Interview: Actress Lia Frankland

Lia Frankland is a young actress to watch.

The talented 10-year-old stars in the new film Tully, starring Charlize Theron, directed by Jason Reitman, and written by Diablo Cody.  Lia plays Sarah in the film, which releases nationwide on May 4, 2018.  Lia’s been acting since she was four years old, and she also loves singing, making slime, and teaching her pet lovebird to talk and do tricks!

Everly Mag talked to Lia all about acting, filming Tully, her dream role, and more!

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Everly Mag: How did you get started acting?  How did you know that you loved to act?

Lia: I started off with musical theater and singing.  I really loved performing, and I just fell in love with it.  I looked at the TV, and said, “how can I be on TV?”  After some convincing, I got [the chance], I really loved it and I got an agent and started doing some auditions.  I always loved theater, and I just loved watching movies, I tried acting class and loved [film] even more than theater.

Everly Mag: What are the differences between film and theater acting?

Lia: In a movie or TV show, you have to be the character.  It’s better not to [visibly] act.  In theater, it’s big, because everyone in the audience has to see you.  You have to be big.  In [film] acting, the camera can pick up your voice so you don’t have to be so over-the-top.

Everly Mag: You just attended the premiere for your newest film, Tully.  What did you think?

Lia: The premiere was so much fun.  It was a good movie.   I really liked it.  I had to leave for a scene because it’s rated R, and I had to close my eyes for some parts, but I got to watch most of it!

Everly Mag: What’s it like to see yourself onscreen?

Lia: Usually, it’s pretty exciting to see myself act.  Sometimes, I think that I could be better because I’m a little bit hard on myself.

Everly Mag: How did you feel when you got the part in Tully?

Lia: I found out that I got the part a couple of months after the audition.  My parents told me and I was jumping up and down and screaming.  I couldn’t believe it.  I still can’t believe it.

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Everly Mag: What was the best part of filming?

Lia: On set, it was lots of fun, and I made friends with my onscreen brother Asher [Asher Miles Fallica, who plays Jonah in the film].  He was very nice.  After a couple of weeks, it started feeling like a family and it was hard to say goodbye.  The adults were so good and kind.  I tried to pick up some skills from them.  I filmed in Vancouver, but Marlo and Tully’s scenes were mostly in New York.

Everly Mag: What was your favorite scene to film?

Lia: There’s a scene where I got to sing.  I love singing and always wanted to sing in a movie, and I actually got to do it, and do it alongside Charlize Theron.  That was even better.  It was so cool and so fun.  I really loved it.

Everly Mag: What was the hardest part of filming?

Lia: The hardest part was probably saying goodbye.  It was a lot of fun.  You get really close with a lot of people after a few weeks.  You get really close with the cast and crew, and it’s just really hard saying goodbye.

It was also hard when I was filming, I had to yell at my brother [Asher, who plays Jonah] in the car.  It was pretty hard because we were really good friends.  I kind of felt bad yelling at him because I really loved him.  It was hard to say goodbye to him, too.

Everly Mag: What’s the best thing about being an actress?

Lia: I think the best part is getting to be different characters, because you can have a lot of lives.  I like being different people and working with different people.  The acting itself is amazing, I like all of it.  In the industry, you’re yourself, then you can become someone else and you get to have the experience of being a new person.  I find that quite interesting and fun.

Everly Mag: What advice do you have for kids who want to act?

Lia: Go for it.  If you want to do it, do it!  Although it takes hard work, [with] acting classes and time to learn your script, it’s really fun.  If you’re willing to put in all the work, your acting will be successful.  If you have fun with it, go for it!

Everly Mag: What is your dream role for the future?

Lia: My dream role would probably be a superhero with glasses.  You don’t get to see a lot of those.  Or, [to play] a villain or someone mean because I’ve never tried that before and it would be interesting to try new things.

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Everly Mag: What do you like to do when you’re not acting?

Lia: I like singing.  I like singing other [artist’s] songs but I like writing songs, too.  Sometimes I write songs with my dad.  I also love doing impressions of other sings.  One time I saw Ariana Grande doing impressions and it was really cool.  I like to do a lot of impressions and my favorite is probably Shakira because she has a really different voice and it’s fun.

I like making slime. I like glittery slime, fluffy slime, I like to put beads in slime, I just like all slime.  It’s satisfying to play with [it].  Also, I have a lovebird that talks and I like teaching it to talk and do tricks.

Everly Mag: Lastly, what are some of your favorite things?

Lia:Favorite color?  I like a lot of colors.  I like turquoise, purple, blue, and green.  I really like glitter because it’s sparkly.  If it includes glitter, that’s my favorite.

Favorite food?  I really like sushi.  I also like pizza and mac and cheese.  I like a lot of food.  I like gravy with anything.

Favorite dessert?  Cake, cupcakes, and macarons.  Macarons are probably my favorite because they’re super sweet.  I like cookies, tiramisu, ice cream sundaes – a lot of desserts!

Favorite book?  A Wrinkle in Time or El Deafo.

Favorite TV show?  I like School of Rock, The Thundermans, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn, and Game Shakers on Nickelodeon.  I like Liv and Maddie.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is probably my favorite.

Favorite movie?  Coco.  And Tully!


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