She will be the imply lady on widespread Paramount+ sequence Wolf Pack, however in actual life, Bailey Stender is stuffed with coronary heart.
The 23-year-old actor, comic and singer lives to make individuals snigger, love and really feel by her craft – a dream she’s been pursuing since her childhood in Duluth, Minnesota.
Her early years had been full of stage performances, and it wasn’t till 2018 when Bailey would land her first roles exterior of theatre, in Ariana Grande’s video clip for “God is a Lady” and Travis Scott’s “Cease Making an attempt to Be God”, Disney’s iCarly and Bunk’d, Completely TV’s musical rom-com Pop Music Excessive and now Wolf Pack, a supernatural teen drama primarily based on the 2004 guide of the identical title by Edo van Belkom.
Bailey tells us all about touchdown the function of Phoebe Caldwell, working with icon Sarah Michelle Gellar, coping with psychological well being by highschool and in the end discovering her personal “wolf pack”:
1. Congratulations in your newest undertaking, Wolf Pack! Are you able to inform us about your character and the way you landed the function?
Bailey: My character’s title is Phoebe Caldwell and she or he is Blake’s (one in every of our leads) former finest good friend. Phoebe is a imply lady from the get-go of the sequence as a result of she’s been burned, however she has a delicate centre. I like her, flaws and all! I initially auditioned for this function considering she was in just one episode, and was on the luckiest streak of my life being added to six to eight episodes! I additionally didn’t know Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on till I used to be on set, and I freaked. I like her!
2. In actual fact, the sequence not solely options however can also be produced by Sarah Michelle Gellar who so many people grew up with as Buffy. What was it like working with such an icon of the supernatural style?
Bailey: Sarah Michelle Gellar is an absolute gem! She is a real icon, and but stays extremely humble, form and caring onset and off Sarah went out of her approach to ensure everybody was comfy and felt secure and seen. I’ve at all times been a fan of Buffy, and now I’m a fair greater fan of Sarah herself! Watching her work was a literal dream come true.
3. Wolf Pack is in the end about youngsters discovering their “pack ” or their individuals – what was your expertise like in highschool? Did you will have a “pack”?
Bailey: I struggled with melancholy and different psychological well being points in highschool, so I thank the universe for sending me the individuals I might name my pack! My buddies for me by the day, I like that Wolf Pack acknowledges psychological well being struggles in such an overt approach, as a result of so many people endure in silence. It’s a lovely factor to know you’re not alone. No matter you’re going by, I promise you may and can discover individuals that can make you are feeling seen and understood. All of us deserve to search out our pack.
4. You’ve mentioned previously you’d like to participate in tasks that encourage individuals to make the world higher. Are there any present tasks within the works that align with this or anybody within the business you’d prefer to collaborate with to make this occur?
Bailey: One in all my all-time favorite films is The whole lot In all places All At As soon as, so it’s a dream of mine to work with these creators [writers/directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert]. That film left all the viewers crying, desirous to name their household and buddies and inform them they love them. It was hilarious and bizarre, whereas additionally being soul touching and heartfelt. I wish to be part of tasks like that, that transfer one thing inside individuals and encourage them to like tougher.
I additionally suppose comedy is a lovely escape for individuals, so I’m grateful to be part of something comedy. I consider laughter is the remedy! I used to be fortunate sufficient to only return to the iCarly reboot as Prunella Pitz! That episode will come out in just a few months. I’m additionally an enormous fan of Quinta Brunson and I might like to be on a present like Abbott Elementary. It’s hilarious, heartfelt, and makes you be ok with life. She is an icon and I might love to work along with her some day. I’m so proud and grateful to be part of an business that may be such a profound escape for individuals. It doesn’t matter what somebody goes by, they will escape for a time by TV and movie.
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