Our interview with talented Canadian actress Sarah Abbott.
As soon as Sarah could walk and talk, she started performing for her family by putting on shows singing, dancing, storytelling, acting and playing instruments. At just the age of six, Sarah was already a competitive dancer and at the age of seven she was signed to a talent agency during an open audition call for actors in Whitby.
Her first big break came when she was cast as the young Marilyn Monroe in the Lifetime mini- series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE. Shortly after, she was cast in her first feature film, LAVENDER which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and is currently streaming on Netflix.
Sarah recently starred in her first lead role in the Lifetime TV movie MOMMY’s LITTLE PRINCESS. Coming up next, she can seen in the feature film THE SILENCE, and as a recurring guest star on the new NBC series THE INBETWEEN.
Hi Sarah, please tell us a little about you?
Hi! I am 13 years old and I am in grade 7. In addition to acting, I am also a competitive dancer, and my favorite animal is a cat.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Strong, Creative and Caring.
Name one your strengths?
My compassion for others
What inspires you?
I am inspired by strong women who make a positive impact in today’s society.
Why and how did you get started in acting?
When I was little, I really enjoyed watching shows on the Disney channel and I wanted to join in. I loved to make up my own shows and perform them for my family. When an agency held open auditions in my town, I decided to try out. Soon after, I was signed by an agency.
What roles do you like to play? And why?
I like to play emotional roles because it’s interesting to figure out how I should portray the character. The character is usually very different from how I behave in real life, so I like the challenge.
Tell us about “Mommy’s Little Princess,” and your role as Lizzy?
The movie is about a young girl named Lizzy who was raised in poverty by a drug addicted mother. When her mother dies from an overdose, Lizzy is adopted by Julianna, played by Alicia Leigh Willis. Julianna buys Lizzy a genetics test so that she can find out about her family’s history. Lizzy learns she is a descendent of a royal family in Germany. She becomes obsessed with becoming a member of the royal family and is willing to do anything to make that happen.
What’s your advice for the newer actors?
If you really love and enjoy acting, just go for it, but you have to always believe in yourself. The best thing you can do is never give up.
What other projects are you a part of?
I play a character called Abigail in the new upcoming NBC series The InBetween. I am also in a new Netflix series, but I’m not allowed to reveal any details about it yet, so stayed tuned! Both these projects should air later this year. This April, you can also see me in The Silence, on Netflix. Currently airing on Netflix, I play young Sara in the Black Mirror episode Arkangel, directed by the incredible Jodie Foster and I play Susie in the film Lavender.
How does a normal day in your life look like?
I wake up around 7:30 a.m. and get ready for school. I attend school and about an hour before school ends, I attend the school’s Arts & Media program for dance. If I have an audition, I leave school early and drive to Toronto with my dad. If I don’t have an audition, I go home after school, eat dinner and then get ready for my dance classes. I usually dance until 9:00 p.m. most nights of the week. When I return home from dance, I finish my homework and if I have time, I play on my phone for a bit. On the weekends, I have more dance classes and after, I enjoy going to the mall with my friends.
What has been the hardest part of your career?
The hardest part of my career is filming for long periods of time late into the night. When I finish, I usually have more lines to memorize for the next day, but I always pull through because I love what I do.
Best advice ever given?
When I was younger, my dad shared this quote with me by Constantin Stanislavski. “Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.” It’s a reminder that if you love to act, it doesn’t matter how big or small the part is, enjoy the chance to perform.
What’s your favorite show on T.V. right now?
My favourite show right now is Grey’s Anatomy because I find the storyline interesting.
What do you do when you have some free time?
I love being with my friends. My favourite place to hang out is the mall and I also love to go bowling or to the movies.
What is on your bucket list?
I would love to visit Los Angeles because the weather is warm and sunny and it looks glamorous. There are also more opportunities to act in L.A.
How would your best friend describe you?
I think my best friend would describe me as being enthusiastic, passionate, caring and supportive.
What quote do you live by?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi. I actually have this quote beside my bed.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday?
My idea of a perfect Sunday is sleeping in and waking up to the smell of bacon and eggs cooking. Then, I would love to have a family day doing something fun together.
What’s next for Sarah Abbott in 2019?
I am excited to see my new projects air in 2019. In the meantime, I will continue to audition for new projects. I am also starting the competitive dance season, so I will be attending various dance competitions.
Something people don’t know about you?
My first acting role was in a commercial for a lice removal product.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Happiness to me is being a good person, caring for others, and doing what you love no matter what others may say or think. Surround yourself with positive people.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Trendy and girly
What is your favorite healthy food?
Veggies and dip
And your favorite cheat food?
Bubble gum ice cream
What music do you like?
Pop music from around 2013-2015. I also like Ariana Grande
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Lili Reinhart because she is an amazing actress. She is currently acting on the Netflix series, Riverdale.
How important is Social Media for you?
Social Media is important to me because it connects you to your friends and you get to see what your favourite stars are doing.
Where we can follow you?
My Instagram is @sarah_abbott_
Do you support any charity?
I’m going to be helping my older sister sell chocolate bars in school to raise money for Qajuqturvik Food Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. Food in Northern Canada is very expensive because it has to be flown in from other parts of the country. Qajuqturvik Food Centre provides meals for people who are struggling to afford food.
Song: Imagine by Ariana Grande
Travel destination: LA
Movie: Wreck it Ralph 2
Actor/Actress: Lili Reinhart
Sports team: I’m not very interested in sports, but I do support Team Canada’s dance team.
Photo Credit: Lilly K.