• Oliver Boon

Critic meets Sophia Gascoigne

Updated: Apr 28



CRITIC

Did you always envision you would be an actor?

SOPHIA

So, I actually started in dance. When I was two years old, my mum put me into dance school. Then from dancing, I went into musical theatre and that's where I found my love for acting, singing and dancing. I studied at a performing arts school in London and focused on acting. I just love digging deep into a story and finding the truth. The feeling of connecting with the audience through acting is just amazing.

CRITIC

Growing up, was there a musical or play that made you fall in love with acting?

SOPHIA

I used to always go to the West End with my parents, and I remember my favorite show that I saw was Billy Elliot. Every single time I see a show at the West End, there is always something new I learn that makes me fall in love all over again with theatre.

CRITIC

What type of dance do you specialize in?

SOPHIA

I have studied a range of genres of dance. I did Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern Acro, anything you can think of! Right now, after being in America for quite a while, I'm definitely specializing in Commercial Dance. I love going to Playground LA. I miss it so much!


CRITIC

What brought you to LA?

SOPHIA

I studied at AMDA (The American Academy of Musical Dramatic Art) when I just turned 17 and I did the BFA musical theatre course for three years. I learned so many new skills that I hadn’t learned in England, which I found was interesting. There'd be some things that they would teach differently which really broadened my understanding of Acting and Musical Theatre.

CRITIC

What was the greatest lesson you learned at AMDA?

SOPHIA

There were so many amazing things I learned. It’s hard to narrow it down to one. Probably the best thing I took away from AMDA was the connections I made with my teachers. All of my teachers were still working professionals and they definitely brought us knowledge that was up to date that we could use as soon as we left. So, they set us up, ready to go straight into the real world and straight into auditions.

CRITIC

What type of roles would you like to go out for in future?

SOPHIA

I love Chicago the Musical and my dream role in that is definitely Roxie because I'm a strong dancer. I want to do roles that are a triple threat which I can excel in. I love the movie, they did a great job of that. I had to do research on it for a character study class called Roles and readings. It was probably like a 12-week course, where you dig deep into a character and you then have to perform it. I found out through my research that Chicago was actually based on a true story, which was incredible.

CRITIC

What are you doing during Self-Isolation to stay creative?

SOPHIA

I have been creating my own content. It has been a lot of dance content. I’m trying to create my own choreography, film in different cool locations and then eventually put that out there into the world. I feel social media right now is such a big platform for us, especially when we're all in this quarantine bubble. So that's what I'm doing right now.


CRITIC

Is there an actor whose career you aspire to?

SOPHIA

Lily Collins. She's actually English as well! That woman is astounding. She was in my favorite film Extremely Shocking and Terribly Vile with Zac Efron. She's so believable in every single role she plays. She's just truly talented.

CRITIC

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

SOPHIA

LA is very competitive. The big thing is to never give up. I always get told that you're going to have more no’s in your career than the amount of work you'll do. Just never give up and always do your research. Dig into your character background and whenever you get sent out for an audition, be fully prepared. That way you’ll never come out of an audition room feeling bummed out because you know you did your best. You don't have any regrets. I also think being in LA, you’ll be surrounded by other creatives. You can't compare yourself to anyone out here. You just have to keep hustling, even in the quiet times like now. Just keep hustling because that's how you get better.

CRITIC

What are some of the latest projects you’ve worked on?

SOPHIA

One of the last projects I worked on was an Elton John music video. It was a promo for his World AIDS Day. I got to play the role of Elton's mum because I am British! It was an amazing concept and I’m really happy with how the video came out. It was for a good cause so we had a lot of high-profile people in the video like Montana Tucker. The boy who played young Elton was on So You Think You Can Dance and he got very far! His audition video went viral and blew up. Jesse Pattison was the director. It was super cool. My most recent project that I was working on was going to be dancing at the Universal City Walk Stage in Hollywood. It's an event where various choreographers get together and showcase their work. Anyone can come and watch, it's free! I was asked to be in a choreographer’s piece and eventually I'll be performing at the showcase once the Self-Isolation blows over!


CRITIC

Do you see choreography as an avenue you’ll go down in the future?

SOPHIA

Definitely in the future. I want to keep practicing my technique and taking classes helps because I can learn from other teachers, how they choreograph and how they teach the class and prepare me.

CRITIC

Where do you see yourself in the future?

SOPHIA

I see myself on Broadway. I don't know what type of parts I'll be playing or what show, but it will be Broadway. That's my dream. That's where I'm going to go. No doubt about it.

CRITIC

So you’re planning to move to New York eventually?

SOPHIA

Eventually, yes. I have a lot of connections out here in LA which I don't want to lose straightaway so I’m aiming to keep building my resume out here, and then eventually move to New York.

CRITIC

What was the most useful acting note you've ever got from a director?

SOPHIA

A really great one I was given personally was during a scene study class. I had another actor that was in the scene with me and we were told that when we said our lines, to never lose eye contact with them, never look down at your script if you have one and never look away unless it's directed. Breaking eye contact breaks the scene and I think that’s so true.


CRITIC

Finally, the most important question of the interview… what is your favorite word?

SOPHIA

First word that comes to mind is perseverance. I think it's just a great word which for me means sticking it out in LA. This industry is just so competitive. I remember breaking down to my manager one day, like “Oh my gosh, I just don't know what to do.” and she's asking me “Well, are you gonna stop?”. I told her “No, of course not. I'm gonna keep going.” and she was like “Exactly.”.


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Interviewed by Oliver Boon on Zoom