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Teen’s ‘Fresh’ and exciting gig

“Pretend for a living?? Yep that’s what I do.” That’s how actress Luna Blaise duly describes her successful career on her Twitter account. Did we mention she was 13? Blaise costars on ABC’s Tuesday night comedy Fresh Off the Boat, based on the bestselling memoir by chef/restaurateur Eddie Huang (NYC’s BaoHaus). The show follows a hip-hop loving Asian-American kid who tries to fit in after relocating from D.C. to Orlando with his immigrant parents. Blaise plays Eddie’s crush/baby-sitter, Nicole, and is loving every minute of it.

Have you ever baby-sat in real life or do you just play a sitter on TV?

Once —a little boy. He was about one and a half. I gave him a bath and read him some books before bedtime. My mom was there to chaperone me because his parents were going to be out late. I took care of him, but my mom was there in case anything went wrong. It was my first experience with baby-sitting; I enjoyed it.

What is the chemistry like on set?

Wonderful. Most of my scenes have been with Eddie. But we all get along great. I love them all so much. We always have the best times off and on set. It is a true blessing to be a part of this incredible, groundbreaking show.

What do you think is drawing viewers in?

I think Fresh Off the Boat is revolutionary because even though the main characters are Asian Americans the show is relatable to every demographic. Our audience is diverse.

You guys really aren’t in Orlando. Where do you shoot?

Nope, we’re on a set at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, where I was born and raised.

What other projects are you working on?

I am in pre-production for a horror film. It’s really scary. I am excited to start shooting. I also have a part in the independent feature film Memoria set to be released later this year. James Franco is the executive producer, and the script is based on his Palo Alto book of short stories.

MADELEINE MARR

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