Gabriella Graves, or to her friends Gabi, is a Texas-born actor. She is best known for her role as Delaware, on American comedy series 'Coop And Cami Ask The World'. She is also known for her role as Wren Carter in 'Costume Quest', Bianca and Mary Pat (twins) in 'Spirit Riding Free', and Emily in 'Alex, Inc.'
According to her mother, Michelle Graves, Gabi discovered her love of acting at the age of 4 when she booked the role of Young Ti Moune at a Children's Theatre in San Antonio, TX. Her passion for acting and performing continued to grow over the years as she traveled and sang, with her family, across the country. At the age of 8, she had the opportunity to showcase her talent and was quickly signed with an agent in LA. Shortly after that her family made the exciting choice to move to California so she could pursue her love. Gabi has been blessed with work from the moment she arrived and continues to work, study, grow her craft and love every minute of it!
1. How old were you when you started acting? What was your first role?
At the age of four, I started doing community theater in San Antonio, TX. My first role was playing Little Ti Moune in the musical “Once On This Island”. At the age of nine, we moved to LA, which is when I began my professional career. My first professional role was playing Young Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC.
2. What is the strangest thing you are afraid of?
Being an avid Harry Potter fan and having an incredibly active imagination, I am truly terrified of Dementors.
3. What is your dream role?
I would love to have a dramatic, lead role where I’m really stretched as an actor. I would also love to be able to sing for a role (I did get to do this in Alex, Inc). Something like a Disney musical would be a dream come true as well.
4. Among all the characters/roles you played, which one was the closest to your personality? Which one was your favorite?
The character that I am most like is Emily from ABC’s Alex Inc. She’s a sweet, middle school girl who loves music, and whose best friend is a boy. I think my favorite character is Delaware because she is so quirky, sees the good in everyone, has her own unique style and is not afraid to be herself. She embraces life and has a positive outlook.
5. Would you rather sing or act, if you can only do one?
If I absolutely had to choose I would say act
6. Apart from singing, and acting, what other talents do you have?
I play guitar, ukulele, and piano. I am two belts away from my black belt in TaeKwonDo and my favorite past time is reading... I read ALL THE TIME!
Today is a perfect day to make a difference. A smile, a kind word, a good deed...today is the day! 💛 This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This is very close to my heart because I lost two precious friends to cancer. All month I’m going to be sharing ways we can help these fighters and their families so be sure to follow my story and posts so you can join me, but for now I just want to encourage you to find ways to make a difference TODAY! Embrace the life you’ve been given. Don’t take it for granted. Be thankful for every blessing you have and use it to pay it forward. I love you all. Now let’s get out there and change the world 💛🙌🏻🐞
7. What's the toughest thing you face as a young celebrity? How do you deal with it?
I would say the hardest thing is staying humble. The way I deal with this is by surrounding myself with people who love me and want the best for me and who help me stay focused on the right things. Also remembering that God is in control and trusting Him in everything helps keep me humble and remember it’s not about me!
8. How did your life change as you were cast to play Delaware on 'Coop and Cami'?
Well, this is the biggest role I’ve booked so far and it’s been a dream come true. I get recognized every once in a while and that’s always so much fun to get to talk to fans of the show and of Delaware! Also, booking this role has given me a larger audience with which to share my encouraging message.
9. How did your friends and family react to the news?
Everyone was so very excited and celebrated with me! I have a wonderful support system of my parents, family back in Texas, friends around the country and my incredible agent and manager who stick with me through the ups and downs!
10. What's a funny story that you can share with us from the set of Coop and Cami?
In season 1 there’s an episode where Fred and Cami each have a puppet version of themselves. During rehearsal, Lil Cami, the puppet version of Cami, had lots of hilarious problems. Her pants kept falling off, her eyes fell out and then her head came off. We were all laughing so hard. It was such a funny scene to try to get through.
11. Who is closest to you on the set on Coop and Cami?
Each cast member is so welcoming and kind. I’m honored to be able to spend a few weeks with them each season! They all welcome me in as one of them and for that, I am so very thankful!
12. Who do you stan and who is your celebrity crush?
I would have to say the actor I most admire as an actor, as well as her kind and gentle spirit and passion for others, is Emma Watson. I would love to work with her one day! As far as celebrity crush...would you believe me if I said I don’t have one?
13. Your motto "Dream big, be kind and love always" is inspiring. How did it start and what do you intend to do to spread it among people?
It started when my social media platform began to grow and my family and I realized we had a place where we could really impact people with an encouraging message. We came up with these three things that are so simple, yet can change your entire outlook on life and the world around you. My goal is to share encouraging posts on Instagram, uplifting songs on YouTube and hopefully make people smile through their day.
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