Photographer Joshua Shultz
Stylist Franzy Staedter
Make Up Paul Anthony
Location The Sunset Marquis Hotel
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been acting?
Sammi Hanratty (SH): I’ve known I wanted to be an actress since I was two years old. I started telling my mom that I wanted to be on tv or the stage, but I didn’t actually pursue it until I was 6. I met with an agent and they called the next day to say I booked my first job. I know how blessed I am because that’s definitely not how things usually work.
BM: What was it like working with Jim Carrey?
SH: I worked with Jim on “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”. I was so excited because I’m such a big fan of his work. He’s so incredibly talented! He actually played 8 different characters in the movie.
BM: What was your first audition like??
SH: It’s kind of a funny story actually. My mom and my sister took me and we accidentally left my headshot in the car, so my mom went down to get it. While she was gone, my sister and I got into a little fight. There we were: me trying to get out of my chair while my sister was sitting on top of me trying to keep me there. We didn’t know it at the time, but all of this was happening right in front of the casting director. When my mom came back and saw us, she almost had a heart attack! My mom took me in the bathroom to ask me if I was serious about wanting to be there. I pulled myself together and went into the casting office. We figured I totally blew it, but on the way home we got the call that I booked the job!
BM: What was it like having a doll made out of you?
SH: It’s pretty amazing, not gonna lie!! It was a very surreal moment to find out I was cast as the lead in American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong and I would have a doll made after me. Chrissa was the 2009 “doll of the year”, and is now a collectors piece.
BM: What’s next for you?
SH: I just returned from Canada where I was filming the Lifetime movie, Seeds of Yesterday. The movie also stars James Maslow, Jason Lewis, Rachael Carpani, and Anthony Konechny. Next, I will be busy when season two of Salem (WGN) starts back at the end of January. Then my film “Bad Kids Go 2 Hell” premieres late spring.
BM: What advice can you give other arising artists out there trying to make it?
SH: It’s pretty much the same advice I’d give to anyone.
If you’re passionate about it and you love it, stick with it. There may be rejection, but as long as you take it, learn from it, and turn it into something positive you’ll grow and be even more prepared in the future. Always give it your all so you’re prepared when an opportunity comes your way.