Actress Kimi Acosta sees Oscar in her future
By William Wright
At first glance, one could easily mistake Kimi Acosta for a visual combination of a young Demi Moore mixed with a young Drew Barrymore. But a closer look at the aspiring young actress reveals an even more subtle similarity to the two beautiful actresses.
The 16-year-old is also a savvy, sophisticated and disciplined actress with a business plan designed to make her dreams come true as a recognized and respected thespian with an acting range that could be honored by the Oscars with a nomination for best performance by an actress in a leading or supporting role. In fact, it’s her theatrical dream.
Yet, it’s more than a dream to Kimi Acosta. That’s her promise to herself, to her increasing number of fans and to the investment being made in her professional career by her parents. Born in, Grand Prairie, Texas — the same small town as Selena Gomez — Kimi said she grew up watching television and wanting to be a part of it.
“I always told my parents I wanted to be ‘inside’ the TV from the age of 3,” she explained. “They knew I was destined to do this. About the age of 6, my mom’s best friend heard an open audition call in Dallas and said, ‘TAKE HER!’ My mom took me and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Recognizing her talent, her parents enlisted the aid of an acting coach from age 6 to the present. Kimi stated, “I have been lucky enough to work with the top coaches in Texas and Los Angeles. I try and study weekly, take dance and complete my schoolwork. My mom and I go to all of the seminars and soak up as much information as we can. I love improv! I have taken every type of class and worked my way up to master classes, which are pretty intense.” After auditioning for a Fine Arts Academy in Theatre Kimi was accepted and trained there for three years, doing theatre performances and a variety of shows. In 2017, Kimi landed the role of ‘Penny’ in the tense horror film, “The Night Before,” currently available for purchase on amazon.com or to rent on Red Box. “I co-starred as the daughter, who was abducted with her mother the night before Halloween,” she said. “’Scary’ was on my bucket list and I loved it! I pray to do a lot more in the future. I actually love all genres. Being on set was also fun and exciting! I love meeting new people and getting into character. I’m very professional on set. I think that’s extremely important.
“I also filmed a drama that is very important to me called, ‘The Runners.’ It’s about human trafficking and it’s in post-production right now. I played one of the abducted girls and really lived out her nightmare on set. We had 110 degree weather in an abandoned building on dirty mattresses in East Texas and saw real drug dealers and people running away — all of it. It lasted for three days and it was truly horrifying. It really opened my eyes to human trafficking. These types of shows are important for the public to see if we are ever going to end this inhumanity. I am very aware of my surroundings now, thanks to that movie.”
Recently, Kimi filmed a teen TV series in Los Angeles, called “Vantage Points,” which is in post-production. The series is scheduled for release on Amazon later this year. The talented teen who is represented by The Savage Agency in Los Angeles, added, “I’m also starring in a faith-based film, which may be the best one yet, called ‘Supernal.’”
In Calvin Bender’s unique, sci-fi drama, ‘Supernal,’ Kimi will be playing the lead role as “Gabby,” which she says she is very excited about. When asked about the actresses she admires most and other directors she would love to work with, the ambitious teen responded, “This is a hard one because there are so many actors that I admire. I love Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson because they are both so funny and witty and very natural and raw when they portray a character. I also love Cameron Diaz and Emma Stone.
“With Drama being my favorite category, I love, Katherine Langford from ‘13 Reasons Why,’ Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lawrence, Ansel Elgort, Channing Tatum and I love I love Steve Carell! My favorite TV series of all time is, ‘The Office!’”
“I believe the ultimate director to work with would have to be a female director, Jodi Foster. I Loved her in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and she’s brilliant — so I know she would be amazing to be directed by. I also think Angelina Jolie would be great! And of course, the incredible Steven Spielberg.”
According to Kimi, she will no longer be considered a minor and will be considered “legal 18 in the Entertainment Business in April 2018.” With nothing holding her back from pursuing her dream, the optimistic teen confessed, “My goal is to become a successful movie star and win an Oscar one day.”
As far as offering tips to other aspiring actors who have not had the training, experience or opportunities she has enjoyed, Kimi stated, “My advice to beginners would be to stay strong, learn from your mistakes and don’t expect to become an overnight success. You have to love acting to become great at it, because at the end of the day you will never be happy if you do not do what is in your heart and really love it. There are a lot of ‘No’s’ — a lot of rejection with pain, tears and negativity in this business that can really tear you apart. But you have to know that you are good enough, stand tall and continue because you really love it! Never give up!”
“I’ve been at this for 9 years now and my parents have never asked me to quit or made any struggles known because they really want me to succeed. I am blessed beyond belief that I have such a strong support system. I know they will never give up on me. They always tell me that we have to pray and be strong and never give up. Most great successes have a great story of struggle to get there. I’ll be telling my story one day.”
If her dream comes true, Kimi Acosta will be telling her story live on television during her acceptance speech at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ACTRESS KIMI ACOSTA in a scene from the film, “The Night Before,” co-starring Rachel Whittle, who played her mother, and Steven Michael Quezada of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
For further information, visit Kimi Acosta on Instagram @kimi.acosta; on Twitter @margieacosta02; on Facebook @ Margie y Kimi Acosta or IMDB @http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4478724/