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To all of my Actors out there…

Storytime…

I have been a working actress (film/tv, commercial) and model since I was eight years old (I am now seventeen!).

When I was young, I wouldn’t tell anybody about me being an actress. I was worried they would befriend me only for that reason, and who wants fake friends?? And if they found out, they would ask a bazillion questions and then it became redundant. I wouldn’t mind talking about it if people asked, but I wouldn’t come straight out saying “HEY I ACT AND I’VE BEEN IN MOVIES”. No. Never. For multiple reasons. Then when I entered high school, which I go to a performing arts high school. I only knew one person coming into it, who I’ve known since I was in first grade. Of course she knew about what I’d been in, and of course she had told people she was friends with when I got accepted into the school. A few weeks into my freshman year, word got around and spread like a wildfire. She would tell one person, that person would tell another person, and so on. When it got to that third person, they automatically assumed that I had been telling everyone. So as it spread around, they all thought I was “snobby, selfish, self-centered, and conceited” which sorta sucked because I didn’t tell anyone… I let it die down, and as I got to know more people in school, the first thing they would say to me was “Wow, you’re actually like down to earth, you’re not snobby at all.” hmm…..

Starting off so young (sometimes I wish I started even younger) has made all the difference. I was introduced to the business at such a young age that I learned to accept rejection, and that theres always another chance. I have also encountered many competitive girls and projects where it has literally been down to me and another girl. Anyways, I have learned so much about the business as I grew older. I have learned how to spot stage moms, which I take pride in ;). I have also learned how to quickly study lines and have them fully prepared and off book even if they didn’t ask me to. I have also learned how to quickly adapt to sudden changes…When I was 9, I auditioned for Eloise in Paris (which was never filmed). They had me prepared SIXTEEN scenes!!! Usually you’re given around 1-4 scenes to prepare for an audition. I only had about a week to memorize…once I got to the audition they only had me do one scene, feel my pain? There have also been many times where I have auditioned for projects and then they change their mind on the age, race, or gender they want. It is truly a aggravating and tough business.

I have been featured in multiple films…

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My biggest break so far is Bride Wars which was directed by Gary Winick. By far, this is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. When I auditioned for the role of Young Liv (Young Kate Hudson) it was a quick audition that I got called about the day before. It was quick, and I didn’t think anything of it…I actually had forgot that I auditioned for it! By the way, that happens a lot when you are constantly auditioning. Around the ages of 8-12 I was going up to the city around five times a week for auditions. When I got to age 13, it started slowing down because they would have eighteen year olds play younger due to Child Labour Laws (I’ll get into that too). Anyways, three weeks after I auditioned for this part, my mom gets a blocked call. She answers and they ask her if they could cut me bangs and put me in a fat suit for the role of Young Liv. I was in school at the time but my mom told me that she was in pure shock and almost speechless because I hadn’t been in the business for a year yet and I was already being asked for a role in a feature film. She said yes, and they said they would call her back. A few minutes later, she receives another phone call from the same number saying that I got the part. As soon as I got home from school, my mom had picked me up which was unusual. I got in the car and she started calling me by my characters name, Liv. I was ecstatic and so excited to start filming.

78bbfd2fd0b0454287cda9ade0143ce2.jpgWe filmed the three scenes I was in over a course of fourteen days, that went by way too quick. We were given first class transportation by train to Boston, Massachusetts. The film took place in both New York City and Boston. I worked with another girl who was just a year older than me named Shannon Ferber, who played the young version of Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately, I don’t have contact with her anymore, and I am not sure how to due to the fact she is nowhere on social media :(. I worked with one of the most wonderful people while filming. Those crew members would literally drop anything just to make sure that we were comfortable. When we arrived in Boston for the first day of filming, we stayed at the Double Tree Hotel, where they give you freshly baked large chocolate chip cookies every morning. While we were checking in, I see Steve Howey (who plays Kate Hudson’s fiancee in the movie) standing in front of me. Let me remind you that this man has been in Reba, Shameless, Something Borrowed, and many other films. When I saw him, my jaw literally dropped. I was in total shock and I wanted to say hi so bad! I finally went up to him . Me, standing four feet eleven inches tall in a small voice saying, ” hi you’re Steve Howey, right?” He is standing six foot four inches tall looking down on me saying in a bright cheery voice saying “Yes I am!” He was so glad to know that I was in the movie too and he was such an awesome person and made me feel the same age that he was. I also got to meet other actors such as Chris Pratt, and Bryan Greenberg.

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I had awesome experiences with both of them as well. I didn’t get to meet Kate or Anne till the second to the last day of filming. It was four o’ clock in the morning, I was super tired and everything was a haze. We were just walking out of the Plaza Hotel as I was upset because I hadn’t met Katie yet…As I was walking out the door I hear a voice saying “You didn’t think you’d get to leave without me meeting you yet, did you?” I turn around and it was Kate! I literally ran and gave her a hug. Anne was right behind her! We then went back into the ballroom and talked for a good half hour- hour. Kate was the sweetest, most down to earth person I had ever met. Anne was just as sweet too. They were both in their wedding dresses from the movie. Kate was wearing her huge Vera Wang dress, as I was sitting on top of her. She asked me all sorts of questions about myself. Turns out, we both have a brother named Wyatt, too funny. I made sure that the both of them signed my autograph book (which I still have and am eternally grateful for). We got back to the hotel around 5:30-6:00. I was so tired that I felt the last hour was a dream. To this day, I still think of it as a dream. The next day was the last day of filming. I turned nine on set :’). Right as we finished up filming that scene, Kate walked in. I still remember that she was wearing blue jeans and a striped sweater. She wanted to come say a last goodbye to me.

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The next time I saw her was at the premiere of Bride Wars, a year later. Shannon and I had just walked on the carpet and out of NOWHERE, Kate jumps on and gives me a huge hug. I wish the photographers would’ve captured that moment but they were all in such shock that they stopped taking photos for a second! We then were watching the movie and we realized that Toby Maguire (Spiderman) was sitting directly behind us. After the movie, I went up to him and he told me how I did a great job and we talked for a few minutes. Overall, Bride Wars was such a rewarding experience and I still reminisce about it to this day.

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R.I.P. to Gary Winick, the director who died in 2011 due to brain cancer. He directed many known movies such as, Bride Wars, Letters to Juliet, 13 Going on 30, and Tadpole. He was a wonderful human being to work with and did anything to make his cast feel as comfortable as they could be. I wish he was still with us today so I could give him a big hug and a thank you…this ones for you, Gary! Miss and love you…

 

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I have also been in The Rebound directed by Bart Freundlich. The scene that I was in was filmed in the Museum of Natural History. I got to meet a friend of mine today, Fatima Ptacek, who is now the voice of Dora! I also got to meet Skai Jackson, who is now on Disney’s,  Jessie. Bart is the wife to Julianne Moore. Julianne Moore starred in many movies such as, Nine Months, Still Alice, Boogie Nights, and so much more. I befriended her daughter, Liv Freundlich. She made the filming so much fun. On set, I got to meet Justin Bartha, who was an absolute RIOT. You might know him as Doug from The Hangover. 

 

I have been in two short films…

I have been in a film titled, I Watched Her Fall (2011) directed by Del Lukens  whom I played the daughter, Mary-beth, of a delusional mother.

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I have also starred in a short film titled, Caught in the Middle (2013) directed by Talina Adamo. It is about bullying and how being a kid can be rough. I played Brittany, a mean girl, who does most of the bullying. The script was written by two thirteen year olds at the time, Jordan Alfonzo and Shane Meredith.

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About a year ago, I completed three episodes of a web series going by the name of Airy Jeanine, where I play the friend of a famous super star singer, Airy.

I have also been in quite a few commercials…to name a few..

-American Express

-Justin Bieber Dolls

-Renault Twingo

-Kids Peace

-Conair Glitter and Gem Set

-Hatfield Pork Roast

-Wingflyer

-The Perfect Cupcake (an informercial)

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This was my “TV family” from The Perfect Cupcake!

 

To finish up this post, I have also done quite a few modeling jobs. More so when I was little, but here are just a few photos that I have from some of them. These aren’t even close to all the brands/companies I’ve shot for but here are a few!

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Face Makeover application

 

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A few of many shots from David’s Bridal

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Paul Hakimata Stock Photography

1936415_131207174187_5100111_n.jpg Crayola

 

Plus some oldest to newest headshots…

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I was newly introduced to theatre when I was accepted my performing arts high school. My junior year, I played a lead in one of four of my school’s plays, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, directed by my Voice and Movement teacher, Ashley Tait Weller. It was one of the most amazing experiences that I had THIS year. It was a breathtaking moment for me and something new that I have never felt before, and I am forever grateful for the experience, and how much hard work and dedication that was put into that production. 12193279_10153691122274188_4143954904911900808_n.jpg

Overall, this is my love, this is what I love to do, and what I want to continue to do. I cannot wait for what the future holds for me, no matter how long it takes. Everything comes with hard work and time, and those are definitely two things that I have.

 

Every craft must be fully explored, and it always comes from somewhere. Every bit of experience counts!

Much love,

Zoe.

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Me in LA, at an audition for Disney’s Ant Farm in 2012 with China Anne McClaine.