8 years with Bill

Today marks 8 years since Bill Hart passed away. I miss him every day. His death effected me in such an emotional way. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him.

Bill was my uncle, my mentor and my best friend. He believed in me and for that, I owe him everything. He made me feel confident about my craft and myself. He was there for me whenever I needed him. I told him everything. He always stood by my side. Whenever my parental’s would punish me and yell, he always said “stick in there kid!” He loved me and supported my writing and everything else. He made me laugh. He taught me everything about movies and acting.

I remember the last time I saw him. It was in NY and he got so skinny due to the cancer. I remember sitting with him and putting my head on his shoulder and him petting me like a kitten.

My freshman year of college, I got a tattoo on my rib cage with his name, dates and a quote.  It was the most painful tattoo, but worth it because it is dedicated to him. Every day, I see it and I think of him.

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My tattoo dedicated to my acting coach.

The hardest part of loosing him is him not seeing how I grew up. He knew me as a 15 years old kid but not as a 23 year old. He did not see my graduate high school. He will not see me graduate college. He will not see me get married or have kids. My first child will be named after him. His last name will be my child’s middle name. He meant the world to me.

I would do anything to have one more day with him.

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About Flora Cross

21 year old actress and teacher. Born in Paris and raised around the world. Have lived in Panama, Haiti, Ukraine, Argentina, Israel, New York, and Los Angeles for the last nine years. Want to become a teacher for children with special needs. Loved education and life. Loves literature music and anything artistic. Moving to Paris. Favorite Musicians: Janis Joplin, The Civil Wars, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Adele, The Pretty Reckless, Birdy, Bastille, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Macklemore, Idina Menzel, Avicii, A Great Big World, Passenger, Pink and The Beatles. Flora played the lead role of Eliza in the 2005 film Bee Season, opposite Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Max Minghella. She auditioned for the part shortly before moving to Argentina, where she was living when offered the role. Her next role was playing the eccentric daughter of Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in director Noah Baumbach's critically acclaimed Margot at the Wedding. In the film she worked alongside actors Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, John Turturro, and fellow teen actor Zane Pais. Flora plays the co-starring role of Cynthia in the upcoming film "Chlorine" (currently in post-production), written and directed by Jay Alaimo. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio as Cynthia's troubled parents, and Ryan Donowho as her eccentric brother.
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