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Though Britt Robertson is not a name that instantly strikes familiarity, it is one that is bound to. The young 25-year-old up-and-coming actress has been landing bigger name films left and right. Now, as she gears up for the release of her co-starring role aside George Clooney in Tomorrowland, the young actress is starting to feel what the spotlight truly entails. But, while her name is starting to become more common in the Hollywood ranks, it has surprisingly been a slow-coming process.
Robertson’s first big break came at age 14 when she scored the role of Michelle Seaver on TV movie Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers and from there, her resume started piling up with impressive films and TV shows, from Dan in Real Life and Delivery Man to her starring role The CW’s Life Unexpected. She continued her CW career with the supernatural teen drama, The Secret Circle, and is now currently in her third season of CBS’ Stephen King adaptation, Under the Dome. On top of her impressive TV presence, Robertson has starred in three big name movies in the past two years including Ask Me Anything, The Longest Ride and Tomorrowland. If her steady build to the top proves anything, it’s that this woman is definitely a hard worker and a name well worth remembering. So while we get ready to catch Tomorrowland, here are 12 things to help you get to know Britt Robertson a bit better.
She’s The Oldest of Seven SiblingsBritt Robertson is very close with her family who still reside in North Carolina (where she is from). Robertson has claimed numerous time that is her family that has always kept her grounded. When she moved to LA at age 14, her parents stayed home to raise her younger siblings, so it was her grandmother who lived with her for the first couple years there. When she got her big break playing Steve Carrell’s daughter in Dan in Real Life, she told People that she and her grandma would sit on set and knit together.
She’s Been Living On Her Own Since Age 16After a couple years, Britt Robertson’s grandma returned to North Carolina, and the actress started to live on her in Los Angeles at the young age of 16. It may seem like a young age to be living on your own in such a big city, but Robertson was quite busy building up her resume with roles in films like From Within, TV shows such as The Winner and more. She also admitted to People, that while living on her own did get lonely, she made a bunch of great friends that she called her ‘faux family’ and they’d even cook her dinner and do her laundry for her if she needed the to.
Her Favorite Movie As A Kid Was Pretty WomanAs a young kid growing up in the South, Britt Robertson always wanted to get into acting, but her first movie she saw in the theaters was a bit unexpected. While Pretty Woman is a classic romantic-comedy, it’s not one you usually associate with childhood. But for Robertson, it was the relationship between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere that caught her eye. She explained her favorite movie choice to The Hollywood Reporter:
I think the one that stands out in my mind would be Pretty Woman, which is kind of a messed up movie to love as a child but it was the first movie my mom ever took me to — I was really young. I didn’t really understand any of the ideas or concepts in the film but I loved Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and I just loved that whole story. It’s so nostalgic now when I rewatch it at this point in my life.
She Realized She Wanted To Be An Actress Through Soap OperasIt may have been Pretty Woman which was the first feature film that got Britt Robertson excited about acting, but the moment she decided she really wanted to become an actress, was while watching soap operas. She recalled the moment from her childhood with Yahoo:
I was 11 and watching soap operas with my mom and I thought it would be cool to be an actor. I thought soap operas was going to be the dream at the time — it’s obviously now not the dream, but I think soap operas are really cool. Maybe I'll go back to that.
She Followed Around Hilary Duff and Frankie MunizBritt Robertson started her acting career at a very young age and had the typical L.A. child actor experience. She lived in the Oakland Apartments, a notorious hub for child actors and their stage moms. And for the first few years that Robertson lived in the apartments, Hilary Duff and Frankie Muniz were often there. Robertson told Interview Magazine:
For the first few years that I lived there, Hilary Duff and Frankie Muniz frequented the apartments. I was much younger than them at the time. I would follow them around and try to be their friends and they would have no interest in me whatsoever. I was just such a big fan of theirs. I wouldn't consider them really friends, but I definitely saw them and would stalk them like a weirdo.
She Collects ApronsBritt Robertson has been given the opportunity to travel the world with her quite extensive acting career (especially considering her age). So what is it that the Tomorrowland actress likes to collect on her trips? Well, turns out, Robertson really loves collecting Aprons. She collects them from all the different places that she visits. She explained this unique collection to Collider:
I first started when I was in Italy, because I thought that would be really appropriate. I got a hand-stitched Italian apron from this woman in Sicily who put my name on it and it said, “Sicily, Italy.” So now I get one from everywhere I go.http://collider.com/britt-robertson-delivery-man-tomorrowland-interview/
Her Favorite Stephen King Adaptation Is The ShiningWhen working on the sci-fi drama series, Under The Dome, Britt Robertson got a taste as to what it’s like to be a part of Stephen King’s world. The series, based on the King novel of the same name has Robertson in a recurring role of Andie McAlister, a waitress and candy striper who dreams of leaving the small town of Chester’s Mill. But, when asked what Robertson’s personal favorite Stephen King adaptation was, she went with The Shining. She explained to Interview Magazine:
It was one of the first Stephen King [stories] I had ever even experienced. I was in Maryland at the time. I was doing a film and we all had to stay in this house during a tornado warning—we put off production. The producers were like, ‘I know, we should watch The Shining!’ I was never a huge fan of those things, or had never really experienced them, or had access. We watched The Shining, and it changed my life. Not only was it such a surreal experience because it's The Shining and it's so incredible, [but] it's so beautifully written and so artistic—so scary and intriguing and mind-provoking.
She Really Loves Reality TVBritt Robertson may be scoring bigger and better roles, but her favorite thing to watch continues to be bad TV. She told Interview Magazine that reality shows are definitely her guilty pleasure, but would she ever be on one? She denied that possibility.
I like really bad TV; it's a problem. Love me some reality. Would I ever be on a reality show? No, no, no, no, no, no, no. That would not be for me. My mom used to think it would be funny if I had a reality show: ‘It would be cute, we could call it Being B,’ because my family calls me ‘B.’ We're not doing that. We're not the Kardashians. I also love the Kardashians.
She Considers Herself A “Grandma”Britt Robertson may be young, beautiful and living in the A-List ranks, but her fame has not made her a party girl whatsoever. She actually just enjoys hanging out and being a ‘grandma’. She told People that she’s been over that whole LA lifestyle for a while:
My best friend actress Mahaley Hessam and I go to bed at 11 o’clock. We have such old lady schedules. Everyone’s always like, ‘Let’s go out!’ And we’re always like, ‘No we don’t want to.’ They call us the grandmas. LA can get really old really quickly if you waste your life away in a club all night.
Her Secret Talent Is RappingApparently, when Britt Robertson isn’t winning over audiences with her stellar acting performances, the young actress enjoys spitting some rhymes. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Robertson admitted that her secret talent is most likely rapping, and that she tends to obsess over learning some of her favorite raps. At the moment, her obsession was Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey’s song “Bed of Lies” but she told Young Hollywood that she also loves Iggy Azalea, and would often rap songs on the set of The Longest Ride.
If She Wasn’t An Actress She’d Be HousekeepingOut of all the professions in the world, Britt Robertson knows exactly what she would want to be doing if she weren’t an actress. And surprisingly, it’s cleaning houses. She told THR that she’s always wanted to start a housekeeping business because, well, she’s really good at cleaning houses. Considering Robertson moved to L.A. at the young age of 14, and has been acting ever since, we’re not sure whether or not this housekeeping business was a childhood dream, or something she still would love to participate in. Regardless, it doesn’t look like the actress will need to fall back on that career idea anytime soon.