Chit Chatting with Emma Fuhrmann
Written by Jill Sheets
Recently I interviewed talented actress Emma Fuhrmann. Continue to read on about her and about how Emma got into the acting business.
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the acting business?
E: Well, I’m 10 years old and I live in Texas with my parents, little brother, and my dog Kirby Jane. I’m finishing up 4th grade and getting ready for the summer. We’ve got a new pool I’m dying to get into!! As far as acting goes I’ve been doing that since I was 5 years old! It’s just something I really enjoy and have stayed with it ever since. It all started with modeling and moved into acting from there. First with some theater shows and then my parents signed me up for film acting classes and my agent (the same agent I have now in LA) sent me out on my first audition for a local commercial and I ended up booking it and after that I was hooked.
R: Tell us about your movie “The Magic of Belle Isle” and about your character Finnegan O’Neil.
E: The movie takes place during the summer when my mom (Virginia Madsen) and my sisters (Madeline Carroll & Nicolette Pierini) move to Belle Isle after my parents’ separation. Morgan’s character, Monte, rents the house next door to us. Finnegan is immediately drawn to him after she finds out he is a famous western writer. She wants him to help teach her how to write and tell stories like the way he does. Finnegan is a total tom boy and likes to be outside building things like her raft that she uses to get to a special island or the spear she makes for her sister’s birthday party. She’s also always ready to help her mom or the neighbors out with whatever they need. Finn was a lot of fun to bring to life! The movie is the type of movie your entire family will enjoy! There’s a lot of funny scenes.
R: What was the audition process like for the movie and how did you find out that you got the part?
E: I was asked by my agent to go on tape (since I live in Texas, that’s how I usually audition first is by a taped audition). A couple of weeks later my agent called to say that Rob Reiner wanted to see me in New York for a live audition. My mom and I happened to be in LA at the time auditioning for something else and so we flew to NY later that week to meet Rob and the rest of the producers. I auditioned for them and found out two hours later, while sitting in the JFK airport, that I had the role of Finnegan O’Neil! I let out a small scream and then realized I was in the middle of the airport and so then I started to cry- I was so happy- they were tears of joy! That was probably one of the most memorable moments of my life-I know I won’t ever forget it.
R: What was it like working with Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen and Fred Willard? Did they give you any advice?
E: Working with Morgan really made my job easy because it was easy to be natural with him. Virginia made sure we bonded so we would be believable as sisters and as mother and daughter. She brought art supplies and bead making kits for us to do between set ups. Having my two film sisters, Madeline Carroll and Nicolette Pierini made things a lot fun too! Virginia also always did nice things for the crew like Mustache Monday and White Castle Wednesday. The O’Neil family (my movie mom and sisters) even hired an ice cream truck for a few hours to come to set to hand out ice cream for everyone which was so much fun. I worked with Mr. Willard for two full days and he was pretty quiet but always very nice to me and I his character is very funny in the movie. Everyone was a good example of how an actor should be on set. Just being around all of them was advice in itself!
R: I also read that you are in the movie “The Fandango Sisters.” Is that true and is there anything you can tell us about the movie?
E: Yes, I did a movie a few summers ago called “The Fandango Sisters” where I got to play a mean girl from the 80’s. The movie is basically about two rival bands and I’m in the flashback of their time in elementary school. The clothes were a lot of fun but it was hard for me to be so mean! That movie is going to do well once it gets out there in the film festival world.
R: Name five people that you would love to work with and why?
E: Wow, five people, okay let’s see first I would say I would love to work with Rob Reiner AGAIN, definitely! He was just the perfect director! As far as everyone else… I would be happy to work with any actor that loves act as much as I do. If we all are enjoying what we are doing it makes it so much fun and easy to do. Steven Spielberg is another director who I would want to work with because he has done some many amazing films and won some great awards. Meryl Streep because she is such a strong actress to look up to and to really study her work. Clint Eastwood because while filming “The Magic of Belle Isle” all everyone would tell me was how great he was to work for and that he really knows how to film a movie. Clair Danes because she has chosen so many good roles and she also was able to go to college and get her education and still come back and keep acting. I want to do exactly that!
R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to become an actress?
E: I would say NEVER GIVE UP! There’s a lot of “no’s” to get that one “yes” and believe me I’ve had a lot more no’s than yes’s -I think every actor has. It isn’t easy and it’s a lot of work but I love it and I’m seeing how much the hard work has paid off. If you believe in yourself other people will start to believe in you too. Dream big and reach for the stars anything is possible- I’m living proof! The biggest hurdle was just getting people to believe in me and luckily for me I have been surrounded by nothing but people who want good things for me so that has helped me a lot too. It’s important to surround yourself with good people!
R: What has been your favorite memory so far?
E: Getting my dog, Kirby Jane, is probably one of my favorite memories so far! I just remember picking her up and holding her and watching her sleep when she was a puppy. The next favorite was booking the role of Finnegan O’Neil!!!!
R: What has been your most star struck moment? Who was it and tell us a little bit about it?
E: I haven’t really been star struck yet. I know that I would probably be star struck if I ever got to meet Taylor Swift though.
R: I read that you are part of a competitive swim team. Is that so and how did you get started doing that?
E: Yes, I have been swimming on my neighborhood swim team since Kindergarten (about the same time I started acting) and my parents always say if I wasn’t acting I’d probably be swimming in the Olympics some day. I really love all the strokes and it comes really easy to me. My brother has no desire to swim but for me it’s always something I have enjoyed. I’m really tall so they say I have a swimmers body and that I make it look easy. I haven’t been able to swim year round like I used to but I still try to get summer league in.
R: What are five things people may not know about you?
E: I love to design dresses, my favorite color is blue, I am a bookworm, I love taking photos and instagraming them, and I cry during sad movies and sometimes even not so sad movies.
R: Are there any charities that are close to your heart? Is so, which ones and tell us a little bit about them?
E: There are so many charities I want to work with and get involved with. I am in the process of figuring that all out but in the mean time I am involved with helping child cancer patients at Cook Children’s Hospital. I work with a child life coordinator there who is amazing and tells me what I can do to help the patients. I’ve gotten really close with a couple of girls over the last couple of years. One of them even came to the Dallas screening of “The Magic of Belle Isle” with me. She was able to get a “pass” for the night and get out of the hospital just to come see the movie! If there’s one thing I know it is that I want to help as many people as I can through all of this. In June, I’m going to get involved with The Gentle Barn in California and see what I can do to help the animals there.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
E: I am always being asked if I am related to Mark Fuhrmann and I always say Yes because I have an uncle whose name is Mark Fuhrmann but what they mean is am I related to the Mark Fuhrman from the O.J. Simpson trial (which I know nothing about). Then the next question is are you related to Isabel Fuhrman, another young actress. Their names only have one n at the end and I have two n’s if that helps.
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website? If so, what is the address?
E: I would really love for you to follow me on Twitter @emmafuhrmann and I always try to tweet back to all the people that tweet to me.
I do have an official website that an amazing fan made for me www.emmafuhrmann.com where you can see photos and videos.
I also am on Instagram (because you know I love Instagram) at emmacfuhrmann and on youtube at emma fuhrmann official where you can see clips from NBC’s “Chase” and “Prime Suspect” and see my dog Kirby Jane in action!
The movie has a facebook page you can like where you can see behind the scene photos- just search for “The Magic of Belle Isle”.
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
E: Thank you Relate Magazine for asking me some really good questions that really made me think about things! I love all the opportunities God has given me and feel so blessed to be apart of something I love so much. I really hope you will go see the movie and spread the word to others about the movie because I know you are going to love it. Remember July 6th it will be theaters!! Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter because I love hearing from all of you. Keep looking up because that’s where it’s all at!!!
R: Emma, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.
E: Thank you so much!! Have an awesome day too!