Nine-year-old child star Sage Correa talks about filming the thriller "Kidnap" starring Halle Berry, and getting thrown into a car by Chris Mcginn. Also Sage tell us about voicing Pig Pen in "Peanuts" TV show.
Congratulations on your leading role in the film “Kidnap.” It’s exciting you got to play Halle Berry’s son in this action-packed thriller! Tell us about your role and the audition process for this film.
The character I play is named Frankie. He is 6 years old which is what I was at the time. He's a good kid and very close with his mom. One day while they are at the park, he gets kidnapped. His mom sees and chases the kidnappers down. There is a lot of action. It's crazy! The audition process was intense. It took lots of callbacks and a chemistry read with Halle herself. The whole process took about one month.
You filmed for multiple months on location in New Orleans. What was it like filming in New Orleans, and can you tell us some fun stories from filming “Kidnap” and from exploring New Orleans?
I loved the time I spent in New Orleans! The food, the people and the music were amazing! My favorite part was spending time with my family that lives there because that is where my family is originally from. I got to eat red beans and rice almost everyday which is my favorite food and hear some great jazz at Preservation Hall. A lot of people think that Kidnap was scary for me to film because I was so young and it's a thriller.
Actually, I had a lot of fun on set with the crew and other cast members. The funniest thing happened on the first day of filming when Chris Mcginn had to throw me into the car. She played one of the kidnappers. After she threw me in the backseat, I cried and cried. She was so worried that I was actually hurt, but when they yelled "cut", I jumped out of the car with a big smile on my face!
You got to work alongside Halle Berry. What are some of the things you learned from her, the cast and crew, and from your experiences while working on this film?
Halle was super nice and fun to work with. She talked to me about how to get into character and really become Frankie. She said I needed to think of things in my real life that make me scared. That was hard to do because I'm not scared of a lot of things! I also spent a lot of time with the kidnappers, Chris McGinn and Lew Temple when we were not filming. That helped me to feel comfortable to work with them. I actually wasn't afraid of them at all!
You also voice Pig Pen in “Peanuts.” How did you prepare to voice such an iconic role?
I wasn't actually prepared for how much work it was going to be! Peanuts is a really big show and they wanted all of my lines to be just perfect. I had to sound exactly like the original Pig Pen character. I was surprised to find out that voice over actually takes a lot of energy out of you. It's a lot of work to get the lines just right. The finished product is pretty awesome though so it made it all worth it!
What differences do you find between doing onscreen roles and voiceover roles? Which do you prefer and why?
The main difference is that you are not working with the other actors when you are doing voice over roles. You are in a room by yourself or with the director. Sometimes you run into the other actors in passing but that's about it. I prefer doing onscreen roles so I can interact with more people. I still love voice over jobs though. It's really awesome to hear my voice on such a famous character!
You are a normal, everyday kid that is getting some very special acting opportunities. What do you like to do for fun and what is a typical day in your life?
Yes, I am a very normal kid! I love sports, especially basketball! I have a lot of friends and I enjoy talking to them on the phone and playing computer games or video games. A typical day for me involves going to school, auditions and homework. On the weekends I get to play video games and have play dates. That's what I enjoy doing,
Do you have other interests that you take classes for, like martial arts, voice or piano lessons, or painting, etc.?
Over the years I have taken many different classes and lessons. I studies kung fu for some time and I started playing tennis when I was 3 years old. I have also taken capoeira and I take dance classes pretty regularly. Mostly I focus on acting classes. There are so many different types of classes like improv, theatrical, voice over, scene study and commercial. Right now, my favorite class in Improvisation. It's a lot of fun!
What can we expect to see you in next and what is a dream role you’d love to play?
There is nothing coming up that I can talk about right now, but I am up for some nice roles. I always stay prepared because you never know when the next big opportunity is coming! My dream role is to be a series regular on a weekly show. Any show will do, but it would be awesome if it were basketball related!
Young starlet Rachel Eggleston talks feature film Bastards, working with Brad Garrett, and filming with Animals
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Kenneth Dolin
- Los Angeles, California
Young L.A. starlet Rachel Eggleston talks about her feature film "Bastards", and working with Brad Garrett on the sitcom "How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life". Also Rachel tell us about her experience filming with animals on Mutt & Stuff.
Congratulations on completing your role in the feature film “Bastards” starring Owen Wilson, and ED Helms. Can you tell us about your character Elizabeth?
Playing Elizabeth was great! She’s a lot like me, she’s super comfortable with adults and so am I. The movie isn’t out yet and I wouldn’t want to give anything away but Elizabeth is sweet & spunky. She has a great connection with Ed Helm’s character and it was so fun shooting on location in Atlanta and Miami.
At just 12 years old you have already had guest roles on hit TV series including “Austin & Ally”, “Justified”, and “Castle.” Can you tell us how you prepare for an audition?
Whenever I have an audition and I get the lines to study, I try to read between the lines and see what's really going on in the scene(s) I try to imagine how the characters in the story are feeling. Oh, and let's not forget the lines, it's pretty important to know the lines.
In 2013 you had a co-staring role in the short-lived sitcom “How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life” opposite Brad Garrett from “Everybody Loves Raymond”. What was it like working with Brad, and did he give you any career advice?
Working with Brad was amazing. I was just seven years old when I worked on that show but I can remember how funny and sweet he was. I always had fun with him on set. I can remember an episode when he was going to be doing a big singing number in a play we were performing. He was practicing in the hair & make-up trailer while we were getting ready for the scene. He has such a big voice, everyone was laughing and smiling. He’s such a big sweet guy and a good singer.
People have described you as an old soul because; of just how young you were when you entered the business. How did you get started acting, and did your parents play a big role in supporting your career?
People used to say I was an old soul A LOT when I was younger. Mostly, I think because I liked hanging out with adults more than kids back then. I always liked talking to the grown-ups. Now, I like being around kids my age and adults. People were always telling my mom that I should be in show business. She would respond by saying, “Maybe one day, if we meet the right person”. And then one day that’s exactly what happened. We met my manager, Sheila Russo with SR Talent Management. She introduced us to my agents at Coast to Coast and things moved quickly after that. I booked the first commercial audition that I went out on. It was a national commercial for Coke Zero. Theatrical jobs came a few months later. It was an exciting time! As far as support from my parents. I don’t think any child actor could do this without 100% support from their parents, it means everything.
Going to school while having a full time acting career is no easy task for a 12 year old. How do you juggle school with your acting responsibilities?
It’s a group effort for sure!! I’ve been so lucky to have a school and parents that support me and my love for acting. I’m also a good student who cares about school and getting my work done, which probably has a lot to do with why people are willing to support me. But there certainly are those times when the juggle is a struggle.. lol.
You appeared in multiple episodes of “Mutt & Stuff” on Nick Jr. as the Animal Rescuer, which is a show that features a lot of live dogs, and rabbits. What was it like working with all these animals on set? Do you have any dogs or others animals at home?
Working with the live animals on Mutt & Stuff was DEFINITELY something that drew me to the Annie the Animal Rescuer character. I love animals and loved the idea of working with the dogs and all the animals that were guests on the show. My favorite was a baby kangaroo. It was so cute and soft and bigger than I thought it would be. At home I have a lot of animals. We have a great dane named Auggie, a golden retriever, a cat, 5 chickens & some fish.
You also stared in the FX sitcom “Married” with Nat Faxon, and Judy Greer playing the role of Maya Bowman. Can you share any personal and fun memories from the set?
I really enjoyed playing the role of Maya Bowman on FX. That show had a lot of adult content, so I couldn’t watch an entire episode. That was kind of funny because my mom would record the show and fast forward to the parts that I could watch. But I loved the character that I played and the kids who played my sisters on the show. Maya was funny and feisty. I really liked an episode called “Gymnastics” where Maya was in a gymnastics competition. It was fun to film because I got to use some of my own gymnastic skills during the shoot.
What advice would you give kids looking to break into acting?
I think if I met a kid who wanted to be an actor I would say tryout for the school play or sign up for a workshop. You have to try something to see if you like learning lines and being on stage or in front of a camera. If you love it then you have to work hard and give it 100% just like with sports or other activities. Sometimes you miss out on some of the normal stuff with your friends or school events, but when you miss a few things and you know you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, that’s when you know your doing something you were meant to do.
Can you tell what your currently working on?
I recently finished shooting a pilot for Nickelodeon called The Bugaloos. Sid & Marty Krofft created this show along with many more in the 1970’s. This is a reboot of the one that aired in the seventies and is also produced by the Krofft brothers. I play Joy in the Bugaloos. It was an exciting project to work on because I get to sing and use a British Accent. It’s currently being tested and I can’t wait to find out if it will be picked-up to series!!
Nine-year-old Ashlyn Casalegno makes big screen debut in Marvel's Logan, and gives advice for booking roles
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Allyson Casalegno
- Los Angeles, California
Nine-Year-Old actress Ashlyn Casalegno, shares her experience filming Marvel's Logan. Ashlyn also talks exclusively with We Blab Entertainment Magazine about, advice for booking roles in Hollywood.
You’re older brother Gavin is also an actor whose credits include, The Vampire Diaries. So how did Ashlyn get her start in acting?
Growing up, Gavin was always in acting class, filming or auditioning. I would always try to watch, and do what he did. Once I could read, I started classes and was hooked!
Congratulations on landing the role of Charlotte in Marvel’s Logan. Can you take us through the audition process for Charlotte?
It lasted several weeks actually. I read for more than one role and Charlotte was the best fit for me. I did my part and my agent took over from there. It wasn’t long until I was on set after that.
We always hear if you want to pursue a career in acting move to Hollywood. Can you give us some real world advice on how to book studio roles in Hollywood?
It helps if you have a really great team (agents, managers, etc.). These days you can tape your auditions and film just about anywhere in the world. It’s more about practicing your craft and being prepared. ALWAYS follow your dreams. Never give up.
Logan starring Hugh Jackman is currently in theaters nationwide. Please tell us where your character Charlotte fits in the storyline?
Charlotte fits in with a group of mutant kids that were raised in an institution and escaped from the bad guys.
You attended the New York Premiere of Logan at the Rose Theater. What was it like walking the red carpet for Logan?
It was such an honor to be there. There was so much excitement in the air and I can say it was a great experience for me. One of my best.
Actors tend to get overwhelmed when seeking out representation. How did you find the right agent?
It’s important that they are a good fit. For me, I was fortunate to already have a foundation through my brother. As I’ve grown we’ve added more members to my team. I love all of my team, every one of them work hard to help make my dreams come true!
Hugh Jackman is one of the biggest leading males in Hollywood. Can you tell what it was like meeting Hugh Jackman?
It was super cool! We had a lot of fun, and he’s so nice.
Lastly can you tell our audience what you hope to achieve in the world of acting?
I hope to always keep growing as an actress. Making movies is so much fun and I never want to stop!