Meg Donnelly landed the a part of Taylor Otto on American Housewife at age 16 and instantly moved from New York Metropolis to Los Angeles. She was not forged within the pilot and was about to take a break from auditioning to be a traditional teenager when she received the decision that they needed her for the collection. Now in its third season, American Housewife is a hilarious take a look at suburban America and the households that do or don’t appear to “slot in” there. We chatted with the now 18 yr previous Donnelly about how her life has modified, her appearing goals, and her New York Metropolis favorites.
Downtown: You grew up in NYC, are you an Uptown or Downtown individual?
Meg Donnelly: Neither actually! Kind of within the center. I grew up on 56th and 10th so Hell’s Kitchen, a bit bit extra Uptown I assume. I’ve beloved rising up right here, and we’re so shut from the water, we’re solely two blocks from the Hudson River so it’s very nice.
Downtown: What did you begin first: dancing, appearing, or singing?
MD: I began in theater so it’s type of all three in a single, however I fell in love with singing in all probability first. Once I was about 11 I had my first agent/supervisor sort factor and I went on theater auditions after which I began doing straight appearing auditions and I fell in love with that too.
Downtown: If you have been beginning what was the dream?
MD: Ever since I used to be youthful Excessive Faculty Musical was my factor, I used to be obsessive about it, it was such an enormous deal. Additionally Spongebob all the time had the musicals too and it’s my all time favourite.
Downtown: Did you see the musical?
MD: Sure, I did! I see every thing Spongebob, it’s the most effective, however my dream was to do a combo of theater and films as a result of I liked HSM a lot. I feel the issues the place you mix the 2 are the good, so when Zombies got here round I used to be crying as a result of that was my dream all my life.
Downtown: Do you’ve a favourite musical?
MD: I really like Ebook of Mormon. I keep in mind being 11 and listening to the soundtrack and considering it’s so scandalous, I really like this! I ended up seeing the present and it was so good. Additionally, in fact Hamilton however that type of goes with out saying, it’s simply type of legendary. In The Heights is so good, “96,000” is one in every of my favourite songs, however my favourite of all time is Lease for positive.
Downtown: Would your dream position be in Lease?
MD: Mimi. It was sort of dangerous too as a result of once I was like 7 or eight I might say my dream position is Mimi, and other people would say, “so your dream position is to be a stripper?” and I might say, “properly type of, however it was extra dimensions to it.”
Downtown: What was your life like proper earlier than you booked American Housewife?
MD: I used to be simply going to highschool right here within the metropolis, it was fairly regular. I had been auditioning professionally since I used to be 11 and I did jobs right here and there however nothing actually massive. Within the pilot for American Housewife they forged one other woman after which they recast it and I used to be picked up for the collection. After the auditions for the pilot I assumed to myself, I used to be actually shut and I actually needed this position so I feel I’m simply going to take a break and simply be a traditional child and if stuff comes up that’s cool however I simply need to take a break. Proper once I stated I used to be going to take a break American Housewife was like simply kidding! It was sort of a bizarre coincidence, and I’m so glad.
Downtown: What’s it like being in LA?
MD: Approach totally different than right here for positive. It was sort of a whirlwind as a result of I used to be 16 and I used to be simply going to highschool like a traditional child and all of the sudden it was like, “hey, you’re shifting to LA tomorrow, congrats!” Once I moved to, LA I didn’t know anybody on the market. I slowly began connecting however I used to be additionally actually shy as a result of it was all so new to me and I didn’t understand how lengthy I used to be going to be there. When season two got here round, and that was after Zombies, I knew extra individuals, they usually helped me a lot to be extra assured and outgoing.
Downtown: Does it really feel like house there but or are you continue to an actual New Yorker?
MD: New York will all the time be house however LA is certainly homey. I really like dwelling there for positive, the climate’s very nice, the individuals are cool, however New York will all the time be house.
Downtown: Did you begin capturing for the brand new Zombies but?
MD: No, we begin capturing in Might and it’s in Toronto once more in the identical constructing that we stayed in final time. I’m so excited as a result of that was simply the perfect summer time of my life. All of the individuals are coming again, and there’s going to be new individuals so there’s going to be further relations, which goes to be unimaginable, they usually’re going to be superior, and we’re going to have a lot enjoyable.
Downtown: Have been you a Disney child or Nickelodeon child?
MD: I used to be each as a result of Nickelodeon had some nice exhibits like Drake and Josh, iCarly, Victorious, Ned’s Declassified, Zoey 101, that was my favourite, however then Disney Channel had like Wizards of Waverly Place, Zack and Cody, Hannah Montanna, Excessive Faculty Musical, it by no means will get previous. There are exhibits on Disney Channel that I truly watch like Andi Mack, that present’s good.
Downtown: Do you assume that for those who weren’t in American Housewife you’d watch it?
MD: I feel so, I feel I might watch it. I really like watching ABC exhibits like Trendy Household so i really feel like I might come across it. I really feel like I might love the character Greg. Diedrich (Bader) is the perfect.
Downtown: What are a number of the most memorable scenes or episodes that you simply’ve shot?
MD: The American Idol one was loopy. That one was so surreal as a result of it was a traditional day on set after which we went to American Idol to sing for the judges. We went to the place the auditions have been, however I simply thought I used to be singing in entrance of my TV mother and father Katy (Mixon) and Diedrich on the set, after which we acquired to the set they usually stated, “oh, no, no, no, you’re singing in entrance of the particular judges,” and I used to be like, “Sorry, did I hear you proper?” That was loopy.
Downtown: Was that a childhood dream?
MD: It was a childhood dream, and I used to be terrified as a result of I’m on a TV present, if I mess up I can do it once more, however these contestants have one shot and that’s it, the strain is loopy.
Downtown: Do you will have time to work in your music?
MD: Yeah, I’ve truly been recording music each day since I’ve been right here in New York. The studio that I document at primarily is right here, so each time I come right here I’m within the studio each day. Typically individuals fly out to LA, and I’ll report there. I’ve an EP scheduled to return out in June whereas I’m filming Zombies, in order that’s going to be loopy.
Downtown: Do you write or play devices?
MD: I primarily write with this lady named Dahlia who’s one of the best individual ever, however I really like writing. Each time I’ve an concept or an idea I’ll simply write it down in my notes or a phrase will come up and I’ll write it down or textual content Dahlia and ask if it’s a superb idea as a result of she’s superb. As for devices, I play guitar and I dabble in piano, I by no means might actually get the idea of piano however I’m engaged on it.
Downtown: What are a few of your favourite eating places in New York Metropolis?
MD: There’s a spot referred to as Ivy on 5tth and eighth, and it’s actually good, they’ve the perfect veggie burgers ever. I’m not a vegetarian anymore however I was, and their veggie burgers are insane they usually have these polenta fries, it’s so good. Then mexican meals, there’s this place referred to as Los Tacos which is absolutely good, their guacamole is insane. On 50th and eighth, Don Antonio has the most effective Italian meals.
Downtown: What’s your favourite space to buy within the metropolis?
MD: I’m going to SoHo each time I come right here, I simply need to be there the entire time as a result of the buying is superb. There’s a spot referred to as Tokio 7 that’s actually good, Kith is actually good, it’s such a cool store, Classic Twin is sweet, I simply went to the Glossier in that space and it’s so cool, it’s such a cool setup.
Downtown: Do you’ve a favourite museum?
MD: The Whitney, I really like the Whitney. The perfect factor is to go take the subway to 23rd and eighth, after which simply stroll down. There’s this actually good breakfast place that has superb avocado toast, and you then stroll, and beneath the Highline there’s all these mini museums and little galleries that you simply simply go into for a second and stroll out, and there’s all the time the craziest stuff in there, it’s a lot enjoyable. You then go as much as the Highline after which go to the Whitney after which stroll to the village and see all of that after which to Washington Sq. Park after which to SoHo. Then they see the precise, actual New York Metropolis as a result of most individuals simply see Occasions Sq. and Broadway and Rockefeller Middle, which you need to do and it’s nice, but when they need to see like the actual type of non-touristy stuff, when you’re coming to New York that’s what you must do.
Downtown: Do you’ve gotten anybody factor that needs to be the very first thing if you get again?
MD: The very first thing, I’ve to eat pizza and bagels, that’s the primary factor, once I get up I’m going to have a bagel after which for lunch I’m going to have pizza.
Downtown: How did you study to talk Japanese?
MD: This can be a loopy story. Principally there was this Japanese boy band that got here to my faculty as change college students. It was insane everybody, they have been superb hip hop dancers however lots of people have been like, “Why don’t they converse English?” and I’m like, “as a result of they’re from Japan, what do you imply?” They weren’t as good to them and they also didn’t actually get to study English as a result of they have been simply staying of their group the entire time. So I began hanging out with them, and my associates began hanging out with them as nicely, and I made a decision to study Japanese despite the fact that I used to be going to make a idiot of myself. I butchered it, they usually laughed.
Downtown: Do you will have the language expertise to go there and have a dialog?
MD: Yeah, that’s what I did in the course of the summer time. I went there for 2 weeks with my household and I used to be my mother and father’ translator. I began studying from the blokes and YouTube movies and now I truly take classes as a result of I didn’t comprehend it was going to go this far.
Downtown: Now that you simply stay in LA have you ever discovered tips on how to drive?
MD: No, I haven’t and I’ve no excuse! It’s on the listing. I’ve the course and I’ve been learning it for the written check, however I simply haven’t finished it but. They put it on the present, and the automotive was in impartial, they usually pushed me, I swear, no joke, however I’ve been in LA for like two and a half years now, I’ve no excuse.
Downtown: What ought to viewers search for in the remainder of the season?
MD: There’s this actually nice episode coming that really was a lot enjoyable. I don’t need to spoil it nevertheless it has to do with Peyton Meyer (Journey) and Franklin (Evan O’Toole) who’s Anna-Kat’s greatest good friend. It’s the funniest episode, I feel I laughed the entire time we have been filming, oh my god it’s so humorous.
American Housewife airs on Tuesdays at eight:00 PM on ABC.