For her first series regular role, Jordyn Curet plays Shamiah in the American sitcom Home Economics, which has recently aired its third series and is currently streaming on Paramount+ in the United Kingdom. Last year, Jordyn could be seen playing Rosemary in the HBO Max film Holiday Harmony, and she has previously worked on projects including the multi-award-winning film Marriage Story as Molly, Disney’s Raven’s Home as recurring guest star Alexandra, and Bizaardvark as Savannah alongside Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu. Jordyn filmed for over 40 episodes of Life Hacks for Kids with DreamWorks and, away from acting, she runs her own non-profit organisation – Jordyn’s Joy – which holds fundraisers for local and national foundations. Catching up with Jordyn, we found out about playing Shamiah in Home Economics, filming for Holiday Harmony and being a guest star on Disney’s Raven’s Home.
You play the regular role of Shamiah in Home Economics, can you tell us about the character and was there anything that drew you to the show?
Shamiah is a young teenager, who loves her family, is very expressive about her opinions, and overall is a really sweet girl. In Season 3, she becomes more independent and starts to become a bit more insecure as to how her friends view her. I was drawn to the show’s diversity and how my character has two moms. The focus of the show is the togetherness of three families despite each family’s economic differences.
How did you feel finding out you’d booked the role and what do you remember from your first day on set?
I felt overjoyed, especially because it was my first series regular. Besides being very excited, I was also a bit nervous. My first day on set was so exciting as I had the opportunity to meet my co-stars. Walking into my trailer with my name labelled in front of it was a surreal moment.
What do you enjoy most about being part of Home Economics and what is it like working with the rest of the cast?
I really enjoy working with the cast and the entire crew. Everyone who has contributed to the overall show has been so important to me. It has been so wonderful to have filmed three seasons with my cast. We all have grown so much and the chemistry is very natural.
How do you find the experience filming for the show and what has it been like developing Shamiah over the three series aired?
I feel the experience has been really a great learning opportunity and I had the chance to grow with Shamiah from an 11 year old to now a 14 year old.
What are some of your favourite highlights from playing Shamiah in Home Economics so far and why would you recommend watching the series?
My favourite highlights of playing Shamiah have been when Shamiah had a sleepover with her friends and we talked about my character’s love interest. It was great having some additional kids on set that day. I recommend that people watch Home Economics because we all can relate to each of the family dynamics with a comedy take.
In the 2022 HBO Max film Holiday Harmony, you play Rosemary, can you tell us about the film and about your time working on the project?
Holiday Harmony is about an upcoming singer, who booked an iHeartRadio gig and is on her way to Los Angeles. Her van then breaks down in Oklahoma, where she ends up teaching a music class of five students, including my character Rosemary. She helps the students find their voice through music.
I loved working on this project, because I was able to incorporate both acting and singing to my role. Many people may not know this about me but I also sing as well. It was fun being in a recording studio and making some music that went along with the movie.
What was it like attending the HBO Max premiere and watching the completed film for the first time?
The premiere was so wonderful to attend. Besides the red carpet, the entire event turned into a holiday experience with food, hot cocoa and a Santa photo experience.
Watching the completed film on a big screen was incredible to see.
How was it playing Jacara in Lilly’s Light: The Movie?
Jacara was a great role that I had the opportunity to play when I was eight years old. It was the first time I had the chance to act and sing.
In Series 3 of Disney’s Raven’s Home, you played the role of Alexandra, what was it like on set and how was it joining the cast for your episodes?
Playing Alexandra on Raven’s Home was a blast. I loved her character and since it evolved into a recurring guest star role, it was the first opportunity I had to be invited back several times on a show. Having the chance to work with the entire cast and crew was truly a fabulous experience. Working with Raven-Symoné was a dream come true.
Do you have any stand-out memories from filming the multi-award-winning film Marriage Story as Molly alongside a cast including Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and what was it like seeing the film’s success?
Filming that movie was so incredible. I am so happy about the success it received. My favourite memory was sitting in the back seat of the car with Adam Driver during a scene and he forgot I was sitting there. He started cursing as he was telling a funny story. When he realised I was there, we all started laughing.
What do you remember most from guest starring in an episode of Bizaardvark in 2017 as Savannah?
Bizaardvark was my first TV show audition and booking. Truly, I will never forget that experience. Having the chance to work with Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu was incredible. Besides being so talented, they were the sweetest girls to be around.
Your performance in Bizaardvark won you Best Guest Starring Young Actress 13 & Under – Television Series at the 2018 Young Entertainer Awards, and you’ve been nominated for other Young Entertainer Awards for your roles in the short film Child Support, Raven’s Home and Lilly’s Light: The Movie, how does this feel?
Thank you so much! I am so honoured to have been acknowledged for my roles by the YEA awards and won four times. It meant a lot to me. I am hoping for more to come.
Can you tell us about your time working on Life Hacks for Kids?
Working on Life Hacks was super fun. I filmed over 40 episodes of the show with DreamWorks and it was a blast to work on figuring out different hacks kids like me can try at home.
Over your career so far, you have been involved with a number of other projects including a recurring role in The Neighborhood, Black Widow, short films, music and commercials, can you say about some of them?
Playing each role was such an honour. I love bringing a character to life because I get to figure out my vision of each character. I have auditioned and received numerous NOs, but always thankful to the ones that have said “yes”.
Where does your love of acting come from and how did you get into it?
From an early age, my fascination for TV, movies and music always intrigued me. I loved watching the characters and bonding with them to the point I was acting alongside them with family and friends. This led to me getting my feet wet in musical theatre then starting dance classes, which then led to acting training. Having a strong foundation of theatre, dance, and acting classes helped me tremendously.
What are some of your favourite films and TV shows to watch and how do you like to spend your time away from your career?
My current favourite TV shows I am binging are That ’90s Show, iCarly, and Good Luck Charlie. I also like watching Freaky Friday with Lindsay Lohan and The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway.
We understand you are involved with charity work, can you tell us about this?
Yes, I have been a big advocate of giving back to your community for many years. I even created a non-profit organisation called Jordyn’s Joy that does various fundraisers for local and national foundations, ie: donating books and toys to kids and families in need. I feel it is important to support our local communities and especially during these hard times. I am trying to use my platform to inspire other kids on how they can make a difference in the world.
What are you hoping 2023 brings for you?
I am looking forward to working on some incredible opportunities and working with some of the industry’s best actors. Currently on my vision board is to meet and work with Zendaya. Talk about goals, am I right?
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