CelebMix had the honor of talking with actress Megan Lawless who has a role in the newly released movie, The Hate U Give. Lawless was born in North Virignia and is half Chinese and half Irish. Lawless started her career doing commercials and beauty pageants and was eventually thrown into acting. She currently resides in Los Angeles as she pursues her acting career and education.
How was it working on The Hate U Give?
It was so awesome! Before the release, I had no idea it’d be as big of a deal as it’s become. Working with Amandla Stenberg, Sabrina Carpenter, and so many others who showed so much talent and were so passionate with their acting has been absolutely amazing. There were so many good, fun people to work with.
How did you react when you found out you got the part of Maya?
I was so excited especially to work with Amandla and Sabrina because I was familiar with their previous work. I also was excited because I saw the book was doing well on the New York Times list and was hoping the movie would be successful too. I remember my mom and I like dancing around the room and screaming.
— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) October 13, 2017
Is this your first role?
Before this, I had smaller roles and commercials. This was a totally new experience and I think it’s going to be a game changer for my acting career.
Some of Lawless’ early work includes Table 19, Finding Carter, and more.
How was The Hate U Give different to previous work?
Press is a lot different. When I was younger I would dream of this, having to do interviews, red carpets, photo shoots. It hasn’t been disappointing. It’s also awesome to be working in a film like this where all of the cast is so passionate about the film and film as a craft.
Why do you think a movie like this is important?
I think a movie like this is so important because it’s basically a huge political statement. While there is a specific outright message there are also so many broad messages that can apply to so many people. I think the movie is sort of aimed at a younger audience and it really shows what an impact this will have on a new generation. We listen to people and media and we consume so much media that we’re going to look back on this movie as a stance of many people and what behavior is and isn’t acceptable.
Who are some actors you would love to work with in the future?
Emma Stone is my girl crush so if I am ever able to work with her it’d be a dream. Kate Winslet, Bradley Cooper, they’d be so inspiring to work with I feel like I’d learn a lot from them. Also Timothee Chalamet, he’s my biggest celebrity crush right now so yeah he’s definitely someone I’d love to work with.
Lawless is currently studying at UCLA and double majoring in film and business economics while also acting and searching for new roles.
What inspired you to major in business economics?
I have always had an interest in business and a fascination for it. My mom was an amazing businesswoman and I’ve always admired that. We’re both very business oriented and even with my acting, my mom and I will collaborate to make business plans. That’s why I feel getting a degree in business will also help my career. It’ll help me understand my own finances and how things work on every level and make smarter decisions for myself and my career.
How do you balance acting and school?
Its a lot. I try to make time for both things, I take measures to schedule classes in the morning so I have afternoons free for castings, press, etc. I’m majoring in business so I like what I’m learning and staying organized. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, drinking a lot of water, I try to take care of my body and health because it really is fundamental to doing your best.
Lawless is on the Board of the March of Dimes and also participates in the March for Babies Walk and many other charity events.
Has charity work always been an interest for you?
Yes, I’ve always felt fulfilled after doing something that benefits someone other than myself. I feel good doing something for others and that may even be really important to someone else. I’ve made a habit of trying to do deeds that help others, when I was in high school I joined clubs and volunteered many places. I’ve always strived to be more involved in the community.
Do you have any upcoming roles or projects?
Right now it’s mainly press for the film, public appearances, interviews. I’m auditioning for other roles but nothing is lined up as of right now. I’m also trying to still stay focused on school.
The Hate U Give is out now.
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