Written by Jill Sheets
11 year old Lou Lou Safran is surrounded by a talented family. Her mom is a singer and songwriter, and her dad is a film producer. No wonder Lou Lou wanted to be an actress. Read on and learn more about this up and coming actress, her new movie, and find out five things people don’t know about her.
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting.
L: Thank you so much for having me! I love your magazine. It has so many thoughtful and positive articles. I also really love that I don’t have to worry I’ll come across something on your website I will wish I hadn’t seen.
I am 11 and going into middle school this year. I am a huge lover of the arts and I have always been passionate about film, music, theater, and anything creative and crafty. I love nature, animals, travel, friends, and anything Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets related. I am also nuts about Gary Cooper, particularly in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. I love classic Hollywood movies so much! This summer it’s like one big Hollywood oldie festival every place we go because we have been watching as many as we can, at least one a night. The characters are so charming in those films, so witty and smart. And you don’t have to cover your eyes during any love scenes. They were very discreet and much more romantic in those days.
My mommy is a singer-songwriter and a really great one too (not that I’m biased or anything) and my dad is a film producer, so all my life I have been surrounded by the arts and all sorts of talented, creative people. I’m sure that has inspired my interests, but I really got intrigued by acting when I was five and in my mom’s music video. I knew then that I wanted to be an actress more than anything else in the world. A few years later on the set of my very first movie, The Choice, I got to confirm for myself that this was my true passion.
R: How did your parents take it when you told them that you wanted to act?
L: My parents have always been super supportive of everything I’ve ever wanted to do, even when I used to want to be a rock star-vet-princess. But letting me try acting, other than in my mom’s music videos, was a much bigger decision and they were quite apprehensive about it. I guess they were most concerned about letting me try for it at my young age, so first I had to prove to them that I was serious about it. We had many talks, much nagging and begging on my part, lots of cleaning up of my room, the turtles’ habitat, and taking care of the dog, all A’s in school, and a lot of reading and writing and other tasks before I was finally allowed to put my first audition on tape. It was for the role of Katie in Nicholas Spark’s The Choice. I was elated when I got the part and I think I proved to them that I could do it by always being prepared for my scenes, getting into the character and doing my work well. The Choice director Ross Katz said I was a natural and I was so happy to hear that! But getting to audition for the Annabelle: Creation part wasn’t any easier with my parents. I sure hope they don’t make me jump through hoops every time I want to try out for a part!
R: Tell us about your movie Annabelle: Creation and about your character.
L: Our movie tells the story of how the Annabelle doll was created and why she is the monster we know. It is also a story of family loss and a group of young girls who find themselves in the toughest of circumstances but stick together no matter what.
I play Tierney, one of six girls who has to move to a new orphanage with their guardian nun after their old orphanage is closed down. Their new home turns out to be a creepy old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Everything seems strange and dark there, but they keep trying to get used to it, since they don’t really have a choice and they always have each other. The girls have been through a lot and are a tight-knit family at this point. But then they find a weird doll in a bolted dusty closet and things start to go horribly wrong…..
R: Did you find yourself getting frightened during the movie?
L: This goes to show what a great director David Sandberg is and what an amazing set we had for the movie, because even after rehearsing the scenes, making fun of the Annabelle doll whenever we had her on the set, and watching actors being turned into demons in the VFX makeup chairs, we would scream and run every time in every scary scene! Luckily we were meant to do that, but the reactions you’ll see on screen were hardly ever very “acted” by any of us. We loved every minute of it!
R: If you could be on any five TV shows, which ones would they be?
L: It would be amazing to work on Modern Family, Fawlty Towers, Wonder Woman, Full House and the Brady Bunch. To be on the set with that big cast of kids would be great fun, I bet!
R: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to talk about?
L: I am on the Gold Coast of Australia right now and I just finished out the school year here in a great Aussie school – shout out to the Broadbeach State School, class 6c and Ms. Cusack! My parents are working on a movie here, so I’ll be in Australia until August, and then I head back to LA for the Annabelle premiere which I am sooooooo excited about! I just got a ukulele and I have been practicing new songs, learning to rock climb, and surf. I have just started a YouTube channel and I’ll be posting silly videos of my Arctic Monkeys and TLSP covers on the piano and random uke tunes. I hope to record a few of my own songs soon, too. That’s all I can say of my projects for now.
R: What five actors and actresses would you like to work with?
L: I hope they can be from any time, present or past, because I really WISH I could work with Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Dudley Moore, and Julie Andrews. Sorry, that makes six.
R: I read that one of your favorite movies is Clue. What makes it one of your favorites?
L: I am impressed. You are very well informed! Well, it’s true, up until recently it was my number one favorite because of the suspense, ridiculous situations, characters, and the sense of humor, which struck me every time even after watching it thirty times. My best friends Audrey and Annabelle and I would watch it every sleepover and never get tired of it. It will always be tops for me, but the ranking has just changed a little. May I give you my new top five?
- Mr. Deeds Goes To Town with Gary Cooper. It is irresistible and so clever!
- Arthur with Dudley Moore in possibly the funniest role ever and a great lesson to learn.
- Singing in the Rain – you can’t not love this movie.
- Clue, of course.
- The Choice and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2
If you haven’t seen The Choice yet, I promise you will love it. It’s about finding love and purpose in life, and we shot it on the most beautiful set ever, right on the water in Wilmington, North Carolina.
R: Who or what has been your biggest influence in your life?
L: My parents and music. It would take hours to list all the reasons why.
R: What are some of your future goals?
L: I hope to become a better actress with every year. I want to hone my craft as much as possible and get to practice it on every set I get a chance to work on. I need to get better at the piano, and I’m planning to learn all the Eddie Vedder ukulele songs by the end of summer. I would like to improve on my Polish and French reading this year and learn Spanish too. My tennis game and swim moves could use more practice, and I’d like to get back to dance, too.
Once I’m back in Los Angeles and the school year begins, I promised myself to devote more time to my three favorite organizations: Animal Tracks, Project Angel Food, and A Sense of Home. If you would like to hear more about them, please go to my website, LouLouSafran.com, for more information. They are truly inspiring and effect the community in the most beautiful and selfless ways.
R: Do you have a hobby or some other thing that you like to do when you are not working?
L: Beside acting, I spend most of my time on music. I am always listening to new songs, playing piano, and learning the ukulele. I love discovering new kinds of music, bands, and artists for myself. My mom, dad, and my Uncle Mick are always introducing me to new sounds, too, and it’s like a great adventure. I also love going to concerts. There is nothing like watching your favorite band live!
Besides that I spend every chance I get playing with my friends, telling jokes, climbing trees, and coming up with elaborate schemes for our sleepovers.
We also have an organic garden back at home. I tend to the milkweeds and look after the monarch butterfly caterpillars that we get a ton of. They are endangered these days, and it’s super important to create safe habitats for them to grow. It’s not too difficult to do — you can do it in any space, and it’s breathtaking to watch them grow and transform. But I can’t say I’m a very good gardener besides that. Apparently, I lack patience…I plan to improve on that, too.
R: What are five things that people may not know about you?
- I want a baby sister like there’s no tomorrow.
- I cannot handle roller coasters!
- I’ve been called a messy bessy by those in the know.
- My favorite color is every shade of blue.
- My favorite animals are finger monkeys, turtles, sugar gliders, and fainting goats.
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 page?
L: I just started my website. My mom helped me set it up and I’ve been working on the content. It’s been a ton of work to get it done, but it’s creative and really fun. I plan to write more and post stories that inspire me.
I love taking photos so I often post on Instagram – lots of silly things and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at the movies I am working on.
My Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/therealloulousafran
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
L: My mom wrote a song for me when I was really little and she always says that if I ever get lost or confused in life I should just listen to the lyrics. It’s one of my favorite quotes ever and I hope you all like it as much as I do:
“Promise me you won’t let the world change you
you are the love and always will be
let your spirit guide you
and forever stay free
do not ever forget you came from love
and were born into grace.”
R: Thank you for the interview, Lou Lou!
L: Thank you for listening and featuring me in your magazine. It’s been a pleasure!