BSCKids was lucky enough to get a chance to speak with Alison Fernandez about her work on Jane the Virgin as well as her time on the X-Men movie Logan.
Alison Fernandez is a busy 11 year old. Hailing from New York City the 6th grader has been working in the entertainment industry since she was four years old. She got her first big break with her reoccurring role as Zara Amara on “Law & Order: SSVU,” where she went on to be in 10 episodes. After that the work kept coming from a reoccurring role on Netlix’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Fresh off the Boat,” and many more. She currently stars as Young Jane on the CW’s award winning show “Jane the Virgin,” will be playing the role of Delilah in the new X-Men movie “Logan,” and has been chosen to be the new American Girl, an Amazon original based off the American Girl dolls.
BSCKids: Tell us a bit about your roll as Young Jane on Jane the Virgin and as Delilah in Logan?
Alison Fernandez: Well, on Jane the Virgin, I play Young 9 yr old Jane in flashbacks on the show showing how I learn some of life’s lessons. On Logan, I get to play Delilah-IceGirl, a mutant which happens to be one of the main star’s best-friends. My superpower is creating Ice and freezing things. I was told I’m a clone or descendant from one of the X-men called Iceman (Bobby).
BSCKids: Any funny behind the scenes of any show or movie you can tell us about?
Alison Fernandez: Well yes. When I first started acting I had a scene with my T.V. dad Danny Pino where he was supposed to show disapproval for my Halloween costume, when in the middle of the scene he adjusted my pants to cover my navel and for a second I froze. I was shocked, but then it realized that it part of the scene. Anyway, it was funny and the look on my face was priceless.
BSCKids: Who have you learned the most from while on set as an actress?
Alison Fernandez: Well so far, that would have to be Danny Pino. When I first started acting on Law & Order SVU, I was a really nervous and Danny often joked around to helped me relax, then he would helped me rehearse my lines and blocking before shooting the scenes. That went on for five seasons.
BSCKids: What has been your hardest roll to date?
Alison Fernandez: Well I would say Logan was the most difficult role so far because it involved a lot of traveling to film at different locations and sometimes it was in really cold weather. I love it!
BSCKids: How do you get in character?
Alison Fernandez: I try to think about everything the character is going through, what their goal is, what were their experiences, and what I could have in common with the character.
BSCKids: Who would you love to work with in the future?
Alison Fernandez: That’s a very difficult question because there are so many actors I admirer. Right now I would have to say either Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Lopez, or Michelle Rodriguez, because they have been my role models ever since I was little.
BSCKids: What can we expect to see from Alison in the next few years?
Alison Fernandez: Hopefully doing a lot more TV shows and action movies, and maybe even getting a chance to do some of my own stunts too.
BSCKids: What is your goal as an actress?
Alison Fernandez: To help, inspire, reach out and touch the hearts of other kids like me out there. To let them know that they can do anything they put their minds to, if they just believe they can. To believe in themselves and to understand that the hardest part about learning anything is just… “Getting Started”.
BSCKids: How do you find the time to practice Taekwondo, gymnastics, cheerleading and Dance?
Alison Fernandez: Well, for me education comes first, so I make sure to keep my grades up so I have time for my auditions. When I don’t have an audition I keep busy and fit doing my activities. For each activity I pack a special gymbag with my gear for that activity and then keep it in the trunk of my parents car. I have about eight gymbags in there, one for each place I like to go. This helps so when I get picked up from school I can quickly check my schedules and go right away to which ever activity is available that day and time. I really can’t plan ahead any of my schedules or classes must of the time since my priority after school is really Acting and auditioning which sometime I even get called in the same day for.
BSCKids: What is currently playing on your iPhone music wise right now?
Alison Fernandez: “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara, Michael Jackson, and Zendaya
BSCKids: If you could guest star on any television show which would it be and why?
Alison Fernandez: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Legions, or D.C Legends of tomorrow,because I always wanted to be a super hero. And I think if we had more females portraying superheroes, it will help young girls and women build up their self esteem when someone tells them something rude or mean.
BSCKids: What advice would you give to other kids that want to get into acting?
Alison Fernandez: Keep trying, you can do it! Sometimes it takes a few acting classes, sometimes it takes a few auditions. Try a few school plays or community theater like I did. If you keep dreaming and working hard, it can become real.
BSCKids: Where can we find you on social media?
Alison Fernandez: You can find me on Twitter as @tvalison, Instagram @tvalisononset, and on Facebook as AlisonFernandezDotcom