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Heather Kafka

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Heather Kafka was living above her mom’s hair salon, rollerskating the neighborhood, and acting in local theatre when she booked a job as an extra in a Coca-Cola commercial and earned $200. She bought an Atari 2600 and began planning an acting career. She was six years old. After high school, Heather moved to Los Angeles, graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and worked odd jobs from waitressing at the Hard Rock Café to cigarette girl at local clubs. But Austin always called her home. She would spend the next 20 years moving back and forth, torn between her love of home and her drive for a career in acting. She played “Chloe” on MTV’s first scripted series AUSTIN STORIES, guest starred on CSI, CSI N.Y., E.R., and HOUSE. She played Dr. Emily Dawson on the Emmy awarded HUFF and turned in a memorable comedic performance on the Wilson Brothers project, THE WENDELL BAKER STORY. But it was her role as demented sister to Leatherface in the 2003 remake of the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE that pushed her farther. In 2007 she returned to Austin once again, this time to give birth to her daughter Harper. One year later she would find herself in Park City, Utah, shooting fellow Austinite Bryan Poyser’s LOVERS OF HATE. It would be her first starring role.