Sixteen-year-old Chandler Kinney first made a name for herself on Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street, but now she’s all grown up and starring in FOX’s action-packed series, Lethal Weapon. The seriously talented, yet totally down-to-earth starlet dished to us on what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling…
On playing Riana Murtaugh: She’s kind of your typical LA teen; her life revolves around her phone, but she also wants to get out in the world and have new experiences and make some mistakes but learn from them. I like playing her because she’s very relatable and I feel like there’s a lot of things that she’s going through that most teens inevitably have to go through. She’s more rebellious than most characters I play, but that makes it all the more fun. She’ll be getting into more trouble than I do in my regular life!
On Lethal Weapon vs. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street: The energy is totally different. Gortimer Gibbon’s was a little more playful and Lethal Weapon is more serious. But on both sets there was such a positive, creative energy going on; they both are very open to letting me try things out with my character and experiment and grow with the people I’m playing.
On being the youngest one on set: There haven’t really been any pranks on set yet, but being the youngest on set, I could probably start a prank war and get away with it! Dante Brown plays my brother… having him is really great because it’s always nice to have another kid on set.
On her biggest starstruck moment: I got to meet Viola Davis and I love her work. She’s a big one. She was so kind. I took a picture with her and she said something along the lines of, “Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it!”
On life outside of the studio: I spend so much time looking at photography accounts (when on Instagram). I love photography. That’s something that a lot of people don’t know. When I get a chance, I go outside and shoot and have some fun. Looking at photography accounts inspires me to go work on my skills.