Women in Motion: Darby Camp

Photography by: Krystena Patton

In grade school, students are likely to be asked the common and thought-wrenching question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Answers widely range, as students have aspirations and dreams of becoming princesses, astronauts, and firefighters. Darby Camp, on the other hand, fulfilled many students' greatest fantasies, or answers to that question, as she turned her wildest dreams into a reality with sheer determination, undying passion, and, of course, pure talent. Now, the Big Little Lies young starlet is making her mark, as she can be seen in Paramount’s upcoming films, Dreamland, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, along with Netflix’s upcoming sequel, Christmas Chronicles 2. In this exclusive interview, we had the opportunity to chat with the ultra-talented actress to discuss her newest roles in her abundance of upcoming projects, an inside look into her acting career thus far, and her love for 80s’ music and experimenting with makeup.

Megan Morgante: Did anything/anyone, in particular, inspire you to enter the entertainment industry?

Darby Camp: My mom did, she had a degree in acting in college. When my older sister and I were born she got both of us into it. My sister did auditions for a few years, but then she got an audition where she had to cry, and my sister did not enjoy it. But, after seeing the process I was like, “...I want to do that!” So, to start I did a few commercials and then I got auditions for TV shows. I just really enjoyed it. 

MM: Can you give an overview of your past in the entertainment industry and how it led you to where you are now? 

DC: I was about four-years-old when I started to get commercials. I was auditioning when I was younger, but I didn't really book anything. When I was four I got a commercial that I did with my mom and she was like, “...Why is she really good at this?” Then I got an audition for The Leftovers on HBO. I booked the job and I went to Austin, Texas for two weeks and worked on it, so that was super fun. One night my parents were on Actors Access and they found an audition for a job with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, [Big Little Lies], and they thought I would be perfect for it. They told my agent about it and got me to do a self-tape at home for the audition. We then got a call that they wanted to see me in person in Los Angeles, so we flew out to LA for one night and did the callback. It was so funny because we thought, “...We don't know if we’ll ever come back here.” We didn’t know if I was going to book the job, so for the entire night, we went to Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Boulevard, and did as much as we could. But, then I booked it and I