- Associated Press - Sunday, March 1, 2020

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Every year, scores of children put blood, sweat and tears into making it in the entertainment industry. Some are never given the chance, but one local teen is making the most of hers.

Amelia Oswald, 15, has a full time job as a student at Lakeside High School, but on her off time, she’s a professional actress and singer on stage, film and TV.

“My sister and I have always sang around the house since we were really little, and I guess it would start with, like, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and singing Ariel songs and stuff, but I ended up auditioning for a show with The Augusta Players when I was eight and from there it just branched over into this really, really cool environment with these really awesome people and, when I was 12, I started acting professionally and getting more involved in that realm,” she said

Amelia’s acting career has covered several stage shows like “A Christmas Story” and “Fish in the Dark,” short films like the 2020 festival hit “The Arrow Falls,” and a small role in the 2018 comedy “Blockers” starring John Cena and Leslie Mann. Now, in her latest opportunity, she is starring in a series of Chrysler commercials entitled “No Matter How You Parent” along with Emmy-nominated actress Kathryn Hahn.

″(Shooting the commercials) was the coolest experience of my entire life,” Amelia said. “Every single person that I met was absolutely the sweetest person I’ve ever met…(Kathryn Hahn) she’s so sweet…I really liked how she still interacted with me and the boy I worked with, because that meant a lot for us, especially because we’re looking up to her, and this is a super big deal to us.”



The entertainment industry has a history of being damaging to child actors mentally and sometimes physically. However, Amelia’s mother, Leslie Brewer, and her step-dad, Clay Brewer, have actively helped her through this journey, and say Amelia has always stayed true to who she is.

“She’s had really good people in her circle,” Leslie said. “You just have to use your gut instincts and just do the best that you can for them.”

“She’s a strong willed, independent girl,” Clay said. “She believes in who she is, she knows where she comes from…and I think the cool thing, really, about her when it comes down to it is she don’t really need this. She’s like ‘if it comes, it comes; if it don’t, it don’t.’”

But if it doesn’t come, that’s not the end of Amelia’s dreams.

“It would be really, really awesome to go to Northwestern and major in journalism and then go to UGA and study law, get my law degree there, or I want to go to Georgia Tech and get my Masters in cyber security,” Amelia said.

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