Skai Jackson

Fourteen-year-old actress Skai Jackson is part of an ascendant pack of Disney Channel teens who are already plotting their next moves in Hollywood. After a head start to success with voiceover work as a child, she scored her own show “Jessie” that later turned into the spin-off “Bunk’d.” Here, the New York native dishes about her on-set life, her beauty secrets and her return to the big screen for DreamWorks Animation.

WWD: What’s a normal day like for you?
Skai Jackson:
Since I’m filming my show “Bunk’d” I’ll wake up around 7 a.m. I’ll get ready for my day and school, and drive to set with my mom. From there, I rehearse all day, do some school work, and when I go home I catch up on Spanish that’s probably left over from school. The next day, I’ll do the same thing over again.

WWD: What are your favorites places in New York?
I would say go to Two Bros. Pizza because it’s a dollar a slice and it’s really good. It’s amazing. You can’t find any better pizza than New York’s.

WWD: Being a part of the Disney family, it seems like a foolproof way to success, but what you want to do after?
I’d definitely branch out and do something in the acting field, but not necessarily in front of the camera. Directing would be a great opportunity. I’d eventually want to do something in the fashion world like creating my own line. I learn from my stylist Law Roach.

WWD: Who do you look to as a role model?
I love Ava DuVernay. It would be cool if I got to work with her one day. She seems like a humble person. I would love to do a period piece with her. I also love Oprah, I’ve seen so many films that she’s been in. I think she’s an amazing actress and she actually stands for something.

WWD: How do you handle social media as a teenager in the public eye?
Being that my name is attached to Disney, especially when it comes to social media, I always have to be careful with what I post. Even if there’s a post that’s been deleted, a second later someone’s already taken a screenshot and it’s to the next blog. I was taught at a young age — even with Disney we have classes — about what you should put out there what you shouldn’t, and the importance of keeping your name clean and not being associated with anything negative.

WWD: What’s your beauty routine?
I don’t touch my hair too much because I don’t want to put too much stress on it, so I just keep it in a bun and use coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil and jojoba oil. I also drink plenty of water and if I ever wear makeup, I take one of those little motorized brushes and clean my face. I also like to watch makeup tutorials in my free time. I love NikkieTutorials, Jeffree Star, PatrickStarrr and Manny Mua.

WWD: How do you stay fit?
I’ve been practicing ballet since I was three years old. People don’t really know, but I went to Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York. It’s such good exercise and the art is really beautiful.

WWD: What’s your next acting project?
I’m doing [an animated project] with DreamWorks. It’s called “Wee Dragon 6.” I just did the pilot. My character is funny and ditzy in a way that I love. She has a twin sister who gets her out of a lot of problems. I’ve been doing voiceovers for a while. I think people will enjoy not seeing me in front of the camera.


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