Aria Brooks talks ‘All That’ and being creative

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Aria Brooks is a star on the rise! The young star comes from a very artistic family and at 13, she’s already becoming an inspiration to all.

“There’s a couple of things that keep me motivated- one is the people who support me, so everyone who comments things on my Instagram page, and they say things like, ‘Oh my gosh, I love seeing you on TV, every day you inspire me,’ that kind of stuff. It keeps me going, it keeps me motivated because growing up, I didn’t have a lot of people like that who I could watch on TV and say, ‘Oh, I want to be just like her…’ and especially when people tell me ‘Oh my gosh, I love seeing your dark skin on my TV,’ that that really inspires me because I wanted more of that for myself growing up so the fact that I can do that for other kids is great,” said Aria who is inspired by actresses Skai Jackson and Zendaya.

Cynthia Erivo (left) stars as Harriet Tubman along with Aria Brooks (right).
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Speaking of inspiration, Aria can be seen in the very powerful film Harriet and as Nola in the amazing ‘Cracker Jack’ episode of Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.

“Well, that was actually my first time doing a TV series, even though it wasn’t a continuous series regular it was my first time doing a TV series. So, I noticed that was a whole different experience than stuff I did before. But it was a whole lot of fun. I had a lot of fun with the cast… it was just overall a great experience for me to meet people, and I think it was a great experience for me,” said Aria.

Now Aria is living the dream and testing her comedic chops on the reboot of All That

“It’s really great… I’m a series regular on a Nickelodeon show, which is like a dream for me! It’s a lot of fun, especially being able to play new characters every week. That’s a big thing for me because I feel like a lot of the shows where they just play one character, I feel like that may get old quickly but I’m glad I get to do all types of sketches every week,” said Aria, who says she loves all of the sketches she’s a part of.

She says it was a big leap into comedy from her dramatic roles but she loves both genres.

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“I’ve trained the most in drama so I think that really comes easy, it does take a lot of work but I do think that drama is something I know a little bit more about. As far as comedy, I think it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time because in my regular conversation, I’m cracking jokes and stuff like that. I think comedy is something that I have to work at a little bit more so I don’t really have a favorite (genre).”

On top of her success, Aria is making a name for herself as a creator as well. She’s working on some scripts and she’s a songwriter. In fact, she’s looking to release an album this year.

“I’ve been working on writing a bunch of songs and writing. Writing from my heart is a lot more fun than writing whatever things might happen to me,” said Aria who’s been singing since she was about three and started taking acting and singing more seriously when she was six. “I grew up in my parents’ band room, while they were in chorus and stuff like that so I grew up on that stuff.”

You can follow Aria Brooks on social media with her handle @itsariabrooks.