Sloane Avery always had dreams of becoming an actress.
Even as a shy little girl, she wore costumes and put on shows for her family. Eager to come out of her shell, she participated in acting classes and competitive dance.
“I was always performing,” Avery said. “It was always in the cards for me.”
Now, the Nashville native is starring in the new Amazon Prime series “The Consultant” along with one of Hollywood’s biggest names, Christoph Waltz. The show has received a certified fresh rating of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a tweet of praise from the King of Horror, Stephen King.
Since moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18, Avery has garnered an impressive repertoire, including appearances in television shows “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Teen Wolf” and “Victorious.”
Born in Nashville, Avery was a homeschooled child, mainly due to her father’s work. After moving around, the family settled in Franklin.
“All my family is still there, it’s home,” she said. “It’s a really cool place to grow up around all the music and entertainment.”
She hasn’t forgotten her Tennessee roots.
On March 30, after years of absence, Avery will return to her home state this weekend to serve as a judge in the seventh annual Nashville Elvis Festival.
Prior to the festival, Avery participated in a phone interview with The Tennessean. Bubbly and charismatic, her energy radiated through the phone.
Q: Are you looking forward to being back in Nashville after so long?
Oh, absolutely! I’ve already contacted my friend Brittany (Brittany O’Grady), who is on the show “The Consultant.” She lives in Atlanta, and she’s gonna drive up and come to the festival with me and spend the weekend, and I’ve already got some ideas of places I want to take her. I’m really excited about the food. There’s no better food than that Southern homestyle cooking. And there’s one place that I’m really excited to go see, the Dolly Parton hotel — White Limozeen!
Q: You will be judging the tribute artist portion of Elvis Fest. Are you a big Elvis fan?
Yeah, it’s the seventh annual Nashville Elvis festival, I’m so excited because it’s the first time I’ve been able to go, and I’ve just heard so many great things about it. And I’m honored because I’m such a huge Elvis fan, and it’s obviously a good year to be one, you know with Elvis on the the big screen. So I’m really excited about it.
It’s so exciting because they’ll have like 30 Elvis tribute artists from all over the world. They have people from England and Japan coming and they’re gonna do all these performances and I’m so excited to see. I know that the winner is going to compete in the world finals at Graceland. So I’m hoping I get to go that, too, because it’s gonna be really fun. And we’ve got some cool judges and special guests coming in, its gonna be a blast.
Q: I understand Justin Bieber is the one who encouraged you to pursue acting. Can you tell me more about that?
One of my very first acting jobs was in one of his music videos, “One Less Lonely Girl.” That was awhile ago. He was so young. It was like one of his first big videos and we were just kind of in the middle of nowhere. I got to spend time with him and his mom, Pattie Mallette. She is so lovely, and she just instantly became one of my best friends. So when I spent time doing that video, we just got really close.
A few years later when I was starting to get into acting and I was thinking about moving and deciding what I should do, Justin and Pattie came over and they basically encouraged me to do it. They were like, “You should go for it!” And then me and my mom ended up packing and moving two weeks later. We thought we’d be here for three months and it’s been more than that. They were really the ones who gave us the push to pursue it.
Q: ‘The Consultant’ is being very well received. What’s it like working on a show alongside such big talent?
It’s amazing, and I can’t say enough good things about all the people who are on the show. All of the actors are so disciplined and just so special in each of their own ways. Working with Nat Wolfe, he’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen. And it was such a really cool experience to work with him and get to see him because he’s done a lot of really cool jobs. This was the first time that I really got to see him up close, and he’s just so good and so smart. I learned so much from him. They’re all just really good people.
Christoph Waltz is a legend and one of my favorite actors of all time and one of the best actors of all time. He’s such a gentleman and so nice. You know it’s funny — he plays this scary character but he’s such a lovely person and he’s not at all what you expect him to be. It was intimidating at first, but then once I got to know him, I was like, “Oh, wow. He’s so cool to be able to pull that off and play these big, scary characters.” But he’s such a down-to-earth, good man at the same time.
Brittany O’Grady is just one of the loveliest women I’ve ever met, and I was so lucky that it was her that I was working so closely with. We became friends, and everybody’s so lovely. It really shows in their work, how important the job was and how much fun we all had. It came off really well, I’m really excited about it.
Q: Your character Rosie, is she a recurring character? What can you tell me about her?
Rosie is in every episode, she’s a recurring character. And she is the bubbly, smiley, friendly face when you come into CompWare. She has so many unique moments in the show. It is overall a dark thriller, but there’s a lot of comedy in it as well and a lot of uncomfortable moments, but I feel like Rosie is sort of the bright light. When you feel a little overwhelmed she makes you laugh and lightens the mood. She was so much fun to play. It’s interesting, we were talking about how there’s pieces of ourselves in each of these characters and we really feel like Tony Basgallop really wrote these characters a little bit around our own personalities. He heightened them and made them more extreme, so I felt like Rosie when I was filming it. I was so happy to be there and always smiling. I just really loved that job and loved that character.
Q: So would you say you’re more attracted to comedic roles?
You know I really feel like I’m the most drawn to characters that are having fun, which is really what I liked about Rosie. Because I feel if you’re playing a character who is miserable, you might be a little miserable because you have to go to that place and reach that level of vulnerability or stress. I always tend to lean towards characters that are more funny or bubbly. I do like to play a range of emotions and a range of characters. Sometimes you play an ex drug addict or a daughter that’s going through a parental issue, there’s all of types of characters that go through things that are really sad and you feel sad when you do them, if you’re doing your job. I prefer to be on the lighter side of things. Comedy is my favorite thing to watch as well. But what I like about our show is that there’s a little bit of both. There’s a little bit of anxiety which makes the funny and happy moments so much more rewarding. So it’s a little bit of both, but I would say I lean towards the comedy.
Q: Before I let you go, I have to ask — what is the ultimate goal for yourself? What would you like to accomplish?
There’s so many things I’d love to accomplish. You know everybody’s got the big dreams, the Emmys, the Oscars and things like that. But I think my main dream has always been to be on a show that goes on forever, like “Friends.” Something that people just keep renewing, because they want more and more and they feel like those characters are their family. I’ve always wanted to play a character where people see themselves in them and can be like, “Oh, I’m a Rosie!” That kind of character would be the dream, and definitely comedy would be so much fun, especially when you love the people you’re working with. I’d love to be on a team like that, a show that people keep wanting more of.