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.
14 year-old teen sensation Thomas Barbusca blabs about Fox's The Mick, and playing Drew in American Wet Hot Summer
By: Daniel Hoyos | PHOTOS COURTESY April Mills, Kathy Hutchins,
- Los Angeles, California
14 year-old teen sensation Thomas Barbusca gives us the inside scoop on Fox's "The Mick", and getting into a physical on-set fight with co-star Sofia Black-D'Elia. Also Thomas shares his memories playing Drew in American Wet Hot Summer: First Day of Camp.
Congratulations we just got the news Fox's "The Mick", will be renewed for season two. Can you tell us about the audition process for the role Chip Pemberton?
I had just got back from filming the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life in Atlanta and got a bunch of scripts and auditions. The Mick was one of them. The script was super funny and I ended up getting an offer for it.
"The Mick" is a fantastic hilarious sitcom about Mickey, a not so bright aunt who is forced to take care of her sister's three kids that live in a mansion. Can you explain to us what kind of character Chip is?
Chip is super entitled and spoiled. Money is no object and he thinks he can buy his way into any situation.
At 14-years-old you've already starred in the film "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life." What was it like shoot the film with Griffin Gluck?
He's my best friend I had the best time filming with him.
One of my favorite scenes in "The Mick", is when Chip and Sabrina get into a physical fight over their parents' bedroom. Do you have any favorite on-set stories shooting with Sofia Black-D 'Elia?
That was probably my most favorite episode to shoot with Sofia. We were doing a lot of the stunts and having fun with it. I think we definitely had some bruises after that episode. She's just so cool and we get along so well. Just like my real sister.
Actors tend to get overwhelmed when seeking out representation. How did you find the right agent?
My mom found us the right team early on. My advice is just find a team that fits and that has your best interest.
You also played Drew in "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp". What was your favorite memory of Wet Hot American Summer?
So many! Paul Rudd being super nice when we first met. David Wain was awesome and I got to work with him again on Another Period. I had the most fun on that set and ended up staying friends with all the kids on the show. It was like being at summer camp with my best friends.
Chip is not your average middle child. He's mischievous, a little high class, and enjoys tormenting his little brother Ben. How much can you relate to the character?
I'm pretty opposite of Chip. I don't have a little brother, I have an older sister who I probably torment a little.
Since the first season of "The Mick", recently wrapped earlier this year. Can you tell us what you like to do for fun outside of acting?
I love basketball and going to games, skateboarding, spending time with family and friends is most important.
Watch full episodes of The Mick on fox.com.
The Mick was recently renewed for a second season by Fox Television.