Caitlin Shorey Talks HBO's "The Time Traveler's Wife"

The young actress has captivated audiences of this highly acclaimed HBO Max series, and is set to star in the upcoming Netflix thriller, "Mr. Harrigan's Phone."

The young actress Caitlin Shorey has captivated audiences of the highly acclaimed HBO Max series "The Time Traveler's Wife," and is set to star in the upcoming Netflix thriller, "Mr. Harrigan's Phone."
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We were so excited to see you on HBO Max's "The Time Traveler’s Wife." How did you prepare for this role?


I play "Clare Abshire" between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. To get ready for the series. I tried to learn as much as I could about Clare Abshire, the things we had in common and how to try to bring my version of Clare to life on screen. I also worked really hard with my acting coach Theresa Pittius from New Jersey's Professional Performance Prep to help me with on-camera techniques. This is my television debut so Theresa was a huge help in getting me ready.


What has been your favorite part of being on set and being a part of this cast?


ALL OF IT! I really had such a great experience. The whole cast and crew were amazing to work with. I was so surprised at the amount of people it takes to make a TV show happen. The cast I worked with were all so good to me. Rose Leslie and I had fun conversations in hair and makeup, Theo James and I bonded over Harry Potter movies and always had a few laughs in between takes. My first day on set I got to chat with Michael Park about the song "To Break in a Glove" he performed from "Dear Evan Hansen." He did not believe I really liked that song. David Nutter was the most kind and awesome director I could have asked for, for my first project.


You are heavily committed to supporting Inheritance of Hope. What does being involved in this organization mean to you?


Inheritance of Hope means so much to me and my family since being served by them in March of 2018. The nonprofit charity gives all expense paid retreats to families with children under 18 who has a parent with a terminal illness.


When my mom was diagnosed with Metastatic breast cancer in 2017 it was hard on my family. Having a parent who is sick and in treatment all the time is hard. When we went on our retreat with Inheritance of Hope we spent a whole weekend together as a family with amazing volunteers that took care of everything so we could just create memories together while meeting other kids and families going through the same things. That trip meant everything to my mother. We as a family have tried hard to do all we can to raise money and awareness for IoH so other families can get a life changing retreat. My mom passed away in July 2021 from her cancer. I promised her I would continue spreading the word and use my platform to continue to raise awareness and money for this special charity. 1 in 20 kids under the age of 16 will face the loss of a parent. That is why Inheritance of Hope is so important.


You will be in Netflix’s “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” later this year. What capture your attention about this film?


My Dad's family is all from Maine and huge Stephen King fans so auditioning for "Mr Harrigan's Phone" was a no brainer. I play young Margie, who is smart, inquisitive and one of Craig's confidantes. I'm so proud to be a part in telling this story.


What is one movie that you could watch over and over again?


That is easy "The Sandlot." It was my dad and brother's favorite movie and was always playing on TV, and I just fell in love with it. I also like the way kids have the majority of the scenes. It made me think I could be an actor as a kid.


What advice would you have for a young actress who is trying to enter the entertainment industry?


My advice is just have fun with every audition. Don't stress over them, you are going to hear a lot of no's or not get every part, but that is OK. Continue to do your best and your part will come.


Who is your biggest inspiration?


My mother. My mom showed me what being strong and having a positive attitude can do. Even when she was so sick from chemo or the pain from her cancer was so bad, she could barely walk. She always made me laugh, attended everything my brothers and I had going on, and made sure we made memories every day. I miss her so much, but she inspires me to live my dreams and never stop being a positive and strong-minded person just like she was.

 

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