Chit Chatting with Actress Abby Donnelly

 

Written by Jill Sheets

A few weeks ago, I was blessed to be able to interview young actress Abby Donnelly. Many of you may have seen her as Darbie on the Amazon series Just Add Magic. Read on about Abby, what her favorite shows are, what shows does she want to make a guest appearance on, and who her biggest influence is and why.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting.

A: When I was about nine, my best friend was acting and I thought it would be really fun to be able to act on some of my favorite shows, so that’s how I started!

 

R: You are in Just Add Magic. For those who have not yet seen the show, tell us a little bit about it and your character Darbie.

A: The show is about three best friends who find a magic cookbook. I play Darbie who loves cooking and eating. She goes on adventures with her friends and absolutely loves it.

 

R: What is your favorite episode that you have done so far and why?

A: In Season Two, there is an episode where we go back to the 1950s and it was so much fun to film! Seeing the transition from 2016 to 1950 is so cool.

 

R: If you could pick one thing from the magical cookbook to make what would it be?

A: I would make the Mind Peering Peppermints because it was super fun to film!

 

R: You made a guest appearance on American Horror Story. Tell us about the episode. Who did you play?

A: I played Peggy Cartwright, who was at school when she discovers a “monster.” Like anyone else would do, she screams and runs over to her teacher.

 

R: That show has many talented actress and actors. What was it like working with them and did any of them give you advice?

A: It was really great working with them! They were amazing because it was my first job and they were really welcoming.

 

R: If you can pick five shows to make a guest appearance on, which ones would they be?

A: Probably Agents of Shield, Stranger Things, Greys Anatomy, and The Flash.

 

R: What are some of your favorite shows?

A: I love Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 13 Reasons Why, and Survivor. 

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My mom is my biggest inspiration. Her work ethic inspires me, because she works six days a week and never complains. She inspires me to be my best self.

 

R: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I like to box and do calligraphy.

 

R: I read that last year you went to the Say NO Bullying Festival. Tell us about it! 

A: Yes I did! It was so inspiring to meet other kids who have overcome bullying. We met a mom and her daughter, who was being bullied at her school because she liked to wear boy clothes. I thought it was very important to tell her that she should not change the way she looks and to keep being herself.

 

R: Speaking of bullying, what advice would you give to someone who is being bullied?

A: Do not let other people bring you down. Always stay true to yourself no matter what and make sure an adult knows what is going on.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

A: I box once a week, I’m starting to learn the ukulele, I am in a regular high school, I enjoy reading Shakespeare, and I love makeup!

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A:  I was once asked, “Can you drive a tractor?”

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their address? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

A: I am on Instagram @abigail.donnelly and my Twitter is @itsabbydonnelly

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: Thank you so much for always supporting me and what I do! I love you guys!

 

Chit Chatting with Actress Nikki Hahn

Written by:  Jill Sheets

nikki 1Recently, I had the honor of interview talented actress Nikki Hahn.  She started her acting career at the age of 4 and her credits are moving at a wonderful rate.  She has been in then the TV shows “Jessie, “American Horror Story” and “The Fosters” to name a few. Continue to read and learn more about her, her up and coming movies, how she remembers her script and what she would like to do in the future.

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting?

H: I started acting at the age of four because I loved to play dress up. I wanted to be Cinderella. My mom submitted my photo to a couple of talent agencies and a month later, I acquired representation by LA Talent/LA Models. Soon thereafter, I hit the audition world and that same year, I booked an international Disney commercial where I played *drumroll* …. Cinderella with dialogue!! Dreams do come true!!!

R: Tell us about your up and coming TV movie “Adventures in Babysitting” and about your character Emily Cooper.

H: Adventures in Babysitting is the 100th Disney Channel Original movie. It’s not a remake of the original. It’s inspired by the 80’s hit, Adventures in Babysitting. It is also the first Disney Channel movie shot at night, and I am the first Disney Emo type character. Adventures in Babysitting is an action-packed wild ride that will have you on the edge of your seat. And you’re gonna love my hair. Emily Cooper is an introverted, independent teen who loves two things; Emo music and the bad boy, Trey Anderson (played by Max Gecowets). Emily doesn’t feel that she needs a babysitter, but she doesn’t have a choice.

R:  How did you find out about the job and what was the audition process like?

H: My manager sent me the audition and the breakdown. When I read the description of the role, I felt that it was right up my alley because I had recently worked on a short film about Multiple Sclerosis titled Venom Therapy, in which I played a frustrated, emo teen. Wardrobe dept, for that film had given me some of the coolest emo threads so I immediately fell in love with the role of Emily Cooper. I gave casting at Disney my best interpretation of the role and hoped that it was what writer Tiffany Paulsen (Nancy Drew) Director John Schultz (Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer) and exec. producer Michelle Manning (Breakfast Club & Teen Beach) had envisioned. 

R: You got to work with an amazing cast.  What was it a like? 

H: As a professional actress I have worked on many sets and have made many friends along the way, but the cast of Adventures in Babysitting was on a whole different level. We basically became a big family and spent even our days off of work, together. We had many singing and dance parties and putting on talent shows for our parents. We are all still very close and make time to get together when our busy schedules permit. 

R: Tell us about “Scales” and about your character Crystal? 

H: Scales is a really cute film about mermaids. I can’t say much about it yet but I can tell you that Crystal plays a very important role in helping her best friend discover the truth about who she really is. I had a great time working on this enchanting summer project and as an actress I learned a great deal from award winning actress Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle, Joy).

R: Do you have any tricks on memorize the script?  Do you have to learn the whole script at one time?

H: I do read the entire script in order to help me build my character and then I focus on the scenes that we are getting ready to film on a daily basis the night before, as they do not shoot the scenes in order that they fall in the story. It is a very interesting process and I love every step.

R: I saw your cover of Taylor Swift’s “Style.”  Do you have any plans on recording any music or album?  

H: Yes, most definitely.  Music runs in my family. I love singing and have recently started playing guitar under the instruction of my dad, who is a classical guitarist. Recording an album is definitely part of my future plans.  

R:  If you could remake any movie, which one would it be?  What character would you play and who would you like to play opposite for you?

H:  The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton, I would play Sally and I think my buddy Max Gecowets would play a great Jack Skellington.

R: What do you like to do in your spare time?

H: I like to play my guitar and learn new songs, go for a swim or simply hang out with the cast of Adventures.

R: Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?

H: I will have to say that my mother has been the greatest influence in my life because she has brought me up to stay grounded, to be grateful and to treat everyone with respect because everyone is important and that people might not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. 

R:  Do you have any causes that are close to your heart?  If so, tell us a little bit about them.

H:  The Children and animals have a special place in my heart. I support several children charities that help provide fresh water, food and medical supplies to the poor. One of my favorites is providing shoes and medical help to the children of the landfills and in appreciation they always send me little brass shoe ornaments for my Christmas Tree. I look forward to filling my tree with little brass shoes. We also help support many animal rescue groups as well as having adopted many pets myself. 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

H:  I don’t think many people know that I’m a Star Wars geek, that I’m a Swiftie, I love Pandas, I still dress up to go to Disneyland and that my dad still carries me when I can’t see the parade!! 

R:  Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

H:  I haven’t really been asked strange questions yet but someone did ask me once if I could take their picture to my agent. 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or youtube?

H: Yes, I was recently verified on all my social media sites:  

Twitter @missnikkihahn  

Instagram @nikkihahnactress  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialNikkiHahn  on 

Youtube:  Nikki Hahn’s Music Channel and my 

Website: Nikkihahn.com

R:  Nikki, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.