Early in her acting career, Calah Lane’s first commercial was broadcast at the AT&T Stadium in front of the Dallas Cowboys fans, and she booked her first acting role at the age of four as Molly in Annie Kids! on stage. Calah stars as the lead character in award-winning short film Bad Things, and she will soon be seen in the American TV series Kidding alongside Jim Carrey, playing the role of Denny’s daughter, which premiered earlier this month. Sitting down to answer our questions, Calah chats to us about starting her acting career, musical theatre and being on set of Kidding.
How did you get into performing?
From age two you could find me performing for anyone I could around the house. It was when I turned four that I got my chance to audition for my first performance experience which was for a stage play.
What do you remember about your first musical theatre performance?
My first theatre performance was an ‘Annie Kids!’ production. I played the lead role Molly. I remember Annie Kids! being my very first time I had ever auditioned. I was four years old and I sang and did a monologue in front of a crowd of people.
Would you like to do more musical productions?
Yes, I would love to! My favourite TV musicals are The Greatest Showman and Annie (TV and stage).
Do you attend theatre school?
Even though I am homeschooled, I am also in a very iconic Musical Theatre program this year!
Do you enjoy watching stage shows and have you seen any recently?
I really enjoy watching stage shows. Live stage shows are fun! I haven’t seen any recently, but I can’t wait to see another one very soon!
What was it like having your commercial played at AT&T Stadium?
Having a commercial play at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium was an incredible experience! The first time I went to see the commercial play during a game, the employees of the stadium recognised me and took pictures. It has since been seen by over a million fans!
Is there anything you can tell us about Bad Things?
Bad Things was my first lead role in a film. It is about an eight-year-old girl on scholarship at an elite private school who starts to doubt the hard work it takes to get ahead. I’m so excited about it! It has been circulating in Film Festivals across the country and has already won two awards!
What’s it like on set of Kidding and working alongside Jim Carrey?
Working with Jim on set of Kidding was a fun experience. The director was so easy to work with along with my on-screen dad.
Had you seen any of Jim Carrey’s work previously?
Jim Carrey is so funny and is actually my mom’s favourite actor! She introduced me to a lot of his films such as Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, and The Grinch That Stole Christmas.
How long were you filming for the role of Denny’s daughter?
It took less than a week to film all my scenes.
Where did you film for Against All Enemies?
Not sure if production wants location released, but when they do you will be the first to know!
Did you spend much time with Anna Kendrick when you filmed for the ‘Chris Morris Project’?
I was able to spend some time with Anna Kendrick. We had a few moments sharing laughs and hugs. She is so sweet and I would absolutely love to work on another project with her!
What future roles do you have booked that you are able to tell us about?
I’m always so excited about what is to come. Right now, I don’t have any upcoming booked projects, but you can see me next in Kidding, premiering in US on ShowTime September 9th.
Do you have a favourite actor you would like to work alongside?
Since one of my new loves is musical theatre, I think it would be a dream to work with Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman from The Greatest Showman.
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