Antonella Rose, who is already making waves in the entertainment industry at just ten years old, showcasing a level of talent and maturity far beyond her years. Audiences may recognize her from her stellar and critically praised performance in Hulu's "Candy" opposite Jessica Biel. Rose's talent will once again be front and center in her feature film "A Sudden Case Of Christmas," directed by Peter Chelsom and filmed in Italy, which is (release TBD). The role sees Antonella starring alongside absolute Hollywood icons Danny DeVito, Andie MacDowell, and Wilmer Valderrama. Beyond this joyous holiday flick, Antonella recently concluded a six-episode arc on AMC's smash hit television show "Fear Of The Walking Dead," which is now streaming.
Photographer Nicole Mitchem
Have you already making waves in the entertainment industry. What do you believe sets her apart and contributes to her rising star status?
I have been in the entertainment industry since I was about 6 years old. I can say that now that I'm 11, I'm much more involved in my projects and my ability to make decisions. What's really contributed to my rise is my passion for acting. I get 100% involved from the time I get the audition, to the construction of the character, up to the time where I bring the character to life. I get a bit obsessed about my roles, and I can't think of anything else when I'm working on a project. Yes, it has been a very long process but it's been a very rewarding experience for me.
You have received critical acclaim for her performance in Hulu's "Candy" alongside Jessica Biel. Can you share insights into how she approached her role and the impact it had on her burgeoning career?
It was my first big role as an actress, so I definitely wanted to put my all into portraying my character, Christina Gore. I made so many friends along the way and I learned so much. It was definitely a life changing experience for me.
You are set to star in "A Sudden Case Of Christmas" alongside Hollywood icons like Danny DeVito, Andie MacDowell, and Wilmer Valderrama. What can we expect from her performance in this feature film, and how did she prepare for such a star-studded project?
I can't disclose much due to the movie being unreleased, but what I am able to say is that I can definitely see this movie becoming a Christmas classic. The amount of work that went into this project is uncanny, and I am really excited for it to be released. I became really close to some of my fellow actors.
How did you find working alongside seasoned Hollywood veterans like Danny DeVito, Andie MacDowell, and Wilmer Valderrama in "A Sudden Case Of Christmas"? Any memorable on-set moments?
‘Just being able to share screen time with these incredible actors felt like a dream. They definitely taught me a lot and I will never forget the off-screen moments we had together. One person I will always remember is Wilmer's daughter, Nakano. She was the cutest thing ever!! They let me babysit her when I wasn't working, and those little moments make me smile. I already miss everyone so much, it was definitely a mind-blowing experience. I have so many memorable moments, from making Danny Devito laugh with Instagram filters, to losing a tooth when filming a scene, I would have to write a book to tell you all. ’
A Sudden Case Of Christmas" was filmed in Italy. How did the picturesque location influence Antonella's performance, and what challenges and delights did the filming location bring to the production?
You wouldn't believe the number of pictures I had saved on my phone with those mountains, I could stare at them for days! Whenever I had a day off, I always liked to wander around the town and get to know it! The food was delicious as well, I could eat the pasta there for weeks and never get sick of it!
You recently concluded a six-episode arc on "Fear Of The Walking Dead." How did she navigate the transition from film to television, and what kind of impact did her presence have on the show's dynamic?
Filming FTWD was incredible, I still can't believe this is all real life! I always felt like there would be a lot of pressure, especially knowing that I was stepping onto a show with fans who already have their favorites. So I always made sure to try my best!! I can tell my hard work paid off, and I'm so happy acknowledging all of the feedback I've gotten as well!!
Being involved in both a holiday film and a popular TV series showcases Your versatility. How do you approach roles in different genres, and what genres would she like to explore in the future?
When I'm preparing for a role, I like to put myself in the character's shoes. I research related films, think about what the character is thinking, etc. It's definitely a long process, but the outcome is always incredible. I don't want to pick a genre, I rather let the universe surprise me with challenges. I have a thing for roles that get me out of my comfort zone. The harder the character, the more excited I get!
Can you shed light how you prepare for roles? Do you have any unique methods or rituals that contribute to her consistently impressive performances?
My methods tend to differ based on the role. It depends if the character is sweet and outgoing like Christina and Claire, or if the character is a brave, bad apple like Tracy! It's a long process that includes lots of research, and lots of emotional and physical effort.
You have achieved a remarkable level of success. What are her aspirations for her career in the entertainment industry, and are there specific directors or actors she dreams of working with?
Anne Hathaway and Emma Stone. I really admire these actresses and I hope to work with them one day. I really wanna do a dark comedy drama, gothic fiction, like "A Series of Unfortunate Events" or "Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children". I'd like to work with any director who is excited to work with me, but if I need to pick one off the top of my head, I would say Tim Bourton.
How does she balance her education with her blossoming acting career? Is she involved in any educational programs related to the arts?
Whenever I have a long break, like the actors/writers strike for example, I enroll myself back into a regular school to reconnect with my friends, and my schedule, etc. But when I'm filming, I'm in a homeschool program! That way my work schedule is much more flexible.
Beyond "A Sudden Case Of Christmas," are there any other upcoming projects or collaborations that Antonella is excited about and that her fans should look forward to?
I'm on hold for a really exciting project at the moment so I can't disclose anything! But it's really cool! Cross your fingers!!
Have you had any mentors in the industry who have guided her through the early stages of her career? How has mentorship played a role in her development as an actress?
My mom is a former actress, and I have to give her credit for it. Along the way, I got the chance to work with so many good directors, who each taught me so much. Like Peter Chelson for example, the director of the Christmas movie, I'm sure he will be forever in my life.
Considering young age, Antonella is becoming an inspiration to other aspiring young actors. How does she feel about being a role model, and what messages or advice does she have for her young fans?
To never give up, and to not question themselves or what they are doing wrong or if they are truly talented. Your time will come. Just keep working hard, follow your path, and especially don't listen to people who want to bring you down, they might be going through something that you don't know of.
How do you and your family navigate the balance between the fame that comes with her success and maintaining a sense of normalcy in her everyday life?
My parents know how to keep me grounded and I'm very grateful for that. I can't say I miss anything from my childhood due to my work as an actress. They always make sure whether I'm working or not, that I have time to be a normal kid, that I can chat with friends, go to the mall, to the theaters and enjoy life.
If you could choose any role or project, regardless of constraints, what would be her dream role, and why?
‘A smart, sassy, gothic, dark funny character. As I said, I love challenges. ‘