BSCkids recently got the chance to chat with Presley Massara, an up and coming young actor from Perth, Australia who stars in the film adaption of the popular novel The Pineville Heist. It’s Canadian release date is September 4th 2015 with US!
BSCkids: Presley Massara
When did you first decide you wanted to act? How supportive was your family about the decision?
I was a performer right from when I could talk apparently. I would stand up in front of the family and give ‘news reports’ in different languages that only I could understand and I would do my own commercial breaks complete with singing and dancing! Mom videotaped them and I sincerely hope they never see the light of day!
Can you tell us a little bit about your character in your upcoming film “The Pineville Heist?”
I play Aaron Stevens who is an all around American teen, full of life and spirit, who is struggling to gain the love of his father. He’s got a cool best friend and his journey in The Pineville Heist marks his growth as a young adult and hero. He was a tough character to play because Aaron displays so many emotions, all within a few scenes, and I had to make sure that the audience travelled that journey with me. The book was a huge hit on Amazon (reaching number 1 in Young Adult Fiction), and I did feel the pressure of having to bring such a popular character to life in a way that everyone related to.
Did you read the book that the film is based on? What drew you to the project?
I was already a big fan of the book before I heard that it was being made into a movie. A friend had given it to me as a present and I loved it. The plot twists were awesome and to be able to act in such a dramatic and emotional film in beautiful locations was a dream come true.
Have your friends/family gotten to watch “The Pineville Heist” yet? What have they thought?
No they haven’t! Even Mom didn’t really watch any of the dailies when we were filming as she wanted to see the final film with everyone else. When the trailer was released I got so many messages – it was really exciting and if I’m honest a big relief as film critics have started to say nice things about my performance – PHEW!
Who is currently playing on your iPod?
Blessings by Big Sean, Drake and Kayne West
Who has been your favorite actor/actress you have met and what have you learned from them?
Freya Tingley who stars in Once Upon A Time, Jersey Boys and Hemlock Grove. We are great friends and I have learnt to trust your acting instincts and that hard work is needed to get every single audition perfect before you either walk in the door or put it on tape.
Who are you crushing on at the moment?
Kylie Jenner – she’s can call me anytime!
Can you tell us some of your hobbies?
I like playing rugby, hiking, rollerskating and LOVE the beach. Going to the movies with friends makes me happy, especially when one of them is in the film!
How do you find time to spend on your hobbies and friends while going to school and acting?
I go to a special School over here that finishes at 1pm each day to allow Actors to go to classes and audition. It also allows me to switch to home schooling when I am on set. In this business you make friends with other Actors so we hang together after acting classes too.
If acting hadn’t worked out, what do you think your other career choice would be and why?
I definitely want to study Psychology.
Any advice for other children or young adults getting into acting?
This business is a marathon not a sprint. Your career is not going to be built in a day – or even from one role no matter how large it may be. To be respected you must work hard and be consistent with your performances.