Nobody would have expected singing star Jackie Evancho to portray the daughter of Robert Redford in a political thriller as a first-time movie role. Yes, it was inevitable that her winning personality was going to be parlayed into movies eventually. But it’s possible being in such a mature movie took her aback at how different the movie world is from the music industry, especially in her comments last year of not wanting to act regularly.
If it’s true that Jackie Evancho doesn’t want to become a full-time actress in movies, what would happen to change her mind? It seems that those who vow to stay away from acting offers usually take them eventually when a large check is written. In the case of Evancho, her reported sweet genuineness in the role of Isabel for “The Company You Keep” could likely place her in great acting demand.
The reason is because you don’t see many young actresses who bring a sense of believable genuineness to a role. Almost every young starlet out there today has little patience in playing innocent and usually want to start playing adults before turning 16 years old. No names of the above have to be mentioned, because it’s nearly all of them.
This isn’t to say that roles of someone purely young and unsophisticated wouldn’t still be in demand. Hollywood likely knows that the public desire for similar roles is still out there. It’s just that no young actress is willing to do those roles out of fear they’ll be ridiculed in playing a chaste young person.
Evancho now may fall into the category of those who could make a difference, yet refuse to take part. Call it the Hillary Clinton effect where the favored person turns down doing something for the greater public good. Nobody can necessarily blame Jackie Evancho for wanting to stick to music when it’s faster paced and requires extra time for practice and recording.
With the possible renaissance in movie musicals, though, it seems that her talents could be shifted into something consolidated. And you have to be as genuine as possible if you’re playing a movie role that requires breaking into emotional song. Only those who have experience from the stage arguably know that.
Considering she said she wouldn’t cut out acting completely, could she get away playing myriad characters with a sweeter disposition? If that might still be in demand for children roles, what about transitioning into similar characters as an adult? We haven’t seen roles like that in decades based on the cinematic desire for the gritty reality of life’s underbelly.
This singing star still has a long time to transition into that acting realm while turning a mere 13 at the time of this article. Regardless if she ultimately does mature roles when in her 20s, playing someone chaste should never be discounted as an option. When the actress is perfectly believable in the part, even the most cynical moviegoer would still accept it.