BSCkids recently spent some time with Rowan Blanchard, the star of Spy Kids: All The Time in the World. In the movie she portrays Rebecca Wilson, stepdaughter to Marissa Cortez Wilson, played by Jessica Alba. She told us about what she loves to do in her free time as well as spending time on set.
Rowan may be young but she is on her way to taking the acting world by storm. She not only acts but is currently also working on an album which is going to give the music world a run for its money. In her new movie, she helps save the world with her brother and ex-spy stepmother from super villain The Timekeeper, who wants to take control of the planet. This flourishing young actress is sure to be one you won’t forget.
BSCkids: You began acting at the young age of 6 doing commercials. What made you want to start auditioning?
Rowan Blanchard: I really just always had a passion for putting on shows. Whenever guests came over, I was always putting on shows for them. I would pretend I was Cinderella. I was always doing stuff like that.
You are currently acting and working on an album. Which do you love doing more, singing or acting?
Wow that’s a hard question actually. A really hard one! I love both. They are both things I love to do and want to do. I couldn’t pick which one I liked more.
You love what you do right?
Oh yeah definitely!
I hear you love singing Broadway show tunes; which is your favorite?
Oh I really do. I love to sing show tunes. My favorite is by Barbara Streisand and I just absolutely love it.
You seem very busy these days, with movies and a new album. When do you get to do normal kids things?
My parents always make sure that I have time to be a kid. They try and make sure that I can spend time with my friends when I want. They really want to make sure I don’t miss out on that time, time to be young and a kid.
Do you and your family live full time in LA?
We do live full time in LA. I have grown up here and we have always lived here so I didn’t have to move for my career or anything like that.
So you have your first starring role in the new Spy Kids film. How exciting was it when you got the call from the director?
It was so amazing! I literally got chills. You know, I got this call from an unmarked number and I answered it. To hear his voice on the other end and he says, “You got the part” and that your whole life is going to change because of this movie. It’s just amazing. I was so excited.
You play Jessica Alba’s daughter in the movie. Was it fun working with her on set?
She is really a great person and she is such a great actress. There isn’t one bad person on the cast. Everyone was really great. It was such an honor to work with her.
Was your role in the new Spy Kids movie difficult to portray?
It was actually not that difficult. It was kind of easy. I mean, I love acting because you get to dress up and play this character who isn’t you. It’s different and it’s new. So I don’t think it’s that difficult.
How is this installment of the series different from the other three?
It’s going to be pretty different than the others. It’s definitely a new take on the spy family. The kids have lost their mother and then this stepmother comes in the picture that they don’t like. But it turns out it’s a disguise. So the kids have to work with their mother to help save the world from the enemy. It’s going to be great and fun.
Any advice for young children who may want to be in the industry?
Sometimes people are going to tell you that you aren’t good enough or right for that specific job, but you really have to push through it and build up that strength to carry on and say “I’m not going to give up because this is what you love to do.”