Your favorite Nickelodeon actress is about to star in a new film, and we’ve got all the deets! That’s right, Kira Kosarin, who we all know from The Thundermans, lent her voice to a new animated movie called Lucky, and she dished all about it to J-14.
Lucky is about an unlucky leprechaun named Hap McSweeney. Hap and his friends set out on an adventure of a lifetime in an attempt to find his family’s long-lost pot of gold and restore his their luck. Kira voices Hap’s bestie, Shannon, who’s a hotheaded and spunky elf.
And that’s not all because the 21-year-old actress is also gearing up to release her debut album next month so it’s definitely going to be a busy year for her! We couldn’t be more excited.
J-14: Tell us more about your character, Shannon! What do you love about her?
Kira Kosarin: She’s adorable but she doesn’t take trash from anybody. She’s feisty and energetic and brave and cares about her friends so much.
J-14: What similarities and differences do you have with Shannon?
Kira: We’re both pretty nice… but can kick some butt if need be.
J-14: What was your favorite part of voicing a character in Lucky?
Kira: My favorite part was seeing the illustration of a character, especially one that’s non-human, and then figuring out what that character sounds like.
J-14: What do you hope fans take away from the movie?
Kira: I hope this movie reminds them that you can overcome anything, no matter how daunting, with the right people by your side.
J-14: What can fans expect from your new music?
Kira: My album Off Brand drops April 10th. Fans can expect a very different side of me than they’ve seen on Nickelodeon.
J-14: When you’re writing, where do you get your inspiration from?
Kira: All over the place. Mostly the R&B/hip-hop I listen to now, but also a lot of influence from the acoustic/pop/R&B artists I grew up listening to.
J-14: Growing up, who were your favorite artists? Did they impact the kind of music you’re creating now?
Kira: Ed Sheeran, Tori Kelly and Corinne Bailey Rae. The music I make now is super different than theirs, but the storytelling and guitar writing are very much inspired by that music I grew up with.
J-14: Where can fans see you perform live?
Kira: I’m going on an international tour performing my debut album! Show dates are on my website, www.kirakosarin.com.
J-14: Sometimes there’s pressure to look a certain way on social media? Have you ever given into the pressure? How did you deal with that?
Kira: I used to, but I’ve gotten a pretty thick skin over the past few years. I just do me and figure I can’t go wrong if I’m being authentic.
J-14: What advice would you give young people who want to break into acting or singing but don’t know where to start?
Kira: Take classes! Opportunities will arise but you have to make sure you’re prepared when they do. If you don’t know where to find a class, ask your teachers, parents or friends, or just do some online research on your own.
Lucky premieres Friday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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