Caroline Sunshine Exclusive Interview

Caroline Sunshine

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about Marmaduke and how you got involved.

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
I’m so excited because Marmaduke comes out tomorrow in theaters, June 4th. I play Barbara Winslow in the movie. For those who don’t know, Marmaduke is based off of the comic strip that’s been around for about fifty years. It’s really great to be a part of this film. It’s my very first feature film, so it was just such a cool experience.

As far as how I got started, about this time last summer, I got a call for the audition for the film, and I went to the audition and I got a call back. It was during the same time as my national dance competition, where I was going to perform my ballet solo I’d worked so hard for all year. So I had to make a choice if I wanted to go to the call back or if I wanted to go to my solo. My mom was like, No, go to the solo. And I was like, Well Mom, I kind of have a really good feeling about this call back. And it was a good feeling, thank goodness! That’s when I got the role and from there I spent eight amazing weeks in Vancouver, Canada filming this awesome movie which is now ready for you all to see!

THE STAR SCOOP:
You play Barbara Winslow. What is her role in the movie?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
It was kind of cool because I’m not really playing a real life character in the movie, but I’m playing a real life comic, which was quite a twist which was really cool. Barbara is a very typical teenager. I think she’s somebody a lot of girls my age can relate to. She’s got a lot of friends. She’s spunky. She’s cute, she’s fun. Her world is really turned upside down when her family moves from Kansas to Orange County, California. It’s a huge change of pace, and she has a hard time dealing with it. I think the important thing about her is that she’s always likeable, and in the film, you see her work through that.

As far as a character quirk goes, she’s a huge texter, which I think again, a lot of people can relate to. It was neat playing a character like Barbara because we had similarities but also some differences. One of the differences was that before the film, I didn’t have a cell phone. So it was different playing a character who is obsessed with texting. It was neat because I got some texting experience on the set, and now I’m a pro.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What did you think when you found out you’d work with all these amazing actors and actresses [such as Owen Wilson] who are so well-known?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
When I got the role, I did not know who was on board for the film. All I knew was that this was my first film, it was my dream coming true, oh my gosh, what is happening…when I got the call, I was on vacation in South Carolina, and I was in the parking lot of a grocery store called The Piggly Wiggly. Out of all places to get a call to say you’re going to be in the movie, that’s where I was. Greatest call of my life. I had no idea we’d have such a star-studded cast. Looking back on it in hindsight, it’s just such an honor to have your name in the same film as some of these people, like you said, who are so well-known.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What should people expect from Marmaduke if they go see it?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
I think you guys can expect a really quality piece of film. Family friendly, which is so rare to come by these days. The comic has been around for fifty years, but I don’t think it’s a film that is just limited to the people who read the comic and I don’t think it’s just limited to people who are in 2nd grade. It’s got something for those people, but everybody in-between. The humor is great. When I read the script, I found myself laughing….you can only imagine what it’s going to be like seeing it all acted out. How can you go wrong with dogs, right?

It’s got a lot of good elements and it’s definitely a quality piece that I think a lot of people will enjoy. How often do you get to see great danes who are talking, and running around and knocking over their owners? It’s a crazy, crazy film, but it has a good message and it’s got a little bit of comedy, a little bit of drama…a little bit of everything in there and some dogs.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Marmaduke
is your first big film. For a lot of viewers and fans, this might be the first time they’re going to see you. What do you want to get out there about yourself?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
I’m Caroline Sunshine. I’m 14 years old and I’m a freshman in high school, and I’m just kind of enjoying my dream. I’m really lucky that I get to do that. I’ve only been doing acting for a really short time. I know some people start when they’re three, and they work from there, so I’m really lucky to have such a nice start, and be so young to do this, which is awesome. I’m really grateful for that.

My background really comes from just community theater and ballet. I’m a ballerina and that is something that’s really helped me in acting and in performing and given me those skills that I need. I’m pretty much just a normal teenager like everybody except for the fact that I have a movie that’s going to open…other than that, I’m pretty normal!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you plan to go to a regular high school and keep acting?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
I do, yeah. I attend regular high school right now, so that keeps it pretty normal for me. Whenever I’m doing a project, I just get taken out of school. It’s not terribly uncommon. I know Dakota Fanning does the same kind of thing. I think it’s great. Education is really important, and it’s really nice to have the balance to be able to go to school and experience high school and still be able to do what I do and live my dream at the same time, and I hope it stays that way.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Will you want to continue with acting after high school, or study something at college, or are you not thinking that far ahead?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
All I’m thinking is tomorrow, June 4th, that’s the day that I’ve waited for the whole year! Absolutely. I think education is super important, but acting is something that I’ve wanted to do for a really long time, and I really just hope that I’m able to continue my acting as a child and after that, yeah, acting is something I would love to do for the rest of my life. It’s something that I really just feel is my passion.

College is important as well. It would be great to do something. You look at so many acting icons like Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman who attended these top universities and they’re still able to do what they do, and they’re phenomenal actresses. That’s where I would try to have my path go down, but you never know what’s in the cards of life, so you just have to deal with it as they come.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Do you have other projects coming up?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
Yeah! I’ve been busy. I just finished a pilot with CBS, which is tons of fun, a comedy pilot. Somebody approached me the other day on collaborating for a new fragrance for tween and teen girls my age, so I’m really excited about that. But acting is my first love, and I would just love to really continue down that path and [do] more projects so I can keep having fun!

THE STAR SCOOP:
What would you like to say to your news fans and young kids?

CAROLINE SUNSHINE:
First off, go see Marmaduke and enjoy the film. But second off, just follow your dreams, I know we all hear that a lot, and sometimes we just kind of lose the meaning of it. But it’s really true…following your dreams is the best thing that you can do. It’s worked for me and we all set our goals, and I think we all think we’re going to get there sometime, but we just never know when that time’s going to be. In this case, for me, it was when I’m 14, and it’s all because I followed my dreams. I think it’s important to always believe in yourself and always put hard work in. You’ll never get anywhere without hard work. Since you guys are still kids, enjoy yourself, have fun. Do what you love. That’s what I’m doing.

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