Social media star Amelie Zilber lands ‘adult’ role


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With millions of followers on Instagram and TikTok, Amelie Zilber is used to sharing her life with the public. That changed last spring when she had to keep a big secret for months. The activist and fashionista had landed her first acting job as a new character on Freeform’s “adult” show, which airs on Wednesdays.

Before “adult,” 20-year-old Zilber’s life revolved around creating content. She’s built a following by posting about fashion, beauty, and sharing her views on newsworthy topics including abortion, Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, and war. in Ukraine.

Once filming began in March, Zilber had to be on set every day at 4 a.m., and the show became his priority.

“There really was no room for me to create content, especially content that wasn’t ‘adult’ related when it wasn’t public information,” she said. “So it was really difficult to navigate. I feel a little guilty for being a little MIA”

Zilber had no previous acting experience to “be grown up”. In fact, a year ago she was considering whether to try when her mother had a phone session with a psychic. The medium said her daughter was “going to be a big movie star and she was going to book a recurring guest star role on an already existing hit TV show. And then she’s going to book a movie.

When Zilber heard this, she said it was the boost she needed. By December, she had signed up for acting classes five to six days a week, 12 hours a week.

“I was like, ‘I go big or I go home.’ I was worried that on some level I wouldn’t be taken seriously coming from the content world. I tell everyone who asks me that my motto is: “Leave nothing to chance” and if there is an opportunity I really want, I leave absolutely nothing to chance. My determination and hard work are character traits that I love deeply. It was not taught, it’s just who I am.

On “adult,” Zilber plays Lauren, a devout Christian student at the fictional University of California portrayed on the show, with “black” star Marcus Scribner now enrolled, after her older sister Zoey (Yara Shahidi) graduates. . Zilber describes Lauren as a “good and loyal friend” and says viewers will think they have her figured out until she makes some surprising choices later in the season.

There are parallels between Shahidi and Zilber. Both have a political sensibility. Michelle Obama wrote Shahidi a recommendation to Harvard, where she graduated in May. Last year, Zilber interviewed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the infrastructure bill. She also previously interviewed former Biden adviser Symone Sanders and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Zilber is taking a gap year at Georgetown University where she studied Middle East foreign policy.

“Now I have the privilege of being a friend of his, which is really cool,” Zilber said of Shahidi. “For a very long time she was the kind of person I wanted to be, an actor, an activist and a spokesperson for so many different issues. And she was eloquent and cultured. Those are all things I want for myself. I really feel like we have a lot of the same internal motivators.

Zilber may be new to comedy, but she has the backing of ‘adult’ executive producer and co-anchor Zakiyyah Alexander: “Amelie is a natural talent who adds a delicious new comedic energy to ‘adult’ We are happy to have her join our new crew.

For someone who takes pride in her preparation, Zilber said she learned that when it came to auditioning for acting jobs, the outcome was beyond her control.

“I’m very Type A, I like having all my ducks in a row. I like knowing what I’m doing and I like having a lot of control over my life. So that teaches me a lot of life lessons,” she said.

“It pulls me from things to put them into another character, which is so cool. Even if I don’t get the job, I at least have the opportunity to explore something new about myself and to challenge myself in this new way.”

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