Sofia, how old are you and what is your favourite food?
I am 14 years old and I LOVE sushi!
What was it like filming a Hollywood film?
I love filming the Hunger Games. I got to film in Germany and Poland and I got to meet so many people and eat amazing food and see so many sights.
How was that different to the other roles you’ve played over the years?
This was my first big movie. I’ve done commercials and a tv show and a short film but this one was a really big movie.
Sofia has had modeling jobs with Nordstrom, Target, and Matilda Jane, and others. She has been featured on Inside Edition and starred in ABC Family’s hit show, Switched at Birth.
Which scene in the film would you consider your favorite?
I love all the scenes I’m in. It was fun to film in a zoo. My favorite scene in the movie is when Lucy Gray eats a rose petal from Snow!
Did you know you are mentioned on the film’s wikipedia page? I am thinking you’ll have your own page soon!
I am having so much fun meeting fans and signing autographs and I love seeing the movie with friends and family!!!
What is your next project?
My next project is my 3rd book “You Are Brave: a book about trying new things” comes out in April 2024. I’m also doing my first voice over project for Nickelodeon! Can’t wait to share which character I’m doing on what show! I’m also walking the runway at the NDSS gala in NYC in March!
https://www.scholastic.com/site/you-are-enough.html Sofia’s books can be found anywhere books are sold but the Scholastic website has all three and links to all the stores you can find them!
Tell me about this boy with whom you went to homecoming.
I went to homecoming with a very good friend of mine John Michael. I have been friends with him since I came home to the United States. My mom and dad tease me and say I can’t have a boyfriend until I’m older but I call him my boyfriend when they aren’t there!
You love fashion, or should I say, fashion loves you… but what sort of outfit do you like to just relax in? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen you in anything less than something very fashionable!
I LOVE dresses. They are my favorite. If I could wear a dress every day I would. My most favorite thing to wear when I relax is my nightgowns….they are like a dress after all!
What do you think the impact of someone with Down syndrome being so prominent could be globally and what do you hope the outcome would be?
I hope people are kind and loving and that we all can be together and love together. I don’t want anyone to fight and I don’t like war.
There are hundreds if not more people having seen the film and days later still crying over Wovey’s death. #TeamWovey is a real thing… it would seem you have a serious fan base.
I love my fans. I love being Wovey. She’s smart and brave and she’s just like me. I had so much fun getting into character every day on set. I liked to think like Wovey and get my emotions to be strong in my acting.
Adoption has completely changed yours and your parents’ lives. What would you hope to say to parents considering adoption?
Adoption is so cool and I love my family. My mom and dad chose me and I chose them back. It’s wonderful. I feel loved and I got a family.
How did you learn about the film?
I got an audition for the film from my agent. I had to do a self tape audition and then I got a callback and did a zoom audition in front of the director and producer! I was so excited when I got the part.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is the new live action little mermaid.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do when I wake up is ask for a hug from my mom and then I make my bed and get ready for the day.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The best gift I ever received was the new Barbie with Down syndrome.
How do you relax?
I relax by watching movies and listening to music.
What is your favorite season?
My favorite season is winter because of all the holidays and being with friends and family.
What are your three favorite holidays?
My favorite holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween.
Favorite way to spend a rainy day?
On a rainy day I like to read books and color and drink hot tea with honey.
What is something that you can’t do but wish you could?
I wish I could math better. It’s really hard for me.
What is a secret talent of yours?
My secret talent is dancing.
What is your favorite place that you have ever visited?
My favorite place I have ever visited was Iceland. It was so beautiful. The people, the land and the horses.
Is there a celebrity you would like to be BFF’s with?
I wish I was BFFs with Taylor Swift.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
My best advice I have ever gotten is to always have courage and to be kind.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am inspired by my heart.
What are 3 words to describe yourself?
Three words to describe myself. I’m beautiful, helpful and smart.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would live in London if I could live anywhere in the world.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
My superpower would be to fly!
What is a skill that you are working on?
I’m working hard on my speech. Speaking clearly and nice and slow.
What is something you wish people would not say?
I wish people would say nice things to themselves. Not say bad things to themselves.
Were you named after someone?
My name Sofia is the same as was given to me by the orphanage so my mom and dad kept it and my middle is name is Andrea and I was named after my grandma. My mom’s mom.
What is your favorite sport to play and to watch?
My favorite sport to play is cheer! And I’m going to do swim team in spring.
What makes you happiest and what makes you sad?
Things that make me happy are being in big movie, playing in my room, being with friends and taking trips. Things that make me sad are missing school and missing my abuelo (grandfather) who passed away.
What advice do you have for kids who want to be actors/actresses?
My advice to kids who want to be an actor is to go for it and have fun becoming a character it’s fun to pretend to be other people. And be sure and memorize your lines. Practice practice practice!
What are your goals for your acting career?
I hope to be in more movies and to be the best that I can be. I want act, model, walk the runway, sign autographs and work on being a speaker.
Do you have any upcoming films on the horizon?
The next project I’m in is a voiceover for a cartoon on Nickolodean. And my third book, You Are Brave, is coming out.
Please tell me about your books!
I have a few books that I self published books. Be You Tiful love Sofia and Ride the Wave love Sofia and Haole the Surf Dog.
Then I have 2 picture books with Scholastic- You are Enough and You are Loved. And You are Brave is pre order.
You are Enough is about inclusion and loving who you are. You are Loved is a book about families and how every family might look a bit different but we are all about loving each other.
What is something that you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my family or my cat. And mostly FOOD. I love food.