Since Series 1 of Disney’s Secrets of Sulphur Springs was released last year, Elle Graham has starred as Savannah Dillon for her first series regular character, and she has recently finished filming Series 3, which will have a 2023 release. At the first-ever Children’s & Family Emmy’s, Secrets of Sulphur Springs has been nominated for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series, with the winner announced at the ceremony on December 11th. This month, Elle can be seen playing Gracie in feature film She Said, which is released in the UK on Friday, and she will play Nancy Wheeler in the screen adaptation of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret next year. Amongst Elle’s previous projects, she has played Susie Coyle in the DC series Swamp Thing and appeared in The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, The Originals and Trial By Fire. Speaking to Elle, she answered our questions about filming as Savannah Dillon for Disney’s Secrets of Sulphur Springs, playing Gracie in feature film She Said and her time on set of next year’s release of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Can you tell us about your character Savannah Dillon in the Disney series Secrets of Sulphur Springs and what is she like to play?
Savannah is an exciting, happy, and silly character! She loves to prank people and is brave, although very cautious when it comes to ghosts. I enjoy playing her silly moments and her serious ones too.
Do you remember how you felt finding out you’d booked the role and how is it having Savannah as your first series regular character?
I was through the roof with excitement once I found out I had booked Savannah, I’m pretty sure my mom has a video somewhere of me crying once I found out! I felt so lucky and excited. I am so blessed to have Savannah as my first series regular character because she is such a fun character to play and the cast and crew are amazing on Secrets of Sulphur Springs.
What is it like working with the rest of the cast and how is it on set of the show?
The cast and crew are like a second family, I love all of my friends on the show and we hang out when we aren’t rolling too. In between takes, we talk to the crew and laugh with each other or tell our theories to Chuck and Tracy (writers).
Is there anything you enjoy most about filming for a Disney series and what’s it like seeing the fan response to Secrets of Sulphur Springs?
I enjoy filming a Disney series because everyone is so nice and like one big family. Seeing the fan response is so heartwarming, it feels nice to know that all of our hard work is being appreciated and loved. I love to see that people love our show!
You have recently finished filming for the upcoming Series 3, what was it like returning to film new episodes?
It’s always great to see everyone after not seeing them for so long, so when we heard there was a Season 3 I was so excited. I love reading all of the scripts, it’s like reading your favourite book series. I miss everyone on set and hope to see them again soon!
What are some of your favourite memories from filming Secrets of Sulphur Springs and playing Savannah so far?
The first season I ran so much through the bayou and it was so HOT! Watching that back was fun. I love all the behind the scenes jokes and laughter with the cast and crew. I love the campfire and spooky scenes. I honestly have a hard time picking favourites because I love everything!!
It’s been announced that you will be playing Gracie in the upcoming feature film She Said, what was it like to work on and what was Gracie like to play?
I loved working on She Said, it was a very welcoming set and it tells an important story. I enjoyed playing Gracie’s serious moments and playing that more emotional role.
Next year, you will be playing Nancy Wheeler in the screen adaptation of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, is there anything you can tell us about your time filming for this project and was there anything that drew you to the role?
Filming for Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was such a fun role to play. I’ve never played a more bold role before. I had the best time wearing 70s clothing and hanging out with all of the girls (and the guys)! I loved working with the director and the crew! That truly was an amazing experience.
What are you looking forward to for the release of both feature films and who do you think they will appeal to?
I am very excited to see Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to see how everybody’s hard work came together! Margaret is definitely a film for all ages, She Said is a film more for adults. She Said was a really quick project that I worked on, but the director was wonderful and I loved filming in New York! I’m super excited to see the film!
What was it like filming as Susie Coyle in Swamp Thing and how was it working on a DC series?
I was the only kid on set filming Swamp Thing. I loved putting on gross makeup and getting to swim. The food was also the best seafood I’ve ever had. I enjoyed working on a DC series because DC comics are iconic and I had a blast!
You played Winnie in a Series 9 episode of The Walking Dead, how did you find the experience on set of the show?
Filming on The Walking Dead was so fun because I got to learn how to use a bow and arrow, I got to see all of the zombies eating lunch, and it was an intense storyline that was really fun to film.
Can you tell us about your time filming your episode of Stranger Things as Sara Hopper and how was it being part of the cast in Series 1?
To be honest, I was really young when I filmed Stranger Things, and I don’t remember much. But I’m so grateful to be a part of this epic series.
What do you remember most from playing Young Freya in The Originals?
I think I was around five or six when I played Freya in The Originals. I don’t remember much, but I remember getting along with all the cast and loving them.
Over your acting career so far, you have worked on a number of other projects including Trial By Fire, Mile 22 and Captive, can you say about some of them?
I was too young to remember Captive, but my mom has many funny stories from it. Trial By Fire and Mile 22, I was on for a short time, but I loved the experience as always.
Where does your love of acting come from and how did you get into it?
I have always loved to dress up and put on shows for my family and friends. I’ve always been an entertainer. It all started when my mom got an audition for a commercial and she brought me along and instead of her booking the commercial I got it. Even though I was just four years old, I knew from then on I wanted to pursue this career. My mom always tells me if I don’t want to do it anymore, I don’t have to, but I LOVE acting!
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch and how do you like to spend your time away from acting?
I like hanging out with my two best friends, Josie and Mj once I come home. I love singing, dancing, drawing, and annoying my siblings. I like doing local theatre here in North Carolina. I love horror movies, and movies from the 90s. Right now, my favourite series is Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix.
What are you hoping the upcoming year brings for your career?
I’m hoping in the next year I will be able to do a dramatic film and have more opportunities to work!!
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