Hype Hair: Time Magazine recently named you one of the most influential teens in Hollywood. How does it feel?
Skai Jackson: It feels great to be considered a role model for young people! I never thought anyone would ever consider me a role model or someone they looked up to. I hope that I continue to inspire many other kids, as I do now.
HH: Who are some of your own personal inspirations and role models?
SJ: One of my role models is Oprah. She gives to charities and stands up for what she believes in. I always used to watch her TV show when I was little, and I have continued to look up to her ever since.
HH: How do you stay so grounded and levelheaded in such a demanding industry?
SJ: I stay grounded by surrounding myself with friends and family who support and encourage me. I also have a great mom. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am today, and she has always made sure that I stay grounded, no matter what.
HH: What is some of the best advice you received when you first got into the industry?
SJ: The best advice I was given when I was starting in the industry was: Never give up no matter how many times you are told no—and be yourself. I have definitely kept that in mind over the years.
HH: What advice would you give to other young people who aspire to a career in acting?
SJ: If acting is something you truly want to do, then don’t give up. It might take a while to get where you want to be in life, but just know that something great will happen!
HH: What are some of your future goals, and is there something you would like to do outside of acting?
SJ: In the future, I’d like to have my own clothing line and start directing, producing and writing. Acting is fun, but I also think it would be cool to be behind the camera.