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New 'O.C.' Star Willa Holland Dishes About Playing Kaitlin Cooper

Jan. 17 -- Remember Marissa Cooper's litte sister on 'The O.C.'? Probably not; she didn't get much screen time before being shipped off to boarding school. But now, Kaitlin's all grown up and back in town with a vengeance. Fourteen-year-old newcomer Willa Holland plays "mini Cooper" (as Seth Cohen dubs her), and talked to AOL Television editor Kelly Woo about getting cast, her famous stepfather and how Steven Spielberg jumpstarted her career. Are you excited about joining 'The O.C.'?I'm extremely excited. It's been wonderful. I cannot wait until it starts airing, I can't wait to see the final results of it all. How did you get cast?I had a meeting with the casting directors before I even knew they had an idea for Kaitlin, and apparently they barely even knew about it. Somebody came up with the crazy idea of bringing her back. Then, two months later, they said, "Well, listen, that crazy idea we threw out we all thought would never happen, now might happen." Then I went through the regular, typical audition process. Why is Kaitlin coming back?She's coming back because she's worried because she's hearing all these things about her family and she wanted to make sure everyone was OK. She's coming back to get her revenge towards them, and she's on her winter break. What kind of trouble will she be stirring up?I don't want to give too much away about that. Let's just say she gets her revenge toward her family for neglecting her.
So she resents Julie and Marissa?She does realize that they were trying to protect her, but she doesn't feel that it's right for them to not to keep her the least bit updated. The last thing she heard about was Caleb's death. She didn't know about the bankruptcy, she had no clue about the shooting. It's hurtful to find out about it from people who have nothing to do with your family. What's her relationship with her sister like?She looks up to her sister a lot. She feels she's been left out. You've got the infamous Marissa Cooper. Everyone thought of her as perfect. [Kaitlin] never got any attention, so she's coming back and making sure she gets her attention. How do you like working with the cast?I love working with all of them. They're so great. They're such great people. They're great actors. They're so sweet and they welcomed me with open arms. Were you a fan of the show?I've watched 'The O.C.' since the beginning, I love that show. I still watch it and I love the fact that I know what's going to happen in the future! 'The O.C.' is known for its great soundtrack. What kind of music do you listen to?I listen to everything. I grew up on the Who, so I'm a big Who fanatic. I grew up on all that old-school stuff and then I love all the new alternative stuff. Your stepfather is director Brian de Palma ('Mission: Impossible,' 'Scarface'). What's it like having a famous stepdad?It's great because I know I have somebody that knows what he's talking about supporting me. He never pushed me into this, and he never pushed me out of it. He just always let me do what I wanted to do. He's let me know that no matter what decision I make, he'd always support me through all of this. He's always given me advice about how to stay true and how to not get corrupted by all this stuff that happens in Hollywood.
I read that you decided to go into acting at Steven Spielberg's house. What's the story there?We went to Steven's in the Hamptons, because my stepfather is really close with him. I was playing with his children. My mom came to pick me up and Steven was like, "Oh my God, this child." And she was like, "Whatever Willa broke, we'll pay for it." I'm the clumsiest person on the planet. I trip all over the place. I'm not too hand-eye coordinated. So my mom was prepared for whatever priceless thing I broke. [Instead,] he says, "She needs to be in front of the camera, get her in front of it." So we came back to LA from our vacation and that's when it all started. Were you always interested in acting?When I was little, one and two, I used to sit in front of the TV and my mom told me I would point to the TV and be like, "That's what I want to do." She always knew it was something I wanted to do, and once you have people like Steven Spielberg and Brian de Palma behind you, why not give it a shot?

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