“Always follow your dreams, no matter how big they might seem!” – Paris Smith
Paris Smith plays ‘Maddie Van Pelt,’ a popular cheerleader who just happens to be a witch, in Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way. The show, which is in its final season, isn’t Smith’s first acting role. That was in a movie called Puncture starring Chris Evans and soon after, she got the “acting bug,” she told me.
Check out our interview below where she talks about her audition for the show, how she got started acting and her advice for young actors!
Every Witch Way airs every weekday for the month of July at 7PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon.
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How did you get started acting?
Paris Smith: I’ve wanted to do acting ever since I was 4 years old, so I started out with some theatre and commercials. I started acting seriously when I got my agent at the age of 7! I’ve always wanted to be an actress and couldn’t see myself doing anything other than acting for the rest of my life!
What was your very first acting role?
Paris Smith: My very first acting role was in a movie with Chris Evans called Puncture. I played the role of Kia, who was Vinessa Shaw‘s daughter in the movie. After filming that movie, I got the acting bug, and I’ve been perusing acting seriously ever since!
What was your audition like for Every Witch Way?
Paris Smith: I remember the audition like it was yesterday! It was such a fun audition because the scene was so funny! Maddie was such a fun part to play then, and she is even more of a fun part to play now! I love how funny she is and also how she can be mean sometimes. Playing the mean side of her definitely stretched my range as an actress!
How was it when you found out that you got the role?
Paris Smith: I was so excited to play Maddie! I fell in love with Maddie’s character as soon as I auditioned for the role. It was such an honor to work with Nickelodeon and I am so blessed to be doing what I love playing Maddie! I was so excited to explore Maddie’s character and meet all of the cast members!
What’s the best part of being on-set?
Paris Smith: The best part of being on set has been working with my amazing cast. We are like such a huge family! I love how my cast always make me laugh and have a good time on set because that’s what life is all about, HAVING FUN! I love how when I have a bad day, they always find ways to cheer me up and I couldn’t ask for a better cast to share this amazing experience with!
Do you have any advice for kids your age who want to start acting?
Paris Smith: Always follow your dreams, no matter how big they might seem! When I was little and wanted to start acting, I never thought I would be where I am today! The most important thing, for me at least, is to be yourself! Keep doing your thing! No one is like you, and every person is unique and special in their own way!