"Another woman who is one of my biggest inspirations would have to be Meryl Streep. She has shown the world that there is nothing wrong with loving yourself and embracing your imperfections, and that everyone in the world is deserving of acceptance."
Australian native, Lauren Esposito, has accomplished incredible things in her 18 years; from touring across the UK as a singer to acting in an Australian television show to now being up on the big screen in the feature film, The Conjuring 2. We can't wait to see what you'll do next, Lauren!
Every Ella: Hi Lauren! Tell us about yourself.
Lauren Esposito: Hey there! I’m Lauren Esposito and I’m 18 years old. I was born in Adelaide, South Australia and moved to Melbourne at the age of 14. I’ve grown up thoroughly influenced by musical theatre and had the opportunities to perform in some amazing musicals such as Annie, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat; being lucky enough to have lead roles in each production. At the age of 5, I joined the Australian Girls Choir and had the greatest privilege to tour to England, Ireland, Scotland and Vietnam at the age of 11. One of my favourite experiences on the tour was singing on the live morning show ‘Good Morning Vietnam’. It was an incredible feeling getting to perform live for over 3 million people. In early 2015, I was offered a role in one of Australia’s top drama series, which I filmed last year as well as flying to LA and London to film ‘The Conjuring 2’ which will premiere worldwide in cinemas this year on June 10th. I have recently graduated from high school in Australia and I begin online study at the University of New England this year studying Criminology, which I’m super excited about.
You have a movie premiering soon! How exciting! Tell us about shooting “The Conjuring 2.”
Filming "The Conjuring 2" was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Getting to work with such big names like Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga at such an early stage in my career was an absolute treat and honor! Especially working with the inspiring James Wan. We all became a massive family and I’m so excited for it to be released so the world can see how hard so many talented people worked to put this film together.
Do you like watching horror movies?
I’ve never really enjoyed watching horror films, I’m such a wuss! I get scared very easily so I’m very nervous about watching our film. Lets hope I can get through it all without covering my eyes! (It’s looking super terrifying!)
Did you ever get scared on set?
I never really got scared on set because most of the effects are all done in the editing process of the film. It’s quite difficult being scared when there are a solid 50 people on set around you haha!
Your first passion in life was singing. Can you tell us about that?
I started singing at the age of 5 in the Australian Girls Choir. When I moved to Melbourne I began intensive vocal training with a well renowned opera vocalist in Melbourne for a year, which really helped develop and strengthen my tone.
Do you perform often?
Before I began working as an actor I would go busking with my friend Tamika near the Yarra River in Melbourne. We would busk for 2 -3 hours at a time; just using 2 microphones and a sound system. It was so much fun and in the summertime we would usually busk 2 - 4 days a week.
If you could sing a duet with ANY singer, who would it be?
Definitely Adele. She is my absolute favourite artist. I love everything about her. Her voice, her lyrics, her story. It all as a package is just incredible. It would be a dream come true to sing with her.
What are your goals and ambitions for the future?
A goal of mine for the future is to just stay happy and content with life and always work hard towards my goals, ambitions. I would love to keep acting for as long as possible because it makes me the happiest I have ever been.
Name one woman who inspires you.
Hmmm it’s very difficult to just chose one woman, however definitely my Mum! She has always driven me towards achieving my all my goals in life and is always super supportive and caring. I honestly wouldn't know what I would do without her! Another woman who is one of my biggest inspirations would have to be Meryl Streep. She has shown the world that there is nothing wrong with loving yourself and embracing your imperfections, and that everyone in the world is deserving of acceptance.
What advice do you have for girls today?
My advice for girls today would be to never give up on your dreams and always have confidence and believe in yourself. No matter what brings you down, always remember that you are special and talented in your own, individual ways and nothing should stop you from achieving your goals/ ambitions.