Check out Keara’s Q&A below but first, here’s a look at one of her awesome performances:
My character, Leia, is definitely the drama queen of the studio. She has very high musical standards, and is extremely focused on her goals and ambitions, especially when it comes to her crush and her career! Oftentimes, she acts without thinking of the consequences (which gets her into some pretty sticky situations!), but deep down, she means well and has a big heart. I’m quite different in nature than Leia, however, we share many of the same characteristics. We are both very driven, career-oriented, optimistic, and bubbly, but I surely wouldn’t go to the extremes she would go to in order to get what she wants!
What is it that really drew you to this role?
I absolutely adore playing Leia… sometimes it feels like second nature to slip into the role. I love creating the dimensions of her personality, as she is a very dynamic character who goes through many ups and downs. It has definitely been a challenge to play her, but I’m always willing to take on any challenge that comes my way, and it ended up being a really positive one!
What was your reaction when you found out that you got the part?
I remember coming home from dance class one day, and finding my mom in a strangely mysterious and upbeat mood. I walked into the kitchen, and she began jumping up and down, saying I got a role in Lost & Found! I had never been more ecstatic in my life. We danced around in the living room, screaming and laughing. I can’t even begin to describe how blessed and overjoyed I felt.
Are there any memorable behind-the-scenes moments you can share with us?
Probably the most memorable moment on set was the very last day of filming. We shot our final scenes and all got picture-wrapped. I remember it like it was yesterday, because we were all crying, hugging and reminiscing, as we toured around our sets, recalling memories. It felt really good to look back on everything we accomplished and the amazing friends we made.
How does the cast like to bond, off set?
The Lost & Found cast is all one big family, so whenever we get together, it feels like magic. We’re all normally pretty busy, but we always find time to see each other, even if it’s just a few of us going out for coffee.
For fans that haven’t seen the show yet, what can they expect from these episodes?
The first half of the season is filled with tons of drama, surprise, embarrassment, heartbreak, and of course, pretty awesome music. The first episode will probably leave you cringing and biting your nails… but I’m not gonna spoil the surprise just yet, you’ll have to watch and find out!
Outside of the show, do you work on your own stuff? How would you describe your personal sound?
Yes, I’m constantly working on covers and writing original songs for my YouTube Channel. I’m currently taking singing lessons, piano lessons, and acting lessons all on top of school. My voice has a deep, smoky tone to it, which works out perfectly because my favourite genre to sing is jazz! I’d love to put out a jazz/blues/soul revival album one day.
Which artists would you consider your musical influences?
My absolute favourite vocalist of all time is Ella Fitzgerald. She’s my ultimate inspiration, and has taught me many things simply through her music. My grandmother used to be a beautiful jazz singer when she was a teenager, so I look up to her immensely as well!
The show features a lot of performances — were you nervous at all having to film those?
Of course, at the beginning, the performances are quite nerve-wracking to film because of how many eyes are on you. However, by the middle of the season, the performances had become my favourite scenes to film because you really get to let loose, have fun, and sing your heart out!
What kind of storyline are you hoping for your character in future episodes?
I think it would be really interesting to explore Leia’s background and home life. I’d love for the fans to discover why she acts the way she does, and what baggage she possibly has to carry around!
How can fans get your attention on social media?
Fans can totally follow me on social media! I absolutely LOVE hearing from you guys!
What’s something you’re hoping to cross off your bucket list this year?
I really want to travel more and explore different cultures and lifestyles around the world. It’s such a beautiful thing to do, and it would be a very eye-opening experience for me. I’m hoping to travel to Europe this year (I’m thinking Spain?!)
What’s the most-played song in your iTunes at the moment?
Lately I’ve been super captivated with Leon Bridges, and I can’t stop listening to “Lisa Sawyer”, a song on his album, Coming Home!
Do you have any current obsessions?
The artists I’ve been obsessed with and have been listening to a lot recently are Leon Bridges and Fleetwood Mac! I’m also reading Lawrence Hill’s amazing new novel, The Illegal, and I’m lovin’ it!
Any special message for the fans/viewers?
My motto is “Stay Positive Peeps!” I’m an eternal optimist, and believe in the power of positive thinking. If you put positive thoughts out into the universe, those thoughts will come return back to you in the form of an opportunity, experience, etc.! So, whenever you’re feeling down or have disbelief in something, turn those thoughts into positive ones, always look for a silver lining, and good things will happen for you! Remember to love yourself in everything that you are, because you are absolutely beautiful and unique, and there’s no one out there like you! Take time to count your blessings and let go of all unnecessary doubt or discouragement. You have so much to be grateful for! Smile, be kind to others, and do what makes you happy.
THIS OR THAT:
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Instagram or Twitter? Instagram!
Texting or Calling? Calling!
Waking up early or Sleeping in? Sleeping in!
Horror movies or Comedies? Neither… ROMANCE!