Multi-talented teenager Ellie Ellsworth has recently appeared on screens in the festive Netflix movie 48 Christmas Wishes in her role as Emma. Having also appeared on stage as Tessie in Annie at the Randolph Theatre, Toronto, you can find Ellie continually uploading music to her website and YouTube channel. Taking time out to talk to us, we chat all things acting, music and live performances.
What was the auditioning process like for the role of Emma in 48 Christmas Wishes?
They actually had us audition to be an elf and I submitted a self-tape. I guess they liked my audition and I got a call back to come in and do a table read for the role of Emma with all of the other actors.
Was this your first professional acting role?
Yes. I had only ever been in school plays before landing the role of Emma.
What was the experience like on set?
Being on the set of 48 Christmas Wishes was awesome and lots of fun. I really enjoyed getting to know the other cast members and keep in touch with most of them still.
What age did you get into music?
I’ve been singing since I was young, but started taking vocal lessons when I was nine. When I was really young, I took a couple of piano lessons, but I don’t think I was ready to get serious.
Can you see your future career in acting, singing or both?
I’m not really sure, I guess I just like performing. I still don’t have any plans. I’m still young and I don’t think it would be bad to try out lots of stuff and let whatever happens, happen.
Have you ever been to the UK and do you have any future plans to visit?
I’ve never been outside of North America. It would definitely be fun to visit the UK.
What was it like appearing in the musical Annie at the Randolph Theatre?
Being in Annie was awesome! We just finished the run last weekend. Being in Annie was a big step up from the school plays I had been a part of. I just started high school when I joined the cast of Annie, so it has been challenging balancing school and all the work it takes to be part of a professional production. I really loved working with all of the other girls and cast members. Two of my favorite memories were seeing the amazing sets for the first time and performing in front of a live audience when we opened.
How long were you in rehearsals for?
The auditions for Annie were held in September and once the cast was selected we started into four hour rehearsals on both days of the weekend for two months. As we got closer to the production, we started to have additional rehearals, with a very busy “tech week” and dress rehearals right before the show.
What can you tell us about your character?
I played Tessie, who is one of the orphans. She is known for her catchphrase, “Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness!” and she swings from being happy one minute and worrywart the next. I would have been happy playing any of the orphans, but being Tessie was fun.
What would be your dream stage show to act in?
Now that I have performed in Annie as an orphan and Annie, I think it would be awesome to play Miss Hannigan when I’m grown up.
What can you tell us about Girl Pow-R?
Girl Pow-R is a pop rock group for empowering girls. They write music, sing and dance. Once the group was selected, we worked hard to be stage ready. With the group I performed at least once a week on stage at a ton of venues, and it really helped me improve my stage presence. It was a ton of work, but a great experience.
Apart from guitar, can you play any other instruments?
Yes, I can play ukulele (self-taught). I dabble with percussion and piano too.
What can people expect from your live performances?
Lots of acoustic covers. I play guitar and sing in what most people call the singer/songwriter style.
Are there any UK artists that you enjoy listening to?
Ed Sheeran and Birdy to name a couple. I have covered songs from both of them.
Would you consider entering talent shows like The X Factor?
I wouldn’t rule any opportunity out, but I am not a big fan of contests.
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