What a year for Sami Gayle — and it’s not even halfway over. The 18-year-old co-starred in Vampire Academy, Noah and the upcoming The Congress. This on top of acting in CBS-TV’s cop drama Blue Bloods, whose finale airs 10 p.m. Friday. We talked to the part-time New Yorker about her exciting, busy life — and the fact that she still makes time for her studies and charity work.
Can you talk about your ties to South Florida?
I was born at Memorial East in Hollywood and grew up in Aventura and Weston. I attended Everglades Elementary, Falcon Cove Middle briefly and I am now tutored by incredible teachers from Cypress Bay High School.
What do you like to do when you're home in Weston?
I'm usually studying for a multitude of AP exams, which I weirdly enjoy. I also love early morning walks, heading to Pollo Tropical (I must eat this once a day), visiting my music teacher Mrs. Berry, who encouraged me to venture into the entertainment industry at a young age, and going on trips with my family to South Beach: Lincoln Road for shopping, and dinner at Joe's Stone Crab. I'm also working with a charity called Give Kids the World tied to Make-A-Wish. The organization brings children with life-threatening illnesses to various theme parks in Orlando (along with their families) to forget about their ailments.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next project?
The Congress will be released in late August. I play Sarah Wright, the daughter of Robin Wright's character — she plays a fictitious version of herself. Sarah is wise beyond her years, cares for her autistic brother whom she loves more than the world and plays an integral role in influencing Robin's decision of whether or not to take her ‘final offer’ in the film industry. She is one of the most unbelievably driven and talented actresses I've ever worked with.
What was it like working with Donnie Wahlberg as your uncle and Tom Selleck as your grandfather in “Blue Bloods?”
We are a family both on and off set. I feel so fortunate to have such incredible mentors who are always there for me.