Kindergarten Fil-Am nabs role in HBO’s new 70s-inspired series

NEW YORK CITY – On Valentine’s Day, executive producers Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese are taking viewers back to the good old days of disco and glam rock with “Vinyl” – a new series on HBO that hopes to make viewers fall in love with 70s music all over again.

“Vinyl” stars Olivia Wilde and Emmy award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale. Playing the role of their daughter is 6-year-old New Jersey Fil-Am Belle Smith.

In its pilot episode filmed in 2014, Belle played a bit role. But when HBO picked up the series, the casting director gave her the bigger role of Jenna.

Her mom Christy said, “We went in there, hindi  ko nga alam kung sino yung mga tao duon. Then yung nasa screen, sabi ko, sino yan? Then sabi nila si Martin Scorsese, director, and then the next day nandun si Mick Jagger.”

Belle was only a year old when her Pinay mom saw her potential and started recording her pretending to play an electric guitar on a home video.

She learned to read at age 2, and she could count in 10 different languages.

She can also name and identify all the states as well as all the names of the U.S. presidents.

And at 3, she could name the elements in a periodic table.

That’s also when she began her modeling and acting career, posing for Toys R’ Us, Quaker and appeared on national TV commercials such as Samsung, Tell MD and Pediasure.

Belle has then worked in movies and TV shows such as “Law and Order”, “The Slap”, “Bluebloods”, “Tru TV” and “Investigation Discovery”, among many others.

Today, this kindergartener continues to audition for TV and movies.

“Well, it’s not challenging, it’s not hard. But what I like about it is, the one I did today is about an i-robot. It’s like something that cleans your floor,” she said. “I just had to play with a doggy and play.”

Belle will appear in seven episodes of “Vinyl” that premieres on HBO on Feb. 14.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

 

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