By: Kat Harlton
Sarah Abbott is an award-winning actress who hails from Whitby, Canada. As soon as Sarah could walk and talk, she started performing for her family by putting on shows singing, dancing, storytelling, acting and playing instruments. At just the age of six, Sarah was already a competitive dancer and at the age of seven she was signed to a talent agency during an open audition call for actors in Whitby.
Her first big break came when she was cast as the young Marilyn Monroe in the Lifetime mini-series, The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe. Shortly after, she was cast in her first feature film, LA Lavender which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and is currently streaming on Netflix.
Since then, Sarah has amassed an impressive body of work with appearances on several film and television productions including Slasher (Netflix), Heroes Reborn (NBC), Houdini & Doyle (FOX/Global), and The Rick Mercer Report (CBC). A defining moment in Sarah’s career was being cast in the fourth season of the hit television series Black Mirror. Her episode in particular was directed by the iconic Academy Award winning actress, director, and producer Jodie Foster.
Sarah was recently seen in her first lead role in the Lifetime TV movie Mommy’s Little Princess. Next, she can be seen in the feature film The Silence, and as a recurring guest star on the new NBC series The InBetween.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Sarah to discuss acting, role models and her latest film
Kat: Was there anything challenging about bringing your character Lizzy (from Mommy’s Little Princess) to life or working on the movie?
Sarah: I wouldn’t say it was challenging, but it was a different experience. I had to think outside of the box to perform as Lizzy. I had to put myself in Lizzy’s shoes to try and understand where her crazy actions were coming from.
Kat: What do you hope the fans will take with them from the film?
Sarah: I hope fans learn to appreciate what they have and don’t take it for granted. Lizzy was adopted into a very kind and loving family. It seemed like she wanted to be a part of the royal family more than her real family that truly loved and cared for her. She didn’t realize how lucky she already was with the life she had.
Kat: What can you tell us about your role in the new show The InBetween?
Sarah: I can’t say much of anything yet, but I can tell you my character’s name is Abigail. Make sure to stay tuned for more information!
Kat: Do you have any advice for other kids who would like to get into acting?
Sarah: If acting is your passion and you really love it, I say go for it! There can be a lot of rejection in this business, but it’s important to never stop believing in yourself. Having confidence is the key to being successful.
Kat: Who are your role models, or who do you look up to?
Sarah: In acting, I admire Lili Reinhart who plays Betty Cooper on the Netflix series Riverdale. She is an incredible actress. I also admire Jodie Foster, who started acting at a young age and became an amazing actress and also a talented director. I learned a lot from her when she directed me in Black Mirror.
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