Kirsten Prout: Elektra-fying
Blonde, 14-year-old Canadian-born actress Kirsten Prout plays Abby Miller in the much-anticipated superhero movie Elektra opposite Jennifer Garner. The pretty young actress has been on camera since age two and started martial arts classes way before she was chosen to kick butt alongside Elektra Natchios! Kirsten has guest-starred in many TV series like "Stargate SG-1" and "Dead Zone" and is a veteran of TV movies "The Wedding Dress". Elektra isn't her first feature film. You can catch Kirsten in Mindstorm and Once Upon a Christmas. Like many of us, there was a time in the teen's life when a negative teacher nearly squashed her creative spirit, but the actress bounced back even more determined to claim her place in show biz.
Recently, TeenHollywood talked with Kirsten about her hot movie role, her fave actor, hopes for the future, advice for teens and normal girl stuff like date preferences and music. Check out this exclusive chat:
TeenHollywood: Can you tell me all about your Abby Miller character?
Kirsten: Abby was an amazing character to play first of all. I designed her after myself which is one of the best things about working on a movie set. She's an amazing girl but she seems like a normal teenager when you first meet her in the movie. Kind of an average teen living in a small area with her dad, but you realize throughout the movie that she has so many hidden talents and different aspects to her character that were so fun to create.
TeenHollywood: I assume your costume is still a secret but do you wear a red wig?
Kirsten: It's auburn, kind of a light brown. I have bangs and straight, straight hair which is a very big change to my blonde and curly hair.
TeenHollywood: Did you take Tae Kwon Do before getting the role?
Kirsten: Yeah I did for about a year. I did take a break from Tae Kwon Do and then I got this part and I started training about three weeks before. I trained intensively and it was so phenomenal to work with such experts in the field. The stuntmen were absolutely amazing and I learned how to use a wire doing stunts. I learned how to use a weapon; a very, very long staff called a Bow staff . I learned how to spin that and do forms and routines with it. Combat fighting. I had a small chain and it was really challenging, I hit myself but I learned how to use it. I put so much effort into these stunts and it was such an amazing experience for me to do all my own stunts.
TeenHollywood: Wow, you did all your own stunts?
Kirsten: I did all my own except for some – like jumping through windows. The production wouldn't have let me.
TeenHollywood: How was Jennifer to work with? Were there any girl talks or any off camera advice?
Kirsten: I was amazed by her absolute dedication to the role. Anything she was asked to do she went so beyond expectations. She would always come in early and work out. She put so much effort into her stunts. She completely focused on her character. She's such an amazing person but as a celebrity she did a really good job of keeping her life private and keeping a balanced outlook on things. As a teen wanting to go into this industry it's so great to have her advice on how to handle your career. She's so grounded in the industry which can be so incredibly confusing at times. I'm just learning this as a 14-year-old going into such an adult world. She's an incredible role model.
TeenHollywood: You've been in sci-fi TV shows and films. Do you like that genre?
Kirsten: I don't really focus on genres, I focus on my characters. If I like a character I'm good for any genre, I'm open to all kinds of projects. A lot of sci-fi does come up to Vancouver.
TeenHollywood: So is your life at home pretty normal?
Kirsten: My mom always looks at me and says 'my gosh where do you get this person?' (her characters) because I come from such a grounded family. My parents are together. I go to a beautiful school, I have a nice house. I also enjoy the genre and I like the superhero thing.
TeenHollywood: What's on your playlist or CD player right now?
Kirsten: I have a very bizarre taste in music. Right now I'm into David Bowie. I love the rat pack. I love that kind of music. I love the 80's stuff.
TeenHollywood: Is there anybody from nowadays that you like?
Kirsten: You have to appreciate artists now of course because of their accomplishments but a lot of teens are seeing the great accomplishments in music and arts that are from the past and it's a great thing to learn from other generations. It's great to be focused on our generation and others.
TeenHollywood: Can you talk about how a teacher in the 2nd grade was mean to you and dampened your spirit and how you got that spirit back?
Kirsten: I was actually very lucky to receive a horrible teacher in grade 2 as opposed to a higher grade. I was such a spunky little kid and anytime I would do anything creative like add hair on my teddy bear and long eyelashes or something she would make fun of it. She completely stifled anyone's creative spirit. I completely withdrew and became a really shy kid. I do owe it to her to be acting right now because she was the one that made me depressed and my mother asked me 'what can I do to make you happy again?' and I'd always, always wanted to act. I always loved movies and wanted to be in them and I asked my mom if I could get an agent and start martial arts and start Tae Kwon Do. I started that and I really felt that acting gave me a new purpose, something that I found a huge passion with. I really found my niche in the adult world. So, the situation became positive.
TeenHollywood: What actor do you have a crush on?
Kirsten: Of course there's Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom. Johnny Depp is also one of my favourites. Not only is he an amazing actor but he's so incredibly cute.
TeenHollywood: What would you do if you could go out on an ideal date?
Kirsten: I have always loved going out to dinner, just something very simple like a walk. You don't have to do anything expensive to have fun. Going for a walk, going ice skating, doing something active.
TeenHollywood: What qualities does a guy have to have if you're going to go out with him?
Kirsten: You can't be the same as everybody else. I'm really attracted to unique people and people who have quirks and different personalities than your run of the mill guy. He has to be, of course, caring and romantic. Basically something that makes him stick out from the rest of the crowd is what I look for.
TeenHollywood: Do you have animals?
Kirsten: I have a menagerie. I have cats and dogs. I don't know which one I like better. I have a Yorkie named "Tobasco".
TeenHollywood: Who is the actress that you most admire? We already know you like Jennifer.
Kirsten: I love Angelina Jolie and her natural beauty and her natural talent. She seems so incredibly down to earth. In this industry my role models are people who are grounded and focused in life versus just everywhere.
TeenHollywood: When you do have down time besides going to school, what are your hobbies?
Kirsten: I have so many things that I enjoy. I have Tae Kwon Do, I used to swim a little, I like to run track at school. I am a girl as well. But don't stereotype me as 'that active person' because I like to sit at home and watch TV and have lots of friends over.
TeenHollywood: What was the best advice you ever got and who gave it to you?
Kirsten: My mom has always said that everything happens for a reason. Before I got Elektra I had auditioned for another part that I was turned down for and I was so incredibly crushed and then I went for Elektra and I realized that I wouldn't have been able to audition for Elektra if I had gotten the smaller part. I think my mom is so incredibly amazing.
TeenHollywood: What do you think you do really well and what do you think you do pretty badly?
Kirsten: Badly I can say in an instant – MATH! I just got my report card and I was very surprised to see an A. I've never gotten an A in Math before. It's something a really have to focus at. As for something I do really well...I like creative writing. English class isn't a bore for me. I feel like I really do have a connection with the arts. I do a lot of sketching, writing, and of course acting.
TeenHollywood: Do you plan on going to college someday?
Kirsten: Of course. I think everyone should have an education. Something to fall back on. I'm not sure what I'd major in. I'm not one for planning everything, it depends, so many things can change between now and the time you go to college.
TeenHollywood: Do you have a little sister? What advice would you give her?
Kirsten: Yes, I would give her the advice to pick your friends on their personalities and to always keep your personal style and your personal interests and to really be yourself and you'll be so successful in life. Keep to what you think is right.
TeenHollywood: What would be your message to fans or potential fans?
Kirsten: Of course it's so flattering to have fans. I would say as a message: Be yourself, do well in school but also focus on your choices; your friends. You also have to have a childhood. Focus on being young and having fun; parties and things like that. You only get to experience being a kid for a certain amount of time. Enjoy being a teen but also keep in mind your choices for the future.
Here are more Kirsten Prout facts:
What's in my purse: Eyco fruity lip pen, Rimmel clear gloss, brush, cash + bank card, hairspray, urban decay lip arsenal, house keys, and cell phone, and my trusty Blistex Lip Medex.
What I can't live without: My IPOD.
Guilty Pleasure on TV: "Survivor"!
Guilty Pleasure for food: Lots and lots of sushi, as well as tempura.
Most Embarrassing Moment: My friend REALLY wanted a goldfish for her birthday, so I bought her the coolest looking goldfish you have EVER seen. It died the next day, almost as soon as I left.
Favourite Car: Vintage Red Corvette!
Lynn Barker is a Hollywood-based entertainment journalist and produced screenwriter.