Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an actress?
When I was about 6 years old, my mom spotted an ad in our local newspaper saying an agency was holding open call auditions. My parents and I discussed it and we decided it was worth a try. Since I always loved performing for my family and I loved watching Disney Channel, acting sounded like it would be fun. After my audition, they signed me! My first jobs were commercials, but I soon moved on to bigger roles.
You star as Lizzy in “Mommy’s Little Princess”. What can you tell us about this movie and your role?
Mommy’s Little Princess is a TV movie that will air on the U.S. Lifetime network on March 17th and will be shown in Canada later this year. I play the role of Lizzy who is a 12-year-old girl that had a very troubled childhood until she gets adopted by her new mom, Juliana. Juliana decides to give Lizzy a DNA test to find out about her biological family’s history. When the results say that Lizzy is related to a royal family in Germany, Lizzy becomes determined to find a way for her adopted mother to marry into the family. Lizzy will stop at nothing to become a real-life princess.
You also have a role as Abigail in NBC’s The InBetween. What are some of the differences between working on a feature film versus a TV show?
On TV shows, you get to act out a different storyline each week, and your character develops over each episode. On a feature film you have a longer time filming to tell the story, but once the story is told, the role is finished and you are ready to move on to something else.
How do you balance your acting career with school?
When I am filming, I have an onset tutor and I continue with my school work every day. The tutor works with my teacher so that I keep up to date with the work being done in class. Sometimes it’s really hard to balance school work with learning lines for auditions. I try to finish my assignments in class so that I have more time to practice lines at night.
What are your long-term goals as an actress?
I would love to be a lead actress in a TV series. I enjoy being on set for an extended period of time because everyone becomes like a second family. A TV series would also help me to improve as an actor because I would get to work every day.
Is there anyone that you dream of working with?
I would love to work with Millie Bobby Brown. Her acting in the Netflix series, Stranger Things, was inspirational for me. She is a great example of a strong talented female lead.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Acting is a hard job. You have to go to a lot of auditions and there are a lot of rejections. You need to put in the time and effort to learn your lines so that you can give the best audition possible. Also, always believe in yourself. There can be long periods of time without auditions or roles. Use this time to study or to just be a kid.
What’s your life like outside of acting?
I am part of a competitive dance team, so if I am not acting, I spend a lot of nights at the dance studio practicing. Dancing is another way for me to express myself. My favourite types of dance are hip hop, acro, and contemporary. I also really like to go to the mall or movies with my friends.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
My Instagram tag is @sarah_abbott_