• Oliver Boon

Critic meets Charlie Powell

Updated: Jul 20


CRITIC

So why don't we start off with where were you born?

CHARLIE

I was born in Sydney, Australia. I grew up right near the beach so I've always loved the water and the sand.

CRITIC

How did you get started in the performing arts? Did you take classes when you were a kid?

CHARLIE

I started in the performing arts when I was about three years old. My parents put me into dancing when I was young. At first it was just one for fun but I was probably about five when I told my mom I wanted to do real ballet and so I went to a ballet academy. As I grew older, I really wanted to pursue that and become a professional dancer. I auditioned for Newtown Performing Arts High School and I successfully got in. I was dancing around 20 to 30 hours a week. I loved it so much and that's how I got involved in acting. It was a performing arts school so I took acting classes as well. So I was like, Oh, this is kind of fun, but I still was like, set on being a professional dancer. One of my drama teachers encouraged me to keep at acting and so I took some summer classes. In my final year of high school I had this sudden urge to move my focus from dance to acting and so I auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then I got in and here I am now.


CRITIC

You were also a professional cheerleader for a while, right?

CHARLIE

Yes! I auditioned when I was 17. You’re supposed to be 18 but they made an exception for me. The team was called the Cronulla sharks mermaids, so it's based in the local area I was from. I actually did it for fun when I was seven as a mini mermaid. I looked up to the big mermaids then and they were a real inspiration for me. I auditioned and I didn't really think much of it but after I got accepted, I did it for three years. I got to perform in front of thousands of people every week. It was so much fun and it definitely built my confidence more with just performing. We got to go to the grand final which was a highlight for me. I liked being part of a team.

CRITIC

What have you been up to lately during during the pandemic?


CHARLIE

Isolation’s been tough. It's just been tough to stay motivated. We don't know when this is ending and the days are long but I’m trying to make the most of it. So I've been doing lots of self-tapes with my boyfriend and sending them to my manager for feedback. My mom also sent my ukulele over and I've been learning some songs on that. It's been a fun time to learn something new and get creative. I've been trying to stay active. Keeping fit and healthy is a very important aspect in my life. Last night I danced with my best friend on zoom. Facetiming friends and checking in with them has really helped me during this time.

CRITIC

What are the challenges you face being an international actor in LA?

CHARLIE

There are tons of challenges. It never ends, but that's the journey, right? At the moment it is really hard with the borders being closed and another personal challenge for me was getting representation. I reached out to a lot of agents and I'm grateful that I actually got something back. I got tons of no’s just because I was on a certain visa. So that was a big challenge to overcome. I'm now signed with Revenant Entertainment and commercially with Sports Lifestyle Unlimited.

CRITIC

Do you have any specific goals you hope to accomplish in your career?

CHARLIE

I love Reece Witherspoon. I think she’s an amazing actress and she also has her own production company called Hello Sunshine. She works a lot on Women Empowerment. Most of her crew is female. I’d love to be a part of one of her shows. I actually got to meet Reese Witherspoon at my work and she was like the nicest person. She's just really genuine and down to earth.

CRITIC

Does she have the type of acting career you aspire to have?


CHARLIE

That’d be awesome! She has such a diverse range of roles that she can do. She is as good at comedy as she is at drama.

CRITIC

What advice would you give to a Young Australian actor starting out in LA?

CHARLIE

Take the risk. That’s the first thing I'd say. Otherwise you may regret it. “No” is a very big word in this industry. But you have to keep going. It’s important to stay positive even when you don’t get the part. There's so many factors that come into booking a part and most of them are out of your control. It could be what your scene mom looks like or they need someone taller. You can only do your best and then just forget about the audition and move on to the next one. So I just say “keep going”.

CRITIC

Could you tell me a favorite memory you had in a production?

I was in Noises off which was a great show. At the beginning, it was hard to tell if it was working and if what we were doing would get any laughs. But by the end, it was just so much fun. We were all just interacting with each other organically, it didn't feel like rehearsal. My director focused intensively on helping me with my character being dumb. He told me I need to stop thinking and make everything really difficult for myself. I had to be a bad actor. It was hard!

CRITIC

What acting note has stuck with you the most?

CHARLIE

A teacher of mine, Miss Gossett said to me that “rules are meant to be broken”. It relates to not just acting but life. Not like I’m going to break the law or anything. I'm just saying if you think you should do it, just go with it. That really stuck with me.

CRITIC

What are some of your favorite places in LA?

CHARLIE

The other day I went to Bonita falls. It was beautiful. It was a massive waterfall and it was like this hidden gem and I've never seen before. I love the beach as well. One of my favorite beaches is 1000 steps in Laguna. So that's definitely like, a really cool and special place that I love to go to.




ACTOR’S STUDIO QUESTIONS


CRITIC

What is your favorite word?


CHARLIE

Flamingo.


CRITIC

What is your least favorite word?


CHARLIE

Nope.


CRITIC

What traits do you admire the most?


CHARLIE

Trust I mean yet being loyal, loving and kind.


CRITIC

What traits do you admire the least?


CHARLIE

Jealousy


CRITIC

What sound or noise do you love?


CHARLIE

Music.


CRITIC

What sound or noise do you hate?


CHARLIE

Nails down a chalkboard.


CRITIC

What is your definition on happiness?


CHARLIE

My definition of happiness, is feeling fulfilled with my own company, loving myself. surrounding myself with positive people and being proud of what I do. 


CRITIC

What profession other than what your own you'd like to attempt?


CHARLIE

Marine biology.


CRITIC

What profession would you not like to do?


CHARLIE

Plumbing?


CRITIC

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?


CHARLIE

Welcome, Charlie.



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