You’re in Girls Trip, one of the hottest summer movies, and TNT’s Claws. How’d you explode on the scene?
I’ve acted since I was a baby with my mommy’s projects. She was pregnant with me when she started getting into acting, and I was in her friends’ movies when I was a baby. I liked it and then I got an agent. My mommy put me in all her movies too. After I auditioned, I started getting scenes. I got my first role when I was four years old in Greenleaf. Oprah [Winfrey] produced it. Two months later I found out they cut my scene. Two months after that I booked Girls Trip, then Claws. I just wrapped a short film called Things With Feathers with a director named Jalea Jackson. There’s some other stuff I’m working on, but I can’t talk about it.
What do you think about Hollywood compared to New Orleans?
I like New Orleans because it has Mardi Gras and California doesn’t. And New Orleans has crawfish and snoballs. I like beignets. Hollywood doesn’t have those either. Who wants to live where they don’t? That’s not fun. Most of my family is here too. I also like my school and my friends.
Do you prefer acting in TV or movies?
I like both. Claws gave me ice cream and let me ride on a horse. I never did that before. They have twins on the TV show that I get to play with. I like them a lot and we have fun together. It doesn’t matter if it’s TV or movies as long as I can have fun and other kids are on the set. And I like school on set too.
You’re also an advocate for animals. In what way?
Animals are cute. They’re nice to me. I want to protect them because people need to protect them. It makes me happy to heal the pets of the world. I want to have a lot of pets but my parents won’t let me right now. My mommy sometimes lets me go and find animals to help save and protect. That’s really fun and makes me happy.
What music do you like?
I like Beyoncé and Rihanna. Beyoncé is so amazing and a superstar. I saw her star in Hollywood. I want one of those stars. I want to be just like her when I grow up. I like jazz music too. I take jazz dance class and it’s my favorite out of ballet, tap and jazz. And I like Mardi Gras music. It makes me dance.