I don’t really think there’s a person in America who doesn’t. I was really fascinated by the character and thought it would be really challenging. Obviously, it’s a beautiful story of faith, determination and family. ” Is it more nerve-wracking to find out that the person you’re going to be playing personally wants you in the role, or does it make you want to work that much harder to get it right? There are more people who get struck by lightning than there are shark attacks. But, Bethany just told me to not look down, so I try not to. I forget that she doesn’t have an arm there because I’m just used to seeing her. How was it to shoot in Hawaii and be surrounded by all that beauty?
But, her poster for The Foundation for a Better Life was in the Denver airport, so anytime I would come in or out of town, I would see her face. I was curious about how you would feel if you lost your arm. How would it affect your relationship with your parents? And then, when I met with Sean [Mc Namara], our director, he said, “You know, Bethany and her mom recommended you for the role.” I was like, “No way! I think it’s just this fear that is ingrained in our culture because of . Was it an adjustment to get used to working with the use of only one arm?
(Later, she'll confide that she tends to favor athleticwear whenever she's not working: "It helps motivate me to get to the gym if I'm already wearing the clothes," she explains.) That one little flourish, more than anything else about the actress, seems very Carrie Bradshaw.
Which is appropriate, because Anna Sophia is stepping into Sarah Jessica Parker's stylish shoes in But the nineteen-year-old star, who graduated from a high school outside Denver last spring, talks like someone who would have ended up here, eventually.
"Everyone always asks me if the other kids treated me differently because of my career, but they didn't.
If you act weird, people are going to treat you weird, but if you're just yourself, people respond to that." too good to pass up.
"Everyone always says that guys are intimidated by me," she reports, "but I seriously doubt it. " Her own analysis of the situation is equally tough to solve: "I think I must make a stank face," she says, illustrating by pulling her delicate features into an exaggerated scowl. "She has an innocence and a vulner- ability, combined with a strong sense of self, that makes her perfect for the part," the author explains.
"We call it 'aspirational authenticity,'" she adds.The Big Apple may have flooded, but Anna Sophia's enthusiasm for her new hometown is entirely undampened."I love being able to walk everywhere," she says, shortly after ordering a salad dressed with truffle oil and a goat cheese tart to share."And there's so much going on—I actually get a little nervous on the weekends, wondering what to do and who to hang out with." More than that, though, Anna Sophia adores the city's endless capacity for surprise.What was your first reaction when you saw what you looked like with just one arm? In our interview she shares her insights about being a role model and the impact of film.