Author: Haley's Comet
Date: 06-05-05 19:02
Normally I wouldn't post something like this here, but I felt like it would help with several things. There are usually a lot of questions about how to get into show biz and what it's like. This interview with Jenna and Cayden Boyd, brother and sister originally from the Dallas, Texas area answers some of those questions. Also Nancy Churnin, a staff writer with the Dallas Morning News who asks the questions, shows a good example of interesting and appropriate questions that can be asked of actors. These would be good questions to ask actors whenever they come into a scheduled chat as well. Lastly, since the pair are both kid actors, it seems like a fairly good place to post this interview. Enjoy! [my notes in brackets]
Dallas Morning News June 1, 2005 Ė Kids Day
Dreams come true x2
Sibling stars are big and bright in the Hollywood scene with two family films opening
By Nancy Churnin Ė Staff Writer
Some kids dream of being in movies. Cayden and Jenna Boyd mad it happen. The siblings, born in Bedford [Texas] and raised in Keller [Texas] until Jenna was 6 and Cayden was 4, are starring in two family films, coming out 10 days apart. Jenna, now 12, stars in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, opening today [June 1st], and Cayden, now 11, in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, opening June 10.
Hereís a quick look at Jenna and Cayden, who e-mailed us from their home in Los Angeles what itís like to be in the movies.
Birthday: March 4
Roles: Loretta (The Hunted) Sally (Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star), Dot (The Missing). Bailey (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)
When did you first know you wanted to be in the movies? During the filming of Dickie Roberts, I was old enough to make some decisions for myself as far as how I would play the character. That was the first time I felt like I really took ownership of my acting.
What was your first big break? The Hunted. I wasnít really old enough to understand , but it was a lead role in a feature film. Other than that, my really big break was getting an agent in L.A. who seemed to believe I was special.
Why did you want to doThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? I really liked the story. Then I read the book, and I was very happy I was going to be playing Bailey! I also felt nervous, though, because Bailey is a very special character in the story.
Why do you think you got the part? I think I got the part because I seemed like Bailey in the directorís mind. I donít think itís because Iím better than a lot of the other actresses, really. Iím very thankful I did get it!
What is your favorite part of the movie? My favorite part is the scene where Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) and I are laying under the stars talking about life.
What was the toughest part? The hospital scenes. I had to try to seem sick without it looking fake or cheesy. I wanted to be really believable and natural, but I hand never played someone who is sick.
Whatís the funniest or most embarrassing thing thatís happened in your acting career? On the set of The Missing there was a scene where I was responsible for holding the reins for seven horses and then quickly pulling the rifle out of one of the saddle holsters. I was having a hard time with the gun because I wasnít tall enough to lift it all of the way out. Finally, one take I was so frustrated I said, ďCrap, this is making me so mad.Ē I forgot I had a mike on. Everyone started laughing. I always collect money from the people who say swear words. So, everyone wanted me to give them money.
What are the good and bad parts of having a brother in the business? The good thing is that he understands what itís like for me. The bad thing is that when heís filming, either my mom is away a lot or I have to sit around on the set and be bored!
What do you like to do when youíre not acting? Iím mostly busy with school. I also love figure skating and I get up at 5 a.m. every day during the week so I can go to the rink and train before school. I love to hand out with friends and chat on my instant messenger. I have a little dog thatís always trying to get my attention, too, so we play a lot. I love to make crafts. I like to draw and paint. Iím also learning to sew in school. I have a Daisy Rock guitar, and Iím hoping to take some lessons this summer.
Whatís your favorite memory of Texas? NRH2O (a water park in North Richland Hills). It opened aboyt the time I learned to swim. We bought a season pass, and my dad took us every day of the summer. We would be there when it opened, and we would stay until it was time to go home for our naps.
Whatís up next? I have had a few meetings, but there is nothing to announce. My mom really wants us to have balance, so weíre trying to focus on more than just showbiz.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? I hope I will have filmed a lot of different kinds of roles by then. I also plan on going to college. I may want to study fashion design. I hope Iím still skating, too.
What advice would you give to a kid who wants to be an film actor? TRY and understand that you may not get a certain role because you donít look enough like the mother who has been cast. It doesnít always mean you didnít do a good job in the audition. I also think itís important that kids understand that you have to be prepared to make sacrifices. Even though itís fun, there are times that you donít feel like filming, but the filming goes on, and you have to show up to do your best.
Birthday: May 24
Roles: Michael Boyle (Mystic River), Timmy (Dodgeball), Max (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D)
When did you first know you wanted to be in movies? When I was filming Mystic River. I was so cool working with Clint Eastwood. Heís such a nice person.
When was your first big break? Mystic River because the movie won a lot of awards. My parents havenít let me watch the whole movie, but I feel proud.
Why did you want to doThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D? I LOVE super-hero movies. I am a lot like Max. I love to daydream and draw action figures. My mom is always telling me to focus, but my mind kind of wanders. Also, who wouldnít want to work with the director of Spy Kids?
Why do you think you got the part? Because I am A LOT like Max! I didnít have to really ďactĒ in a lot of the scenes.
Whatís your favorite part of the movie? I like the scene where Max and Sharkboy are running away from Lavagirl because she turns into a big ball of fire. I also like where Max is climbing the ice pillar for the crystal heart.
What was the toughest part? There was a lot of stunt work where we had to wear these harnesses that are REALLY tight. After a while, itís kind of hard to breathe.
Whatís the funniest or most embarrassing thing thatís happened to you in your career? During one scene in Sharkboy and Lavagirl, we were supposed to jump and slide down a pole. Sharkboy went first. No problem (heís a stud and did a lot of his own stunts). Then Lavagirl slid down all gracefully. I got stuck. The stunt guys had to get me off the pole. Everyone laughed.
Whatís good and bad about having a sister in the business? The good part is that she understands things like being quiet when Iím trying to focus on a script or a scene. The bad thing is that sometimes she thinks she knows everything about the business and tries to act like my mother.
What do you like to do when youíre not acting? I love to play sports with my dad. I will start tackle football this summer. I also try to think of ways to annoy my sister.
Whatís your favorite memory of Texas? Playing with my dog, Bolter, at our home there. I also loved my room that was decorated with all kinds of sports equipment. I also remember taking really long bike rides on the back of my dadís bike.
Whatís up next? I start filming A West Texas Childrenís Story in Austin in June. I am psyched about getting to film in Texas again. The only problem is that little university there in Austin that really gets on my nerves! My parents both graduated from Texas A&M, so you know what I mean. [He means University of Texas at Austin, a rival university of Texas A&M]
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? I see myself going to Texas A&M University. I want to be a Marine, or work at Sea World or the zoo. I might keep acting.
What advice would you give to a kid who wants to be a film actor? They better make sure they really like it because it takes up a lot of your free time. My friends get to play video games or just hang out a lot more.