Q. How does it feel to be called ‘the Julia Roberts of the next generation’ at such a young age?
Eliska Amor: Wow, really? I haven’t heard that before now. I don’t think I deserve that title at all. It’s flattering though, to think that someone out there believes I deserve it.
Q. Has it been a long road to get to where you are today?
Eliska Amor: It’s been a struggle, but I think you can ask any actor that same question and get a similar response. You know, it’s like any job, you have to start at the bottom to get to the top, I just think that keeping your eye on the prize is the cardinal rule. You won’t fail if you choose not to. I chose not to.
Q. Has this been something you dreamed about, have you always wanted to act?
Eliska Amor: No. I was really against this whole thing at first. For me it was different than just pursuing something that I loved to do. As a kid my parents fought a lot and I guess I used acting as a method of escape. I’d sit in my room and I’d make up a scene and a character and I’d pretend I was a whole new person, no fighting, no troubles… nothing. When finding an agent was suggested to me, I wasn’t sure how to take it. I didn’t take it in board for a long time.
Q. What changed your mind?
Eliska Amor: Eventually my parents divorced and a little while after that I started to come to terms with it and I finally begun to see that they were happier being apart. My parents are still great friends and that is something helped me to let go of the need to always “escape” things. My teacher would on occasion mention finding an agent even though I’d been so negative about it the first time she brought it up. She convinced me to give it a go and set up a meeting for me.
Q. Were there any actors you had a crush on as a child?
Eliska Amor: My friends, you know, they loved the heart-throbs. I remember all of my friends were head over heels for Devon Sawa and Jonathon Taylor Thomas. It would change over time as new shows came out, my friends would go all ga-ga for James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, but they’d be history when a new show started. I wasn’t so hung up on them. I liked Mark Wahlberg. I’ve always been a Marky Mark fan… He’s my ultimate crush.
Q. Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Eliska Amor: Hopefully making movies. Either that, or fired.
Q. What is your take on celebrities in the media?
Eliska Amor: I guess to a point everyone needs to understand that this line of work is sort of like marriage [laughs] and the media are your in-laws… they’re not going to go away no matter how much you want them to. I think certain people can be targeted for whatever reason and I think certain people put themselves in positions where they know it will make a headline.
Q. Do you take any notice of your own press, or read any gossip about yourself?
Eliska Amor: I know from what gets written about other people, that no matter who you are or how likeable you are, someone somewhere will have something horrible to say about you. I don’t look for it, I don’t read it, I don’t want to know. I don’t want to know what’s being said about me. Ignorance is bliss.
Q. You’re surrounded by young Hollywood, IT girls, veteran stars… who do you admire in the business?
Eliska Amor: There’s people I respect and there are people I don’t. I admire anyone who cherishes the opportunites they’ve been given. Whether it’s to act, or sing… there are people in this business who take everything for granted, they treat it like it’s a complete joke. Serious actors, musicians, all of it, that’s who I admire.
Q. You mentioned that there are people you “don’t” respect, what kinds of people are these?
Eliska Amor: I feel like in life we should really appreciate everything we’ve got, and I think there are people in the industry who don’t appreciate what they have and the opportunities that surround them. I find it disappointing.
Q. How do you wish to be percieved in the media?
Eliska Amor: Truthfully, I don’t want to be in the media. I don’t want to be in tabloids. I know that to an extent it’s enivitable, everyone gets written about from time to time. I’m weirdly private about everything. I don’t want to become a personality. There are talented actors out there that have just become personalities. I’m an actor, I audition, I get knocked back, I get gigs… that’s my life, it’s who I am and it’s what I want to do. That’s how I want to be seen, just as an actor.
Q. It’s a stressful, demanding life to be an actor. How do you cope with the pressures of your job?
Eliska Amor: I have a great family, the most beautiful friends and an even better iPod playlist. A combination of those three can solve anything.