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Tim Federle’s Nate Foster from FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! interviews author OCTAVIA SPENCER

Mar 05, 2014

Entertainment Weekly
by Stephan Lee
March 5, 2014

Get ready for a cuteness overload. Thirteen-year-old Nate Foster (of Tim Federle’s Better Nate Than Ever and the newly released sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!) recently took a break from rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical to interview Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, author of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. Spencer imparts wisdom and wit that will enlighten us all, whether or not we’re budding Broadway stars.

NATE FOSTER: You are 5′2″, according to reports. I myself am probably the shortest eighth grader in America. Any advice for a child actor who is afraid of outgrowing good roles before he’s too tall to play them?
OCTAVIA SPENCER: Nate, it’s very important to live in the moment! If a great role comes along and you are too tall to play it, then I think the role is too small for your talents.

You played Woman in Elevator in Being John Malkovich, and I currently play Alien #7 in E.T.: The Broadway Musical. Any advice on how to get, like, an actual character name? Is it just a matter of time??

I believe it was Shakespeare who said so eloquently, “What’s in a name?” When you get older, you won’t be too proud of some of the projects you were involved in. So think of it as a disguise. I still love Woman in Elevator, though!

I read that your parents encouraged you to have a fallback plan in case acting didn’t work out. Is that something all parents are legally required to say? Mine think of the arts as a hobby.

Pretty funny, right? Your parents only want what’s best for you. They know a career in the arts usually means living paycheck to paycheck; they just want you to know that you have other options!

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