This dramedy stars Octavia Spencer as a nurse working in the pediatric ward of a hospital. We see her caring for a group of teenagers that are in the hospital trying to recover from various illnesses. One of the teen stars on this show is Ciara Bravo. You may recognize her as Katie Knight from Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, but now Ciara’s playing Emma Chota on Red Band Society. Trust us, her storyline is definitely going inspire a lot of people.
We were lucky enough to talk to Ciara about her new show, plus she dished all about her celebrity crush and her dream of working with Jennifer Lawrence! Check out the entire interview below!
Celebuzz: Congrats on your new show! Can you tell us a little bit about Emma, your character?
Ciara Bravo: Sure! Emma is 16 years old and she’s currently living with an eating disorder. But something that I like about Emma is how she doesn’t let that get her down too much. She’s still incredibly driven and she’s so smart and she’s very witty, which I enjoy playing quite a bit.
Celebuzz: That’s great that you’re shining a light on a topic that affects a lot of girls like your character, young girls and especially teen girls. I think a lot of people are going to relate this show.
Ciara Bravo: I hope so and I hope that kids can come away something from this eating disorder. That they can find an inspiration in Emma and how she is looking out for help.
Celebuzz: You’re working with such a great cast, a lot them are young too! Have you become fast friends? Has it been fun working together?
Ciara Bravo: Oh definitely! I think being in Atlanta especially, it’s a new city for us all, so it’s been an amazing bonding experience. You know we’ve got Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe, Nolan Sotillo, Griffin Gluck, Astro. All of us, we’ve all become very close even just over the pilot that we filmed. Now that we’re in Atlanta for a full season I think it’s going to be quite the bonding experience.
Celebuzz: What do you guys like to do in-between scenes?
Ciara Bravo: When we were filming the pilot we would do like little jam sessions because a lot of them are very talented musicians. Obviously that’s not a part of the show but off set it’s just fun to mess around. We just sit around and talk and do normal teenage stuff I guess!
Celebuzz: How is it working with Octavia Spencer? She’s probably someone that young actors look up to. Do you look to her for advice on set?
Ciara Bravo: Yes, 100%! Octavia is an amazing person all around, she’s funny and she’s kind of become like the set mom. I know she doesn’t like to be called a mom, she’s like “Call me the cool aunt! Call me the cool aunt!” So that’s what Octavia is to us. You know she’s not giving us acting advice, she’s not like “Here’s what you should do.” She really letting us do that ourselves and be our own artists if you will. But she has an incredible amount of advice on the business as a whole, marketing and all of those crazy things, connections. Stuff that she’s very experience at. She’s such a wise human being and honestly I think we all have a lot to learn from her.
Ciara Bravo: Yeah he is a dream. I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet, but I’m hoping he’ll be able to stop down in Atlanta sometime and pay us a visit because he has been an inspiration of mine since my fifth grade general music class. We watched Jaws and I fell in love with Steven Spielberg and his work. The fact that I’m getting to work with him is unfathomable almost, it’s amazing.
Ciara Bravo: Being on Being Time Rush taught be loads about being in the business. The four boys were amazing for that as well. Just being on set and the way of life on set, doing school while still acting that whole deal was a wonderful learning experience and it was so much fun. I feel like I’ve gained some amazing relationship from it. You know with the four boys being like my brothers in real life and Scott Fellows (the creator) who is just an absolute genius, he’s amazing as well and getting to work with him was so great. I don’t know, just developing all of these amazing friendships. Big Time Rush was such an amazing experience.
Ciara Bravo: When I was younger I never really said like, “I want to be an actor!” I actually wanted to be a jockey, a horse jockey before I got into acting. But one day an agent came up to me, well not me specifically my mom was there and he was like, “I love your daughter’s look honestly if she’s into acting or wants to be a part of the modeling or acting career, please stop by my office. I would love to help out with that.” That was the first time I ever really thought that acting was a possibility. I loved it and I got so excited about it! I went in to his office and I went in to a talent expo in Dallas and I met my managers and my agents. I’ve been auditioning in the summers and a few weeks during the school year and I haven’t looked back since! Best decision I’ve ever made.
Celebuzz: Is there one thing that you miss from Kentucky when you’re living in LA or Atlanta?
Ciara Bravo: I love it! I feel like it’s so important to hear that feedback. And they don’t realize how much we actually do take that into consideration, things that they have to say. I feel like it really is nice to be able to communicate with them on another level. It adds a little more of a personal relationship with your fans and I think that’s always nice.
Ciara Bravo: Well I’ve got a few going right now. Orange is the New Black, Dexter, and I’m on season four of The Office.
Ciara Bravo: That’s a good question. I’ve always been a huge Freddie Highmore fan. It’s not even like a crush crush it’s like a friend crush. Like I really want to be his friend.
(Lead photo courtesy: Benjo Arwas)