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This Year At Star-Kidz!

Happy New Year! 2017 has come to a close and what a busy year it has been. New kids on the soaps, many busy with exciting new projects, and even a couple of staff adventures. It is time to enjoy our annual year end video and take a look back at some of the highlights of 2017!

It’s Christmas!

Mia and Ella Allan played the role of Nora Braverman on Parenthood. This past year they filmed the pilot for Raised By Wolves and you may have seen them playing Anna and Elsa on the CW series Jane the Virgin!

1. What was the experience like working on Raised By Wolves?

First off we were so excited to be working with “Papa Zeek’ (Craig Nelson) as out Grandpa again on a new show. Wolves was a different experience than we have ever had. Simply put everyone just clicked from the beginning, There was just a sense of family in the atmosphere, from the top all the way through, everyone was just comfortable with each other we were all having fun.


2. What was it like working with a big cast of kids?

Our favorite part by far, there was such an array of talent amongst these kids, (us being the youngest) it was like being on set with good friends but still looking at them as mentors. It set a light tone for the day because there was always silly banter and shenanigans.

3. What was the last day on set like for Parenthood?

Devastating, and extremely difficult, most cast and crew were either crying or holding back the tears in between takes. We knew it was coming but saying goodbye the family we had basically spent the last 3 years with, while still honoring Zeek’s memory with a Braverman family game of baseball was a tear in two directions.

4. Do you have a favorite scene Mia and Ella did in the last season?

Its hard to pick a favorite, I love the scenes they did with Johnny Messner (Chuck) he’s a father of twins himself and seeing the chemistry with those 3 is electric because its real.

5. What has the experience been like working on Jane the Virgin so far?

We have a unique experience working as twins. I love that each other them have their own character and its been great watching them kind of come into themselves by having to rise to the occasion as individuals.

6. Do Mia and Ella choose which twin they get to play?

In Jane Mia is scripted as Anna and Ella is scripted as Ellie. Funny enough when frozen came out Mia liked Anna and Ella like Elsa. But if they switched I really don’t think anyone would notice 😉

7. What is the best part of filming with Gina Rodriguez?

Gina is a really strong, wonderful, talented, actress and person. We love having an influence like her around, she is so driven, professional and takes her craft seriously, but has also mastered how to let her fun loving personality be the focal point of what she brings to the table on and off camera.

8. How do the girls enjoy working with Yael Grobglas?

I mean c’mon, she’s our Mom for goodness sakes lol. Yale is a riot, she sets the tone for laughter (even though contrary to her character Petra). She always makes it a point in between takes to play a game, help with lines, snuggle let us terrorize her and climb all over her lol Yael has such great natural maternal instincts she is really attentive to us, and intentional with the time she spends with us, it really is like she took us on as our own. She is a great friend and example to us. Ill never forget the advice that she gave us, study your lines know them and be confident in them and yourself, so when you come on set you can have fun, and spend time with your friends and enjoy the experience and not stressing over your lines of how to act them, take this time and enjoy being here take it all in, if you are stressed and look at it as a job then all it is, is a paycheck, if that’s what it is or becomes you will be miserable and that’s not with this is about.

9. What is one of the funniest things to happen on set for one of Mia and Ella’s scenes?

I don’t really know, they are always up to something lol They are always doing something that is making people laugh.

10. What has been Mia and Ella’s favorite scene to film so far?

Honestly they enjoy all of it, I don’t think there is a favorite.

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1 Day ‘Til Christmas!

Tyree Brown played the role of Jabbar Trussell on Parenthood. This year he has been seen in Camp Cool Kids and been working on the film One Nation Under God!

1. How different is it to audition in the San Francisco market vs. Los Angeles?

The only differences that I have noticed is that there is usually the same kids my age at the auditions, there are way less auditions up here than in LA and there are only two main casting offices in SF versus several in LA.

2. What was your absolute favorite thing about working on Parenthood?

My absolute favorite thing was getting to know all the cast and crew and eating the wonderful crafty services food on the Parenthood set.

3. Do you still keep in touch with any of your Parenthood costars?

I am in touch mostly with Xolo and the other kids that were on the show: Savannah, Mia and Ella. Social media helps me stay in contact with the adult actors and my mom likes to send yearly updates to everyone to let them know what I’ve been up to and how I’m doing.

4. What was it like to attend the premiere of Camp Cool Kids?

It was so much fun to be able to see all my castmates and friends again since I live in Sacramento now. I was very humbled that a lot of my LA friends showed up to the premiere and got to see my younger self (since it had been two years from the film date) acting. We all had a really good time.

5. How does it feel to see yourself up on the big screen?

It’s a little weird to see myself on the big screen, but I love watching myself act. I crack myself up. I think I see things different than what other people see.

6. What was it like working with many other young actors on the film?

It’s a lot of fun to work with a bunch of kids my age because even when we weren’t filming, we hung out and did things every day. It was like a month-long playdate.

7. What is the best advice a co-star has given you while working on a project?

Dax would give me advice often, but since I was so little, I didn’t realize how important what he said was until I got a bit older. You have to work hard for what you want and have fun while doing it.

8. While role that you’ve played has been the most challenging so far?

I think the most challenging role I had was on Criminal Minds. My dad gets shot in one of the scenes I did and I thought about that happening to my own dad to get into character.

9. Can you tell us anything about your upcoming film One Nation Under God?

It’s going to be a great film with amazing actors. It has to do with a kid that wants to be able to speak about God in his school so he fights for the right to be able to say “God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

10. What else have you been up to this year?

I joined the middle school basketball team this year and we got second place in our league. I also have a couple projects in the works for 2018. One film I will be doing is a rather small, but cool part. The other film I would be doing is still in the beginning stages of funding and scheduling. My parents and I are very picky on what projects I audition for since I am just barely turning 14. It’s important to me to be doing stuff that I am proud of and am passionate about. I have really enjoyed every project I have done so far and have never had a bad experience or worked with anyone I didn’t want to work with. I have been really blessed in that sense.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank all the people in my life and others I don’t know that have supported me and my career to this point. My goal is to be able to make a difference in the world through my acting somehow. We all need to help each other and lift each other up to make this world a better place.

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2 Days ‘Til Christmas!

London and Sedona Fuller played the role of Nora Braverman on Parenthood. This year the girls have been seen on Modern Family, The Orville, and more!

1. How did London and Sedona get started in the industry?

Their mom was a pregnancy model when she was pregnant with the girls. When her agent found out she had twins, she asked for the girls’ photos and they booked their first job on a Lifetime movie when we were 3 months old.

2. What was their time on set like filming for Parenthood?

Monica Potter and Peter Krause were so nice and kind. Sedona especially loved the day she shot a scene with a puppy. She giggled so hard when it kept licking her.

3. What was the experience like working on the Baby Daddy pilot?

Amazing. Everyone from Dan Berendsen, Michael Lembeck and the cast were all amazing. It was a lot of work, but they went above and beyond to make sure the girls had everything they possibly needed. Both girls really enjoyed the night they shot the pilot in front of a live studio audience!

4. How did you enjoy filming your episode of The Orville?

London: Everyone was so nice. It was the third job I got to have ice cream on camera! Once I was there I felt happy and proud. There were lots and lots of people in the background in my scene so I had to focus to do a good job.

5. What was the experience like working on Modern Family?

Sedona: I was a little scared because there were lots of people standing in the pretend kitchen, but all the actors and crew were nice. I also really liked making funny faces at my pretend dad [Ty Burrell].

London: I was also a little scared, but it was actually really nice. After we finished shooting I got some yummy treats from craft services. I hope we come back.

6. How did you enjoy filming with Ty Burrell?

Sedona: It was really fun making faces at him. He was very funny in his underwear!

London: Yes because he was really nice to work with and he was eating popcorn in a bathrobe. He made us laugh.

7. What was the best part of filming your Home Depot commercial?

Sedona: I liked when I was trick or treating to get candy. I also liked how creepy the dinosaur looked.

London: I liked all the Halloween decorations, our unicorn costumes and eating the candy!

8. How did you feel when you saw it air on TV for the first time?

Sedona: It made me laugh so hard when I saw us scream.

London: It made me feel proud and royal and proud of my own self.

9. Do you have a favorite part of auditioning?

Sedona: Yes, seeing my friends and playing with them.

London: Yes, my favorite part is acting and playing because it’s fun.

10. What has been your favorite project to work on?

Sedona: Modern family because I got to make silly faces so many times.

London: Home Depot because it was fun with all of the Halloween decorations and candy!

What do you enjoy best about being an actor?

Sedona: I like to watch me on TV, because it’s fun.

London: I like acting because it’s like playing or make-believe.

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4 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Makayla Lysiak was seen in a 2014 episode of Parenthood. This year she has been busy with guest starring roles on New Girl, Speechless, The Last Ship, and you may recognize her as “Barbara” on the Audience series Mr. Mercedes!

1. What was the experience like filming an episode of New Girl?

Filming on the set of New Girl was one of the best experiences in my career. I got to work along side two insanely hilarious actors that I admire so much, Zoey Deschanel and Jake Johnson. All the scenes we shot were so funny! I tried not to laugh during takes. Zoey and Jake are comedic geniuses. Plus, I got to meet Olivia Rodrigo and Saylor Bell who made filming really fun. We talked a lot and got to know each other on set. The whole cast of this episode didn’t make my experience feel like work, they made it fun and exciting everyday.

2. Do you get nervous at all going into your first day on set for a new project?

Of course I get nervous! I feel like every actor does. When its my first day on a set sometimes I get scared I’m gonna forget my lines in front of big name actors, or look into the camera while filming. But, when I’m actually there in the moment, all my anxiousness and worry fades away. When I’m in front of the camera preforming, I feel free.

3. What was your time on set like filming for Speechless?

Filming Speechless was pretty cool. It was a one day shoot and I got to film at Fox Studios for the second time. It was quick shooting day but hey, work is work!

4. What was it like filming with Kyla Kenedy?

Filming with Kyla Kenedy was awesome. She was super nice and we talked in between takes. You could tell she was very professional. Kyla could always take direction really well and she knew her lines like the back of her hand.

5. How did you enjoy working with Alina Foley?

Alina Foley was great to work with. We would make small talk when the crew was setting up the shots.

6. What was the best part of filming for The Last Ship?

The best part about filming The Last Ship was definitely getting to go to an actual Naval ship base. The ships were HUGE, larger than you could even imagine. And I thought it was so cool that some of the extras were real life service members. I got to meet the people that serve our country and thank them for all they’ve done.

7. What was your first day on set like for Mr. Mercedes?

My first day shooting on Mr. Mercedes was SO AWESOME! This show was by far my favorite show I’ve ever worked on. I got to meet Jack Bender and Jharrel Jerome who made me feel at home right when I walked on the set. Though it was kind of intimidating working alongside an Oscar winning actor and such an iconic director. Both of them are so brilliant and talented. Plus I got to meet Emma Rayne Lyle which was a blessing in itself. She is such a sweet person that I had a great time getting to know better in between takes.

8. How did you enjoy getting to film the show in South Carolina?

I loved shooting in South Carolina. This was my first time shooting out of state, so it was very exciting. The show got us first class seats from LA to the south. When we got to South Carolina I saw that it was a lot different than LA. There were miles and miles of trees, all on flat land, no hills or mountains. And the food there is AMAZING! The next time I’m craving a barbecue sandwich, I will fly out to South Carolina for my meal.

9. How would you describe your character Barbara?

My character Barbara is always very busy. She likes organizing and planning things but sometimes get overwhelmed. She is very smart and shows it. And Barbara is strong but sometimes she can get insecure about herself. All will be revealed in episodes to come. Stay tuned!

10. Do you have a favorite episode you have filmed?

My favorite episode that I filmed on Mr. Mercedes was certainly the finale episode. They dressed the set like an art center. There was color and movement everywhere. It was indescribably beautiful. There was even some art work that came from the director, Jack Bender. I got to celebrate all the hard work the cast and crew did that season. Plus, I got free Mr. Mercedes merch!

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5 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Lindsey Lamer is the sister of Rob Lamer who did an episode of Parenthood. This year she has been busy working on multiple films and you may recognize her from her recurring role on Girl Meets World!

1. How did you get into acting?

My older sister is an actress. When I was little, I watched her musical theatre performances and she inspired me to be an actress. I love to pretend to be different characters.

2. What was your time on set like filming your Nesquik commercial?

The Nesquik commercial was really cool because it aligned with the Age of Ultron movie launch and we had to pretend like we were heroes in the Avengers Tower. I am a huge Marvel fan!

3. Were you nervous at all performing in front of a live audience for Jimmy Kimmel Live?

No, I was not nervous. I like to perform in front of people and the energy of the audience made it so much fun.

4. What was the experience like filming the Edge of Insanity?

Edge of Insanity is a horror-thriller movie and the scenes were intense. I get shot in the movie during a home invasion. I worked with Scout Taylor-Compton from “Halloween” and she shared her advice and experience working on horror films. It was amazing working with her.

5. How did you prepare for the role?

I prepared for the role by working closely with the director Joe Forsberg and Scout Taylor-Compton running lines and blocking scenes.

6. What was it like to be part of a huge Disney show like Girl Meets World?

I’ve always been a Disney fan, so joining the cast of Girl Meets World was like a dream! The cast and crew were so kind and the atmosphere was fun and friendly. Girl Meets World fans are the best, so supportive and sweet. I was very fortunate to have worked with Michael Jacobs, the creator of Girl Meets World.

7. How did you enjoy working with Rowan Blanchard?

It was fun to play the young version of Rowan’s character, Riley. Rowan was a great fit for the role. Everyone was so kind on set.

8. What was it like filming with Ben Savage?

Ben was so funny. He was always making me laugh. I enjoyed watching him create on set. He is a very talented actor and I learned so much from my time on set.

9. Do you have a favorite scene you got to film?

My favorite scene in Girl Meets World was the Bay Window episode where we did the musical number with Young Farkle, Young Maya and the grown-up Lucas. I love to sing and that episode was so much fun to shoot.

10. Is there anything you care to share about your upcoming projects?

I have a new Honda Clarity commercial airing this month. My movie “Broken Memories” is out on VOD. It’s a heartfelt movie about a father and son who are dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The late Rance Howard stars in the movie.

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7 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Marlowe Peyton played Melody in an episode of Parenthood and played Tanner in episodes of The Neighbors. This year she has been seen in a new episode of Fresh Off the Boat, and she has a secret music project to share!

1. How did you enjoy working with Forrest Wheeler on Fresh Off the Boat?

I had a great time filming my latest episode of Fresh Off the Boat. I got to do all my scenes with Forrest! He’s so talented, and I loved working with him.

2. Do you have a favorite scene you did for the episode?

My favorite scene was the one where Forrest comes in to tell me that Tiger Woods is half asian, it has such fantastic, hilarious writing, and I got to do a spit take! So, that was a lot of fun!

3. What was it like attending The Jonathan Foundation Event?

One of the best things I get to do all year, is be a celebrity ambassador for the Jonathan Foundation. The event this year was amazing, with incredible stories about so many children and what they’ve had to overcome. Truly an inspiring night, and I can’t wait for next year.

4. What has the experience been like getting involved in KawaiiHappii?

My sisters show Kawaiihappii is great, because we get to go to some cool events and we all work on it together as a family! Even if I’m not seen on camera you can bet I’m probably there helping with some part of the production.

5. Do you have a favorite episode you’ve been in this year with your sister?

Merit loves K-Pop. So filming K-Pop reaction videos are always fun! We always see different things in the music videos, so it’s really cool to compare our perspectives.

6. What has been one of the coolest things you’ve done for an audition this year?

I love all auditions, but I love the ones I get to sing in the most. I’ve done a lot of good signing ones this year.

7. Can we expect to hear any covers or original music from you any time soon?

Believe it or not, I’ve already released two original songs under an anonymous name R.I.P (Really Introverted Producer)! I’ve always been into Vocaloids, like Hatsune Miku, and a few months ago I decided to become a Vocaloid Producer. I write original songs, produce the tracks, create the illustrations, and tune the Vocaloids. So, now the secret is out! Here’s the link: www.soundcloud.com/really-introverted-producer check it out!

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8 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Merit Leighton is Marlowe’s older sister. This year she has been busy working on her new Netflix series Alexa & Katie, and make sure to check out her YouTube channel KawaiiHappii!

1.What was it like attending the Nintendo Switch Event?

Nintendo’s events are incredible. I went to both days of the event and it was an immersive and amazing experience. I’m a HUGE Nintendo Switch nerd, I love the console so much.

2. How did you enjoy attending the Dream Halloween event this year?

This event is just so much fun, seeing the kids all dressed up and smiling is the best. This year I went as a pink donut which was super cool and there were great performances as well! The kids had an amazing time, it was such a special night for a bunch of brave kids.

3. What has been your favorite episode to work on for KawaiiHappii this year?

Ooh… Picking a favorite is hard! KawaiiHappii is about all the things I love, but I have to say I especially enjoyed vlogging from Kcon and the Kcon concert! It was an an incredible week.

4. Do you have an idea for an episode you hope to be able to film one day?

There are so many! My top two ideas would be; One, to do a vlog from the Nintendo Headquarters in Japan! And two, to cover more Kpop concerts, like EXO or BTS’ next concerts in Seoul, for international fans.

5. What was the experience like being a part of Kid Kon?

KidKon was an amazing thing to be a part of and an awesome, nerdy event for kids! I had an fantastic opportunity to talk about what I do as a Youtuber, and to give advice to some other kids who want to do the same.

6. Hello, Merit! My question is the following one: Of all the roles that you’ve done so far, which ones are your favorites? Thanks in advance, and have a Merry Christmas (or most well, Merry-t Christmas)!

My favorite has to be my latest role as Hannah on Netfilx’s Alexa & Katie which is coming out in 2018! I have another favorite, but it’s Top Secret so stay tuned. 🙂

7. Do you have anything else in the works coming for your fans in the new year?

Lots of exciting things are happening next year! So, watch my social media for more on that, and make sure to keep an eye out for Lucinda The Witch on episodes of Disney Jr.’s Sofia The First!

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