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Hawk

The Disney Channel's Breakout Star

Brunette beauty Ronni Hawk plays Rachel Diaz—the eldest of 7 kids—in the super-popular Disney Channel series, Stuck in the Middle. When she’s not acting, Hawk plans to take college courses and is very involved with charity. In this interview, Hawk discusses the audition process, her future goals, and the best advice she’s ever received. Read on to learn more about our current cover girl.

By Rachel Sokol

 

How did you get into acting?

When I was 12 and living in Florida, I started modeling and doing commercials. I met two acting coaches from LA at an acting workshop and they encouraged me to go to Los Angeles. I learned so much from that workshop and fell in love with acting. My mom set up meetings with agents and managers in LA, and we flew out to meet them. My agent and manager signed me on the spot. I felt very lucky! They then sent me on auditions. With each audition, I knew someday the perfect role would come my way. I can’t say it has been easy, but I’ve learned if you want this dream; to become an actress badly enough and you’re patient, it’s so worth the wait.

What attracted you to the character of Rachel?

What I found interesting about Rachel is her confidence. She’s also super manipulative and always trying to find ways to get out of situations or make things go her way. She never stops surprising you with her ways.Describe the audition process. For the initial callback, that literally happened 30 minutes after I left the audition. We were on our way home and my agent called and said the next day I was going to producers. So exciting! After the producer session, I had to wait a week and see if I was going to move forward with the role. I finally got the call I was going into ‘Testing for Rachel.’ I then had to wait another two weeks after testing to hear if I booked the role. What a nerve-wracking time. It was stressful, but I loved every minute of it.


Can you spill some of your hair beauty secrets?

I have super curly, thick hair and always try to use a deep conditioner at least 3 times a week. When I want to wear my hair curly I use Miss Jessie’s curly pudding. If I want to wear it straight, I use coconut oil and a heat spray to blow dry and flat iron.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
To stay true to who you are. Don’t let the distractions of the world sway you to your core. Believe in yourself and never give you on your dreams.

You’ve mentioned that your father, a philanthropist who did charity dental work in Colombia, inspired you to “give back.” Tell us about your work with Thirst Project.

It’s the world’s leading youth water organization. Almost 1 billion people in the world do not have easy access to clean water. This organization provides clean, safe drinking water to third-world countries by building fresh water wells. In these countries they have to walk very far just to get water and I just have to walk to my kitchen. The fact that they have to work so hard for a simple necessity is so sad to me. I really want to be able to help build these wells and give back. One can get involved by going online to thirstproject.org and simply click, ‘Get Involved.’ You can either join a group or start one at your school or join a campaign. It’s super easy!

Do you have any plans to further your academic studies via college courses?

One-hundred percent. I plan to dual enroll in college next year while a senior in high school and hopefully be filming Season 3 of Stuck in the Middle. Education is important to me and I would like to further my academic studies in Archaeology/Cultural management.

What other creative projects are you working on this year?

We’re still filming Season 2 of Stuck in the Middle and I haven’t had a break to audition for other projects yet. Hoping when we wrap I can enjoy some down time back in Florida with my family and then get back into the game with a new project.

You’re from a large family with many siblings! How does your family keep you grounded throughout your TV success?

I’ve been taught the world is full of opportunities, good and bad, and you have to truly believe in yourself. Having an awesome support team of family and grandparents has helped keep me grounded. I’m a human and have good and bad days and with the support of my family to love and talk with me I can see any mistakes I make and grow from them. Each day offers a new beginning, so they always say, “Don’t throw away any tomorrow’s worrying about what could have been.” I strive to make each day the best it can be.

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