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Kidsday interviews actress Ciara Bravo

Actress Ciara Bravo from the Nickelodeon show

Actress Ciara Bravo from the Nickelodeon show "Big Time Rush" with Kidsday reporters, from left, Rebecca Yaminian, Neekoo Farahmandpour, Matthew Hedvat and Daniella Salim at the Nickelodeon offices in Manhattan Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We met one of our favorite actresses, Ciara Bravo, at the Nickelodeon offices in Manhattan. Ciara stars on the show “Big Time Rush” as Katie Knight.
Did you have to go to acting school?

I didn’t have to go to acting school. A lot of kids like to. I did take acting classes for the roles that are a little more difficult for me to get into. Like the deeper, more serious roles — but I didn’t go to acting school.
Do you play sports?

I do play sports. I ride horses. I’ve been riding horses for eight years now. And I also play volleyball and lacrosse.
What school do you go to now that you’re famous?

I am home schooled, and I have a tutor on set that teaches me three hours every day.
How old were you when you started acting?

When I started acting or auditioning when I came out, I was in fourth grade, so I’d say probably about 10? Somewhere around there.
Are you close friends with the other actors on the show?

I am very close friends. We’re all one, big happy family on the set. Most definitely. 
What’s your favorite food?

This one’s a tough one. I’d have to say grilled cheese, or mac and cheese definitely. 
How long did it take to learn and memorize your lines?

Well, at first it probably took me about a couple of hours every night, but since I’ve been getting used to it more and more, I’ve been like training my brain, it probably takes about 30 minutes to an hour to memorize all my scenes.
How many movies or TV shows have you been in?

That’s a good question. I’ve been in one short film, and I was an extra in the movie “Angels and Demons”; I didn’t make the movie, but it was a really great experience. But I’ve been in three TV shows and one short film.
Is it hard to be a young actor?

It’s a lot of work . . . because you’re balancing work with school. So it’s very challenging, but it’s really fun. It’s a great experience.
How many auditions did you go to before you got your first role?

I don’t think I could count all of them. There were a ton of rejections before I got my first, yes. I don’t know there was a lot.
Which one of the boys on “Big Time Rush” do you like the most and why?

I don’t think I could choose between one. They’re all really, really sweet and all like big brothers to me, so it would be really hard to choose. They all have their perks about them.
What is your favorite episode in “Big Time Rush”?

I like the Russell Brand episode, “Big Time Beach Party.” It was a lot of fun to film, and Russell Brand was a really sweet guy.
What is it like being in the movie “Open Season?”

It was so much fun to film. I love hearing my voice come out of an animal. It was so weird to think about. Like the conversation I had with my mom after we watched it. She was like, “I don’t know if I like hearing my daughter’s voice coming out of a deer.” I was like, “come on, it’s awesome, you have to admit.” It was a blast working on it, and the cast was super sweet.
What was your favorite music video you’ve been in?

I’ve been in one music video with Natasha Bedingfield, but like from “Big Time Rush,” my favorite music video is probably “Boyfriend’ that came out with Snoop Dogg. I think that’s a real sweet music video.
What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I ride horses and actually catch up with my school work a lot. It’s been a good six hours on my off day doing just biology, algebra and trying to get caught up.

What is the best thing about being on the TV show?

I would say it would be the support from the fans and just a dream come true and bringing joy to other people’s lives and making them laugh. Just the experience of it all.
How did you get into “Big Time Rush,” and how long does the process take?

The process, from the start, was three years until the show aired. Everyone was on hold, but I was a last-minute cast member because they decided to change the character, but I sent in an audition on tape to the casting director, and as they narrowed it down I kept passing . . . yeah, I like her, I like her, and finally it got down to the final five, and I love the executive producers Scott Fellows and Debra Spidell, they’re really great guys. When I got the call, I was in the middle of a store after a trip to Amish country. When my mom was chasing the bus that I was on for 250 miles, something crazy like that, and half of the video was in a grocery store with flour bags . . . and the other half was on the back of a hotel wall. It was crazy. My hair was different, my clothes were different. But when I got the call, I was in a store at the mall with my mom, and they said “you got the part,” and I was shaking and crying, and I like sat down on the floor, and people are staring at me as they walked by, and I’m like it’s all good, they’re happy tears. It was a dream come true.
Do you like playing the video game Call of Duty?

I do. I’m always playing Black Ops with my brother all the time. It’s like a tradition in my family, not necessarily my family; my cousins and I, we always play Black Ops.
How did you feel when you heard you were part of the cast of “Big Time Rush”?

I was, like I said, I was shaking and crying, and it was a dream come true. It was hard to believe it was actually reality because I’ve been working for such a long time, years in the making. It was just an amazing feeling that’s hard to describe.
What’s it like experience being on “BTR”?

It was a lot of fun. It was crazy. It’s a crazy experience because every day you walk on set, there’s something weird going on. Like I walked in one day, and I was doing school, and I turned around, and there was a cow standing behind me. I was really perplexed by that one. But there’s been seltzer bottles, cows and trampolines, and the weirdest things happen, and that’s why it’s so much fun working on that show.

What other actors would you like to work with?

I think it would be fun working with Russell Brand again because he was an amazing guy to work with, and it was such a great experience. But I think it would be fun also to work with Will Smith, yeah Will Smith because it would be great fun because it’s someone I look up to.
If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be?

I think it would be really cool to meet Will Smith because he’s a really great actor and seems like a super sweet guy. I feel he’s someone I could follow in their footsteps and hope to become a great actor like him one day.

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