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C'est Prune: Landry Bender


Editor: Michael St. Michael @michaelstmichael

Photographer: Samantha Annis @samanthannis

Hair: Tonya Le @onlytonyale

Makeup: Erin Guth @eringuthmakeup

Wardrobe: Jessica Hinkle @fatfashion_

Interview: Dylan Jader @thedylanjader

Prune: You’ve been in the spotlight since ten years old. What is it like growing up in Hollywood?

Landry: It’s obviously very different than the normal average ten to sixteen-year-old girl. I’ve never seen it as anything weird just because it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. It’s always been a goal of mine to be in this industry. It’s very different and it’s very odd to most people, but to me it’s very normal. It’s fun, I’ve always loved it.

Prune: Starring in a Disney Channel show is every young actor’s dream. You’ve starred in two. What was it like working on both of these productions?

Landry: It really is very much a family environment. I love the fact that the crews on both shows that I worked on really understood that yes, we are kids and yes, we are young, and they accepted that and wanted to make sure we grew up in a safe and fun environment, but at the same time they saw that we wanted to learn from different parts of the industry. Whether it be the writers or the wardrobe, any aspect that we were curious about in the business, they were really good at nurturing that and understanding that we were young and still learning.

Prune: You most recently starred in Disney’s “Best Friends Whenever.” This show focuses on friendship. Why is that important for young female viewers?

Landry: Female empowerment is really important, and something that I always look for in my life. Our show did an amazing job representing that. It was about two best friends that go through adventures together and have known each other since kindergarten, and are literally like sisters. The fact that there was that representation for younger girls and boys is very important and I was grateful to be a part of that storytelling.

Prune: BFW was not renewed for a third season. You referred to the show in your Tumblr post as “your high school.” What did BFW mean to you?

Landry: The show meant a lot to me. It was the kind of set where every adult wanted us to grow up right, but also wanted to learn as much as we possibly could. You spend ten hours a day with these people, five days a week, so you have your good days and you have your bad days. It’s like going to school or work or any experience that you have, but those people were there for all of that. It is such a unique experience, you’ll never make friendships like that again.

Prune: What lessons from the show do you carry with you in real life?

Landry: It’s really important to have friendships like the show portrayed. It was the sort of thing where friends were like family. I love carrying those relationships in real life, even with some of my cast mates. It’s been really cool to portray that on screen, and take those lessons off screen.

Prune: Now that the show is over, what is next for you?

Landry: I’m working on season three of “Fuller House.” That has been really fun, and the cast is amazing, they’ve been very welcoming. It’s the kind of show where it had such a legacy behind it, so I was intimated at first. I can’t wait for people to see the third season.

Prune: Did you grow up watching Full House?

Landry: I grew up watching reruns because I was born in 2000. All the references and all of the jokes, I got them immediately. It’s a really great show and very much a family show. Walking onto set, they’re like a family in real life too.

Prune: Let’s take a moment to talk about your bulldog, Blithe, who makes many appearances on your social media accounts. Are you a big animal person?

Landry: I am such a big animal person. I feel bad for everyone that follows me on social media, because she is all I post about. I got her when I was ten after I shot my first film, and I named her after my character. She is my favorite. I love her, she sleeps all the time, but she’s my best friend and she is the best.

Prune: We can also see on your social media that you are a lover of musicals. Do you see yourself ever starring in one in the future?

Landry: I would love that. Musicals are something that I’ve always loved. Hamilton – I wake up every morning thinking about it, it’s my favorite thing in the world. That would be a complete dream if I could do that. It’s how I started, and it’s how I fell in love with this business at a very young age.

Prune: You are also a talented singer. What is your favorite song to belt out in the car (at the moment)?

Landry: If we’re talking Broadway, I love “Waving Through a Window” from Dear Evan Hansen. That’s been my go-to Broadway song. I love Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran if we’re talking pop music.

Prune: Do you see yourself transitioning to a music-based career in the future, or would you like to stick to acting?

Landry: I don’t picture myself releasing any music anytime soon. I would love to do a film or show that incorporates singing, because it’s always been something that I love. You never know, things can change, I’m a teenager.

Prune: You are named after Tom Landry and both of your parents are sports announcers. Do you love sports? What is your favorite team?

Landry: I’ve gone to games my entire life, so I appreciate it, but because it’s always been there I wanted to find my own thing and that is why I’m more on the artsy side. I love football in general, it is my favorite sport to watch and I love the overall atmosphere.

Prune: Let’s talk fashion. You are known for your style, and are currently in talks with a few designers about collaborating on your own line. What can you tell me about this?

Landry: I’ve always loved fashion. It’s a really cool form of self-expression. I noticed that there are amazing kids’ clothes, and amazing adult clothes, but I’ve never really found that in-between good teen outlet that I related to. That is something I’ve thought about since I was about twelve and transitioned out of kids’ clothes, so it’s been in my mind for a while. It’s definitely in the works.

Prune: What is your day-to-day style?

Landry: My day-to-day style is very much a classic style. A cute top, jeans, and some Adidas or cute flats.

Prune: What are your three favorite trends at the moment?

Landry: I love seersucker. Light blue and white stripes. It’s really fun for summer. I love sneakers in general, even with a dress, it’s really cute. Collars. I have a lot of collared shirts, and I think they’re fun to dress up an outfit.

Prune: Time to fashion prune. What current trend would you like to eliminate all together?

Landry: Have you seen people wear fishnets under jeans? I don’t get it. I know people who do that, so I don’t mean to be rude, but I just don’t get it.


THE EDITORS

MICHAEL BISHOP

EDITOR IN CHIEF

& FOUNDER

EST. 2016

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

SINCE 2018

MIKE RUIZ

SENIOR BEAUTY & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

SINCE 2016

DYLAN JADER