BSCkids recently got the opportunity to sit down with actress Addison Riecke, one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s series “The Thundermans.” She spoke with us about being a young actress, working on the show, and who she finds inspiring.
Addison Riecke, one of Nickelodeon’s newest stars, began her career when she discovered her love for acting, singing and musical instruments at age four. Gaining experience through a variety of camps and workshops, such as the Kehoe-France Drama Camp, Addison was able to begin her career on stage both in theatre and musical theatre. In January 2012, Addison won a number of awards through IPOP’s convention, including awards for Child Actor of the Year, Winner of Child Monologue and Winner of Child TV Beauty Commercial. Shortly after, Addison was offered representation and is now advancing her career in the LA market. Her latest project, a super-hero themed comedy “The Thundermans,” will be one of Nickelodeon’s newest television series for 2013. Addison has also appeared on the new ABC series “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life),” on stage in “101 Dalmatian Kids,” and in national commercials for Lunchables and PlayStation. In addition to her acting and singing talents, Addison also enjoys playing both the piano and guitar.
BSCkids: Addison Riecke
When did you first decide you wanted to work in the entertainment industry as an actress?
My love for entertaining started out when I was 4 years old in Bitty Theater. I got into more formal acting classes at age 7 and then I was absolutely hooked! I love being able to portray a character that is totally out of character for me. My first TV role was that of a “tough girl”. That is so unlike me, but that is the beauty of acting.
How supportive have your friends and family been about the decision?
My family and friends have been so supportive of me, its unbelievable. It means the world to me that my family believes in me, and makes the sacrifices to allow me to do what I love.
Tell us about your series, “The Thundermans?”
“The Thundermans” are your normal family…who happen to have awesome SUPER POWERS! I have three siblings on the show: Max, Phoebe and Billy. I play Nora Thunderman, the youngest child.
Do you share any similarities with your character?
Definitely! Like Nora, I am often told that I am wise beyond my years.
Do you have any funny stories from set?
We love to make up song and dances in between takes and we are always doing funny handclap songs. We even teach the songs to our director, Bob. We have a lot of fun together. I actually get sad when the week ends because I love hanging out with everyone all week.
Do you get along with the other cast members?
We all get along very well. We do a lot of fun stuff together off set like swim parties, go to dinner, go shopping, go to amusement parks. Diego Velazquez, who plays Billy, is actually one of my best friends in real life.
Who do you look up to the most, or find the most inspiring?
My parents are the most inspiring and I absolutely look up to them. They have taught me so many valuable lessons and I know without their support and guidance I would not be the person I am today. Above all, my faith gives me the strength to do all things.
What has been the hardest part about being a young actress?
Hmmmm…that’s a tough one. In acting, as in life, there will always be a lot of ups and downs. I look at each audition like you are waiting for a bus at the bus stop. If you miss that bus, there is always another bus around the corner. I give every audition my very best. When I walk out of the room I leave it there. I cannot change anything about it at that point. So I don’t look at it as a hard part about being a young actress, I look at it as learning valuable life lessons at a young age. I think it is what makes me who I am and I would not change that for anything.
Which do you prefer more: stage acting or television acting?
I started off stage acting when I was 4. Wow, a lot has changed in the last 5 years!! I will always have a love for stage acting, but I prefer television acting overall.
How do you find time for school work, your friends between all of your acting, singing, and playing music?
It was an adjustment at first, finding the perfect balance. When we are shooting, I focus on school and acting. During my hiatus time, I have the opportunity to take guitar and singing lessons. I have been lucky that my school back in Louisiana has worked with me to continue school while I am filming. They send my schoolwork each week and the set teacher works directly with my teacher in Louisiana. It has worked well and I am able to stay connected with my friends back home. It is the best of both worlds!
What has been your favorite project work so far?
The Thundermans!! I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work with a fun, talented cast. The writers are brilliant and I can absolutely say they are all a big extended family for me.
Are there any celebrities you are dying to meet and why?
There are a lot of actors and actresses that I admire. I would say Jennifer Lawrence would be at the top of the list to want to meet. I am obsessed with “The Hunger Games” trilogy and I think she is an incredibly gifted actress.
Tell us about your first experience at The Kids Choice Awards. Were you nervous?
One word…AMAZING!! It was so much fun to be able to walk the orange carpet with my TV family. I was not nervous at all. It was so cool to see all of the people lined up along the carpet, a memory I will always cherish.