Young actress Molly Jackson has been working in TV and film, most recently being seen in Disney series Andi Mack in the role of Iris. Molly also starred in the 2015 psychological thriller Circle which can currently be watched on Netflix. Talking to us recently about her ever-growing career, we find out about how she started in acting, her love of animals and what it’s like at a red carpet event.
You play the role of Iris on Disney series Andi Mack, what’s it like on set of the show?
It is a lot of fun. I love being on location and getting to travel for work. The crew is so nice and brings a really upbeat attitude to set.
It’s been announced a character in Andi Mack will come out as gay, how do you feel about being part of an important topic?
I am honoured.
Can you tell us about your character Paige in American Vandal on Netflix?
She’s your average teenager. She likes to get into the gossip.
In 2015, you were part of feature film Circle, how long did it take to film and was it fun to film?
It took two weeks. It was a lot of fun getting to work with all adults.
Having had a guest role in Series 3 of Austin & Ally, were you a fan of the show before you filmed it?
I had watched it a bit before I was on it. I really enjoyed the singing concept involved. It was a fun set to be a part of.
You have also worked in voiceover, do you have to get into character for this type of project?
It depends on the role. Sometimes it’s my voice and personality, but other times it’s a total character.
What would you say has been the most challenging role you’ve had so far?
Katie from Circle. It was one of my first dramatic roles, so it was a challenge pulling from that range of emotions, at the time.
Have you ever performed in any stage shows?
I started on stage for about two years, and did about a dozen shows. It was so much fun, and I would LOVE to do more in the future.
What’s the experience like walking the red carpet at events?
I have done about two dozen red carpets by now, and I think I have gotten even more awkward. They are fun after you have finished the carpet, but the carpet itself is a lot of pressure. Hopefully it gets easier, haha.
Was there anything that inspired you to get into acting and when did you start?
As soon as I watched The Sound of Music I knew acting was what I wanted to do. I started at an acting summer camp when I was five, and never stopped.
What TV shows do you enjoy watching?
All sorts, but currently it is The Vampire Diaries. My all-time favourite is The Office, US version.
Have you ever visited the UK?
I visited London when I was six. I loved it, and want to go back soon.
We understand you have a love for animals, have you always loved them?
Yes, I have. I have always had a dog in my life, and at one point I had six. We have had reptiles, spiders, fish, crabs, birds, rabbits and dogs. I really want a cat.
Do you enjoy music and can you play any instruments?
I really love music. Up until five months ago I never listened to it or was up to date on it, but then all of a sudden a flip switched. I realised that it really helped with my anxiety, so now if I don’t have it playing I feel weird. I have been playing the ukulele for about a year, and plan on learning the guitar soon.
Have you got any acting roles coming up that you can tell us about?
I am currently waiting to hear if a pilot I filmed gets picked up, so as soon as I can share anything, I will!
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