This girl is one to watch! Keep your eye on Makenna James! She plays Alicia Silverstone’s daughter in “American Woman”. The show just premiered this month on the Paramount Network. So, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you’re not far behind… Go catch up!
We were super impressed to find out that Makenna will be attending Harvard University this fall, and will be studying writing and environmental science.
Tell us about your character Becca Nolan in American Women?
Becca is definitely the wild child in the family. She is rebellious, poor-mannered, and passionate about what she believes in. Her dynamic with her mother, Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone), is complicated and combative.
How are you and your character similar? And how are you and your character different?
Becca and I are both very passionate about our views and are not afraid to express them. But, while Becca is brash and rude in doing so, I try to be as polite as possible. Becca puts less of an emphasis on education and enjoys partying. I am the opposite.
Can you tell us about a funny moment or two on set with the rest of the cast?
One of the funniest moments actually happened on my birthday. Let me preface this by saying that I hate celebrating my birthday. I had tried everything to hide that it, but my mom let slip that it was coming up to one of the makeup artists. On the actual day, I was going to extreme lengths to quiet anyone who knew. When I was wrapped, just as I thought I succeeded, our entire crew erupted into “Happy Birthday” and brought out a cake as I cringed in the corner. I can’t even imagine how red my face was, because we were filming with one-hundred extras that day and it amplified the awkwardness exponentially.
Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?
Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Scott, and Thor. That would be fantastic.
Dream concert ticket (any band, any decade)?
Oh, gosh, I’ve never even been to a concert. I prefer to listen to music alone and through headphones. But, in anticipation of Bohemian Rhapsody this year, I would say Queen.
A love of spicy food, an obsession with animals, and a good work ethic.
People who are rude to waiters, criticize excessive coffee consumption, or suggest that you should “dress up.”
Tell us a secret.
I eat three bags of Hot Cheetos a day and have no clue how it is affecting my body chemistry.
Do you have a party trick?
I can dislocate my shoulder on command. Does that count?
An embarrassing moment?
There are so many. On my very first audition, I was playing a prima ballerina. I tried my very best to look somewhat coordinated, but crashed into a wall at the callback. Shockingly, I didn’t get the role.
Your proudest moment?
Getting into Harvard.
What does Popular mean to you?
It means being comfortable with who you are and not conforming to anyone’s expectations of who you should be.
Can you tell us about any other projects you have coming up?
For now, I am on a self-imposed hiatus from acting to prepare for college. So, mainly studying and getting adjusted to the junk food and ramen noodle diet