Sophia Hammons, a 14-year-old actress, starred in the 2021 remake of the first-ever Disney Channel Original Movie, Under Wraps. She played one of three friends, alongside Malachi Barton and Christian J. Simon, who accidentally revive a mummy they found in a neighbor’s basement.
She also played a haunting role in Netflix’s hit movie, The Social Dilemma — a docu-drama that explores the human implications of social media. Her character, Isla, grabbed viewers’ attention with her harrowing dependence on technology.
Sophia spoke to In The Know’s Kelsey Weekman about Under Wraps, her past roles and her hopes for her future career.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m on my second year of high school. I’m doing online school, and I like it actually because I still get to be social, kind of. I’ve been doing TV and film for about three years now. It’s been really fun. I live in Boulder, Colo., with my dad and my dog, Larry.
What is your new movie about?
Under Wraps is about three kids who find a 4,000-year-old stolen mummy, and they have to get him back into his resting place before the time runs out [and] he turns to dust. And they go on this crazy adventure — they get chased by bad guys, they befriend the mummy. It’s a super fun movie that I think a lot of kids and families are going to enjoy. The fact it’s a remake of the first Disney Channel Original Movie is cool — like it’s a part of history.
What made you want to take on the role of Amy?
Amy is the new kid in town. And even though she’s the new kid, she’s still very tough. She’s very assertive. She’s a bold person for being new to this whole situation. She’s very fearless. And I think what really drew me to her character was that she knows what she wants, and she will not let anybody get in the way of getting what she wants, because that’s something we don’t have in common. Sophia is definitely like, go with the flow. I’m open to new ideas, new perspectives — but Amy is like, I have a goal, and I’m going to achieve this goal, and no one’s going to stop me, which is very admirable.
Tell us about your role in The Social Dilemma and why people found it so scary.
I think what’s so scary about it is that social media is manipulating everyone, even these young girls and these young kids. It’s super scary in that sense … I am glad I got to be a younger voice for this really important subject. And yeah, I’m seeing a lot of positive feedback on it. My friends sent me videos of people talking about my character, who is phone-obsessed, and how they want to get her off of her phone. People were saying it is literally scarier than a horror movie. I think the scariest part about it is that it’s real.
What’s your relationship with social media like?
There are some negatives to even having it at all. Like, I just will get sucked into it. I will open Instagram to look at a message somebody sent me and then end up mindlessly scrolling and like, never stopping. But yeah, I have Instagram, but that’s it. I’m trying to slow down, though.
Did you choose to play these scarier roles, or was that just a coincidence?
It just kind of happened, I think. And there are scarier parts to Under Wraps, especially while filming it. Phil, who plays Harold the mummy, was in this actual, realistic mummy costume. He was making these very realistic noises, crashing through walls and chasing us. It was like, actually scary.
Are you a big movie fan or more interested in acting?
I’m definitely a pretty big movie watcher. I have two favorite movies that I can’t really pick between. One of them is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I think everyone in that movie is so hilarious, so good. I love seeing actors play actors. And then my other favorite movie is Promising Young Woman. That’s just an incredible film.
What kind of role do you want to play in the future? What’s your ultimate goal?
I’m really interested in playing kind of wise characters. I love characters like Amy that know what they want. But I mean, somebody I want to work with is Taika Waititi. I really want to work with Taika Waititi.
What would you say to people you are your age or younger who want to follow in your footsteps?
I think it’s that there’s a lot of hard work. You have to put it in. And I didn’t really realize that until, like, really getting into my career. It’s a lot of confidence, too. You have to have a lot of confidence. And what’s that one saying? I forget who said it, but you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. My dad always says that to me when I get discouraged in any auditions or anything like that. But yeah, I think it’s a lot of work, so stay focused and stay determined.
Editor’s Note: Responses have been edited for length and clarity.
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