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SIMPLY JESSICA: Actress Chandler Kinney discusses girl action-hero roles

Chandler Kinney is a teen actress who wants to do girl action movies.

When she was 11 years old, she watched her two older brothers take martial arts classes. It seemed normal to her that she should enroll in martial arts classes as well. She was eager to outshine her brothers in class. It took her four years to get her black belt.

“It is now a family activity that we do together,” Kinney said. “It would be a dream come true for me to mix martial arts with acting.”

Kinney can be seen as Catherine Dillman in Gortimer Gibbon’s “Life on Normal Street.” Her character is very intelligent, calm and collected.  She gets excited about going to school every morning.

“Catherine is the best in her class,” Kinney said. “She has high expectations for herself. I am similar to her in that we are both perfectionists. We want to do our best in life.”

The teen perfectionist loves hanging out with her brothers. The three siblings compete through video games.

“I love video games,” Kinney said. “It’s so much fun to play them.”

Her favorite video game is Mario Kart 8.

Kinney changes the conversation back to her love for action movies.

“I would love a part in an action movie,” Kinney said. “I’m such a fan of Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson. Zoe was so awesome in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.” I loved her character in Guardians. Scarlett was awesome as Black Widow in “The Avengers.”

Kinney’s dream is to be play a girl action hero in a movie.

She loves all the Harry Potter books. She first fell in love with the Harry Potter book series when she was dragged to the movies as a little girl with her brothers. She just recently began reading the Harry Potter books. She has fallen in love with the series all over again.

“The book are so well done,” Kinney said. “I love the magic.”

Her favorite book in the series is “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Her favorite subject in school is English.

She loves to draw, paint and play the piano.

She does not eat tomatoes but loves ketchup.

Her dream place to visit is Paris.

Her two dogs are named Emily and Kona.

Kinney wants her acting career to make people think.

“I want to entertain and inspire,” she added.

Kinney closes the interview with acting advice.

“I tell people who want to do this for a living to start in a class then grow from there because acting classes will give you a good base and foundation,” Kinney said. “You have to know yourself before you can use yourself in other characters.”

Be yourself. I’m Simply Jessica JcAden. You can reach me at jess.gosnell@gmail.com.