VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke & Taylor Gray On Working With Kelsey Grammer On ‘High Expectations’
High Expectations, a soccer movie about so much more than soccer, explores relationships, goals and depression as it follows Jack Davis, played by Taylor Gray, as he finds himself at odds with his legendary soccer coach father after getting cut from the team. Sophia, Jack’s ex played by Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, is an aspiring recording artist. The two lean on each other as Jack is inspired to follow his dream and try out for the rival soccer club. Together, they explore the meaning of second chances.
Brooke and Gray recently spoke with uInterview founder Erik Meers about Brooke’s acting debut and their experience working with legendary actor Kelsey Grammer.
“I’ve been on auditions for a long time. I’ve wanted to be in films,” Brooke said. “When I read the script, I was moved to tears and I loved what it was about. It was so inspirational and moving and heartfelt. When I actually did it, I felt the nerves, but having Taylor and our directer there to guide me was so sweet. In ways, it felt natural. It was all of those things. I had such a great experience.”
The two young actors also spoke about what it meant to them to work with someone like Grammer, who has spent decades in the business.
“Kelsey was amazing,” Gray said. “He’s someone everyone knows has had an extensive career. He’s done hundreds of episodes of television, many films, he went to Julliard. He’s very well trained … He’s been on sets his whole life so he’s very comfortable there. I had so much fun just chatting with him in between takes. He would really turn it on in scenes. He’s playing my father and we have sort of an emotional breakup. It was just so cool to see him kind of lock into that and see us go back and forth with a scene that had some more meat to it. There’s a reason why he is who he is. He’s amazing.”
“He’s legendary,” Brooke chimed in. “He has such grace and such wisdom. He couldn’t have been kinder. He’s a movie star. He’s renowned. I adore Mr. Grammer. How thankful am I.”
High Expectations is in theaters now.