EXCLUSIVE! Actress Lindsey Blackwell talks music, style and new film 13: The Musical

We totally heart up-and-coming actress Lindsey Blackwell as Kendra in Netflix's 13: The Musical, a movie adaptation of the beloved coming-of-age sing-along. And, even when 16-year-old Lindsey's not on-screen, music is always on her mind—did we mention that she's releasing her own EP this summer? From passion projects to perfecting her craft, Lindsey's killing it in the entertainment biz—and we're rooting her on from the front row. Keep reading to get the scoop on 13 and all things Lindsey.

13: The Musical has been her dream project.
"Working on 13 was a dream come true. I've wanted to work on a musical my entire life, and I got the chance to work with 13 other teenagers who were absolutely amazing. We felt like family. I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories and playing a character that people can root for. Any story where you can see how the character grows as the movie progresses is a dream for me."

"I've Been Waiting" is her favorite song from the film.
"That was one of the first songs I learned, and just seeing my progress from the beginning to the final was just like, 'How did it even get to that?' I first learned it during the audition process, and just seeing how it progressed was mind-blowing."

Lindsey is *always* singing.
"I'm singing in the shower, singing while I'm getting ready...singing is just a part of my daily life. I'm actually planning on releasing my first EP, timed with the release of 13. It's going to have some covers *and* an original single. I'm really excited for people to hear that, because I've been working so hard on it—and I'm just really proud of it."

She's a multi-talented actress, singer, dancer and activist.
"I'm a celebrity advocate for Girls For A Change. They're all about preparing the world for Black girls and Black girls for the world, and giving Black girls a space where they can feel comfortable and seen. That's all I could ever ask for, a space where I can be myself with other people who look like me and who go through the same things."

She has a totally unique personal style.
"I'm super obsessed with H&M. That's probably my current obsession. I'm finding that I'm really into '50s and '60s fashion, and I'm also starting to play more with makeup."

Lindsey cannot wait for you to watch 13: The Musical.
"I'm just really excited for viewers to see 13. I've already seen it and I'm, like, super obsessed. Seeing all our hard work paying off...I'm ready for viewers to fall in love with it too."

Catch Lindsey in 13: The Musical streaming August 12 on Netflix!

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Image: Eley Photography. Parts of this interview were edited and condensed for clarity.


by Aubrey Rhoadarmer | 8/10/2022