BSCkids recently got the chance to speak with the incredibly talented young actress, Elise Luthman. She spoke with us about the different projects she has appeared on, how she handles being an actress at a young age, and what she is looking forward as an actress.
Elise Luthman may be young but she has already accomplished a lot as an actress. She has been on stage since she was 3 yrs old and continues to appear on the big and small screen. Elise just wrapped the lead in an NYU Grad Thesis Film, AFI lead inMore Than Words and is the young lead in the upcoming 2013 feature film, Play James Play. She recently filmed Nickelodeon’s Wendell & Vinnie, Desperate Housewives, The Middle, New Girl and Rules of Engagement. She will soon be seen guest starring on an episode of the new Nickelodeon show, Deadtime Stories. The Joey & Elise Show. Elise has just received several 2013 Young Artist Awards nominations. She will also be appearing on the next season of BBC’s series, “Sherlock.” Keep an eye out for Elise as she continues to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
BSCkids: Elise Luthman
How supportive has your family been about your acting career?
My family is beyond supportive! My parents drive me to every audition and they coach me for each one. When I don’t get something my family encourages me to get back out there and keep trying. Without them I have no idea where I’d be.
Tell us about the film “More Than Words”
The film has such a cool concept. It’s about a girl who no one really understands and doesn’t fit in. She lives in a black and white world and she changes it to color. The film recently premiered at Cannes International Film Festival in France.
Do you share any similarities with your character in the film?
I actually do share similarities with her. She and I both share a love for art and trying to make the world a better place.
What can you tell us about your role in the new Nickelodeon series, “Wendell & Vinnie?”
In my role I was that sort of weird girl that nobody really pays attention to.She is quiet and thoughtful and always watching the shenanigans around her, and she records everything. I was the Court Reporter in a Mock Trial where Wendell has to defend Goldie Locks against The Three Bears who are suing her for “breaking and entering and vandalism” of their home. It is very funny, especially Jerry Trainer who plays Vinnie. My character recurs in several episodes as a classmate of Wendell.
What can you tell us about “The Joey & Elise Show” and what has the been the best part about working on that series?
The best part about working on the series is getting to go around and meet so many great people. I mean a lot of our good friends are people that we’ve interviewed on the show. We have even had an opportunity to interview Patrick Warburton from Family Guy and Rules of Engagement. And I did get to work with him on Rules of Engagement. He is so funny.
What is your process for getting into character before each show or movie you work on?
Well I like to really become the character in my everyday life and think of what my character would do in certain situations. For one film I wrote in a journal as my character for days before I went to film. When you think and feel as the character then you really aren’t acting, you are being “yourself” and the scenes are very natural.
You have appeared in several shows since you started acting, which has been your favorite?
I would probably have to say that my favorite was Deadtime Stories. This will not air until October, 2013 when the Nickelodeon TV Series is launched. I will also be featured on the cover of the book that my episode is based on “Grandpas Monster Movies”. So look for it in bookstores soon. I play the lead girl “Lea”. It was just such a fun experience! I loved working with my costars and the crew was just like one big family. 🙂 The director, writer and producers treated me like a star and I was really sad when the filming was over. They said that I would be called back for more episodes once the Series premiers in the fall.
Do you like working on movies or television series more?
Oh gosh, I love working on both. I’ve probably done more films, but I’d have to say I like working on a TV series more. On a TV series set it’s a different environment and a different experience. Working on Deadtime Stories was all on location at a Ranch and so it was a lot like a film but with the fast pace and excitement of TV, so it was the best of both.
How do you balance being in school and an actress?
It is definitely hard keeping up with both but the School I am enrolled in really works with my busy schedule and helps me to stay on track without it overwhelming me too much.
Do your friends treat you any differently since becoming an actress?
Well you can definitely tell a difference between treatment with your actor friends and your non actor friends. I just hope that all my friends like me for who I am and not for who I know or what I’ve been on. My true friends are still fun and treat me the same and I love them all.
If you could work with one celebrity who would it be and why?
If I could work with any celeb it would be Meryl Streep because I just love her work and how she can play such different roles. I would learn so much from working with her.
Are there any shows or movies you are looking forward to watching this year?
I’m looking forward to seeing the next season of BBCs Sherlock!!!!
What are your hobbies outside of acting?
Outside of acting my hobbies are art, guitar, singing and video games with my brothers, and I also like to just hang out with my friends or watch movies with my family.