Raegan Millican: Actress on the Rise

Meet Raegan Millican, a young actress that is smart, a natural performer and an all around sweetheart. In USA’s “The Sinner,” a limited run series, Raegan plays a very young Cora. Cora, all grown up is at the center of a mystery and we get flashbacks to see how she was molded. Raegan is wonderful at such a young age dealing with such adult issues.fb img 1501762757676 - Raegan Millican: Actress on the Rise
 
How​ ​did​ ​you​ ​get​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Young​ ​Cora?
 R:​    ​“I​ ​pretended​ ​to​ ​pray​ ​and​ ​they​ ​said​ ​that​ ​they​ ​liked​ ​me​ ​and​ ​I​ ​was​ ​the​ ​chosen one.​ ​The​ ​nice​ ​lady​ ​[Jessica​ ​Biel]​ ​ ​also​ ​told​ ​me​ ​that​ ​I​ ​looked​ ​just​ ​like​ ​her​ ​when​ ​she was​ ​a​ ​little​ ​girl.​ ​She​ ​showed​ ​me​ ​a​ ​picture​ ​and​ ​I​ ​thought​ ​that​ ​was​ ​CRAZY!​ ​I​ ​mean, how​ ​can​ ​we​ ​look​ ​the​ ​same​ ​and​ ​be​ ​two​ ​different​ ​people?!​ ​That’s​ ​amazing!”
NM:​ ​ A​ ​few​ ​weeks​ ​after​ ​we​ ​signed​ ​on​ ​with​ ​her​ ​agent​ ​(Barbara​ ​Garvey,​ ​East​ ​Coast Talent​ ​Agency)​ ​we​ ​got​ ​the​ ​request​ ​for​ ​her​ ​to​ ​self-tape​ ​for​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​Young Cora.​ ​We​ ​were​ ​completely​ ​new​ ​to​ ​this​ ​entire​ ​process,​ ​this​ ​was​ ​her​ ​first theatrical​ ​audition,​ ​so​ ​we​ ​were​ ​just​ ​expecting​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​“learning process.”​ ​We​ ​were​ ​shocked​ ​to​ ​find​ ​out,​ ​first,​ ​that​ ​she​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​final​ ​picks and​ ​then,​ ​after​ ​auditioning​ ​again,​ ​that​ ​she​ ​had​ ​booked.​ ​On​ ​set,​ ​Jessica​ ​Biel​ ​told me​ ​that​ ​she​ ​knew​ ​from​ ​the​ ​moment​ ​she​ ​saw​ ​her​ ​tape​ ​she​ ​was​ ​the​ ​one​ ​perfect for​ ​the​ ​role. ​ ​I’m​ ​no​ ​professional,​ ​and​ ​probably​ ​biased,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​also​ ​think​ ​she’s​ ​really​ ​good, especially​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​so​ ​young.​ ​I’ve​ ​honestly​ ​been​ ​shocked​ ​at​ ​how​ ​easily​ ​she can​ ​access​ ​emotion,​ ​just​ ​by​ ​imagining​ ​herself​ ​in​ ​a​ ​similar​ ​situation​ ​to​ ​the character​ ​she’s​ ​portraying.​ ​ ​She​ ​hasn’t​ ​taken​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​acting​ ​classes​ ​(1-2​ ​Intro classes)​ ​and​ ​she’s​ ​not​ ​a​ ​“dramatic”​ ​child.​ ​She’s​ ​more​ ​of​ ​an​ ​“old-soul”…​ ​She’s almost​ ​6​ ​and​ ​approaches​ ​many​ ​things​ ​like​ ​a​ ​70​ ​year​ ​old​ ​woman…​ ​well​ ​thought out,​ ​rational,​ ​and​ ​with​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​common​ ​sense.​ ​ ​I​ ​also​ ​think​ ​that​ ​because​ ​her personality​ ​is​ ​naturally​ ​empathetic,​ ​she​ ​can​ ​imagine​ ​how​ ​she​ ​would​ ​feel​ ​in​ ​a situation​ ​and​ ​access​ ​those​ ​emotions​ ​easily.
How​ ​was​ ​your​ ​first​ ​acting​ ​role​ ​in​ ​a​ ​television​ ​show?
R:​ ​“It​ ​was​ ​good,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​was​ ​kinda​ ​weird​ ​because​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​used​ ​to​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​really​ ​liked pretending.​ ​And​ ​it​ ​was​ ​so​ ​cool​ ​and​ ​we​ ​got​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​a​ ​hotel!​ ​And​ ​after​ ​we​ ​did the​ ​pretending,​ ​we​ ​got​ ​to​ ​eat​ ​all​ ​the​ ​cookies​ ​we​ ​wanted​ ​and​ ​had​ ​cupcakes​ ​to take​ ​home!”
You​ ​seem​ ​so​ ​natural​ ​and​ ​relaxed…was​ ​it​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​remember​ ​your​ ​lines,​ ​or​ ​what to​ ​do?​ ​
R:​ ​“Not​ ​at​ ​all​ ​because​ ​I​ ​practiced,​ ​like,​ ​FIVE​ ​TIMES.​ ​After​ ​that,​ ​I​ ​knew what​ ​I​ ​was​ ​supposed​ ​to​ ​say,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​just​ ​said​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​good​ ​memory​ ​and that​ ​helps​ ​a​ ​lot.”
NM:​ ​   When​ ​she​ ​was​ ​3,​ ​her​ ​preschool​ ​teacher​ ​told​ ​me​ ​she​ ​thought​ ​Raegan​ ​might have​ ​a​ ​photographic​ ​memory.​ ​ ​Now​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​learning​ ​lines​ ​for​ ​an audition,​ ​it​ ​only​ ​takes​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​times​ ​before​ ​she​ ​has​ ​all​ ​the​ ​parts​ ​memorized. ​ ​So​ ​even​ ​though​ ​she​ ​had​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​lines,​ ​considering​ ​her​ ​age​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​(just turned​ ​5),​ ​we​ ​practiced​ ​just​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​her​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​what​ ​she​ ​was​ ​supposed​ ​to say.​ ​Then​ ​she​ ​did​ ​what​ ​she​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​do​ ​on​ ​set,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​direction​ ​they​ ​needed her​ ​to​ ​go​ ​for​ ​each​ ​scene.​ ​An​ ​extremely​ ​proud​ ​moment​ ​as​ ​a​ ​parent​ ​was​ ​after wrapping​ ​the​ ​bedroom​ ​prayer​ ​scene.​ ​ ​We​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​wrapping​ ​earlier​ ​than​ ​was expected​ ​because​ ​she​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​necessary​ ​direction.​ ​So​ ​many​ ​people from​ ​the​ ​production​ ​team,​ ​including​ ​the​ ​director,​ ​Antonio​ ​Campos,​ ​came​ ​up​ ​to me​ ​afterwards​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​me​ ​how​ ​impressed​ ​they​ ​were​ ​with​ ​her.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​great​ ​feeling to​ ​see​ ​your​ ​child​ ​be​ ​naturally​ ​talented​ ​at​ ​something​ ​they​ ​enjoy.
How​ ​was​ ​your​ ​first​ ​acting​ ​role​ ​in​ ​a​ ​television​ ​show?
R:​ ​  “It​ ​was​ ​good,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​was​ ​kinda​ ​weird​ ​because​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​used​ ​to​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​really​ ​liked
pretending.​ ​And​ ​it​ ​was​ ​so​ ​cool​ ​and​ ​we​ ​got​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​a​ ​hotel!​ ​And​ ​after​ ​we​ ​did
the​ ​pretending,​ ​we​ ​got​ ​to​ ​eat​ ​all​ ​the​ ​cookies​ ​we​ ​wanted​ ​and​ ​had​ ​cupcakes​ ​to
take​ ​home!”
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 When Raegan heard about how the people of Texas would bee effected by Hurricane Harvey, she asked to have another lemonade stand to help raise money.  While the family has been I  vacation, she walked up the beach and sold homemade lemonade  (#lemonAIDEforTexas), koolAIDE, muffins, and cookies .  Within 2 hours,  she sold out of lemonade and raised $51. She plans on selling the additional cookies and muffins tomorrow. The money is going to go towards supplies to send for people who are now homeless due to the hurricane.  
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