Chit Chatting with Actress Brec Bassinger

Written by:  Jill Sheets

FlyGirl Photography - Debi Patton

FlyGirl Photography – Debi Patton

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing actress Brec Bassinger from the new hit show from Nickelodeon, “Haunted Hathaways.”  Continue to read on and learn more about her new show, about her character Emma and learn more about her.

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

 

B: I was born and raised in a small town west of Ft. Worth, Texas. I live with my parents and two older brothers. I started doing pageants when I was 3. A pageant judge who was a film maker noticed me and asked me to be in one of his films. I was 6 and I loved it! That was when I knew that I wanted to be an actress. I immediately started taking classes and never stopped!

R: Tell as about your show “Haunted Hathaways” and about your character Emma.

 

B: The Haunted Hathaways is Nickelodeon’s show about a mom and her two daughters moving into an old New Orleans’ house that is haunted by 3 ghosts. After a rocky beginning they all decide to try to live together! What happens when you live with 3 funny and creative ghost is hilarious. My character, Emma is Taylor’s somewhat ‘ditzy’ friend. Taylor and Emma are on the school gymnastics team together!

R: Are there any similarities between you and Emma? What are some of the differences?

 

B: Well we do look alike! I think Emma and I both are naturally kinda goofy but I am not as clueless as Emma. I’m actually kind of smart. Oh, and we definitely have different tastes in fashion, for sure!

Picture credit:  Shelley Bassinger

Picture credit: Shelley Bassinger

R: What was the audition process like? How did you find out that you got the role?

 

B:  It was crazy! I auditioned for Emma in L.A. right before I flew back home to Texas. When I landed I found out I had a callback so I flew right back to L.A. the next day. My manager picked me up and took me to my callback. The next day my agent called and said I was released to go back to Tx. I was so sad but flew back home. When I landed I found out that I had actually booked the role so back on a plane to LA the next day and I immediately went to the set!

R:Tell us about the show “The Goldbergs” and about your character Zoe?

 

B: “The Goldbergs” is a new half hour comedy on ABC. It is based on the real life of Adam Goldberg when he was growing up in the 80’s. My character, Zoe works as a waitress at the Waffle Hut and she is the ‘crush’ of Adam.

R: If you could make a guest appearance on any show, what show would it be and why?

 

B: Grey’s Anatomy because I think all the actors on it are amazing. I have loved the show for a long time!

 

Picture credit:  Shelley Bassinger

Picture credit: Shelley Bassinger

R: Do you have any more up and coming projects?

 

B: I am still filming episodes of Haunted Hathaways and hopefully more on The Goldbergs when they start back filming. I haven’t had much time for other auditions!

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence in your life?

 

B: My entire family! They have always taught me you can do anything if you work hard and never give up.

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart? If so, which ones and tell us about them.

 

B: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is important to me.  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was just 8 years old. J.D.R.F. works towards finding a cure.

R: What are some of your future goals?

 

B:  First, to continue acting! I would love to do some films and be a series regular on television. Also I work hard in school and would really like to go to college when I graduate!

 

R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to become an actress?

 

B: It is important to take acting classes. You should train and really learn the craft. Also, never give up. It takes time to get started and you hear a lot of no’s along the way but use them to motivate you to keep working.

 

Picture credit:  Shelley Bassinger

Picture credit: Shelley Bassinger

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question?

 

B: The questions that I have been getting a lot are:

What kind of food do they have on set?

Do you get to keep the clothes you wear?

And my favorite…..What does the outside of the house look like?

 

R: What are 5 things that people may not know about you?

 

B:  1. My dad owns and operates a Koi fish farm.

  1. I had a naked mole rat for a pet.

  1. I play the ukulele.

  2. In 2009 I was crowned ‘World Our Little Miss.

  3. I love to cook!

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses?

 

B: Yes! My Instagram is ‘princessbrec’ and my twitter is ‘Brecmarie’!

 

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

 

B: Always go for your dreams and NEVER be afraid of being YOURSELF!

 

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

Chit Chatting with Megan Goodman

Written By:  Jill Sheets

megan goodmanRecently I had the honor of talking to Megan Goodman, who plays Susan on Haunted Hathaways.  Continue to read on and learn more about her character, about what movie she would like to remake and to learn more about this talented actress.

 

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

 

M:  I am 15 years old and I have been doing musicals at The Norris, my local theater, since I was 9. I knew I loved acting from the first curtain.  I studied acting skills both in and out of school and was lucky enough to get picked up by my agent, then manager.

 

R:  Tell us about your show “The Haunted Hathaways” and about your character Susan.

 

M: The Haunted Hathaways is a hilarious new Nickelodeon show about a family who moves from New York to New Orleans into a house inhabited by a friendly ghost family. The show is about the two families living together and experiencing fun adventures along the way. My role, Susan, is a gymnastics teammate and friend of Taylor Hathaway. Together, we are on the Fighting Inchworms team at Kirshner Middle School.

 

R:  What are some of the similarities and differences between your character and you?

 

M: Susan and I are both loyal friends.  Susan is also smart and pragmatic, which isn’t too different from me.   The biggest difference is that I am really grateful to be a part of this team and genuinely support the success of all these new friends I have made. Susan can be a little less supportive of Taylor when she starts acting a little crazy.

 

R: What was the audition process like for this role and how did you find out that you got the role?

 

M: Haunted Hathaways is my first TV role.  Only one week before the shooting of the pilot, I was called in for the role of Susan. Like most other auditions, the room was filled with tons of other girls. After that first audition, I got a callback, and not too long after, I was offered the role. My mom told me the news as she picked me up from school. I was so incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity.

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

 

M: Even though it was recently redone, I would love the role Ariel in the movie version of Footloose.  I played her character onstage and loved the dynamic of old verses young, and finding her way to heal the divide in her family and community by trusting her instincts.   I would have Justin Timberlake play my opposite because he is my role model, and I would love the opportunity to work with him.

 

R:  What singers and bands do you listen to?

 

M: I love all kinds of music.  Depending on my mood, I might listen to country music with favorites The Zac Brown Band or Hunter Hayes.  I also love to listen to Muse, Train, and Cold Play.

 

R:  What are some of your hobbies?

 

M: I guess you would consider me a theater rat.  I love singing and dancing as well as acting and I take classes to keep improving.  For the past 4 years, I have been part of a singing and dancing group at our local theater.  It has taught me a lot about stage presence, composure, and ensemble performing.

 

R:  Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?  If so, which ones and tell us about them?

 

M:  I do!  I was fortunate to be raised in a family that values helping others and making a difference in the world.  I am inspired by the work of the Make-a-Wish foundation.  Annually, I participate in One Voice to pack and distribute food to those in need.  I have also participated in fundraising and promoting awareness for Hadassah.  This is a women’s organization that helps women and families across the world in many ways.

 

R:  Who has been your biggest influence so far and why?

 

M: I can’t pick just one!  I am so lucky to have had many teachers and mentors in my life that have helped me believe in myself and make choices that have made me who I am today.  My parents have always told me to follow my passion and work hard doing what I love.  That has brought so many amazing influences into my life.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

 

M: Right now, I’m enjoying every day building my acting career and staying committed to being a good student at school.   Professionally, I would love to try other roles in both film and television that allow me to grow and push myself as an actor.  I truly love performing and know I will continue to do this.  I also plan to go to college because learning is part of growing and I believe it is so important for anything I do.   There are many role models of successful actors who have successfully valued their academic education as well.  Natalie Portman, Jodie Foster, James Franco and Anne Hathaway come to mind.  I would love to follow paths like theirs.

 

R: What advice would you give teenage girls in general?

 

M: I would say that everything happens for a reason. There is always a good to the bad. I truly believe in this. Bad things happen to open the doors so that the good things can come in.  Stay true to yourself no matter what anyone says about you or tells you to do.  Use those tough moments to find the greater good of remembering to believe in yourself.  Also, parents can be annoying, but usually they are giving good advice.

 

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

 

M: 1. I have three awesome brothers

2. I like making birthday cakes for my friends

3. I am an Honor Roll student and speak French

4. I love to wakeboard and jetski in the summer

5. I have performed on a cruise ship (which was amazing)

 

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

 

M: I always laugh at the question “What’s it like to live with 3 brothers?”  It’s strange to me because I don’t know what it’s like to grow up without 3 brothers!

 

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

 

M: Overall, I can’t say I spend a lot of time on the networking sites.  I am on instagram, my username is megan3_goodman, and I just recently got a twitter, @ms_megangoodman

 

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

 

M: Fans? Really?  I think I’m a little new to say I have fans, but thank you so much for the love and support the people who know who I am have shown me on Instagram and

Twitter, it means so much to me!

 

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

 

M:  Thank YOU for your support of the “Haunted Hathaway”s.  I am privileged to be a part of the cast.

Chit Chatting with Up and Coming Actress Tess Oswalt

Written by:  Jill Sheets

 

Picture Credit:  Linda Campanelli of Sherman Oaks, California

Picture Credit: Linda Campanelli of Sherman Oaks, California

Recently I had the honor of interviewing a talented up and coming actress, Tess Oswalt.  Tess plays Nina in the new Nickelodeon show, Haunted Hathaways.  Continue to read on about the show, her short “MIMIc” and about her advice to you if you would like to become an actress.

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

 

Well, let’s see…I’m 10 years old and I will be going into the 5th grade.  I live with my mom, dad, older brother Connor and our two dogs, Quincy and Scarlett.

 

I’ve always wanted to act, but my first actual acting job was in a short film titled, “Green Valentine” directed by Christine Coe.  Christine needed a little girl to play a first grader and I was so happy to get the chance to do it!!  Right when I got to the set, I loved every minute of it, and I have been acting ever since!

R:  Tell about your show “Haunted Hathaways” and about your character Nina?

 

“The Haunted Hathaways” is a new show on Nickelodeon that premiered a few weeks ago.  It’s about a ghost family and a human family and how they learn to live together in the same house.  The character I play is Nina who is Frankie Hathaway’s friend.  Frankie is the younger daughter in the human family.

R:  What are some of the similarities between your character and what are the differences?

 

One way that Nina and I are the same is that we both have the same taste in fashion and Nina is a pretty loyal friend, just like me.  In one of the scenes, Nina doesn’t betray Frankie even when it’s kinda uncomfortable for her.  One way that Nina and I aren’t the same is that Nina is shyer that I am.  I tend to be a little more outspoken!

 

R:  What was the audition process like for the show and how did you find out that you got the role?

 

I had originally auditioned for the role of Frankie Hathaway back when it was pilot season.  That audition was a lot of fun!  Then I got the opportunity to come back and audition for the role of Nina with the same casting directors.  I came back for a callback to audition again for the producers and a few days later while I was working on the set of a commercial, my mom got the call that I had booked the role of Nina.  It was really exciting!

R:  What is the best thing about working on the show?

 

The best thing about working on the show is how nice everybody is.  The entire cast and crew were so friendly and made the experience so much fun to be a part of.  Also, the set is amazing.  All of the rooms in the Hathaway’s house are so cool.  I wanted to live there!!

R:  Tell us about your short “Mimic” and about your character Charly Collins

 

“MIMIc” is a film directed by Braden Duemmler.  It’s the story of a father, Tim Collins, who wants to be in complete control of everything in his life.  Throughout the story, he starts realizing that he is losing control of everything and what happens to him and his family because of it.  I play Tim Collins’ daughter, Charly.  Charly Collins is a young, curious, sweet girl who is full of life and loves being with her dad.

R: How do you prepare yourself for a role?

 

I get prepared for a role by reading the entire script (lots of times!) and getting to know my character inside and out. I also like to do a lot of rehearsing if possible.  It’s really fun to prepare for a new character and try different things.  Playing someone else is so much fun because it’s like meeting someone for the first time and then getting to know them really well.  I end up being friends with my characters and I really miss them when we are done filming!

 

R:  Tell us about any up and coming projects.

 

This summer, I took some time to do some acting workshops and learn some new things like stage combat.  Now, that was fun!  Right now, I’m busy auditioning for more roles and I am also getting ready to start school again in a few weeks.  I have an upcoming audition for a feature film that I am really excited about!  I will let you know how it goes!

R: You have been in many movies and TV shows.  Tell us a little bit about them.

Well, besides “The Haunted Hathaways” and “MIMIc”, I’ve also done a few other films, two television pilots and lots of commercials.  I also did my first live theatre role earlier this year at the Matrix Theater in a play called. “Complete” directed by Jennifer Chambers.  That was new and exciting for me.  One of the television pilots I did was called, “The Fishbowl” which is about the world of Little League Baseball.  I play a Little League player named PJ Lynch.  I also worked on a film called, “The Wedding Speech” directed by Tony McNamara.  It’s basically a love story about two people, Josh and Jill, who are brought together by their two dogs.  I play Jill’s daughter, Allison.  It’s a really touching story and it does have a happy ending. I mean, who doesn’t love dogs and a happy ending?!

R:  What are your future goals?

 

My future goals include continuing to act and learn as much as I can so I can grow as an actress.  I am also looking forward to school starting and studying really hard.  This is my last year in elementary school and then it’s on to middle school!  After that, its high school and then college and getting a college degree.  I don’t know what I am going to get a degree in yet.  My mom and dad say I still have plenty of time to decide!

 

R:  What singers and bands do you listen to?  What is your favorite song by

each one?

 

Oh wow, that’s a tough one because I love music and have so many favorites!  I guess if I had to choose, I would say Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.  My favorite Taylor Swift song is, “Ours”.  My favorite Maroon 5 song is, “Daylight”.

R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to become an actress?

 

My advice would be to begin by joining your school’s drama club to see if you like acting.  If you do, then I would say go for it!  Take an acting class, go to some acting workshops and learn as much as you can.  The more you can be around it, the more you will learn.  It is a commitment, like playing a sport or a playing a musical instrument.  You should take it seriously but it should be fun for you and it should be something you can’t wait to do.  I am always so excited on days I am working on a set or rehearsing something.  It’s really fun and it’s something I love to do.  That’s what my mom and dad say is the most important thing.  Whatever you are doing, just make sure you enjoy doing it and it’s so true! And one more thing, always remember to never give up.  Chase your dreams because you can do it!

 

R: What do you like to do when you are not acting?

 

When I am not acting, I like to sing, listen to music and play my trumpet.  I also like to design clothes and draw.  I love to play with my friends and my big brother, Connor.  We play games like Four Square and jump rope.  I also love spending time with my family and my two dogs.

 

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

 

No, I’m not on any social networking sites.  My parents don’t think I am ready for that stuff yet and that’s cool because I’m only ten.  I do belong to IMDB (International Movie Database) but that’s about it for now.  I am hoping to have an official website sometime soon. I think that would be fun!

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

 

R:  Just thank you so much for all of your support!  It means so much to me.  I’m so happy that I get to do something I really love doing and I get to share my journey with you!  Big Hugs!

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

 

R:  Thanks so much, Jill!  This was a lot of fun!  You have a great day too!!