Daniela Bobadilla is widely recognized for her role as Sam Goodson on Charlie Sheen‘s comedy, Anger Management. The actress is set to star as Heather in the Lifetime World Premiere The Cheating Pact, which follows three high school students who cheat on their college entrance exams.
Celebrity Teen Scoop got to chat with Daniela about her character, Heather, and how the college entrance exams are “a super scary time for any high school student.” She also shared what it is like working with Charlie Sheen on Anger Management!
Daniela: “The Cheating Pact is about three friends in high school who are being pressured by their parents to do well on their College Entrance Exam. They come up with a plan to hire the smartest girl in their class to take the test for them so that they can get into their dream colleges. However, things get complicated after a mysterious accident that frames all three friends as suspects. I play Heather Marshall, one of the three friends. Heather is the voice of reason of the three friends.”
CTS: Knowing the subject of this movie was about cheating on college entrance exams, how do you feel about this? It looks like the parents were really pushing their kids to get good grades to get into good colleges.
Daniela: “I remember preparing to take my exam. It’s a super scary time for any high school student…it’s so much pressure to know that one test will determine where you’ll live, study and graduate from! It’s even more pressure for the kids who’s parents are pressuring them to do good or to get into a particular school. I’m even more of a goody-two-shoes than Heather is though. I would study 20 hours a day or more instead of cheat.”
CTS: You also star as Sam Goodson, Charlie Sheen’s daughter in the comedy, Anger Management. What’s it like working with Charlie?
Daniela: “I have had such a good time working with Charlie! He has created the most inviting set I’ve ever been on. He always makes time to say ‘hi’ to everyone, and he always keeps everything light and fun. It only ever feels like work if it’s a long day, and even then Charlie has everyone smiling.”
CTS: Do you have a preference between drama and comedy?
Daniela: “I really enjoy both. Comedy is a science! I’ve learned so much from everyone on Anger Management. You have to figure out the beats of each line, what word to enunciate, the specific beats and timing of the jokes…it’s an intricate process. On the other hand, drama is all about being natural and true to your emotions, so nothing is emphasized. It all has to be organic and human. I am so grateful to get to jump between both genres!”
CTS: How did you get your start in acting? Was it always a goal or dream of yours?
Daniela: “When I was 12 years old, I auditioned for my middle school musical and completely fell in love with acting. I haven’t stopped since! I was always that kid that loved performing, but acting wasn’t my main dream until that play. After that play, I began doing community theater and eventually started taking acting classes. It was during my first acting class that my agent discovered me and the rest was history!”
CTS: Do you have any advice for young people thinking of breaking into the acting industry?
Daniela: “Oh yeah! Be good to your parents! You can’t do it without their support. School is super important, and focus on getting good grades! Other than that, with your parents blessing, go for it wholeheartedly. Hold onto your dream and keep your head up. It’s a TON of hard work, but it is beyond worth it in the end. Always be in an acting class and do your research before signing up for anything!”
CTS: What do you like to do in your free time, when you aren’t on-set or preparing for a role?
Daniela: “I am really involved in my church; I am youth leader for the middle school group and I attend an awesome college group. I also love going on adventures with my friends, whether it’s going to concerts, camping, or going on road trips. I also love to paint and try all kinds of fitness activities, such as circus stunts or aerial yoga.”
CTS: What’s up next for you?
Daniela: “We have 46 episodes left to film for Anger Management, so we have our work cut out for us! Other than that, I’m excited to find other projects during my hiatuses.”