Ellery Sprayberry Talks New Movie “The Bronze” & Balancing School with Work – Read the Q&A!

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If you were at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this past January, you remember laughing your ass off while watching The Bronze and are probably wondering why you haven’t seen it on the big screen yet. Lucky for you, we all may be able to see the comedy this fall.

For those of you that are unaware, The Bronze, directed by Bryan Buckley, is a comedy that follows foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch) who must fight for her local celebrity status when a young athlete’s star, Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson), rises in town.

Initially planned for a July 2015 release, Relativity Media has pushed back the debut date to October 16, 2015 after the motion picture distributor filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Hopefully this is still  on schedule.

CelebSecrets4U caught up with Ellery Sprayberry recently to talk about all things The Bronze. In our interview, the 14-year-old talks about the film, her love for gymnastics and why she enjoys acting. She even gives our readers advice on how to balance work and school and spills on her love for baseball hats — make sure to check out the full Q&A below!

The Bronze hits theaters soon.

CS4U: Can you tell us a little about the movie The Bronze?

Ellery Sprayberry: “The Bronze is a really funny comedy about a bronze medal gymnast named Hope Gregory (Melissa Rauch) who is still fighting for fame against a new rising gymnast. Melissa and her husband Winston both wrote the script and it opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival.”

CS4U: Can you also tell us a bit about your character and ways that you two are alike and different?

Ellery Sprayberry: “I play Hope as a young teenager when she wins the Bronze medal, and what connects me to the character most is her passion for gymnastics, as I am not only an actress but also an aerialist!”

CS4U: You’ve worked on voice-overs for movies like Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and you’ve also done acting. Which would you say you enjoyed more and why?

Ellery Sprayberry: “Acting for sure – as I get to embody roles visually – rather then in a recording booth doing a voice over.”

CS4U: We saw on your Instagram that you do gymnastics and aeriel silk acts. Did you have to learn this for the movie The Bronze or was it something you just wanted to learn on your free time?

Ellery Sprayberry: “I started doing Aerial several years ago and it definitely helped me when it came to playing Hope in the movie.”

CS4U: Can you tell us what it was like when you first started learning tricks? Did you struggle a lot with it or did it come easy to you?

Ellery Sprayberry: “I’ve always been very athletic, but aerial takes a lot of strength, focus, and practice, and you definitely can’t be afraid of heights haha!”

CS4U: How do you balance an acting career and school and what is your advice to young people who want to be in the entertainment industry?

Ellery Sprayberry: “With a lot of skill haha – it can get overwhelming with the everyday challenges of doing your best in both worlds. My advice to all those young people out there wanting to be in the entertainment industry is to stay close to your family, never stop believing in yourself and never stop working on your craft.”

CS4U: Since our website is called CelebSecrets4U can you share with our readers any secrets or hidden talents?

Ellery Sprayberry: “I LOVE baseball hats – I’m starting a huge collection!”

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.