The pint size actress Ava Kolker that exudes a larger than life personality in Ava Morgenstern on Disney’s hit series Girl Meets World, kicking off its third season tomorrow, spoke exclusively with Glambergirlblog about the new season, her upcoming project and more.
Kolker, born in California, has been acting in the industry for several years now with such credits like: American Horror Story, Black-ish, Sam & Cat, “Scary Movie 5,” and Dads. The journey started for her at a young age. “I started when I was 4 years old. I went with my older sisters for them to take their headshots as they were interested in acting. I met our manager Gary Churchwell that day, and he asked me if I would be interested in acting too,” Kolker said.
“I said “ok” then, he started sending me on auditions, and I booked my 2nd audition on the 1st season of American Horror Story. Then, I never looked back,” she continued.
Fast forward a few years, Kolker landed a coveted spot on the Emmy nominated series Girl Meets World, a spin-off from beloved cult TV show Boy Meets World. Originally Kolker went in to audition for “Young Maya,” Sabrina Carpenter plays the teen version of the character on the show. She went back in again to audition for Young Missy and Young Riley, but the third time proved to be the charm for Kolker.
“After my 3rd audition, they had me walk back from the parking lot and I met with Michael Jacobs and the writers. I spent a lot of time with them that evening, and Michael said to me, “You know, you’re definitely going to be in the show, it might not be for one of these parts, but you will be in the show”. I screamed and ran to him and gave him a huge hug, I’ve never been so excited,” she revealed to GGB. That part ended up being a role crafted for her, the spunky Ava Morgenstern, girlfriend to Auggie (August Maturo), Cory and Topanga Matthews’ (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel) son on the show.
“It is so fun playing her,” Kolker said, “She is always full of surprises, and I always crack up when I get every script because I can’t wait to see what she is going up to next.” Kolker then dished on what it’s like working with the cast and what fans can expect for season 3.
“Auggie and I are great friends so it’s always great to go to school with him, and work with him. We always have fun on set between takes. And of course, I get to learn so much from everyone else. Rowan, Sabrina, Peyton, Corey, Ben and of course Danielle are so amazing, and I couldn’t have better role models to learn from,” she shared.
Adding, “season 3 takes a little different turn that I think will keep fans super involved, and Ava’s character definitely develops and goes a little deeper. We start to see some sides of her that we’ve never seen before.”
Up next for Ava, catch her in the thriller “Message From The King” starring Luke Evans, Theresa Palmer and Chadwick Boseman. That experience,as you can imagine, was a jump from Disney. “‘Message from the King’ was the complete opposite of what I do with Disney. It’s a very dark movie about the darkest side of LA, and I had to play the daughter of a single mother who is really struggling,” the young actress said.
She continued, “But I have to say that working with Theresa Palmer and Chadwick Boseman was amazing in some very intense scenes. It definitely stretched me as an actor. I can’t wait to see that movie when it comes out, as it’s like nothing I have ever done.”
When Ava isn’t busy acting alongside A-listers she enjoys musical theater, playing soccer, singing, dancing, and spending time with her family. Ava has a promising acting career ahead of her and has the right attitude to take her far. She offers these words of advice for aspiring entertainers.
“All I can say is to encourage everyone to reach deep and challenge themselves,” she advised, continuing, “Sometimes, I still can’t believe I get to do what I do, but I always try to improve and learn and get better. That’s all you can do when you have a dream of doing something special.”
Catch Ava Kolker on Season 3 of Girl Meets World premiering tomorrow, Friday, June 3 at 8:30 pm on Disney Channel.
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