“Clarissa” was your first big show. Looking back, how did it influence the way you approach your work now?
It was really a growing experience in so many ways. I was moved to Orlando to shoot the show for part of the year by myself. It was tough on one hand because my family was away from me. It made me grow up really fast and learn responsibility. I had a lot going on because of school work. I was in high school, plus learning all these lines and monologues every week, working 70-hour weeks, working on Sunday. We worked 6-day weeks so it was a lot to handle. I think it set me up to be really responsible and have a great work ethic, which my family always did and they instilled that in me. But I think that working on the show definitely had an impact.
How different was working on “Clarissa” than “Sabrina the Teenage Witch?”
I feel like I was exhausted after “Clarissa” – four years of travelling, learning lines, schoolwork and SATs – it was a lot. When “Sabrina” came along, I was a legal adult. I moved to LA and lived in Hollywood and on a major show but now I maybe had half the amount of work. There were so many supporting characters so it was a big relief and I enjoyed the process more.
But I also knew I was very blessed — I knew TV shows like that don’t come around. The crew and the actors, we all had so much fun doing that show and all knew that we were so lucky. We were holding on for dear life like, “Don’t let this ride end!”
Source and more: Variety
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