Viewers were completely captivated by the time those tears ran down on young Ellie Clayton’s cheeks as Sgt. John McGarrett told her “You will survive this.” Chanel Marriott played the young Ellie Clayton in last Friday’s (10/24/2014) episode of Hawaii Five – 0 “Ho’oilina”, written by Eric Guggenheim and directed by Bryan Spicer.
Chanel’s mother allowed her to participate in acting, singing and dancing at the age of seven. By the age of nine, Chane realized that pursuing acting as a serious profession. At age 12 she knew that acting was something she can make a living and managed to work on an an Australian children’s television series adapted from the Lockie Leonard books by novelist Tim Winton. At 18 years young, together with her mom, took the leap of faith and left sleepy Perth, Australia for the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and swiftly moving to professional acting, with about 24 credits to her name on IMDB, including a guest role on the renowned soap “Days of Our Lives” and now “Hawaii Five-0”.
Working on Hawaii Five-0
“They (Hawaii Five-0) are a family!” is how she describes working on the set of Hawaii Five-0. “Very relax and very enjoyable.” “Bryan,” talking about director of Bryan Spicer, “took his time with the actors, and I am able to learn a lot from that.”
Chanel shared the scene with character actor, William Sadler, she says, “He is a phenomenal actor and gives so much in his work! An actor who gives as much as he does is a dream to work with.” And what the veteran actor can say about his young co-star, “Chanel was lovely to work with. I thought she was a very solid actor, able to do the difficult emotional scene in the bar over and over, take after take, with the same intensity and presence every time. That takes training and acting chops and I thought she did it beautifully. I love it when I can feel there’s a “real” person listening and reacting through the scene like that. You make a connection and the words come alive. Yeah, I thought she was terrific.”
So how did she prepare for the role? “I broke down the scenes and found out what parts I related to. Then I went through the scenes and used my imagination to get into the mindset ‘what if this really happened?’.” Apparently the preparation worked, Chanel’s twitter timeline was blowing with accolades during the East coast broadcast of the episode, and a lot more the day after.
The Business of Acting
Arthur Ashe says, “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
In the world of make believe of show business, many people are just too frenzied about landing “that role” which will give them that huge break and overlooking the journey that comes with it.
To the young Aussie, “Success is defined by doing something that I love.” And being in the business that is more likely you will be unemployed 85% of time, she says, “I am lucky to have very good management,” and with hand in hand and with a lot of perseverance and hard work, looks like Chanel’s journey is just about to begin.