Sabrina Carpenter Is Young Hollywood's Next Big Thing

From Disney star to pop princess and serious actress, Sabrina Carpenter is definitely one to watch.

After bursting into the spotlight as Maya Hart on Disney’s Girl Meets World, and later Jenny Parker in 2016’s Adventures In Babysitting, pint-sized powerhouse Sabrina Carpenter has been hustling non-stop in carving her path to be Hollywood’s next big thing in film and music.

Not only has she been working tirelessly on her third album Singular (with the single Almost Love already making waves in the music world), she’s also set to star as Hailey in the confronting film adaptation of YA novel The Hate U Give, which follows the story of a young black girl who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.

ten daily caught up to Sabrina on her whirlwind trip to Australia, where she spoke to us about what we can expect in her upcoming album, as well as how she’s moving on from her Disney days into thought-provoking roles that deal with issues like social justice and racism in modern-day society, themes which clearly are becoming increasingly pervasive in today’s world.

Almost Love is the first track you've released from Singular -- it sounds completely different from anything you've released before...

It's definitely different almost in every way from my first two albums. For me, music is all about the evolution and stories that come as I grow. I think that's why my albums are all so different from each other -- they signify such different periods in my life.

Being 19 now, you've obviously grown up and experienced a lot since releasing Eyes Wide Open and Evolution -- do you find that you're writing about different themes now that you're older?

I mean, just look back to when you were 19. What was going on in your life? It's a stage where you're really feeling everything for the first time, and feeling it really intensely.  I've also been travelling to new places, meeting new people; so it definitely has an effect on what I'm writing about now.

You’ll be starring in The Hate U Give coming out later this year which touches on real-life events like the Black Lives Matter movement. How did you go about approaching the role of Hailey?

Our director was so great at working with each of us and exploring why the characters are the way they are. We did a lot of different exercises to become familiar with our roles and the other characters.

I think that helped me a lot because it was very hard for me to understand why my character was coming from where she was coming from, but at the same time, it was a challenge, and that's why I wanted to do it.

What do you hope audiences will take away from the film?

I hope that people will talk to each other, listen to each other, and become more empathetic towards one another. I think it's definitely a film we need right now, and I hope it helps in starting conversations about these important issues.

What would be your dream film role?

I really want to do an original musical! I've never gotten to combine singing and acting and blend those worlds together.

If you could collaborate with anyone musically who would it be?

Definitely Paul McCartney!

Almost Love is out now and The Hate U Give is set to be released in Australian cinemas January 1, 2019.

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