Everything You Wanted To Know About Actress Jaime Adler
In this interview, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jaime Adler. From West End theatre to Hollywood sets, Jaime Adler has been captivating audiences with her performances since she was a child. With a nomination for an Olivier Award under her belt and a growing list of credits in film and television, Jaime is proving herself to be a versatile and talented actress. But beyond her on-screen achievements, Jaime is also committed to giving back to her community through her work with various non-profit organizations.
HI, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF? WHO IS JAIME ADLER IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
Hi everyone; my name is Jaime Adler. I am 19 years old. I was born in London, England, and now live in Los Angeles. I am an actress who started out performing in several musicals and plays in London’s West End theatre, and now my focus is on roles for TV & Film. Having built a solid social media presence, I knew I wanted to be a role model for others and use my voice to raise awareness for charities and organizations I am passionate about. I am an ambassador for “California Kids Belong,” an incredible non-profit organization that helps foster kids and teens find their forever-loving homes and family. I am also co-president of “Team Young Hollywood,” which we started in February 2020, and together we have raised over $50,000 for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so they can develop cures and save lives. I have also been a part of actress Victoria Summer’s team, building awareness and raising funds for “Teen Cancer America.”
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE PLAYING OLGA ROMANOV’S ROLE IN THE LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION OF “ANASTASIA”?
I am so grateful to have booked such an incredible role in a historical adaptation. This Film is set in 1917 when I played Grand Duchess Olga Romanov, Anastasia’s sister. I flew to Rhode Island, Boston for this production. I loved diving into this dynamic character, working late-night shoots on location, being fitted for our period dresses, mastering the Russian accent, and working with a strong cast, including Superman’s Brandon Routh, who played my father’s role in the Film.
YOU MADE YOUR PROFESSIONAL THEATER DEBUT AT THE AGE OF 7; HOW DID YOU GET INTO ACTING AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE?
My mum was a TV producer and children’s agent in London, working for one of the leading theatrical agencies before I was born. I was a very social and outgoing child, so the agency reached out for me to join their roster. My mum agreed and took me to my first commercial casting at three, which I loved. I booked the commercial and worked on a set for various other brands. I started singing and dancing classes at the age of five. At six years old, I went in for my first musical theatre casting for the role of Gretl in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sound of Music” UK Tour. During our audition, I needed to dance, act and sing songs from the show. My excitement when my agent called to tell me I had booked the part of Gretyl is a day I will never forget. When rehearsals started, I had just turned 7. I had the most fantastic team of kids to work with, and we got to tour around the UK, performing in various theatres in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Glasgow, Cardiff, and London’s Wimbledon theatre. I was always very good at taking direction from such a young age, so I knew that I wanted to continue doing this throughout my life.
YOUR ROLE IN “THE NETHER” EARNED YOU AN OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATION. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING ON THAT PRODUCTION?
Booking the role of Iris in “The Nether” remains one of the most incredible experiences I have had in my career in theater. The Nether – played on Broadway and London’s West End simultaneously – was written by American Playwright, Jennifer Haley, produced in the UK by Sonia Friedman, and directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin.
The play was a futuristic crime drama set in the year 2050 and featured an all-adult cast, apart from the child role of “Iris.” Despite being in the London production, I played Iris with an American accent. I also had to cut off five inches of my hair to create tight Victorian-style curls.
The play tackled dark and controversial issues, such as the ethics of certain adult behaviors, albeit role-playing in a virtual world. Despite the sensitive subject material, the director and production team were amazing to work with and helped me through each element of the play.
The audience’s reaction to the play was terrific. I was so proud to be recognized by my peer for receiving a Lawrence Olivier Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” alongside stage and screen legend Dame Angela Lansbury. It was an honor to meet her that night, and what an incredible and inspiring lady she was. Es Devlin was also nominated for an Olivier award for her theater set design for The Nether, and she went on to win!
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A ROLE, AND WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET INTO CHARACTER?
When I was younger and first received a script, especially if the role required an American accent, I would mark up my sides using the phonetic alphabet. Now I can switch between my British and American accents with ease. If the entire script is provided I will always read that first, often twice, before working on my sides. Next, I research the casting team and the director for each project. If episodes of the show have already aired, I will always watch several episodes to see the style of acting required. If the project is an adaption of a book, I will always make sure I have read this before working on the role and my approach for the sides provided.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS AN ACTRESS, AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME IT?
Dealing with rejection and being patient is the most complex challenge for an actress. For every opportunity I’m given, I always ensure I’m as prepared as possible. Once I have auditioned or self-taped for that role, I compartmentalize it and move on. I always ensure I learn from those around me, push myself, take myself outside of my comfort zone, and remind myself to trust in the process. Everyone has a different journey, and I am here for the long run.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS AS AN ACTRESS, AND WHAT PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN?
My future goals as an actress are to work hard and challenge myself. I want to continue to audition and book more roles, work with talented people, and stretch my experience across different genres, from horror to drama to comedy. I booked and filmed two movies last year, one that meant flying back to the UK, playing a role using my British accent, and the other filming in LA with my American accent. Both films are currently in post-production and should be released later this year.
WHAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US?
Performing arts has always been a large part of my life. I’m also very academic and have always loved school. I graduated last year as Valedictorian. I am currently offered places at some of the top Universities in California to study Psychology, as I am interested in Child Development Psychology, and I hope to minor in Film.
WHAT IS ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO YOUR SUPPORTERS?
If there is one message I could give my supporters, it would be to please NEVER give up. Stay humble, trust in the process and yourself, be kind and respectful to everyone, and remember that when one door closes, another opens.
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