Lexi Janicek

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Today, November 3rd, will see the release of Lexi Janicek’s project The Really Loud House on Nickelodeon and Paramount+, in which she plays the series regular role of Lisa Loud in the live-action version of Nickelodeon’s cartoon The Loud House, after originally playing the character in A Loud House Christmas in 2021. Amongst Lexi’s other projects, she voiced Rabbit in the Apple TV+ series Duck & Goose, which is based on the children’s books of the same name, played Young Jenny in Ordinary Joe and Goldie in Potter’s Ground, in both the short film and feature-length release. This month will also see Lexi play Young Alice (Kristen Bell) in Amazon’s feature film The People We Hate at the Wedding alongside Ben Platt and Alison Janney (as her mother), which releases November 18th, and she will be seen as Young Amber in Echo 3, airing weekly on Apple TV+, with a cast including Luke Evans. Recently, we talked to Lexi about her role of Lisa Loud in The Really Loud House, voicing Rabbit in Duck & Goose and her upcoming projects – The People We Hate at the Wedding and Echo 3.

You play the series regular role of Lisa Loud in the Nickelodeon/Paramount+ series The Really Loud House, what is she like to play?

I absolutely love playing Lisa Loud. She’s become a part of me now, even though we’re very different – especially in appearance. Lisa has crazy dark brown hair (that she cut herself!), she wears glasses and speaks with a lateral lisp, while I have long blonde hair, no glasses and no lisp! There’s definitely a physical transformation to becoming Lisa, but I think I actually have a little bit of Lisa in my personality. We’re similar in that we’re both rule followers, we both take school seriously and we both try to look at the facts before becoming too emotional.

Can you tell us about The Really Loud House and your character Lisa?

The Really Loud House is based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, The Loud House. The show revolves around Lincoln Loud, his very big (13 person!) family, his best friend Clyde and all of the funny situations they all find themselves in.

I play the role of Lisa Loud. She is the second youngest of the 11 kids and the genius of the family. She is very matter of fact and loves science. She even built her own robot, named Todd. She conducts a lot of experiments in her bedroom, but they don’t always go as planned. Similar to the cartoon, you’ll see an explosion or two from Lisa in the new series!

Had you seen the animated series The Loud House before auditioning for the live-action series and do you remember how you felt finding out you’d booked the role?

The Loud House animated series has been a popular show for most of my life, so yes, I had watched it before auditioning. I loved the fun characters and big family chaos. I think everyone can relate to at least a few of the characters in the show.

I was totally shocked when I booked the role of Lisa in The Loud House Christmas Movie. That was my first big SAG role so I was super excited! When my agent called, she said ‘Hi, can I speak with Lisa?’ I had no idea what to say because obviously my name is Lexi. That sounds sort of similar to Lisa, so I thought maybe she was confused!! I was awkwardly silent for a minute because I didn’t know what to say. Then she said ‘I’d like to speak to LISA LOUD please!’ My mouth just dropped when I realised that I had booked the role. I started celebrating and jumping up and down on my bed. Such a cool, memorable moment!!

How was it working with the rest of the cast and what was it like on set of the show?

It’s so awesome working with the rest of the cast on the show. We’re really lucky that we have such a great group of kids. Eight of us are between 11 and 15 so we’re pretty close in age and we all get along really well. We’ve actually been together so much (on set and off) for the past six months that it does kind of feel like we’re siblings now! We have a lot of laughs on set and a lot of fun together on the weekends too. I feel really lucky. It’s super fun to be a part of the Loud family.

Having first played Lisa in the 2021 TV movie A Loud House Christmas, how did you feel watching the completed film for the first time and what was it like seeing the viewers’ response to the release?

I couldn’t wait for The Loud House Christmas Movie last year! I knew it would be popular with kids who were already fans of the animated series because the characters really did ‘come to life’. But it was really exciting to see such an overwhelmingly positive response to the movie. The reaction was so great that Nickelodeon ordered an entire series of episodes! How cool is that? I can’t wait for fans to get to see the series!

Why would you recommend watching The Really Loud House and who do you think it will appeal to?

I think The Really Loud House is a great show for the whole family to watch together. It’s a Nickelodeon show so it’s mostly geared towards kids, but parents will definitely appreciate the wholesomeness of the show too. There are a lot of great moments that I think parents can relate to and will find funny. It has great characters, funny storylines and catchy songs that really appeal to everyone. It’s definitely a comedy, but the sweet family moments help bring the show to another level.

Later this month, you will be seen playing Young Alice (Kristen Bell) in the new Amazon feature film The People We Hate at the Wedding, what was it like to work on and can you tell us about the film?

The People We Hate at the Wedding looks hilarious. It has an amazing cast with Kristen Bell, Allison Janney and Ben Platt and it’s basically a movie about how they all cause problems and chaos at a family wedding. It was really cool to get to play the younger version of Kristen’s character, Alice. I got to have a bit of a tantrum in my role which was really fun! The production also had me fitted with blue coloured contacts! Kristen has blue eyes and mine are green so it was really neat to get to see myself with blue eyes for the first time. The movie starts streaming on November 18th!

Is there anything you enjoyed most about playing Young Alice and working on an Amazon release?

It’s fun to get to work on different networks and to act in different genres. The Really Loud House is a kid’s comedy, but The People We Hate at the Wedding is a grown-up comedy, so even though they’re both funny, they’re meant for different audiences. Playing Young Alice was really fun because I got to improv a little bit with my role. I had a good time with that, trying out different things and also interacting with Allison Janney, who plays my mom. That was cool.

📷 : Laura Janicek

Apple TV+ series Echo 3 is also premiering in November, in which you play the recurring role of Young Amber, can you tell us about your time filming for Echo 3?

Echo 3 is totally different from the other two projects – definitely not a comedy! It’s a military thriller about two Special Ops soldiers. I play the younger version of one of the main characters, Amber. When she was a child, she witnessed something really horrible that comes back to play a huge and scary role in her adult life. It was definitely the most dramatic and emotional role I’ve played. I was very emotionally into the scene while we were filming, but as soon as we cut, my mom was right there for lots of hugs and to make sure I was able to put it behind me and go back to my normal, happy state of mind.

What are you looking forward to for the release of the series, which airs weekly until the new year?

I’m excited for Echo 3 to air because it looks really intense and interesting and I really like Luke Evans (aka Gaston from Beauty and the Beast). We’ve always watched a lot of military and war-type movies in my house because I have three big brothers who have strong opinions about the movies we watch! I’m sure we’ll watch it together over the holidays. I’m really looking forward to that.

How was it voicing the role of Rabbit in the Apple TV+ series Duck & Goose?

Duck & Goose is an animated series based on the popular Duck & Goose children’s books. The episodes have great messages for kids about friendship and conflict resolution. Voice acting is a bit different from live acting, but the funny thing is that even though you’re not physically seen on camera, you still need to use your whole body during your performance. It’s the only way to really get your emotions and energy to come through in your voice. I think that’s kind of interesting and something people may not realise. The show is really sweet and I love getting to see myself as an animated rabbit!

Can you tell us about some of the other projects you’ve worked on, which has included Ordinary Joe and Potter’s Ground?

In Ordinary Joe, I was cast as the younger version of Elizabeth Lail’s character, Jenny. That was the first time I ever saw myself on network television, which was really fun. I love getting to play the younger version of such talented actresses!

Potter’s Ground is a western thriller that was shot mostly in Tennessee and Kentucky. I first played the role of Goldie in a short version of the film. The short film went on to win an award that included funding to make a feature length movie. I was so grateful to be brought back as Goldie for the feature length film about a year later! I’m really grateful for that role because it provided me with my first IMDb credit and my first reel footage, which helped me get started in the industry.

Where does your love of acting come from and how did you start?

I honestly don’t know where my love of acting comes from. I think I was just born with it because my family is definitely more of a sports-type family. I’m the only person in the entertainment industry. For years I would turn out the family room lights and make one of my brothers hold a flashlight (aka spotlight!) on me so I could perform for the family on the coffee table/stage. I even made posters to advertise around the house and created little ‘tickets’ that they needed to enter my show – so funny.

I got started in the industry when one of my friends was doing a little nursery rhyme web series. My mom recognised my interest in performing and thought that would be a fun activity for me. Ultimately the other mom referred us to a local talent agency. We thought the web series was something you could just sign up for like soccer or ballet, but that’s obviously not how it works! We eventually started working with that talent agency and things progressed from there.

What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch?

I love Stranger Things! Who doesn’t? It’s just so good! I love all of the characters, but I think my favourite characters are Joyce and Hopper. I also really like the Harry Potter movies. We watched them together as a family and I was sad when we finished the last movie! It’s fun to get a little attached to characters that you like in different movies and shows. I also watch some reality type shows like Survivor and Is it Cake?. The cakes on that show are absolutely insane. They look so real! Some of my favourite cake designs were a suitcase, checkers board and a toy elephant. So cool.

How do you like to spend your time away from acting?

When I’m not working, I spend time with my friends and compete with my gymnastics team back home. That’s kind of my main after school sports activity. I like to do arts and crafts-type projects and cook and bake too. Like most kids, I also like to watch TV and play video games and, of course, spend time with my family.

What are you hoping the upcoming year brings for you?

I hope the upcoming year brings lots of fun and happiness! I would also love for The Really Loud House to get a second season. We’ve had such a good time filming, I don’t want it to end! It would be awesome to get to come back for more episodes in 2023.

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