Emmersyn Fiorentino is about to turn nine years old and she is already cracking up comedy icon Carol Burnett on Netflix hysterically funny A Little Help With Carol Burnett. In each episode, Emmersyn and her tiny co-stars assist Burnett in offering practical advice on life and relationships to celebrity guest stars. The process will leave you laughing in hysterics. Entertainment Scoop caught up with the curly blonde for a Q&A.
ES: Congratulations on your regular role on the Netflix series A Little Help With Carol Burnett. What was it like working with Carol?
EF: Working with Carol Burnett was an amazing experience. She has been on TV forever and everyone in the world knows who she is. It was such an honor to sit alongside her on the show. She is so nice and funny. I loved being able to work with her.
ES: Because you are so young, did you even know who she was before you worked with her and did you realize what a huge television legend she is?
EF: When I auditioned for the show, I didn’t know who she was. My parents made a big deal out of it because they wanted me to just be myself in the producer’s session. It wasn’t until after I got the job that my dad explained to me that she was Miss Hannigan, from one of my all time favorite movies, Annie. I was so excited!
ES: How did you land this role? What was the audition process like?
EF: The audition process was super long… My first audition was in April and it was at a casting office. Then I had to do 5 more video auditions over the summer, as they narrowed it down and then one final callback, which was the producer’s session. That was in August. Carol was at that one. I didn’t feel a lot of pressure because the whole thing was so much fun! But it was 7 auditions over 5 months.
ES: At such a young age, how did you first get interested in acting?
EF: When I was four I had a friend that was on a Disney Jr. commercial playing with the character, Sofia the First. I bugged my mom every single day for months to get me on TV too. Finally, my dad sent my picture to a few agents and I signed with one of them for commercials. I booked the first commercial audition I ever went on, which was for Care Bears. That is how it all got started for me.
ES: How do you prepare yourself for an audition?
EF: I study my lines – like a lot. I do them over and over and over until they’re memorized and I know them inside and out. I go in with lots of energy and a good attitude. I am always just happy to be chosen for an audition. And my mom also usually gets me my favorite dinner afterwards, which is a bonus.
ES: You have been seen on shows like Disney’s Liv & Maddie, Bizaardvark’s and on NBC’s Like Family and Good Girls. What is your favorite show that you have worked on and why?
EF: My favorite shows that I’ve worked on would be a tie between “Liv and Maddie”, because I’m a huge Dove Cameron fan, and then “Like Family”. The cast and crew of “Like Family” were just awesome. We all got along so well and were instant friends. I loved having my own trailer and of course getting to work with James Burrows, the director. He’s directed more television series than anyone else ever. The show was really, really funny. Unfortunately, the show did not get picked up by NBC, but it was an amazing learning experience.
ES: What was your experience like working with James Corden on The Late Late Show With James Corden?
EF: James Corden is hilarious. He’s kinda like a big kid! He just hung out and talked with us kids during and in between takes. After one scene he even sat down on beanbag chairs with us, and we all ate Lunchables together. He drank a juicebox. It was funny!
ES: Are there actors or actresses that you admire and would like to work with?
EF: Yes, I’d love the opportunity to work with Candace Cameron. We met briefly on A Little Help and I got to interview her. But I’d love to work on a movie with her. I admire her and we share the same views on religion. I like how outspoken she is and how she’s not afraid to say what she thinks. I’d also love to work with Ms. Carol again on a second season… are you listening Netflix?
ES: Do you have any projects coming up where your fans can look for you?
EF: I have been auditioning a lot lately, after a really slow summer. But I don’t have any shows coming up right now. I just switched agents, so hopefully more opportunities will be coming my way.
ES: Where can we find you on social media?
EF: You can find me on Instagram @itsemmersyn and on Facebook at Emmersyn Fiorentino. I have a Twitter account but don’t know how to use it. I also have my own website.