Actress Ella Anderson

Have you heard the buzz about The Glass Castle, Potatoheads? In case you’ve missed the word on the street, the new movie features some TNP favorites, like Naomi Watts and Brie Larson, and is based on Jeannette Walls’ memoir. We were lucky enough to sit down with one of the stars, Ella Anderson, to get all the set secrets.

She may be young (only twelve!) but Ella is easily one of the coolest girls we’ve interviewed. We chatted with the actress about what it was like being on a set full of inspirational actors, her ideal food day, and her personal favorite movies. Spoiler: she loves vegan food and schooled us on the best social media. Get to know the coolest twelve-year-old you’re likely to come across….

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From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Breakfast would be a fresh acai bowl with sliced up banana. For lunch, I’d have a vegan plant based burger and a kale salad. Dinner would be vegan soba noodles or ramen, and I love boba as a snack.

What was your favorite part of shooting The Glass Castle?

The entire experience was the best. Our Director, Destin, was unbelievably kind and so amazing on set that the work days were great despite the heavy material we were working with. To be in such an inspiring true story and to work with Brie, Woody, and Destin, and all the kids on set made it just perfect. It was like one long summer camp in Montreal.

How was it working with Brie Larson? Any fun, or amazing advice she gave you?

Brie is honestly the best. I could not have asked for a better person to collaborate with on this role. The amount that I learned from her is just beyond anything I could put into words. From how to prep for the role to how to shake off the character at the end of the day, she taught me so much.

What fun stuff did all the actresses and actors do on set to get comfortable and loose?

We had some time before we started shooting to rehearse and get to know each other. We did yoga together and had a dinner where Brie, Naomi, Woody and I had to stay in character for the first hour of dinner. Woody (as Rex) told us that he had won big at the casino and could order anything we wanted on the menu. We also did an escape room in Montreal when all the kids arrived!

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How was it working with experienced actors like Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson? Do you look up to them as role models? Did any of them give you good advice on set?

There is nothing that compares to working with actors like Naomi and Woody!  They are such an inspiration to me in every way. They are such kind people. They didn’t give me any real spoken advice, but I learned so much from watching them work every day on set.

It was a pretty serious movie, but what was something funny that happened on the set?

Woody always helped to keep the atmosphere fun while we were shooting. He made us all laugh a lot. There was one scene where we were all in the car and his daughter, Makani, was laying on the floor at our feet in the back seat. She stayed there and all of us kids thought it was hysterical. Then the crew found out she was there and made her get out! I think she made it through three whole takes, and one of the takes she was in actually is in the movie.

What was your favorite part of shooting?

I couldn’t pick a favorite part, I think the entire experience was just magical!

Who’s someone you haven’t worked with, that you’d still like to work with and why?

I have so many people I would love to work with! I think to work with Jennifer Lawrence or Natalie Portman, Viola Davis or Sterling K. Brown would be amazing. I admire all of their work so much.

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What was your favorite movie growing up?

I would say a couple of my favorite movies are 13 Going On 30 and The Shining. I watch all kinds of movies. It is my favorite thing to do.

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite foods are pomegranates, Beyond Burgers, the kale salad at Crossroads, and the mac and cheese from Sage.

 Are there any favorite restaurants you and your family like to go to? What are they?

I like to go to Crossroads, Candle 79 in NYC, and Sage in Los Angeles. I like a good vegan restaurant where I can order anything on the menu.

You’ve been acting since such a young age – what advice would you give a young person wanting to be an actor?

My advice to any young person who wants to be an actor would be to never let anyone tell you to give up on your dreams. With technology nowadays, write your own scripts and get your friends or siblings to help you make your own projects and put them online. Be creative and chase after your dreams.

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Do you like to cook? If so what do you like to make?

I do like to cook. I actually make a lot of smoothies and juices for myself, but as far as cooking, I don’t have a lot of practice. I took a cooking class for my birthday at this restaurant called Sun Cafe; I learned how to make a bunch of stuff there. That was raw cooking; it was interesting.

Are you into social media? What are your favorite platforms?

I am on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Youtube and Musically. I use Instagram and Snapchat the most, then Twitter. I sometimes remember to post on Facebook. I used to do Musically a lot, but stopped in the last several months. I am kind of switching over to Youtube now with vlogs.

What are your favorite snacks? Your favorite desserts?

My favorite snack is boba, and my favorite dessert is vegan ice cream.

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What are your favorite shows to binge watch right now?

I have been super into anime lately. I binge watched all of Sailor Moon and Riverdale.

If you could have any five people over for dinner, who would they be?

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and my friend Makani Harrelson.

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