Interview from new Disney series “Raven’s Home” talented actress Anneliese Van der Pol.
This series is a spin-off of the original Disney mega-hit and Emmy-winning show, “That’s So Raven.” Chelsea and Raven are now divorced single mothers raising their two separate families in one chaotic, but fun household full of friends.
On the big screen, Anneliese has appeared as Avery in “Bratz!” from Lionsgate, starred in “Divorce: The Musical” and as Jennifer, in the 20th CENTURY FOX/NEW REGENCY spoof comedy “Vampires Suck.”
Hi Anneliese please tell us a little about you?
I like long walks on the beach and milk.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny, Daughter, Sister
Who is your biggest supporter?
It was and will always be my mother.
How did you get started in the industry?
I got started in the theatre. First locally at community theaters. Then civic lights, then shows and tours around the country really. Theatre will always be where my heart lies.
What was your first acting role?
A sassy role in a play called “The Good Times Are Killing Me.” I was 8. Bought me my equity card.
What is the best and worst part of being an actor?
Best Part: Craft Service (Oh and playing pretend, and getting to tell a story and all that artsie fartsie stuff) ;!
Worst Part: The rejection, of course. The judgment at all.
Best advice ever given?
Do something everyday towards your goal. Even if it is an actor taking themself to a movie, or getting a haircut. Even if it is small. Constantly be in class. NO MATTER WHAT!!! Oh and be nice people. Just be nice.
Tell us about Disney’s series “Raven’s Home.” And our character Chelsea Daniels?
Raven’s Home is about two single mothers coming together to raise their children because of Financial difficulties. It is hilarious per usual as well is my character as per usual. Chelsea still doesn’t know what’s up sometimes. 😉
What has been your most memorable experience from the set so far?
I would say everything with Raven. Like everything. Gossiping in the make-up room, Having lunch, working on set. No disrespect to those freakin talented kids, It’s just so nostalgic living life again with my old friend. It truly gives me the fuzzies. I’d say EXACT favorite… last weeks episode, in which we go to a club. You’ll have to tune in.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
Great question… almost too difficult to answer! Always changing for me, but always a woman of course, as those female roles are the ones I most identify with. Always changing too. I am really admiring Laurie Metcalf’s work right now. Her work in “A Dolls House” really was magical. And of course Viola Davis is an absolute work of art on screen. Nicole Kidman always.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
Phone and something warm (coat shawl… doesn’t matter…. it’s freaking cold in restaurants. I’m 87.
What music do you like?
ALL music (NOT COUNTRY) Dig Ani Difranco
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Picnic, then house tours anywhere in LA, then theatre matinee, Hollywood Bowl, movie!!!! Dinner at Firefly in Studio City!!!
How’s a normal day in your life?
Gym, work, play!
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
Fries (or whatever I can get my hands on)
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see my self leading an adult sitcom with another broadway show under my belt. Or something like that. One can hope.
Do you support any charities?
I am involved with Amnesty International as it is deeply close to my heart. But find it starts with your community and simply feeding the homeless can go a long way. Especially in Los Angeles. If you can always support Hearts for the Arts… and of course the Red Cross!!!!!
Where we can follow you?
Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard