1. What are the projects that you are currently working on? Please tell us a little about it.
I am in Australia right now and. My parents are working on a movie here so I’ll be on the Gold Coast until August, and then I head back to LA for the Annabelle premiere which I am super excited about! I just got a ukulele and I have been practicing new songs, learning to rock climb and surf. I have just started a YouTube channel and I’ll be posting silly videos of my Arctic Monkeys and TLSP covers on the piano and random uke tunes. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgruFyWdDJxd9R0IkRqNvog
I hope to record a few of my own songs soon too. And I am about to shoot a horror short with these two young female first-time directors. That’s all I can say of my projects for now.
2. Please tell us what do you feel is your biggest achievement?
I am only 11 and I feel like I have a ton to learn and that my biggest achievements are still ahead of me. But I am quite proud of my film debut in The Choice and my role in Annabelle: Creation. I also feel pretty happy with myself when I learn a new Arctic Monkeys song on the piano J
3. Besides acting, what are you passionate about?
I am always listening to new songs, playing piano and learning the ukulele. I even need to have music on when I’m brushing my teeth. I love discovering new genres, bands and artists for myself. My Mom, Dad and my uncle Mick are always introducing me to new sounds too and it’s like a great adventure. I also love going to concerts. There is nothing like watching your favorite band live! I recently got to see Radiohead at the Santa Barbara Bowl and Sigur Ros at the LA Philharmonic and they both totally blew my mind.”
We also have an organic garden back at home. I’m in charge of the milkweed flowers and look after the monarch butterly caterpillars we get a ton of. They are endangered these days and it’s super important to create safe habitats for them to grow. It not very difficult to do and it’s breathtaking to watch them grow and transform.
4. How do you prepare for a role?
I always first start with creating my character’s back story to find out what makes her tick and act the way she does in the story. I go over all the information given in the screenplay and make up the rest, all of the events and people in the past that got my character to where she is. I love imagining things so I really like this part. Sometimes the audience doesn’t learn much about the past of a character, but it makes her real for me and I think it does for the audience too. It dictates how somebody behaves in the present and helps the reactions be authentic.
5. Why and when did you decide to start you acting career?
I think it happened when I was 4 and I played a little part in my Mom’s music video. I was fascinated and knew I wanted to do more acting from then on. My Mom is a singer songwriter and my Dad is a film producer so from the earliest age I’ve been surrounded by the arts and creative people. My parents have taken me to movie sets all over the world, theaters and operas since I can only remember, so that probably had something to do with it too.
6. If you could travel the world with anyone whom would you take?
Of course my parents but also my awesome uncle Mick, my Mom’s brother. He is the coolest person ever! They write music and play together but he also has his own band called Burn This Song and it is flippin’ INSANE!! Just check out his Black Betty cover on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOWTA43ThJg
7. Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your acting career?
I have been very lucky in working with amazing directors so far and in really incredible films. I got to work with brilliant casts and on beautiful sets. So the actual acting hasn’t been as big a challenge as parting with everybody at the end of the shoot. You become sort of a little family during the filming and it’s really tough when it’s all over. I have a great cast of five other girls with me in Annabelle: Creation and we are still very good friends and keep in touch.
8. So many young actresses are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them?
I am closely involved with three organizations in the Los Angeles area and they all do such important work: Animal Tracks, who rehabilitate wildlife and educate the public through tours and animal visits; Project Angel Food, which brings food and love to those who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves and A Sense of Home – a project that essentially creates homes for youth who aged out of the foster system. We help build a sense of community around them. We show up on weekends with a truck full of furniture and get to work. It’s very hands on which I love and we tell stories, sing songs and bond afterwards. Please check them out and reach out if you would like to get involved!
9. As a teen actress, how do you strike the balance between schoolwork and your career?
I’m afraid I leave that part mostly to my parents. If it were up to me I would never do homework and spend all day on movie sets and playing the piano! Luckily they are very good at it and make me get all my school and family obligations taken care of before I can move on to anything else.
10. If you were not a teen actress, what would you be up to now?
Definitely a musician and music lover. And a schoolgirl I guess, that part can’t be avoided for now..
11. If you have the chance to choose any other stars at your age to be your classmate, whom would you like to?
I would for sure pick Tayler Buck and Lulu Wilson because they are the nicest girls in the world! They are also my co-stars in Annabelle: Creation. We grew so close during the shoot and we still chat all the time!
12. Would you like to share a little bit about your role in ‘’Annabelle: Creation ’’? How would you describe her?
I play Tierney, one of six orphan girls who come to live in a creeeepy old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere after their orphanage is shut down. The place is dark and strange, but we don’t have a choice so we try to make ourselves at home. Until we find a mysterious doll locked up in a closet and everything starts going terribly horribly wrong.
Tierney is very young, but she has gone through much hardship already, so she is a thoughtful girl and loves her girlfriends. They stick together and are very loyal. Difficult childhood or not, my character loves to play, laugh and run around like any kid. She can also.. scream.. very loud!
13. As part of the film, what do you think the audience will be attracted and love about ‘’Annabelle: Creation’’?
I know the audience is going to go crazy for this movie. It is so scary you’re going to be clenching your armrests till your fingers go numb. But the film also has a great story and really lovable characters. There is a dark flashback and you are going to be super scared to see it and dying for it to come, the best kind of suspense! David Sandberg really is a master of scares. We’d know what would happen in the scene when we’d start to film it, and we would still scream our heads of when it did. So much fun!
14. How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address?
I just built my website with some help from my Mom and Mick. It’s been loads of fun and I’m really excited to share my adventures, projects and stories.
Lou Lou Safran
c/o The Safran Company
9663 Santa Monica Blvd., #840
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
15. Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their careers in Hollywood?
1. Go for your dreams no matter what anybody says and be prepared to work very hard to make them happen. I know, it’s not very original but it’s the most important thing.
2. You can’t worry about what other people are going to think and say.
3. Don’t eat too much craft service, it’s so tough to resist ;P