The ins and outs of the entertainment world can be vastly taxing and equally intimidating, but, when involved for an extended amount of time, auditions and screen tests can become something of second nature. Rising actress Bria Danielle Singleton is an ideal illustration of this, as she grew up practically within the framework of the arts. According to Bria, she believes that through extensive experiences and years of training, she has gained an ideal sense of knowledge involving her craft, as well as a fresh spark of confidence. After years of honing her creative gifts, Bria can be seen showcasing her talents in the Netflix film, Thunder Force. In this exclusive interview, Bria discusses her past in the industry, how her idols have influenced her work, and challenges she has experienced throughout her career thus far.
Megan Morgante: Did anything/anyone, in particular, inspire you to pursue acting?
Bria Danielle Singleton: I started acting at eight months old, so nothing exactly inspired me to start acting but many actors inspire me and motivate me to continue acting. One actor who I'm inspired by is Elizabeth Olsen. I think she is an amazing actress and I'm a huge fan of hers.
MM: Can you give an overview of your past in the entertainment industry and how it led you to where you are now?
BS: My sister and I started acting when we were very young and we have both done TV, film, commercials, and voiceover work. We also take acting classes year-round. I think having all of those experiences have helped me to grow as an actor and that is what helped me book the role of Emily in Thunder Force.
MM: You star in the newly premiered Netflix film, Thunder Force…. Congratulations! Can you give us some insight into what we can expect from this new comedy film?
BS: You can expect to see a funny film with some action, physical comedy, and also a great message about friendship.
MM: What has your experience been like working with the cast and crew on this project, particularly, the talented Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy?
BS: I did not work with Ms. Octavia Spencer because she was working on another project in Canada. However, I did work with Mrs. Melissa McCarthy, her husband, Mr. Ben Falcone, and their sweet daughter, Vivian Falcone who plays my bestie, Lydia. The entire family is just a ball of positivity and sunshine.
MM: You portray the tween version of Octavia Spencer’s character, Emily, in the film; what was your experience like bringing this character to life?
BS: It’s interesting because I haven’t really played a character like Emily before. When you see most nerdy characters in films and TV, sometimes writers try to push the stereotypical "nerdy" character instead of them being the "intelligent" one, and that’s what I really like about Emily. She knew she was smart and she was unapologetic about it. The quote where she says, "I'm not a nerd, I'm smart, there's a difference," was really powerful. I loved playing Emily.
MM: Do you have any new or upcoming projects that you’re particularly excited about?
BS: Unfortunately, I do not have any upcoming projects yet, but I am auditioning for roles so hopefully soon.
MM: Do you have any hobbies you enjoy partaking in when you’re not acting?
BS: When I'm not acting, I enjoy playing video games over the phone with my friends since we can’t hang out in person as much due to Covid-19. I am also training our cats to sit and follow directions. They are so adorable and sweet.
MM: Have you ever experienced any notable challenges throughout your career?
BS: One challenge I had was the fear of going in front of groups of executives when I would get callbacks for auditions. I needed to come out of my shell because I was very shy. Also, it was hard to play the all-around outgoing character with a big personality because I wouldn’t allow myself to be that person. So, I feel that it held me back from booking, but I am proud to say that I have gotten over those fears.
MM: Where do you hope to see yourself within the upcoming years?
BS: In the upcoming years, I hope to book many diverse roles, continue to grow my résumé, and make my future self proud.
Photography by Bobby Quillard