Telles, who plays mouthy ballerina Sasha on ABC Family’s Bunheads, has known great heartache. Or at least its teenage equivalent. Somewhere in her East Village apartment (where she lives when not shooting the series in L.A.), Telles has journals full of what she calls “sad poetry,” written after labral tears and tendonitis in her hips forced her to stop dancing. “When I got injured, I discovered boys. Then I discovered sadness,” she told Vulture, blushing into her lunch at the Sunset Gower studio commissary in between scenes last month. She recalled burying herself in Pablo Neruda, then smiled and sighed mock dramatically. “I know, I know. In my seventeen years, I’ve gone through so much.”However crushingly felt, Telles’s self-awareness of her own teen angst is one reason why she’s so good at playing the simultaneously »

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