Meet Your Talent Show Host...CASEY SIMPSON!
We are very excited to announce fourteen-year-old actor Casey Simpson as our Brat Talent Show host. Here's what you need to know about the coolest kid in show biz:
What was it like when you got the call to be on the Talent Show?
I was super excited. I've always loved hosting shows and events so this would be perfect for me. I've always liked watching game shows and talk shows to see what each host does differently. Another exciting aspect for me was getting to be apart of finding the next Brat star.
Did you already know any of the Brat Family? What about the Talent Show judges?
I know a lot of Brat people. As far as judges, I first met Bryce… I actually have no idea where I first met Bryce. He’s just always been around! He’s basically my father. We hang out a lot.
I first met Sofie at Max and Harvey Mills' Stuck on the Ceiling music video shoot and that was at TikTok formerly known as Musically HQ. We’d seen each other a few times since then and she’s really nice and we get along really well.
Jordyn I first met.... I don’t remember either, actually! But we’ve seen each other at events and stuff and she’s always been super cool.
What do you love about being on set?
Particularly on this set, the environment is so nice. Everyone gets along really well. It’s so cool seeing all the talent that’s come from all over and they’ve all got so much potential. Everyone’s so positive on set that when we get to filming it’s really easy to capture that on camera. And I have a really cool job as the host because I get to interview everyone, see how they’re feeling, and see them after they get eliminated, so I’m really there for the whole ride.
You have the tough job of talking to contestants once they’ve been eliminated. Tell us what that’s like.
Everyone’s taken it really well so far and I think they know they’re obviously really talented just to be here. They’ve all done such a good job. But that suspense and build up of waiting for the judges to send someone home is intense and it can make someone feel bad. Luckily everyone’s been super understanding and they’re all going to go on to do amazing things after this. They’ve all made it easy on my part too. Everyone put on a brave face and really opened up to me about what was going through their heads.
What’s your least favorite thing about being on set?
I love being on set but my least favorite thing is that you never know how much time you’ll have before they need you back to camera. Like sometimes they say “five minutes” and it’s actually an hour. And I don’t mind the waiting around but at least if I know I have an hour I’ll go do schoolwork, or watch a show, or go hang out. But you can’t really do those things because they may need you back at moment's notice and you have to be prepared.
You just starred in a musical production of In The Heights, a Lin Manuel Miranda musical. Can you tell us a bit about that?
It’s my very first musical. I’ve always loved musicals and sang and danced to them on my own, but never professionally. But then I just randomly found out they were holding auditions for the show near me. So I auditioned and got the part! After that we were rehearsing five to seven hours a day, five to seven days a week, for two months straight. It was definitely intense, but I learned so much. A lot of the directors and producers had been on Broadway before and all the kids were my age too so I made some awesome friendships.
You’re an LA native. What does that mean to you?
So, we’ve moved seven times, all within LA county. It really feels like I've seen all of the city. Growing up, it always seemed so normal to me to be living in Hollywood and I’ve never spent a lot of time in small towns. But I know people from all over and sometimes LA can seem foreign to them.
You’ve lived here your whole life but your mom is from Sweden, have you ever been to visit?
Yes! My mom's parents are from a small town in Northern Sweden and I really like that small town experience. I love that you get to walk everywhere! But I still like living in a city best. I love traveling and moving around a lot. I speak a little Swedish too.
You have an older sister, Sabrina. Is she also interested in the performing arts?
My sister is actually how I stumbled into the entertainment industry. When she was younger she was the one who wanted to act and I just happened to be tagging along when they went to visit an agency one day. She was nine and I was three. The agents just noticed that I was super expressive and talkative and they ended up signing me too. I've been working ever since.
If you could be a character on another Brat show who would you be?
Hmm... that’s a hard one! I think I’d choose Tim Sharp, Caden Conrique’s character. I love his storyline in Season 2 of Chicken Girls when he uncovers the big Robin Robbins newspaper mystery. Plus, he’s super “sharp” :)
Favorite musicals of all time?
Definitely Dear Evan Hansen, followed by Book of Mormon, and In The Heights. Today at least, who knows what my favorites will be tomorrow.
What's a role you dream of getting one day?
Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen.
Favorite Song right now?
In My Blood by Shawn Mendes. And anything by my friend Alec Benjamin.
What's one thing you couldn’t live without?
What's your favorite food?
What's your favorite flavor ice cream?
Chocolate, of course.
Do you have a favorite ride at Disneyland?
Space Mountain… or California Screamin'.. Or.. No, no forget both of those, sorry! Splash Mountain. Definitely.