Juliette Goglia [Interview]
March 6, 2017 Leave a comment
Today’s interview is with a fine young actress that you either already know well, or are definitely going to be hearing about in the future. Juliette Goglia came to my attention a couple of years ago on the sitcom that was cut way too short, The Michael J. Fox Show. And I will say with all honesty that it was Juliette’s portrayl on the show that made me love it so much. And when the show didn’t come back around, I kept the warm feeling that I knew I would see more of Goglia in the future because of what this amazing show could do for her career. And I feel like I have been correct thus far.
Juliette Goglia has continued to stun audiences since the show ended, as she did before hand. At a very young age, she was God. Well, not literally, but she brilliantly portrayed a character that would called Little Girl God in the critically acclaimed series Joan of Arcadia at the astonished young age of 7, but played with the grace of an adult. Not to mention brilliant roles in films like Easy A and Cheaper By The Dozen 2. Juliette is definitely a child star turned actress to look out for in the future. With such raw talent and passion, she is a wonderful addition to the gathering of young Hollywood actresses that we are fortunate to get on our humble site at times (i.e. Shanley Caswell and Tara Lynne Barr).
So with that, please enjoy a few words with the amazing actress, Juliette Goglia!
You started in the world of acting at a very young age, so what is earliest memory as an actress? And how did you find yourself interested in the business?
I started acting when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I grew up in a very artistic family: my dad is a painter, my mother is an actor, my sister acts and sings as well, and my brother is a musician, so when I decided I wanted to go into film and television it was no big surprise. Luckily, I grew up in California, so my parents were able to support me in my dream and I started auditioning. While I don’t remember many things from my early childhood, I feel like I remember almost every experience I’ve had on set with crystal clarity. One of my earliest memories was playing Little Girl God on the critically acclaimed CBS drama, Joan of Arcadia. Jason Ritter was filming the scene before me, and his character had to be smoking cigarettes. At seven years old, I had the BIGGEST crush on Jason. He talked to me just like I was an adult, he didn’t belittle me or ignore me because I was a little kid. I remember sitting next to him in our cast chairs and him telling me how disgusting cigarettes were. He told me he never smokes and hated that he had to for the scene. Looking back I think it’s so cool that he imparted such great advice to a seven year old girl. It stuck with me too.
Your role as Little Girl God in Joan of Arcadia was a pretty heavy role to take on at such a young age. What was this performance like for you? How did you process such a situation at such a young age?
Having my first television role be playing “God” was pretty hilarious. Everyone always asked, “So where do you go from there?” Originally, the role was written for a 10 year old, but my manager got me in the room anyway. Growing up, I always got along better with adults and was constantly told I had an “old soul.” Furthermore, it seemed that all roles for 7 year olds were written rather blandly. They would just be a kid eating cereal, with no intellect, or a bratty kid. When I saw the incredible writing by Barbara Hall, the audition was a breath of fresh air. It was written so beautifully and with such complexity, that it felt like the perfect fit in a weird way. And although I was three years too young for the role, I think the creative team really liked the dichotomy of such sage advice coming out of a 7 year old’s mouth. So while it was the most difficult dialogue I’d had to memorize at that age, it was an exciting challenge and to this day it’s one of my favorite roles I’ve ever had the privilege of playing.
And when was it that you decided you wanted to make the business of acting a lifestyle and career?
Since I started so young, most people always wonder if my parents “pushed me into the business.” However, it was always my choice. When times were tough going through rejection or struggling balancing work and school, my mom always said to me, “The second you want to stop, just stop.” I never wanted to stop. There was never a moment in my life where I made the decision to make this my career because in my head, there was never any uncertainty. I have always loved performing, whether it be acting, singing, or dancing. Although it’s a difficult field, nothing makes me happier than being on set and getting to do what I love. And when I’m not working on a project, I’m always in class, continuing to work on my craft and making it my lifestyle.
I absolutely adored The Michael J. Fox Show during its short run, the family dynamics worked so well for me. How was the experience for you?
Thank you so much! That makes me so happy. Working on The Michael J. Fox Show was literally my dream come true. First of all, it’s Michael J. Fox… come on. It was always surreal to be working with such a legend and truthfully the kindest man I’ve ever met. I loved the project because it mixed amazing wit with real heart. The pilot was unlike anything I had ever read. I understood and loved the character “Eve.” Upon booking my dream role, I had to finish high school early (missing my graduation and prom!) and move to NYC! Although all 22 episodes didn’t air, filming them was a work out. The hours were insane and the pace was lightning speed. But Michael really helped create a familial environment on set. Betsy Brandt, Katie Finneran, Wendell Pierce, and the entire cast and creative team were honestly the best. And I loved getting to play this quirky, intelligent girl who was figuring out who she was while having a famous dad struggling with a nasty disease. It was an honor to be a part of telling a story that needed to be told. So many people who have family members affected by Parkinson’s Disease continue to tell me how important the show was to them. That part of the job is the most rewarding. Being able to move people and make them laugh… nothing’s better than that.
While you are killing it in the world of acting, have you had any aspirations to getting behind the camera in the world of directing or writing?
Thank you! I definitely have interest in writing, directing, and producing. Everyone is creating their own content these days, so I have been dabbling in screenwriting. I took a course at USC which I loved, and my sister and I have been toying around with the idea of writing a series of our own. Directing would be such a dream… The ideal world would be to be on a successful television series for a while and then progress into directing some episodes. There are more and more women directors in film and television today, and I hope in the future to continue that trend.
What is the role you are most yearning for? What do you feel will be your pinnacle moment of accomplishment as an actress?
Truthfully, I don’t think I will ever be fully satisfied with my career or accomplishments, and I think that’s a good thing. I always want to be doing more. With that said, I would love to be on a series on HBO or Netflix or the likes of that. It would be amazing to incorporate my singing with my acting as well. With movies like La La Land, I feel musicals are gaining in popularity. Being able to portray strong, competent, funny women is always the goal and hopefully I can touch viewers and inspire young women to pursue their goals.
What is one of your more recent memorable and meaningful roles and why?
In the past year, I filmed a role on a legal drama that was extremely important to me. The episode centered around on-campus sexual assault and my character was a rape victim. This was one of the first times in my career that I felt like my acting could make a difference, firsthand. My character testified in court and had to relive her rape. It was one of the most difficult roles I ever played but thusly, one of the most important. I believe it is the responsibility of art and artists to tell the difficult stories and to shine light to things that are too often left in the dark. I felt it was my duty to give a voice to all the women across the world who have experienced sexual assault and I hope that I did them justice.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
So, my boyfriend doesn’t watch much TV. He and I watched the first episode of The People vs. O.J. Simpson the other night. The next day, he helped me go apartment hunting and we viewed one where the TV was on. After we left he goes, “Babe, I think the guy who plays Robert Kardashian was on that TV show in there acting with Jennifer Aniston.” #friends #friendsdontletfriendsnotwatchfriends