Most actors with almost ten years under their belt in the business are usually around 30. However, the leader of AppleTV+'s upcoming series, Life by Ella, is helmed by Lily Brooks O'Briant, a 16-year-old heading into her senior year of high school and has spent half of her life acting.
Life by Ella centers around the eponymous Ella, a 13-year-old cancer survivor finally making her way back to middle school after finishing her treatment. And while this series might seem like one that's mostly geared toward a younger audience, O'Briant explains that the series has universal takeaways that can be applied to just about any person and—almost more than anything else— that it's paramount for this story to be told in the first place.
"The most important thing about acting is telling stories that are important for people to hear, "O'Briant says. "Even if they don't necessarily want to hear them or want to watch these stories, it's so important that they're told."
Life by Ella airs on AppleTV+ on September 2.