Based on Cindy Callaghan’s book of the same name, Just Add Magic follows Kelly (Olivia Sanabia, Extant), and her two best friends Darbie (Abby Donnelly, Suburgatory) and Hannah (Aubrey Miller, Austin & Ally), as they stumble upon a mysterious cookbook in Kelly’s attic and discover the recipes in this book are far from ordinary—they’re magical. The series also stars Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) and Amy Hill (50 First Dates). Just Add Magic, the brand-new live-action series with Olivia Sanabia debuts Friday, January 15 on Amazon Prime Video!
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Can you all tell me a little bit about your characters and the show?
I play Kelly Quinn on Amazon’s new original TV series Just Add Magic. The show is about Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’S. In the pilot, they discover Kelly’s Grandmother’s cookbook in her attic. They decide to bake some of the recipes. As they are baking, many strange things happen and they discover it’s magic that they’re dealing with! Through our first season, you see Kelly’s relationships growing with her friends and family as she tries to save her Grandmother. It’s a wholesome, fun, mysterious show that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Kelly Quinn is loving, smart, curious, and always wants to do what’s right.
Do you share any similarities with your characters?
I’m similar to Kelly because we both have mischievous little brothers that are always up to something, but we love them so much!
Did you get a chance to read the Cindy Callaghan book before reading for the show?
I didn’t get the chance to read the book before auditioning for Just Add Magic, but I did read a few of her books after that. I just love them! They are funny, interesting, clever, and I can’t believe I can bring one of her books to life!
How do you get in character?
I get into character by reminding myself of who Kelly is, what’s important to her, and what’s currently her conflict that she needs to resolve.
Why has Just Add Magic been fun to film? What has been your favorite story on the show so far or scene without spoiling anything?
Just Add Magic was so much fun to film because I got to do what I love, with the people I love. It feels like a dream come true! I also love how we get to partake in some of the baking because baking is one of my personal favorite things to do for fun. So to be able to act, hang out with my friends, and bake, makes for an amazing job! I love how the friendship between Kelly and her besties, Hannah and Darbie remains so strong even after magical recipes test their friendship.
The pantry room looks awesome, how cool was it to film in that room?
The pantry room is one of the coolest places on the whole set because it feels so eerie and magical. The art designers were amazingly meticulous when they built the pantry! It was so cool to see the process of building it in action!
Amy Hill is great as Mama P, how was it working with her?
Amy is amazing to work with! I am honored to work with such an experienced and talented actress. She is so kind and can always make you laugh!
The overall mystery is so much fun, how much did you know during filming?
We didn’t know too much about the following episodes when we were filming them. I think it was kinda cool not knowing what was next, because then we were at the same point as our characters. But at the same time, we were always dying to get the next script!
If you could have any recipes real in your life which one would you want to use? What is your favorite thing to cook or bake in real life?
I would use a Healing Hot Fudge Sundae recipe to heal anybody who needed it. My favorite thing to bake is a basic yellow cake. I love that it gives me a blank canvas to decorate however I want. Plus, they are super yummy!
Were there any funny behind the scene stories you can share with us while filming?
We were always laughing between takes. One example was when we had an episode where we were eating lots of sweets. We did so many takes, that we felt so sick afterward! Looking back that was hilarious!
Are there any celebrities you are dying to meet? Who has been one of your favorite people to work with?
I am dying to meet Bailee Madison! She is a kind-hearted and talented actress. I would be so excited to meet her! I feel so blessed to work with everyone that I have been able to, because I have learned something for each and every one of them. I loved working with Jennifer Garner, Ariana Grande, Jennette McCurdy, Brian Stepanek, and Jack Black!
Give me a few tips to be a successful actor or for kids trying to get into acting?
The best advice that I can give from my experiences is to never give up! There will be way more no’s than yes’s and that’s hard to deal with. But if you work hard and love what you do, you will succeed.
Where can we find you on social media? Any other projects you are working on?
You can stay connected and up to date with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all @OliviaSanabia. My Youtube channel is Olivia Sanabia, where I sing, play the piano and more.
This year, I have two independent films coming out. The first is a thriller called Day Six and the other is a drama called The Secret Life of Me. I had an amazing time working on both of them and I can’t wait for everyone to see them!
Why should everyone tune in to Just Add Magic on Amazon Prime Video?
Just Add Magic is a fun show that the whole family can enjoy! It has magic, morals and mystery, so you will always be left on a cliffhanger! You can stream all the episodes January 15th on Amazon Prime.
Special thanks to Olivia Sanabia who plays Kelly on Just Add Magic from Amazon Prime Video!