For her first major screen role, Caylee Blosenski plays Harley Baker in the Disney+ reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen, alongside a cast including Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union, which saw her attend the world premiere at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Caylee has worked on a number of commercials including for Barbie, has been a co-host on a Saturday morning educational children’s show, along with recording as Marty Cavanaugh for the podcast Last Known Position. Having started performing at a young age in theatre, Caylee has appeared in many stage shows and, alongside acting, she has a modelling career. We spoke to Caylee about booking her first major screen role in the Disney+ reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen, being cast as Harley Baker in the film and working on the podcast Last Known Position as Marty Cavanaugh.
You play Harley Baker in the new Disney+ reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen, can you tell us about your character and what is she like to play?
My character Harley is very sarcastic and outgoing, she’s also not afraid to speak her mind which I definitely can relate to; so I would say Harley and I have some similarities. It was so fun for me to play her, because I could relate to her. I was also in a wheelchair for one-and-a-half years of my life so I understand that part of Harley as well.
Why would you recommend watching the film and who do you think it will appeal to?
I really encourage families to watch this film! Cheaper by the Dozen represents what a real family looks like. It also shows how families definitely aren’t perfect. This movie is a good reflection that many families come in all different shapes and sizes.
How much did you know about the original Cheaper by the Dozen film before auditioning and how did it feel booking the role?
I was a huge fan of the 2003 Cheaper by the Dozen film, and grew up watching it with my friends and family. When I first found out about this remake I was so excited, and after reading the script for the first time, I instantly fell in love. I was full of excitement and thankfulness when my manager told me about booking the role.
What do you remember from your first day on set and meeting the rest of the cast for the first time?
When we were all first introduced to each other, I remember all of us instantly connecting with one another. We would all hang out almost every day, and made so many fun memories. Each of the cast members have such amazing personalities, and everyone was also so kind and we all looked out for one another. I’m beyond grateful I met the cast members, and they all became like a second family.
How did you find the experience attending the film premiere?
The premiere was so unreal, and something that I’ve been dreaming of attending for years now. The carpet was everything I pictured it and more. Being able to get all dressed up made me feel like a real life Disney princess. Seeing the movie come together with the cast and my family was such an amazing feeling, because everyone’s hard work definitely paid off!
How has it been having Harley as your first major screen role and what’s it been like seeing the viewers’ response to the release?
I’m so grateful and couldn’t ask for anything more. Playing Harley for my first major film was so fun, and the filming experience was so positive for me. After the release of Cheaper by the Dozen, myself and my character Harley received so much support, and that was such a great feeling! Children and adults falling in love with my character and the movie in general was so nice to see, since we all worked so hard on this film.
What are some of your favourite memories from your time filming Cheaper by the Dozen?
That is a tough one… because I had so many! One colder night we finished a scene and all went and got hot chocolate together. Another time we had a food truck on set. So I guess food was a good memory! Another fun moment would be a scene I had – my head had to peek out of the shower curtain. The shampoo on my hair was actually shaving cream which made for a lot of off-camera fun!
Can you tell us about the podcast Last Known Position and what was it like to work on?
I think working on a podcast is really fun. Bringing a character to life with a voice is a whole different experience. I have always loved action and horror. Playing Marty, who was going though a horrible accident, was a new one for me. I enjoyed playing the role because of the intensity.
Was there anything you enjoyed most about playing Marty Cavanaugh in the podcast?
I enjoyed her sense of humour. I like how the character was a bit crass but then started to have some understanding of her mother. There definitely were some intense moments to explore voice-wise. I like that!
We understand you’ve performed in theatre, can you say more about this?
I started doing theatre at our local theatre. They would host the Children’s Missoula Traveling Theatre every year there. I started doing those around age five. Our town also has a Theatre Guild. I did theatre productions through them as well and local summer theatre at our local university. The summer before my fifth grade I did a summer camp at theatre too. Through my elementary years, I also did musicals and plays at my church.
How did you get into acting and is it something you always wanted to do?
I was one of those kids that just really loved to dress up and sing on stage as a little girl. I was always putting on shows at home for family to watch. My dad ended up building a stage in our house at age three because my sister and I kept putting on shows. My mom reached out to an agent when I was ten. Things just started to happen from there.
What are some of your favourite TV shows and films to watch and how do you like to spend your time away from acting?
Growing up, I was a big fan of Stuck in the Middle and Teen Beach Movie. I still really enjoy watching comedy. Another genre I really like is horror. I hope to have a role some day in a horror film! Other things I like to do are: I love to wakeboard, snow ski, snowmobile, AVT, boat, camp, travel, interior design, go hunting at thrift stores and sightsee.
Do you have any other projects you’ve worked on that you can tell us about, including commercials, acting and voiceover?
I was in a Barbie commercial a couple of years ago that was really fun for me to do in Austin, TX. It was released during the Kid’s Choice Awards. Growing up and watching that award show and then seeing the commercial during the award show was really neat. I was a co-host on a kids Saturday morning educational show which highlighted the dairy industry. It was fun (and entertaining) being on set at farms with tons of cows. I really have a passion for modelling. I have done two national Claire’s campaigns. I really just love being in front of the camera for all types of modelling.
What do you hope 2022 brings for your career?
I hope to continue with both modelling and acting. A role in a horror film would be amazing. A dream of mine would be to model high fashion on the runway some day.
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