Sari Arambulo, born and raised in sunny California, was practically set up to become an actress as she calls show-biz-swamped L.A. her home town. Jute Magazine had some questions for the NBC’s AP Bio actress and she had all the answers. Sari talked about her career, social media trolls and the “Me Too” campaign’s influence on her own point of view.
Marie-Christin Tripolt: Hi Sari! Firstly, could you tell us something about yourself? Where are you from? What are you doing?
Sari Arambulo: Hey there! I’m Sari, an actress and student, born and raised in Los Angeles.
MCT: Where can we see you on TV at the moment?
SA: You can watch me on NBC’s AP Bio as the recurring character, Grace. AP Bio also streams on Hulu!
MCT: What projects are you working on right now?
SA: I’m producing my own short video interview series, currently! Think 73 Questions, with a host you can actually see (me!)
MCT: How did you start your career?
SA: I started doing commercials when I was 10 years old, then transitioned to Film and TV in high school. I got my start in local musical theater at my school, hip-hop competitions, and acting classes.
MCT: Who are you looking up to? Who is your inspiration?
SA: I look up to my family and all their hard work and sacrifices they’ve made so that I can achieve my dream. In terms of my career goals, I love Reese Witherspoon, who is my career goals.
MCT: What’s something we don’t know about you?
SA: I’ve studied abroad in France twice and love the French culture and language. I can actually speak it pretty well too; one of my best friends lives there and has helped me with my accent and more colloquial vernacular.
MCT: What do you love the most about acting?
SA: To walk in another person’s shoes and take on someone else’s little quirks and traits. Acting really teaches you about empathy for other people from all walks of life.
MCT: How hard is it really to make it in the business?
SA: It’s definitely a grind. For every fifty auditions you go out for, you will maybe book one. And that’s a big MAYBE. Honestly, it’s about being at the right place at the right time.
MCT: You are pretty active on social media. How do you manage to entertain your fans, but at the same time not give too much from your private life?
SA: There’s definitely a balance! I would like to say I’m pretty candid and post what I want to post, not just worrying about if it will gain me a ton of likes or comments. At the same time, I think it’s important to share your most private moments with those you love and trust, so it’s all about using high judgement.
MCT: The “Me Too”-campaign has been a pretty big thing this year all over social media and the acting world. Does this change your perspective on your job and the people you are working with?
SA: Yes, I think it has taught me that it is OK to speak up. Actually, it’s way more than OK, you have a RIGHT to speak up. I also think it is important to portray truthful stories that bring situations like this to the surface, to create discourse and further bring it into societal conversation.
MCT: Social media can also be devastating because people don’t always treat each other the way they should. How do you handle things like mean comments?
SA: I’ll typically just ignore the comment or delete it! You give the person who wrote the mean comment more power by retaliating. It can be hard, but sometimes you just have to take the high road.
MCT: What’s one of the funniest and best experiences you’ve had on set?
SA: Those two words pretty much describe my time filming season one of AP Bio. I think one of the best moments was filming the last scene of the last episode of season one. It was a dancing scene, but the producers surprised us by turning off the cameras and having everyone (producers, writers, grips, cameramen, PA’s) join in on our scene and dance with us. It was such a beautiful moment and the perfect way to end such an awesome experience. Definitely going to cherish that moment forever.
MCT: What are your future goals and what can we expect to see?
SA: My future goals include pursuing my actor career as well as just learning as much as I can about the industry. I’m very interested in producing and development and can see myself also pursuing a career in that realm. (like I said, just like Reese! Who has HelloSunshine)
MCT: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten and why?
SA: I would say, “be yourself because everyone else is already taken.” I relate this to acting, because all you can do as an actor is bring your authentic self and offer to the casting director what you can do with the role. It’s not about worrying if the casting thinks you’re right for the part, it’s more about bringing your own twist to every character you play. And if it resonates with casting, that’s great! And if not, that’s OK too. Because eventually, you will be exactly what they’ll be looking for. It’s all about timing. Casting to an extent doesn’t really know what they’re looking for until you bring it in the room! (I learned this when I interned at a casting office once!) This advice changed my perspective on auditioning, and it now allows me to feel more confident when in the casting room.
MCT: What’s something you would like to tell your fans?
SA: How much it means to me for their support. I love all the fan art and really enjoy interacting with all of you guys!
story: Marie-Christin Tripolt
stylist: Tristan Weholt