10 THINGS – Izabela Vidovic
Getting into acting at a young age is not the easiest thing to do. What made you want to get into the entertainment business?
I’ve always had a love for movies. My mom, being a filmmaker and actress herself, has had the greatest influence on my growth as an artist. She has taught and showed me everything that I know about this craft. Incidentally, I’ve always been a major cinephile… I’d have to say that Kate Winslet in Titanic was my first inspiration as an actress. Both the story and her performance had a significant impact on me as a little girl. I remember knowing that I wanted to make people feel the same way I felt after watching it.
What other young actors career did you look up to for inspiration and guidance for your own career?
Emma Watson is a big role model for me, as both an actress and a person. I grew up watching the Harry Potter franchise, which is a masterpiece, and followed her more recent career in projects like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Beauty and the Beast. She’s so lovely and graceful. I’m also a big fan of the Fanning sisters’ work. Both Dakota and Elle are remarkable actresses.
You’ve appeared on several television shows in the past few years. One that stands out is Freeform’s The Fosters. How did you get connected with the show and what stood out to you about this show as opposed to other TV projects that you worked on?
The Fosters is very special because it promotes unity and equality. It’s different than other shows I’ve worked on because they use their outreach to address important issues, and give a voice to the LGBTQ community. I’m grateful to be a part of something that spreads love and positivity.
What do you like about playing the role of Taylor and what more can we expect to see from her in the upcoming season?
I love Taylor because she’s always been such a good friend to Jude. She’s quirky and outspoken, so it’s been lots of fun to play her over the years. There’s some good stuff coming up in 5B, more of Jude and Taylor’s friendship, drama and laughs…!
You’re also in the new film, releasing in November, WONDER. The film is about an elementary school student that goes to school with facial differences and the challenges he faces because of it. What made you decide to do this film?
I loved the script and I love the book. WONDER is one of those projects that is rare to come across, because it tells an extraordinary story through kids’ eyes. I was very moved by the overall message to choose kindness, so this was a film that not only spoke to me as an actress, but as a person too.
In the film, you play the role of Via Pullman. What’s your connection to August and what did you enjoy most about bringing Via’s character to life?
Via has a strong connection to her younger brother, Auggie. She is protective of him and loves him so much, which is why she prioritizes his needs over her own. It was special to be able to portray Via because, as an actress, I had to find a way to balance her two sides. While Via is very independent and strong, she also possesses a vulnerability – I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to bring her to life!
What message do you want the audience to come away with after watching WONDER?
After watching WONDER, audiences will come away with the message that kindness prevails. That is the through line of the story – it simply reminds people to always choose kindness. This is exactly what we need in today’s society.
If you weren’t working on your career as an actor, what line of work would you be most interested in pursuing?
I am extremely passionate about filmmaking, writing, directing, and producing. I’ve always loved film, and really enjoy writing as well. I run a production company with two female filmmakers and am very much enjoying the behind-the-scenes process! If I weren’t in the entertainment industry at all, though… I may have gone into medicine and become a surgeon. Quite a different career path.
When it comes to fashion, which designers and styles appeal to you most?
I’ve just started getting into fashion, now going on red carpets and becoming more familiar with different designers and styles. One thing I’ve noticed about myself, is that I like dresses that make a statement – especially with a bold color! The first event I went to, I wore a purple dress, which is also my favorite color.
We look forward to seeing you on WONDER. What other projects do you have coming up?
I am currently working on a few shows: The Fosters, Supergirl and iZombie. I’m also producing a feature film through my production company, Almost Normal Productions, titled Severed Silence. We are running an Indiegogo campaign this month for the project!
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