WORD FROM THE EDITOR:
Role Call is not a misspelling, we fully intend this pun. Kira Kosarin answered the call to be a role model when she earned the part as Phoebe Thunderman on the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans back in 2013. The show is over now but there still remains a ton of pressure and expectations from her young Nickelodeon fandom. The truth is, she is a young 21 year old who is congenial and has an enormous amount of talent. We wanted to separate Kira from her Nick image so we sent her to an alternative C'est Pr-universe where she landed the role to be a show girl at the world famous Jumbo's Clown Room.
-MICHAEL ST. MICHAEL @MICHAELSTMICHAEL
EDITOR IN CHIEF
CEST PRUNE: You come from a family of entertainers. Talk to us about your upbringing.
KIRA: I grew up in a family that spoke two languages: English, and music. My mom was a Broadway actress, my dad was a music director and pianist. If I wasn’t backstage at the theater with my mom (where she performed in Beauty and the Beast until I was 7), I was home, hearing my parents sing in living room, and running over to join in harmony, or doing homework in my dad’s studio while he worked on tracks he’d arranged.
CEST PRUNE: When did you first discover your passion for acting and singing?
KIRA: Probably when I was 3 or 4, watching theater from the wings and wanting more than anything to get on stage. I always had a crazy amount of energy as a kid, so my parents put me in countless dance classes to keep me focused and productive... I could never stop singing, so my dad introduced me to piano and flute and guitar so I could accompany myself... My middle school voice teacher brought me to an audition for the local theater production of A Christmas Carol that became my first professional acting gig... My whole childhood I knew I wanted to perform in some way. When I was 12 I took a tv sitcom acting class in Florida and decided I wanted to work towards that career, and the rest was history.
CEST PRUNE: We’ve seen you in many films and series along the way, but your first reoccurring role took place on “The Thundermans” as Phoebe Thunderman. Talk to us about this experience.
KIRA: The Thundermans was the gig that changed my life. I worked on it from ages 14-20; it was literally my entire adolescence. It’s where I learned everything I know about the biz, it’s the job that allowed me to travel the world, it was a really special experience.
TOP: IVAN BITTON STYLE HOUSE
PANTS: KIRA'S OWN
CEST PRUNE: What did starring in a series for five years teach you?
KIRA: It taught me the responsibility of having an entire crew of 200 people dependent on my ability to be professional and consistent and reliable. It taught me how to treat my coworkers like family.
Technically, it was like film school. When I was 16, I was accepted to Stanford to study psychology, but shortly thereafter Thundermans got unexpectedly extended for more seasons, and I ended up staying in LA to finish the show’s run. I decided that if I was going to stay in LA keep working, I was going to treat my set like a university, and spend every free moment using the resources around me to learn the ins and outs of television production. I got to learn the sitcom world as an actor first, then behind the scenes as I got to shadow some incredible directors, and learn from my coworkers and superiors alike. I’m now using that knowledge to direct; one of my biggest goals in the next couple years is to direct an episode of a sitcom for Nickelodeon, and share with the next generation of young actors the things I wish I knew when I started.
CEST PRUNE: Talk to us about your current projects, including “Light as a Feather”.
KIRA: Light as a Feather was a major departure from the projects I’ve worked on in the past, and diving into that world was really exciting and gratifying. After booking the role of Nadia I went to watch Season 1 for research, but after a few episodes I was genuinely hooked as a fan. Getting to work on Season 2 after getting so invested in the storyline was a very cool, unique experience for me.
HAT, BOOTS AND BODY SUIT: IVAN BITTON
EARRINGS: SAMBAC BY IVAN BITTON
BELT: LA MAISON DE FASHION
CEST PRUNE: Lets move on to music. Your album, OFF BRAND debuted in April. Talk to us about the response to this album and where it has taken your career.
KIRA: The response has been amazing, and so much more than I could’ve hoped for! Especially with Vinyl... I wrote that song when I was 16 and could never have imagined that so many people would feel a connection to it all this time later.
CEST PRUNE: You are in the midst of your first international tour. Talk to us about this experience.
KIRA: Performing in other countries is always really special. Tour can be a whirlwind, but I always try to steal spare moments to explore whatever new city I’m in.
BODY SUIT: AVNAH
BOOTS: NEW ROCK
PURSE: LA MAISON DE FASHION
CEST PRUNE: What is your favorite song to belt out in the car?
KIRA: I have a new one every day. Literally all I do is listen to music. Probably something by Beyoncé, if we’re being honest.
CEST PRUNE: Favorite series to binge watch?
KIRA: I just binge watched Dead to Me. SO. GOOD.
Dream dinner date (person/location)?
Anything involving a sunset is usually good in my book.
CEST PRUNE: Where can we follow you on socials?
Facebook: Kira Kosarin
Spotify: Kira Kosarin
BLING DENIM VEST: IVAN BITTON STYLEHOUSE
HAND EMBELLISHED TOP: LA MAISON DE FASHION
CUFF: LA MAISON DE FASHION
LOW WAIST DENIM: ALL SAINTS
BOOTS: ALL SAINTS
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