Jordana Beatty is like every normal 13-year-old girl -- she loves playing with her friends, spending time with her family, and going on adventures. Only Jordana also got to play the role-of-a-lifetime for any young girl - she plays Judy Moody in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.
This fun-loving Australian had to ditch her accent to play the American girl from the beloved book series and had the time of her life. But she's not too stressed about her career, taking it all in stride.
"I definitely want to do more, but acting is something that like, when I’m not doing it, I just continue on with my normal life, I go to school and do my activities. But if something comes along I audition for it and if nothing comes out of it, then I just keep going."
But she is enjoying her time in front of the camera and taking it all in. So what was her favorite part of being a movie set?
"I think it was just being around everyone because everyone was so nice -- the crew and the cast. And working with everyone was really great, just seeing all the detail on set was really cool."
Check out our entire interview with Jordana when you continue reading and make sure to catch Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer hitting theater this Friday, June 10.Jordana, do you know an Aunt Opal?
Well for me in real like, Aunt Opal is basically split up among so many different people. Each of my aunts and uncles have different qualities which makes it like Aunt Opal, but all split up, so it’s people, not one.
What was your favorite part of being on-set?
I think it was just being around everyone because everyone was so nice, the crew and the cast. And working with everyone was really great, just seeing all the detail on the set was really cool.
Did you know the books?
Yeah, I read some of them before I auditioned and I read the rest after.
How did you feel about it coming to life onscreen? Did you like taking that character and making her a real person?
It was very exciting for me and for me it was almost like the whole book just stepped out because all the characters looked like the illustrations and the sets, which was really exciting and they acted like it, so when I got to see the movie for the first time and got to see it all put together, it reminded me of how summer could be and it looked really cool.
Did you ever have a summer that exciting?
I think all my summers are exciting for me personally, but that was a pretty cool summer that she went on.
How would you describe Judy?
I think Judy ‘s a very fun-loving character. She’s very spunky and independent and she doesn’t really care what any body else thinks. Well she does, but she always goes with her own instinct and she always has a plan forming - she’s very creative. A lot of the time her plans don’t go according to how she wants it. But she always has a good time, no matter what, which is pretty cool.
As Judy, you have a lot of gross things happen. When you’re filming is it all really that gross or really that bad?
The poop picnic was actually pretty cool, but the poop was really chocolate fondant with oats in it, so it was pretty cool and the roller coaster puke was – I was scared of the roller coaster already, and knowing he was going to puke on me didn’t really help – and it was like oatmeal and blueberries and yogurt. It was really disgusting, but I guess it’s not as gross because you know it’s not actually real puke and real poop, which makes it better.
What was it like shooting in Los Angeles?
For me, I got to know the area a lot better and when we came back this time, I actually know my way around the streets, which is actually kind of weird because I don’t even live here. I definitely miss my family and friends in Australia, but being over here it’s very different, but it’s the same. It’s a lot busier, even though Sydney’s busy, but for some reason it just looks different. The biggest part that looks different are the hills because they’re brown. It just looks different because they’re brown hills.
I heard there was a prank on the set with you and Heather?
Heather: I took a picture of [Jordana] and she said something like, ‘I hope that doesn’t end up on YouTube’ or ‘Don’t sell it online.’ And I was like, she thinks I’m going to sell her picture online? So I told some people and we were laughing about it. So then one of the guys working on the movie made up this whole fake ad, like it was on Ebay with a picture of Jordana like we were selling it and how much we were selling it for. She came up behind me while I had the picture up and thought it was real. She got pretty upset and then we all felt bad about it because she got really upset.
Jordana: It was a very big surprise, but as soon I got on to that not everyone was as shocked as I was.
Was it a challenge for you to get the American accent down?
Sort of easy because I could sort of do it, for the audition I had to, but it was sort of hard at the same time. I didn’t want to get it wrong. Even though people knew I was from Australia, I didn’t want it to seem that way. So it seemed easy, but there were a few sounds and words I couldn’t get right, but after a few weeks with the dialect coach, it was all fine. And now whenever I’m around other American people, it just comes naturally, but when I’m just with my parents it’s Australian again. And then whenever I’m not thinking about either one, it’s a mix of both.
Do you have the acting bug now? Do you want to keep doing it?
I definitely want to do more, but acting is something that like, when I’m not doing it, I just continue on with my normal life, I go to school and do my activities. But if something comes along I audition for it and if nothing comes out of it, then I just keep going. It’s not that I wait for parts to come along, it’s just that if they come along, then they come along, but if they don’t, that’s fine.
How was it working with all the other kids?
They were all very fun to work with and we had so much fun together and it was really cool because the first scene we ever shot together was the school scene, so it was really great getting to know all the kids. We all made up this dance which was really cool and then we taught it to Heather and we all still keep in touch.
What kind of make-up process is it getting Judy’s crazy hair to stay?
Everyday I would come to set with neat hair and then they would just mess it all up and then the little curl that’s in there – I think there were lie 27 – and that’s my real hair that they cut off and it was on a wire and there were like stunt curls, and water curls, and extra large ones, and normal ones and each of them had a name.
What was your favorite scene to film?
I have three. I can’t decide. I loved doing all the dancing around the house because that was when you didn’t have to follow script or anything, you could just do whatever you want. And also the tightrope scene was really fun to film. And also the circus scene because everyone was doing their tricks – there was the elephants there and all the colors and balloons, so that was cool.
What actors do you admire?
Heather [Graham] and also Rachel McAdams and Amy Adams.