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.
What was the audition like for your role of Chloe Reeves in CBBC’s The Dumping Ground and how long did you have to wait to find out if you’d booked the role?
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. I then had to wait three weeks, and it was all that was on my mind!
Had you seen the show before being cast in Series 4?
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 did you feel when getting ready to film 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.
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.
Have you had any funny or embarrassing moments on set you can tell us about?
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.
You’ve previously filmed an episode of Casualty as Molly Cubie, how did you find the experience being on set?
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.
When did you start acting and how did you get into it?
When I was five, I joined a local drama group and performed in shows. I loved it!
We understand you also love music, have you always been interested in it and what music do you enjoy listening to?
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. 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 and which has been 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!
Would you like to have 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.
You have also played basketball previously, do you still find time to play?
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.
Last year, you were nominated at the Young Scot Awards, how did this feel and what was it like attending 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.
Is acting something you want to continue with as an adult, or do you have another career in mind?
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.
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