Young actress Brielle Barbusca talks about auditioning for The Starter Wife, and wanting to guest star on Fox's The Mick
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Deidhra Fahey
- Los Angeles, California
High school graduate Brielle Barbusca talks exclusively about the audition process for USA's "The Starter Wife", wanting to guest star on brother Thomas' hit Fox sitcom "The Mick". Also Brielle dishes about her plans to attend College in the fall.
You played smart aleck Jaden Kagan in the TV series “The Starter Wife”, when you were about seven years old. Can you take us thought the audition process?
I was in New York at the time, so auditioning was me going on tape a few times for the role because it was all being filmed here, in Los Angeles. Eventually, they flew me out here to screen test and read with Debra Messing. I remember thinking I wasn't going to get it because the other girls there actually lived here in LA, and I was the only one from out of town; but once I got in there and met everyone, it really just clicked.
Congratulations on graduating high school with one of your best friends Emmy Kenney from “Shameless”. Are you planning on attend college while, continuing your acting? If so what would you like to study?
Yes, I did just graduate! It was a great experience to finish school and walk with some of my best friends, which is something you don't think you'll get to do in an independent schooling situation. I'll be starting college in the fall, focusing on communications and psychology. Even with acting and work, it's always been no question when it came to college for me. It's all really exciting and nerve wrecking at same time.
You have some amazing IMDb credits, and guest started on one my favorite series “Shameless” on Showtime.
Working on Shameless was fun, especially because I got to do scenes with Emma Rose Kenney, who's also my best friend.
We recently interviewed your little brother Thomas Barbusca who, currently stars in the Fox breakout sitcom “The Mick.” If you couldn’t guest star on an episode of “The Mick”, what character would you create for yourself?
Hmm, honestly, I would play just about any role on The Mick and be happy about it. Maybe, I could be a long lost cousin or something; there’s a lot of possibilities with how Season 1 ended. The writing for the show is just so good, that I think any character they could come up with for me would be funny; although, I don't know if I'd be able to keep a straight face with Thomas. I've worked on some great comedies and have never really “broke character,” on sets, but I have a feeling that I would if I had scenes with my brother.
After “The Starter Wife” was canceled you moved back to New Jersey before heading back out to Los Angles. Do you prefer living in LA or New Jersey?
It's two totally different worlds. East coast is definitely home for me, and it’s always nice to go back and visit. I can see myself moving to New York one day, but as of right now, I prefer LA for sure. After living here during production for “The Starter Wife”, I knew this was where I wanted to be.
One of the many highlights was attending the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Can you tell us what that experience was like walking the orange carpet?
KCA's are always fun. You get to see some cool performances, hang with your friends, and hope and pray you don’t get slimed in the process.
If you could guest star in one sitcom which, one would you choose, and why?
My favorite sitcoms are the more classic ones like Friends and Seinfeld. I wish I could have guest starred on one of those. I could re-watch and binge those two a thousand times and still think every episode beyond funny every time. As in for just a show I want to be on in general right now, at this very moment, Twin Peaks. I'm absolutely obsessed right now. I've never seen anything like it before.
What advice would you give teens looking to break into acting?
As general as it sounds, my advice would be to never give up. There will be bumps along the road and times you feel like giving up, but remember that no matter what you're doing, hard work always pays off.