15-year-old Soccer star Sixx Orange, discusses Amazon's The Kicks, Alex Morgan, and advice for teen girls
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY Brett Erickson, Lisa Rhymer
15-Year-Old Soccer star turned actress Sixx Orange, chats about her Amazon series The Kicks, shooting the pilot with Alex Morgan. Also Sixx talks about life grown up with her godfather NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick.
Congratulations on Amazon’s The Kicks a smart, and witty show about a Jr. High Soccer player. Can you take us threw the audition process for Devin Burke?
So I was notified about the audition for The Kicks in September of 2014 and I remember getting it super late at night and freaking out when I read what it was for. I had the first audition and then got a callback a week later. The callback audition was with the Casting Directors and the actual Director. Once again about a week later I tested for the show which was super fun because I got to play soccer in the room and ultimately be myself. Right after my testing I received a call from the writer saying that I got the role of Devin.
You’re an internationally renowned soccer star at just 15-years-old. Can you tell us how you got started playing soccer?
I started playing soccer at the age of 4 and fell in love with it instantly. I had previously tried other sports but none of them stuck like soccer did.
With each episode of The Kicks Devin learns a different life lesson, which contributes to the fantastic writing. What do you hope kids who discover the show on Amazon take away?
I hope that kids or anyone in general who watches the show takes away the lesson of pursuing what you are passionate about. Yes, there are going to be obstacles and challenges but if you really want something you can have it. Along with that I want everyone to take the lesson of life throwing curve balls like moving or mean girls. That is simply life but it isn’t the end of the world though it may feel like it.
You still compete in soccer tournament around the country. How do you prepare for a soccer game?
For me my preparation for a game is hydrate, carbs, music, and watching a good pro game. Especially when I have a tournament coming up I drink lots of water to keep my muscles hydrated and eat a lot of carbs to burn off that weekend. Music is a necessity for me because it gets me in my head space for game time. And watching a pro game just gives me a visual of what I want my game to look like.
You have become a role model for teenage girls in the sports world. What advice would you give young girls who, are interested in playing professional Soccer?
My advice would be do it. If a young girl has the goal of being a pro player it is 100% possible. I would tell her to give soccer everything she’s got, to work hard and do her thing.
I feel like a lot of people who be very surprised to learn that Chris Kirkpatrick, from N’SYNC is your godfather. What’s it like having Chris be a part of your family?
Growing up with Chris as my godfather was nothing but fun. He was basically my best friend! We went to Disney World a lot, it was like our place. He would play dolls with me and by that I mean he had Star Wars characters that fought battles against my princesses. We even pulled all-nighters playing videogames! Couldn’t ask for a better godfather.
The Kicks was based off a series of books, published by international superstar soccer player Alex Morgan. Can you tell us any interesting stories about hangout with Alex?
I met Alex when filming the pilot and I was on the verge of losing my cool, mind you I’ve been watching Alex play since I was 8 haha. But we were in the makeup trailer and she came up to me and introduced herself and from there on we talked about my soccer career. It was like talking to a friend, she was humble and sweet just like I had always thought she’d be!
Lastly can you tell our audience what you’re currently up to professionally in sports, and acting?
As of right now I am auditioning for new projects and in soccer my team just finished State Cup which we made to the final 16 of 72. Doing both acting and soccer everyday.