Layla Crawford has been pursing her career since the tender age of 3, acting on television, in films and on the stage. Layla’s hard work has certainly paid off. She is currently starring in the new sitcom, “First Family,” where she plays the youngest of the 3 siblings living in the White House with her father the president and mother, the first lady. Layla recently sat down with NCISLA Magazine to talk about her new role and more. Check out the highlights below:
On when she wanted to become an actress and who inspires her the most:
I started performing when I was only 3 years old as an “early bird” for Debbie Allen Dance Academy. But I just kinda fell into acting when my best friend and I auditioned for a school play when I was in kindergarten. I enjoyed it so much and had so much fun I wanted to do it all the time! I really like making people smile and laugh! I admire China Anne McClain, star from ANT Farm. She is so talented. She can act and sing and I hope to get a role someday that allows me to do both as well.
On her character on “First Family”:
On the show, The First Family, I play the President’s youngest daughter, Olivia Johnson. The show is about the 2nd African-American President of the US and everything funny surrounding his family. It is an incredible cast (Christopher Duncan, Kellita Smith, Jackee, John Witherspoon, Gladys Knight, and Marla Gibbs). I have so many stories it’s hard to pick one, but my favorite so far is getting a quick singing lesson from the legendary Gladys Knight for an episode.
On upcoming projects:
Beside The First Family, I am also currently co-starring as ‘Katrina Whitaker’ in “Note To Self” that just released. It is a coming-of-age movie with a real life lesson and I work with Christian Keyes, Letoya Luckett, Brely Evans and Brian McKnight.
For more with Layla, visit NCISLA Magazine.