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We recently had the chance to chat with actress Bella Rose about getting her start in the entertainment industry, working on “Magdala Rose”, upcoming projects, and more!

  1. How did you get your start in the entertainment industry ?

My first job was on a children’s tv show, I was a child guest who was interviewed by four very big fluffy puppets, the show was about little kids teaching the puppets about the world.  I heard there were kids who arrived on set and were scared of the puppets so didn’t talk much. Mum said I was a chatterbox and a clever little kid who loved talking about everything and anything.  Initially I was booked for one episode, I stayed on set longer than planned the first day and got a few callbacks, I was a liitle expert on vacuum cleaners, metronomes, tall buildings, street cleaners, clouds and xylophones. Not long after filming, one of the puppets moved into a production role in a new children’s tv program and cast me, that first role has since led to opportunities on five Australian children’s tv programs … so far.

  1. What was the audition process like for Magdala Rose?

I knew Director Paul Day, was writing a medieval adventure film, he invited me into the studio for what I thought was a screen test, I was offered the role and the session was actually a photoshoot for my casting announcement. It was when my costume arrived I was most excited as it was handmade specifically for me by Armstreet Medieval designers, it felt like the role really was mine.  I learnt many months later that the role of Meg, was written just for me. I had previously worked with Paul Day on a few children’s music videos and recorded audition tapes with him at Angel Studios. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work on my first feature film and working alongside Wesley Ryan Ford, Katie Anderson and Australian film industry legends Joss McWilliam and Rowena Wallace were amazing experiences. The costumes are amazing and the locations are spectacular.

  1. What can you tell us about the film?

It is a medieval adventure film, set in France, the Castle of Montsegur is under siege and within the castle are guardians of a treasure of great significance … can’t say too much more.  

  1. How was working on this film different to your work on “Byte Sized Bliss”?

An indie feature film is a huge commitment of time, production planning, rehearsals and filming, the process from casting to screening takes many years, Magdala Rose will be a three year project once it’s released.  Byte Size Bliss written by Tina Thompson from Zip Studios, is a fun little ten clip micro series of one minute stories, filmed in a studio on a green screen, a much simpler project to film and produce – from concept to release it’s a few months. My character Bliss Anderson was also super fun, she is a teenage geek girl Youtube star, I hope to do more with this character in the future.

  1. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Dance is my sport, ballet, jazz, tap, I have been dancing for nine years and love every single dance class and performance experience.  I enjoy the beach, stand up paddle boarding and I’m a bookworm. At the moment I’m reading Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend it would make a great film, I would love to play Moririgan Crow.

  1. What is your dream role?

A dream role with some dance, a film or TV series like Next Step, Dance Academy or a musical film Teen Beach Movie, Camp Rock or High School Musical. I’m hoping my agent Charmaine Gilchrist gets a phone call one day, from Disney or Nickelodeon, wanting to cast me as a dancer in their next project.

  1. Do you have any upcoming projects?

It’s Pilot Season so I am super busy with auditions, which I film at home in my little studio and my agent sends to America.  Later this month I am a child contestant on a new children’s tv show Gamify, I’m a daredevil and love high rope and ninja courses, the challenges are a surprise so I don’t know what I’ll be doing but it will be fun.  I also have a series of commercials to film and a few small indie projects booked for later this year, but can’t reveal much about those yet.

  1. When and where can fans see Magdala Rose?

Magdala Rose is currently in post-production and due for release in 2019, like many films it’s hard to predict where it will be screened, the medieval genre is very popular, but where it is screened is in the hands of the Studio and Distribution Company.

  1. What are your social media handles where fans can stay connected with you?

On Insta –  @bellarosebrisbane

On IMDb – Bella Rose

Agent – Charmaine Gilchrist, Gilchrist Management

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