Written By: AbsolutViolette
Chloe East is the multi-talented and film-enthusiastic 15-year-old actress starring in the upcoming MarVista movie “Jessica Darling’s It List” based on the book under the same title by Megan McCafferty. According to East, the movie stays true to the book, which she loved reading. The coming of age movie, that will air on TV June 21st, is about Jessica who get’s an “It List” from her older sister Bethany on how to become popular as she’s headed to into the 7th grade at a new school.
On popularity, East believes it’s not that important and that one should never do anything for the sole purpose of becoming popular. Instead, she advises that one does whatever it is they love to do, and if popularity is a by-product, then that’s a different story, keeping in mind that popularity can be distracting.
Filming the movie was a great deal of fun for East and she has many fond memories of her time on set including meeting the author McCafferty who showed up on set a couple of times, and watching her see her book come to life was a cool experience. Other memories include their trailer dance parties while having lunch and yoga sessions led by her yoga-enthusiastic cast mate. Filming this movie was also vastly different from filming the sitcom “Liv and Maddie” she appears in; as the movie was shot using a “single-cam setup” whereas “Liv and Maddie” uses a “multi-cam setup”, a process that is much faster. Although the “single-cam setup” takes longer, it’s what East slightly prefers.
East, who has a popular YouTube channel which she uses as a creative outlet, was excited to find out that fellow YouTuber Blair Fowler plays her older sister. Their shared passion for cameras and video creation led to some interesting discussions on set. Fowler also inspired East to start making more makeup related videos for her own channel.
Speaking of YouTube, East films the content for her channel using a Canon 70D with a Sigma 35mm F1.4 lens and edits with Final Cut Pro X. Her love for film and directorial ambitions have a made her a perfectionist when it comes to editing, stating it can take hours just to get seconds of a clip perfect. Her cinematography obsession, as she refers to it, has also caused her to look up directors and watch all their films. East gets inspiration from watching movies and her ambition, as an actress and future director, grows with every movie as she says “you can learn so much from just watching”.
Though East also has a Vlogging channel, where she documents her day-to-day life, she slightly prefers filming for her main channel as she gets to be more creative and also put to use her fancy equipment, though filming vlogs is easier. When she gets older, East says she would love to write and direct a film. “Having all that power, being able to create a storyline. It’s so amazing” she explains. Not just any film though, but one shot with a 35mm film camera – an art which is dying out she says. One place where she’s able to enjoy this dying art however, is at the “New Beverly Cinema” which is a historic movie theater in L.A. that only shows old movies shot on film, no digital releases. East’s love for the “old” may also be behind her desire to star in a Western movie, although she’s open to any genre.
Already busy as it is, East squeezes in time to film and edit her own videos because she loves it so much, even if it means filming at 1 am and getting 4 hours of sleep. Her iPhone app Sleep Cycle tracks her sleep patterns and supposedly also wakes her up at the “perfect” time. Being a night owl helps though. Other apps that she can’t live without are of course, YouTube and Instagram, as well as the game “Heads Up” which is fun to play with her friends.
If you happen to be in Anaheim, CA June 23-25, you can catch Chloe attending the VidCon conference which she’ll be attending along with hundreds of other YouTube creators and thousands of more YouTube fans. East herself hopes to meet YouTube twins Nina and Randa, who while attending last year’s VidCon inspired her to go “Seagan” (Vegan who eats seafood). “I love sushi and could go days just eating it.” On being “Vegan”, East says it’s easy when you live in a city like L.A. where the recent trend has opened up a multitude of options.
If you’re not attending VidCon, stay connected with Chloe through her social media channels linked below.