Everleigh McDonell is related to Asher and Brayden who did an episode of General Hospital. This year she was seen on screen in a Skinnypop Commercial and American Portrait Documentary!
1. How did Everleigh get started in the industry?
Everleigh pretty much came out performing. She was such a good baby, so happy and FUNNY since day one. It seemed like she was made for entertaining, so we got her an agent!
2. What was her first booking?
She did a little Mother’s Day campaign for Olloclip when she was 1 and had so much fun!
3. How did she enjoy filming her music video for Maisy Kay?
Everleigh: It was so fun! I had to wake up really early! Also, I did makeup. I had to go into the forest that was raining. Then, it was super super super duper fun when I saw Shadow, the wolf. I had to look in his eyes. Maisy was singing and looked pretty.
Mom: That ended up being the coolest experience. We really didn’t know what we were in for that day. All we knew as that there would be a wolf involved (with trainers, on a leash, etc.). Everleigh wound up filming a full day, deep in a forest during a rainstorm. KavanTheKid, the director, does amazing, super creative work, and I was so excited for Everleigh to be a part of one of his videos. He was great with her! When they brought the wolf out, we were all a little nervous; everyone except Everleigh! She had no problem walking right up to it, and taking direction so that she didn’t scare it by being upset or loud. It was pretty awesome to watch! Everleigh fell in love with Maisy Kay’s song for the video.
4. What was it like being involved in the American Portrait documentary?
It was great being a part of a collaboration for Sophia Kiapos. Everleigh had a great time making everyone on set laugh, and playing them a song on a nearby guitar!
5. What was Everleigh’s time on set like filming her Skinnypop commercial?
Everleigh: Skinnypop was my favorite! I had to go in a car. It was a lot of time in the car and the mom had to get hungry. She grabbed a bag of popcorn. I had to look at her like a crazy, funny way.
Mom: We are truly grateful to Everleigh’s agent for the Skinnypop experience! It was the first audition her commercial agent sent her on, and she booked it! When she found out, she ran around screaming with excitement. She can make some pretty crazy expressions, and that’s what she had to do for the commercial. She loved working! It was a wonderful first commercial experience, and Mama was really proud at how hard she worked!
6. How did she react seeing it for the first time?
Everleigh: It was so fun seeing me on TV!
Mom: Everleigh had the biggest grin on her face when she saw the commercial for the first time. She still talks about her day filming it all the time!
7. What was the experience like filming her episode of Fresh Off the Boat?
Everleigh: I got to meet new friends! I filmed at night when it was so dark.
Mom: That was really fun for Everleigh because it was a Halloween episode, and Halloween is Everleigh’s favorite holiday. Wardrobe chose a long, fancy gown for her to wear, and she felt so special. Seeing the cast and crew working on a night shoot was really cool. It definitely made her connect the dots between what she sees on tv and how things work behind the scenes. It made her that much more excited to audition and work!
8. What was her time on set like working on Mermaid?
Mermaids was great for experience. Everleigh had worked on two projects with the director before, and was asked back to work on Mermaids. She filmed multiple days, and being one on one with the director for parts of filming really taught her a lot.
9. Who have been some of her favorite people to work with so far?
Everleigh: Noelle! It was super fun with her! We had to say things after Noelle said things and go crazy when they told us to. Noelle dressed up and I said funny things to her. It was hilarious! I can’t wait to see her again and film a TV show with her!
Mom: Everleigh recently shot a pilot for a comedy affiliated with UCB (Upright Citizen’s Brigade) with Noelle Lara. She had a blast and was really pumped up after that experience. When she was asked back to work with Noelle again in February, she had the biggest grin and was really happy! Everleigh truly enjoys comedy, and will be the first to tell you that she loves making people laugh. Meeting Noelle, and seeing her in action, really inspired Everleigh.
10. What has been Everleigh’s favorite project to work on?
Everleigh’s favorite project has been the Skinnypop commercial experience. Although, crazy as it sounds, she really loves auditioning! She is still only 5, and doesn’t see acting as something that has an end goal. She’s gotten really close to booking some really huge things recently, so we can’t wait to see what 2018 holds! When she gets an audition notice, she does the jig and can’t wait to go to L.A. She’s just now differentiating auditions from callbacks from bookings. Meeting new friends at auditions and during work days are an added bonus! Acting itself is her favorite “project” and she makes up scenes, giving Mommy lines all day long haha!
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