Check out this brand new interview with the super talented Gabrielle Elyse!
The 18-year-old actress stars in Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, which follows the hysterical adventures of four, 10-year-old quadruplets who don’t have much in common, except their birthday.
This season will find the Harper quadruplets in situations everyday kids experience, but multiplied by four. From each of them planning their own “grownup” birthday parties to finding the perfect babysitter to seeing a scary movie for the first time, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn may approach life differently, but in the end they can always depend on each other.
JustJaredJr.com: Tell us about your character on NRDD!
Gabrielle Elyse: Josie works at the sporting goods store that the quad’s parents own. She also babysits the quad’s and helps set up the episode’s story line. She’s a girl who is creative and outgoing. The Josie character is unique because she doesn’t follow the typical trends. She dresses the way she wants and uses different colors in her hair making her own fashion statement. She likes zombie movies, DJ’s, and plays guitar. She also sets an example for the kids to truly and fearlessly be themselves.
Click inside to read the rest of our interview with Gabrielle Elyse…
JustJaredJr.com Interview – Gabrielle Elyse
JJJ: What do you like most about playing Josie?
GE: The Josie character is fun and outgoing and I like portraying that type of personality. In my real life I’m the youngest of two. I always wanted a younger brother or sister. In this role I get four! That makes me happy. I also was exposed to new hair ideas like putting color in my hair for the show. Now I love it and put color in my hair often in my real life. The Josie character loves loves loves socks and so do I. So I get to wear fun crazy socks at work too.
JJJ: You play guitar on the show. Tell us about your musical interests! Do you play in real life?
GE: Josie does play the guitar on the show. I do not. On a Friday I was asked if I could learn to play a song for the Christmas episode that we were going to start filming on the next Wednesday. So over the weekend I asked a friend who does play to help me learn and I practiced to some YouTube videos. Needless to say I worked hard at this. But by filming day they decided to do it differently. Those are the breaks. The positive note is that I learned something new. Personally, I play the piano and am starting to learn how to play the ukulele. I was given a pink one for my birthday. I like all kinds of music. My iTunes play list is a mix of old school and more modern music. I’m obsessed with the band Panic! at the Disco. For my birthday Allison Munn, who play’s the quad’s mom on the show, gifted me all kinds of Panic at the Disco stuff. Allison knows the guitarist. The bow tie the guitarist wore during their last tour and a poster signed by the entire band are proudly displayed in my room.
JJJ: Where are you from and what led you to acting?
GE: I’m from Texas. I think I always wanted to perform. But when I was really young I didn’t realize that that’s what it was. I always had an active and vivid imagination. And, in addition to that I was a really independent spirit. If I could conceive of it, to me, there was no reason why it couldn’t happen. “No” was not in my vocabulary. I looked at the world and thought “yes”! I didn’t keep my imagination to myself either. I shared it freely. It got to the point where my teachers would need to ask my mom to confirm my stories. For instance, my parents were talking about moving back to California….When they retire. But my imagination heard “we’re moving”. So I went into class the next day and told my class, during show and tell, that they needed to say their “good-byes” to me because we were moving next week. Yea, my mom got calls about that one. Or the time I told my class that my dad was a secret Samurai. Well, why not? My dad is half Japanese. He had Samurai swords on display. He trained in martial arts and had his outfit called a waraji and his Japanese wooden shoes called zori in his closet. It all made sense to me when my dad took me to go see the movie “The Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise. I would get my friends to put on sketches for our parents. Actually I didn’t need a cast. I often performed for my family solo. I remember pointing at the movie screen or television and telling my mom, “I want to do that.”
JJJ: You’ve also appeared on Liv & Maddie, The Thundermans, and Austin & Ally, tell us about working on those shows and which character you liked playing the most!
GE: Every set is different. In between filming some are loud and energetic and others are quiet and low key. In my experience what they have in common is how nice people are. Especially to those who are a guest to their set. For instance when I was on Austin and Ally the 2nd AD knew Kel Mitchell from the Kenan and Kel show. He was on the lot. When the 2nd AD took the cast over to meet him she included me. I was so excited because I watched that show growing up. I got to do the “Orange Soda” skit with him and got it on camera. Liv & Maddie was my first TV booking ever. The 1st AD and Director were especially good to me. Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg and both their parents were so welcoming to me and my mom. It was a great first experience. On The Thundermans the 1st AD was especially nice. She explained why things were done so I learned a lot from her. The set craft service person was very thoughtful. He knew I follow a gluten free diet. So when he would pick up treats for his regular cast he made sure there was at least one goodie I could eat. He didn’t have to do that. The cast is the BOMB! They were all very welcoming. We had a lot of fun on set. Rosa Blasi gave me great acting tips while filming. The Thundermans character, Maddy, was fun to play. Mainly because I got to be a reoccurring character on a show other than NRDD. Watching and learning how they do the special effects and seeing the puppeteers was a great experience.
JJJ: We hear that you’re an animal lover. Tell us about your pets!
GE: I have four dogs. My two big girls are at home with my dad. They are litter mates that we rescued when they were about three months old. The two smaller ones are here with me. They can live in an apartment easily. One’s name is Quincy (after Quincy Jones the producer and musician). She’s a multi-poo. The other’s name is Bailey (after Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire). She’s a Havanese. I love them to pieces. Dog lovers know what i’m talking about!
JJJ: What advice would you give to young girls looking to get into the entertainment industry?
GE: Pursue acting only if you really love it and it makes you happy. I say this because as an actor you’re not living life glamorously on the red carpet every day. It’s work that you’re happy to be doing. There are a lot of “No’s” before you get a “yes.” So your confidence has to be able to handle that. Be patient. It can take a while to go through a lot of knows before the “yes.”
If all that appeals to you then get started where you live. Find a coach that inspires and challenges you. Keep coaching consistently! If you love acting this will be easy. Also get into an improv class and stick to it. Then find an Agency and apply. Participate in Casting Director workshops. Let them get to know you over time. When they see how much you improve they become confident in calling you in for auditions and recommending you for bookings. Those are the relationships you build over time. Keep your school grades up! No brainer!!
JJJ: Tell us about your holiday plans! Any holiday traditions you can share with your fans?
GE: I’m going to Texas for Christmas. My family does have holiday traditions. We attend church of coarse. We also see the Nutcracker Ballet and have Christmas Eve dinner at the Four Seasons. My parents have been doing this for more than twenty years. My holiday wouldn’t be the same without them.