By Sophie Wells
For the past five years, 12-year-old Audrey Grace Marshall, a driven and talented young lady from Indianapolis, Indiana, has been taking the entertainment world by storm. From romantic comedies to indie films, she’s accomplished it all.
“It’s been really wonderful,” Marshall says. “I’ve grown so much and I’ve learned a lot in the five years that I’ve been doing this. I love it. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Currently living in Manhattan, New York, the best city in the world (according to Audrey,) her parents, older brother and sister, and twin brother are constantly helping encourage her to succeed in every role she plays. This year in particular, Marshall’s career went in an extremely exciting direction, landing her a role in the upcoming HBO Max series, The Flight Attendant. Premiering on November 26th, this suspenseful storyline follows Cassie, a flight attendant played by Kaley Cuoco, who wakes up after a layover in another country with a dead man next to her, and no idea what happened the night before. Audrey Grace plays ‘young Cassie,’ who gives viewers an inside look at the main character's upbringing in a traditional, yet dysfunctional household.
Looking back on all of the characters she’s played thus far, Marshall says acting as ‘young Cassie’ is, hands down, her proudest accomplishment. “It’s a dream come true,” she says.
Like every job, playing this character has taught her many valuable lessons and allowed her to grow even further as an actress. Prior to filming, Marshall made a point to read Chris Bohjalian’s novel, which the show is based on, in order to understand ‘young Cassie’ and her challenges even more. She also describes watching and interacting with her fellow co-stars to have been a wonderful, enriching experience. Kaley Cuoco, who also started out as a child actor, seemed to especially have a connection with the young star. “Kaley was so sweet,” Audrey Grace says. “She gave me two pieces of advice; Her parents never let her say ‘I can’t’ and ‘I don’t know.’ I love that because now I don’t say those two things either because I can do it, and if I don’t know the answer, then I’ll find it.”
In the midst of filming this suspenseful series, however, the cast and crew struggled with a shut down for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “In total, it took an entire year to film the eight episodes, which is really unheard of. But, on the bright side, The Flight Attendant was the first big show to begin filming again in New York. So, we were able to show the industry that filming during the pandemic can be done safely.”
Along with HBO Max, she has also been involved with other large entertainment names, including Netflix. The Last Summer, released in 2019, is a romantic comedy based on a group of high school students spending their last few months together before going off to college. Marshall played Lyla, which was, impressively, the only child storyline in the film.
Audrey Grace was also a part of Netflix’s three-season superhero drama, Jessica Jones. “Jessica Jones was a fantastic experience, as well. It was a pretty special project for me because it was my dad’s favorite show at the time. I got to play ‘young Trish,’ or, in the marvel universe, she’s known as ‘Hellcat.’ So, it was really cool. I’d love to work with Netflix again, they’re amazing.”
Waiting for her next opportunity, Marshall says, is the trickiest part. “I love acting so much and I want to be doing it all the time, but that’s just not how it works. My manager always tells me, ‘Acting is kind of like surfing; There may be times when you catch a big wave, and then the water calms, and then you have to wait for the next one. But, eventually your wave will come and you’ll catch it, and ride it, and it’ll be amazing.”
In the meantime, you can catch Audrey Grace in a Zoom-ballet class, reading Anne of Green Gables, or shopping at some of her favorite stores. Living in the country’s fashion capital, New York City, Marshall has become quite the fashionista, describing her style as “vintage-chic.”
“I love classic styles and funky patterns, stuff that’s timeless, not the fashion of the moment or stuff that’s really on trend. I like more unique stuff that you wouldn’t really find anywhere.” Some of her favorite spots include Childrensalon (online,) Zara, ModCloth, and a good thrift store from time to time.
Audrey Grace is also extremely passionate about animals. She has two dogs of her own and a bunny, Sebastian, who is named after Ryan Gosling’s character in her favorite movie, La La Land. In an effort to give back to animals in need, she loves any organization that does so, including “Susie’s Senior Dogs” (@susiesseniordogs on Instagram) who works to help get aging senior dogs adopted.
2020 in particular has been quite the exciting year for the young star. Filming The Flight Attendant while balancing family, friends, hobbies, and making sure to stay safe during the pandemic, has undoubtedly been a whirlwind. But, her story doesn’t stop there.
“I don’t ever want to stop acting, I love it so much,” she says. “I think, for me in 10 years, I’d love to be acting in the kind of movies that could someday lead to winning an Oscar. That’s the real dream for me. I like to put that out into the universe and start manifesting my dreams.”
Although the world is in a crazy spot at the moment, there is one thing that’s clear: Audrey Grace Marshall’s determination and kind spirit will surely take her great places this year, next year, and for many years to come.
Sophie Wells is an editorial intern who is knowledgeable in all things fashion, cooking, and entertainment.