Aria Brooks has a lot going on in her career so we were lucky to be able to get a chance to speak with her about how everything we could think of. If you haven’t already make sure to check her out on Nickelodeon’s All That as well as her other movies listed below.
Aria is making her mark on the industry as the newest series regular cast member in the reboot of the widely popular Nickelodeon series All That. Known as the “Saturday Night Live” of Nickelodeon, the show includes different sketches and special guests in every episode. The cast includes Kel Mitchell from the original series along with many brand new faces. New episodes are now airing. Continuing her success on the small screen, Aria can also be seen as Nola in the Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. The series tells eight inspirational stories based on the singer’s song catalog. The cast also includes Delta Burke, Julianne Hough, Kathleen Turner and Kimberly Williams-Paisley to name just a few. It is streaming now. She is also no stranger to the big screen with her appearance in the critically-acclaimed and award-winning film Harriet as Cynthia Erivo’s niece, Anger. The cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Clarke Peters, and Vanessa Bell Calloway.
BSCKids: Aria you seem to be very busy lately, can we talk about All That first? How did you get the role on the show?
Aria Brooks: Surprisingly my audition process was a lot shorter than most Nickelodeon auditions. I did a self-tape from home. I had to create two to four sketch characters and prepare the script they gave me. We got word from my agent that they wanted me to fly to LA for a callback. I was so excited. Then a few days after that, they wanted me to test for the role. This time I was in front of Nickelodeon Executives, not just All That staff. I found out the same day that I got the job.
What do you feel like has been your favorite skit so far in All That?
My favorite sketch is between Tammy TMI and Babies who _____. I love Tammy so much because of the crazy things that she says. I love the babies sketch because they are babies doing and saying modern day things.
Have there been any funny behind the scenes things that have happened?
We’ve had so many crazy and silly behind the scenes moments. For example, one time we were running through the Incredible Lucy sketch. We had to run out the door because there was “an active volcano”. I ran out, slipped and fell. Nathan started dragging me out the door and everyone was laughing because they thought I meant to do that.
If you could have any guest star on All That, who would it be and why?
I would want Zendaya to guest star on the show. She is really funny and she has been my role model for years now. I would be thrilled to meet her, let alone work with her.
Tell us a bit about your role in Harriet and how the filming went?
I played Anger, Harriet’s niece. Anger is a slave who does everything she is told. When Harriet comes to save her, she is scared at first but soon learns that she is her aunt. She throws her apron down and even holds the masters’ children at gunpoint. She was relieved to be on the other side of things.
How was it meeting Dolly Parton during your work as Nola on the series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings?
It was amazing! She was so nice and, although she didn’t film with us, she left a lasting impression. She introduced herself to everyone and she was so sweet.
Who do you feel has taught you the most in your acting career?
I think my mom has taught me the most. She has given me endless advice and tips on how to carry myself. My mom filmed and coached me in my auditions whenever we had a self-tape. She filmed my audition for Harriet, Dolly Parton, and All That. Her coaching has helped me a lot. She was even my teacher in elementary school, so sometimes she would refer back to her lessons when we did auditions.
Tell us a bit about the two singles you have produced?
They are promoting self-love and self-care. You have to not only be yourself but also take care of yourself. My first single, Truly Me, was about staying true to who you are. Don’t worry about anybody else or try to be like anyone else. My second single, Time Off, is about giving yourself a break when it’s due. You can’t overwork yourself.
Tell us something people would be surprised to learn about you?
People may not know that I have never had sketch comedy training. I have taken a few improv classes, but I was mostly focused on drama. A lot of my training came from either my mom or watching comedy and taking mental notes. By mental notes, I mean what I thought was funny about it and how did the characters make it funny.
Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
I am a huge music lover, as you probably know, but my favorite genres are Pop and Alternative. I love Melanie Martinez, Ariana Grande, Tate McRae, and Serena Laurel.
It was great having the opportunity to talk to Aria Brooks and wish her well in her career!