Disney’s Freeform Star Talks Audition Room Success

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Paulina Singer may very well remember 2016 as her breakout year. With a smattering of guest spots on some of TV’s best shows, she’ll next be seen starring as teen camper Jessie Tyler in Freeform’s new psychological thriller “Dead of Summer.”

On Jessie Tyler.
“There’s a lot of drama that happened with her parents, and she was forced to be on her own in terms of taking care of her emotions. That got to a point where she didn’t want to have to deal with her emotions, so she just put this guard up, and it turned into this kind of bitchiness [that] comes off to people as judgmental and rude. She comes back to camp because she wants to feel safe again. That was the one place where she never felt like she was running from her feelings.”

On her reason for acting.
“I always felt like I was an outsider in a world of people that were following this really specific norm. I wanted to show the world that my kind of brain can also teach people things. When I got a little older and I started taking acting classes and singing, I realized that the whole reason to act, from my perspective, is to…be a beacon for those who don’t have a voice.”

On succeeding in the audition room.
“[Casting directors] want somebody who knows this is about the greater picture, and if you know that, then you can relax and you can connect with the material in your own specific way. Treasure that way because someday, it’s going to get you a job that you’re going to be perfect for.”

On meshing with her cast mates.
“It’s like diving into the unknown when you do a show, because you don’t know who you’re going to work with. It was really surprising when I met the cast how on the same page everybody was. Everybody is really humble and grateful to have the job, and they’re all really spiritual and connected to something bigger than Hollywood. It’s good to have a greater purpose when you’re working.”

On learning from Shia LaBeouf.
“I don’t know him because I’ve never met him, but I think he’s a really talented actor, and I am always really intrigued by people who do things that make people question what they’re doing. Shia LaBeouf has been doing a lot of that. Just weird things that make people see him not as a sheep… That’s what I aspire to do. I want to go into something and be able to change it for the better; I don’t want to just go into it to keep doing it the same as it’s always been done.”

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