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Popular Girl: Sarah Hoffmeister

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Jun 18, 2020

Populars, first of all, let’s celebrate the graduation of Sarah Hoffmeister. Yes, girl, you did it!

Sarah plays ‘Missy Wells,’ the daughter of Katie Holmes’ character ‘Miranda Wells.’ The family is hitting hard times as they recovering from the death of their husband and father. Along the way, Miranda Wells meets Bray Johnson who helps to transform their lives. We see Sarah’s character, Missy, transform from a brooding, angsty teenager into an optimistic daughter who really helps her mother into the relationship with Bray Johnson, convincing her to see the turning points that are appearing in their lives.

When she isn’t acting, her and her friends volunteer at A Walk on Water (AWOW), which offers surf therapy for children with physical and mental disabilities.

The ‘Dare to Dream’ actress revealed to us everything from behind the scenes of the film to an embarrassing moment.

 

1. Tell us about your character ‘Missy Wells’ in “The Secret: Dare to Dream?”

Missy Wells is the eldest daughter of Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes). At the beginning of the film, we see her as an angsty teenager with many insecurities. Throughout the film, we see her develop into a loving and confident character leading her mom to change her perspective through Bray (Josh Lucas)’s help.

 2. How are you and your character similar? How are you different?
I am similar to Missy because I sometimes have the same insecurity of not being good enough for other people. However, like Missy, I have learned to overcome those struggles by not comparing my circumstances with others. On the other hand, I do have a very different family situation than Missy. Missy has 2 younger siblings, a single mother, and a late father. I, however, have no siblings and 2 divorced parents. Before filming, I had to understand what it is like to live with siblings and go through the death of a parent to fully portray her character.

3. How was the filming of “The Secret”?
Filming “The Secret” in Lousiana was both exciting and challenging at times. I loved learning about the history and culture of New Orleans, but the weather was difficult to get accustomed to. For example, some days it would be very hot and humid and the next it would be cold and raining. Working in this type of climate threw the production many curveballs, but we all got through it working together as a team and ultimately a family. 

4. Were you aware of the book before the role came up?
I remember my mom reading The Secret book when I was young. I also remember her and I watching “The Secret” Documentary together! She had us both create vision boards when I was little and teaching me the importance of its teachings.

 5. An embarrassing moment?
It was one of the last shots of a very long day of shooting, and everyone was tired. I was given a prop computer for the scene and during the many shots I typed out my thoughts, on the prop computer! After wrapping for the night, much of the crew read all of the things I wrote down. Let’s just say they read a lot about how I was REALLY craving CPK and KFC and all teased me about it at dinner that night. At least they catered KFC that night so I was happy!

 6. Your proudest moment?
I think one of my proudest moments was booking this film. I remember after first reading after the script, I told my mom “Mom, I want this”. Well, I think everyone knows how to receive something you really want to feel. I felt so grateful and proud that I had accomplished what I wanted and was so excited to start filming!

 7. You’re heading to Westmont in the fall! What are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to exploring a new community and meeting lots of new friends! Westmont is seated in the beautiful hills of Montecito, so I am very excited to explore Montecito and Santa Barbara. I also am SO excited to meet new people. I am a very outgoing and friendly person so meeting new people is always a blast for me!

8. How have you juggled school and acting in the past?
Juggling school and acting have not always been easy but I have been able to balance both. I would often have to leave school early for auditions or callbacks or just miss weeks of school for work. I have always let my teachers know the circumstances and most are very understanding. My teacher’s compatibility with my circumstances had made the process much smoother for me and helped me maintain good grades in school and still be able to act.

9. What is your dream role/somewhere you’d like to shoot?
My dream role would be a character in an action film or show. I would love a role that is very adventurous and dangerous. I would also love to shoot in New Zeland!

10. Go to quarantine snack and activity?
During quarantine, my favorite snack has been baked lays and my favorite activity has been either tanning or painting!

11. Last thing you purchased?
The last thing I purchased was a new phone case off of amazon!

12. Three people – dead or alive, real or fictional – that you’d like to invite to dinner?
If I could invite 3 people to dinner I would invite Frances Perkins, Clarissa Harlow Barton, and Zak from “The Peanut Butter Falcon”.

13. Can you tell us a secret?
I don’t really have any secrets. I am a pretty open book!

14. What does popular mean to you?
To me, a popular person means someone that people look up to as a role model.

15. Can you tell us about any other projects you have coming up?
I cannot talk about any of the projects yet. However, I have recently read for some amazing roles in great projects that you will love!

 
Don’t forget to follow Sarah on Instagram, so you can keep up with her future projects!

 

 

Credits

  • Photographer Weslee Heilemann @wesleekatecreative⁠