With just a year of acting experience, Amelia Osborne, a sixth grader at Roosevelt School in Weehawken, has hit the big time. She plays a major role in an award-winning short film that is making the rounds in the indie film circuit.
“I started taking classes when I was 8,” she said, “but I didn’t start acting until last year.” After just three classes, her acting coach saw her potential. “They asked me if I ever thought of taking her to auditions,” Amelia’s mother Karen said. “They told me she really understands it and takes good direction.”
The film workshop where she takes classes, Weehawken-based Outtake Productions, focuses on giving children the confidence to work in front of a camera.
“It’s a small local class that’s run by one of the local moms,” Karen said. “It’s not like those theater classes where only the stars shine. Everyone gets a chance.”
After her headshots were done by her aunt as a birthday gift, she was off to audition. She has done a Toys for Tots commercial and multiple roles for college film students in New York City.
“I could just put away me and be someone else.” – Amelia Osborne
She was the lead actress in the short film, “Earth, the way I left it.” The film, which took home best short at the Woodstock Film Festival, depicts “a child coping with death in the family [who] is visited by a stranger from the stars,” according to the film’s website. “This is a tale of youth preserving innocence through imagination.” The film was shot in four days in Englewood.
“It was really fun,” Amelia said. “Everyone was really nice to me, and if it was taking too long I would just do my homework.”
The film was also an official selection for the Nashville Film Festival, which took place from April 17 to 26.
Lots of support
Amelia attended the premier in New York City with two of her best friends, Sacha Alvarez and Rene Agostini.
“They were very excited for me” she said. “They just supported me all the way.”
What was it like seeing herself on screen? “I thought it was awesome,” she said. “I was worried at first but everyone seemed to like it so I was ok.” And her favorite thing about acting? “I love pretending to be someone else,” she said. “I could just put away me and be someone else.”
Although she has done a lot of acting on screen and would love to star in a large Hollywood film, she eventually wants to get into theater. She cites her “little voice” as the only thing holding her back from making it on Broadway.
In addition to acting, Amelia loves hanging out with friends, horseback riding, and doing karate. She is also a very good unicyclist. In the summer she enjoys water skiing and swimming.
Her parents have been very supportive throughout her brief acting career. Her father Brian Osborne is the superintendent of schools for the South Orange-Maplewood District and her mother is the office manager at the law offices of Irwin Atkins in New York City. They have taken her to numerous auditions and always encourage her to try new things.
This summer she will be taking on a new challenge, playing in the Weehawken recreational softball league.
“Just pursue your dream,” she said. “If you wanna do something, go for it.”