We caught up with one of our fave people in the world—Monique Coleman—to see what she’s up to these days. We got her thoughts on her upcoming role in Stitchers, what famous lady she just shared a stage with (think FLOTUS!) and the advice she has for young women. Get to know Mo and catch her appearance on Stitchers tonight at 9 EST on ABC Family!

You recently appeared on the new ABC Family show, Stitchers. What was it like being on that cool, techy set and interacting with the cast?
Everyone was really cool and down to earth, especially the show’s leads, Emma Ishta & Kyle Harris! It was also interesting working on a show that hadn’t aired yet. When we were filming a “stitch” I just had to imagine what that actually meant.

The storyline on Stitchers portrays women being smart and taking charge. What’s your advice for young women to succeed in a very competitive world?
Try not to compare your journey to anyone else. We all have a unique path and purpose. When you focus on other people’s progress, you diminish your own process. Work hard. Trust yourself. Stretch. Be kind. I find that kindness sometimes takes you farther than your talents. There will always be more to learn, so don’t spend so much time worrying about being the best. Instead, be someone people want to be around.

Your character on Stitchers is a psychic. Was there ever a time in your life that you felt like you were predicting the future?
I wouldn’t grant myself full psychic abilities, but I certainly have times where I think of someone and they call or text almost immediately. There are even times I’m thinking of someone and then run into them on the street.

In real life, you are a champion of youth and promoting girls to succeed. What exciting upcoming projects are you working on?
I recently spoke at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. This year we had the esteemed honor to hear from First Lady Michelle Obama about her passion for girls education. I’m excited to start working on her #LetGirlsLearn campaign. In film, stay tuned for my latest movie, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List, available in September.

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Flashback: You were a part of the mega-successful High School Musical franchise. What is your most fun memory of that experience?
To be honest, my favorite memories are the ones we’re creating now; like going to Ashley Tisdale’s wedding, seeing Vanessa on Broadway recently, or the gang coming together to support Kenny Ortega’s latest film. I guess I’m just proud of who we’ve all become.