Ava Cantrell Talks With TMI About All Her New Acting Projects

Hey Ava, you started your acting career at a very young age, what inspired you to try acting?

I did start acting young! I think back to performing in dance when I was about 4 and 5. I absolutely loved being on stage and performing. I was a really quiet kid, so it was kind of a surprise to my parents what a ham I could be once I hit the stage. My dad was a child actor and recognized the love I had for it. He found me an agent really young. The rest is history. 

What actor/actress are you influenced by?

Lately I really love watching rom coms from the 90’s! I have never been in a rom com, but if I was, I would hope it to be that classic style from the 90’s.  I love Julia Roberts and her long lasting career. She really inspires me. I love Reece Witherspoon as well. She’s feisty, strong, hilarious and beautiful. I love that she has her own clothing line “Draper James”. I admire women in the industry that not only act but do other things. It can be producing and directing to creating something like a clothing line. Some people say to make it in acting you have to be all in and just focus on that. I think differently. I believe that outside passions make a person more interesting, well rounded and less desperate. 

You are known for your role on the CBS series “Young Sheldon”. Can you explain the process of how you got this role?

I booked “Young Sheldon” in one audition. Some roles just belong to you. I booked the role, then got asked back again to go back to drama club with Jason Alexander who is the drama club teacher. The whole experience of working on “Young Sheldon” was great and I hope that there is more drama club hi-jinks in the future. 

Can you explain the character you portray?

Molly is a very sincere drama club student. They asked me in the audition room to go really big, so I held nothing back!

Whats your favorite part about being on “Young Sheldon”?

I really love the cast and crew on “Young Sheldon” One of my scenes is Rocky 4, and when I go back everyone on set is saying “hey it’s Rocky 4 girl” Everyone is super welcoming, professional and fun. Last time back on the show I talked with Jason Alexander for a really long time about martial arts. I love connecting with the cast on a more personal level. 

Are their any other projects in the works you can tell us about?

Yes, I am starring in a movie called “A Fathers Joy” as Abigail. I can’t wait to film that late spring. I wrote and optioned a pilot called “Vote for Taylor Thompson” and that is getting some interest. I have a few other projects in the beginning phases that I am really excited about. One involves surfing!

Can you tell us more about “My Fathers Joy”?

“My  fathers Joy” is a psychological thriller. I play Abigail who very disturbed. It is my first horror since “Lights Out” and I am super excited to head back to that genre! 

What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career in acting?

My parents are so supportive about my acting career and really helped me  this last decade build my resume and learn how to handle the business. We also have a lot of fun with the process and I think that is super important. I have a few friends that are very supportive of my career, but to be honest in friendships, I hate talking about my career. When I have off time I want to talk about things like photography, surfing, funny things, and non related acting things. I form friendships with like minded people in the industry. 

What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?

I just graduated early from high school and I am thrilled excited about the next phase. I am taking a break from school until fall and I am learning one of my parents business and taking it over. I am writing and directing as well. I am working on a really funny skit that I would love to get on “Funny or die”. Basically, I am just going for it and figuring it all out right now. Nothing is off the table at this phase in my life. 

Overall, how has this whole acting career experience been for you so far?

My acting experience as a whole has been so amazing. I have no regrets being a kid actor and I am inspired to continue my path as an adult actor. There are highs and lows, but it is all how you handle it. I live out of Hollywood and have a pretty normal life and am very appreciative of living the best of both worlds growing up. 

Do you plan to branch out into singing as well?

I liked my singing voice better when I was younger. I do take occasional singing lessons and have been told my voice is similar to Sarah McLachlan. I take those lessons and practice so I will be ready for those acting/singing roles. There are so many raw and natural singing talents out there, and I really admire singers. I especially love alternative music. I’ll be ready if I have to sing in a movie or show, but I don’t see having a singing career.

Whats your favorite song at the moment?

On repeat: Shes Kerosene by The Interrupters 

Do you have any other talents other than acting?

I pride myself that I graduated with a 4.4 gpa. I was an award winning dancer before acting. I have been surfing a decade. I am a photographer. I am pretty lucky that I can do pretty well at what I put my mind to. I think we all need to tap into many of our talents to be well rounded. 

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

Balanced, Independent, Creative, Strong, Achiever

If your life was a movie, what would be the title?

A road less traveled

Who would you want to play you?

It’s the role I was meant to play!

Do you have any last things you want to tell your fans?

I would tell my fans to appreciate who they are and where their journey takes them. Work hard, love each moment that you live, value your small circle of loved ones, but those are the the ones that truly have your back. 

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