Talented member is the star of a new TV show!

February 26, 2018

10-year-old Sophie Ryder is not only a member at our East Kilbride centre, she’s also the star of a new TV show Gudrun: The Viking Princess on CBeebies! We chatted to her about her exciting experience working on the show…

Sophie Ryder as Gudrun

Wow, so you are Gudrun the Vikings Princess on TV, what does that feel like?

It feels enchanting, fun to play and I love working with all the different animals. I have never experienced anything like this before and it feels amazing.

Tell us about your journey, how did you get into acting and how did you end up with this role?

My drama school were holding auditions and I got selected to audition. After that I kept my fingers crossed that I would get the part and I did! I have been part of my drama group for quite a long time which was originally to improve my confidence. I love acting and it has really improved my confidence.

You don’t have any words in the programme, so all the acting is done by your body language and facial expressions. What is this like?

Sometimes the emotions are tricky to get through movement, for example ‘angry’. I am confident to do ‘happy’ and ‘shy’. I think it’s harder without words but it’s really fun to do it, especially when I am working with so many amazing animals.

Explore Learning like to help children be fearless learners, how have you had to be fearless when being an actress?

I worry a lot and I have had to get over that in school and being an actress. It was scary at first but after that I was fine and it helps because I really love doing what I do. The people that I work with in the show are all really nice and I have made a best friend from it.

How long have you been a member at Explore Learning?

I have been a member at Explore in East Kilbride for nearly a year and a half. It’s been amazing and really increased my confidence at school and that’s why I became a member. It’s been helping my maths and my English and I really love it, especially because of the kind and nice people. I now know I can do things instead of being worried. I have learnt how to be confident in all subjects.

What advice would you give to other children who want to be actors?

Reach for the stars! They should never be afraid of going ahead and doing it. Don’t give up and don’t stop trying and keep believing. The main thing is to enjoy it!

What would you say to other children who were thinking about joining Explore Learning?

It’s amazing and you will love it, it really helps with maths and reading. It has helped me want to read a bit more and now I don’t read like a robot. I also don’t worry about doing new things in my maths now which used to really get me worried.

Your mum and dad must be so proud of you, how have they supported your acting career?

They have really supported me. They have always been there for me. I was scared of working with a real spider but my mum and dad were right there beside me. They take me to my drama group every Saturday and a different one on a Tuesday. They also took me to all the different locations for the filming even though some of them were overnight. My whole family have all been great and they have t-shirts of Gudrun. My little brother loves to wear the t-shirts and are so proud that I am Gudrun.

What’s next for you?

The filming for the next series starts in April. I want to be successful in everything I do and I want to continue to do auditions. I would love to be in a film like The Greatest Showman or Jumanji!

You can find out more about Gudrun: The Viking Princess on the CBeebies website.

We’re so proud of Sophie for being fearless and pursuing her dream of becoming an actress! Meet some of our other superstar Explorers to hear about their achievements.

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