The Dumping Ground actress Hannah Moncur has appeared on screen as regular character Chloe Reeves, the younger sister of Ryan Reeves, since February 2016. As a keen basketball player, Hannah has represented Scotland in the Lord’s Taverners National Junior Wheelchair Championships. Alongside her acting career, she enjoys playing music and you can regularly find her uploading short covers to her Instagram. Taking time out, we talk all things The Dumping Ground, music and her future career.
When did you know you wanted to go into acting?
When I was five, I joined a local drama group and performed in shows. I loved it!
What was the audition like for your role of Chloe in The Dumping Ground?
I was so nervous! I had to do two auditions and after the first one, I was called back to do another audition with Lewis Hamilton who plays my brother, Ryan in The Dumping Ground. I was so worried but when I got in there I just did my best and performed my lines.
Was there a long wait to find out if you had got the role?
Yes, I had to wait three weeks, and it was all that was on my mind!
Did you watch the show before you were cast in it?
I watched the show when I was younger so when I was cast it was absolutely amazing to meet the cast and become a part of it.
How would you describe Chloe and her brother Ryan’s relationship?
Chloe and Ryan have a good relationship. Although they don’t always see eye to eye they usually always rely on each other in the end and they are there for each other. Although Ryan is Chloe’s big brother, Chloe is usually the one looking out for Ryan.
Were you nervous filming your first scene?
I was so nervous. I thought that I would forget my lines or do something stupid but the cast and crew were so nice and welcoming so I felt better after a while.
Have you had any funny or embarrassing moments on set?
Funny and embarrassing things are constantly happening on set! Usually, someone will do something and I will just laugh and when I start laughing I can’t stop! I did once keep messing up on a certain line and couldn’t stop laughing and it was very embarrassing.
How did you find being on the set of Casualty?
Being on the set of Casualty was such an amazing experience because Casualty is one of my favourite programmes. Everyone was so nice and I loved having a part in it.
Would you like to do more guest roles in similar shows?
Definitely, I love playing different roles and would definitely love to do some more guest roles.
Have you always been interested in music?
Since I was very young I have always loved music. My favourite band was Queen and it’s all I listened to! I started playing the piano when I was seven and I also started singing lessons shortly after that.
Who do you enjoy listening to?
My favourite kind of music is rock and metal. I love drums and guitar and I just think that that kind of music is so amazing.
Do you get chance to go to many concerts, if so, who’s your most recent?
I very recently went to see Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides. It was the best concert I have ever been to because the atmosphere was just amazing. I have never been to anything like it before and will definitely go again!
Could you see yourself having a music career alongside acting?
I play the piano and the guitar and I think I would like a career in music. Ever since I bought my guitar I haven’t stopped playing it and it’s my favourite thing to do.
What was it like being nominated for the Young Scot Awards and did you attend the ceremony?
I was so honoured to be nominated for the Young Scot Awards and it was an amazing night and my family and I had an amazing time. I met a lot of my favourite Scottish actors and actresses.
Do you still find time to play basketball and do you enjoy watching it?
I try and play basketball whenever I can but things get very busy. I still love it though and whenever I go back, I always get a very warm welcome from everyone.
Where can you see your future career, acting, music, sports or a different venture?
After getting a role in The Dumping Ground I know I definitely want to continue my acting career but there are so many different things I want to do so I haven’t really decided yet.
Catch new episodes of The Dumping Ground on CBBC on Fridays at 5:00pm.
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