Young actress Alice Bishop-Skinner last year filmed for her role as Carly in the upcoming season of award-winning Netflix Original series Free Rein. In 2018, Alice also wrapped on a new TV series titled The Athena playing the character of Nancy and recently attended the show’s premiere at BAFTA. Answering our questions, Alice tells us more about her work on Free Rein, filming for The Athena and attending theatre productions.
What encouraged you to get into acting and what was your first role?
In primary school I got the part of Boudicca in an assembly about the Vikings and was so pleased that I learnt all my lines in one night. I remember really enjoying the part and started to love acting from that moment.
Apart from acting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I like playing basketball and looking after friends’ dogs because I’m not allowed my own! I quite like eating chocolate too!
What was the experience like filming for Free Rein?
It was amazing, I loved being around the horses, although sometimes they would poo at the wrong moment which was quite funny! Also, there were quite a few children on set so I made some great friends and the crew and cast were all so lovely.
Had you watched the show previously?
I hadn’t, but as soon as I got the audition I started watching it. It’s great!
How long after auditioning did you find out you’d got the role?
It was about two weeks after I think. I usually try to forget about my auditions so I don’t get my hopes up but I was very excited about this one because I loved the part.
What did you enjoy most about filming and how long were you on the set?
I filmed over six or seven weeks on and off. I enjoyed everything about filming: the acting, the cast, the crew, the horses and having a laugh with the drivers.
Are you allowed to say anything about your character Carly?
I don’t think I can tell you too much but I can say I loved her choice in clothing!
How did you spend your time in between takes?
I was being tutored or if I had free time I played tag around set with all the other kids – although we had to try and be quiet so we didn’t disturb the filming!
Can you tell us about The Athena and your role as Nancy?
I loved filming The Athena – everyone was so nice. I like the contrast between this role and my role as Carly. Nancy has more emotional scenes and I really enjoyed acting them.
What was it like attending the premiere?
It was so amazing! I loved seeing the cast again after not having seen them for a few months and three years back I couldn’t have imagined myself going to a BAFTA premiere.
How was it seeing the finished production for the first time?
The finished production was brilliant and it was really interesting to see the transformation from the set to the screen. I loved how it was funny and sad and had a bit of everything in it. I would watch it even if I wasn’t in it!
How much fun was it to film?
It was so much fun, I’d never done it before and I loved every minute!
What shows do you enjoy watching on TV?
I love TV! I really like The Good Place and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Do you enjoy attending theatre shows, if so, what’s the last one you watched?
I love theatre shows but I don’t see them very much as they are quite expensive so it’s a treat when I get to go. The most recent one I watched was Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, I absolutely loved it and it’s one of my favourites. I highly recommend it.
How do you prepare for a role?
I try to put myself in the character’s shoes and not just act as them but become them. I take time to think about how I would feel in their situation and try and bring those feelings to my acting.
Are you filming for any projects in the near future?
I don’t have any jobs lined up but I have had a few auditions and I enjoy those as I get tips from the casting directors and I learn new things.
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