Breakout actress Sarah Hoffmeister, who can be seen starring alongside Katie Holmes in the drama "The Secret: Dare to Dream," based off of the best-selling novel of the same name. Sarah plays 'Missy Wells,' the daughter of Holmes' character 'Miranda Wells.' The family is hitting hard times as they recovering from the death of their husband and father. Along the way, Miranda Wells meets Bray Johnson (Josh Lucas) who helps to transform their lives. We see Sarah's character, Missy, transform from a brooding, angsty teenager into an optimistic daughter who really helps her mother into the relationship with Bray Johnson, convincing her to see the turning points that are appearing in their lives. Sarah booked the role off of a single self-tape audition and thrived on set. When they wrapped, Katie Holmes gifted her with a bracelet and a book of poems, telling her that she had a "beautiful career ahead of her."
While this is Sarah's first major film role, the young actress can be seen as a guest star on season two of Fox's hit TV show "9-1-1" as 'Jamie Cohen.' Sarah has built her career from the ground up, starting with community theater before graduating to national commercials and short films before her feature film debut. As her career continues to flourish, Sarah hopes to one day work alongside Margot Robbie and Emma Stone, as she admires their versatility, and aims to play a character in an apocalyptic or suspenseful project.
What is the best thing about community theater?
Sarah Hoffmeister: The best thing about doing community theater was being able to really find my passion for acting and music at the same time! I also made some amazing friends in musical theater. I also learned discipline and practice from a young age which helped shaped who I am today.
What attracted you to the big screen?
Sarah Hoffmeister:As I got older, my mom saw this passion for acting that I had and helped me start in the TV/film world at 8 years old. I loved the teamwork that goes into being on set and how much of a family it becomes. I also just loved to act and to become a different character and I could really express my passion!
What type of TV Series & films do you gravitate to?
Sarah Hoffmeister:I usually gravitate towards action or period TV shows and films. I love shows and films with a lot of action just because I think the graphics and stunts are incredible. I also love period shows and films because I love seeing how people lived and how the world was in that time.
How important is it to have great role models in your industry?
Sarah Hoffmeister:I think it is one of the most important things in the industry to have a good role model. Especially being a young woman in the industry, it is so important to have people to look up to as mentors for guidance through this crazy industry. It is definitely not easy to navigate the whole acting world on your own, so it is so important to have great role models to look up to and learn from!
How has surfing kept you grounded and fit?
Sarah Hoffmeister:Surfing is not only an amazing way to exercise but it has also been a very good way for me to stay grounded and find some peace. I have lived at the beach my entire life and the ocean has always been very therapeutic for me. Surfing is not only therapeutic but also just swimming in the ocean or just watching the sunset has always given me a sense of peace and happiness.
You are a passionate volunteer, can you tell us about why this is so important to you?
Sarah Hoffmeister:I have learned throughout my life the importance of giving back to those who need it most. My mom's constant generosity towards the homeless and the missions trips I have gone on with my church have definitely helped me put into perspective my life the things that I take for granted. I believe that we should all help one another out and no one should go through hardships alone.
How have your kept yourself sane in 2020?
Sarah Hoffmeister:The ocean and the water have helped keep me sane during this crazy year. However, while the beaches were close I was able to enjoy some of my other hobbies. I was able to play my guitar, take up some painting, and keep practicing my acting in acting classes to stay sharp for when we can get back to work!
What is a typical day like for you?
Sarah Hoffmeister:A typical day during the weekend for me is waking up, eating breakfast, and maybe going down to the beach and going in the ocean and going surfing. However, I just started my first year of college this week! So, now during the week, I have school most mornings and afternoons then I can go down to the ocean for a swim.
MORE ABOUT SARAH
Growing up on the beach, Sarah Hoffmeister is an avid surfer. When she isn't acting, her and her friends volunteer at A Walk on Water (AWOW), which offers surf therapy for children with physical and mental disabilities. She hopes to become more involved with environmental efforts as she experiences the litter first hand while surfing. She is also very passionate about helping animals, and aims to become involved with STAR Eco Station, an LA-based organization that helps exotic animals after they are smuggled into the country. She also participates in aiding hurricane relief efforts through her church youth group.
Sarah is also involved in her church's youth group band by playing the guitar and singing. Those are two hobbies that she loves to do outside of youth group as well as play the piano. What little free time she does have left, Sarah enjoys spending it at the beach. As a member of her high school's surf team, she frequently gets up early in the mornings to take to the ocean and practice. Sarah aims to use her financial stability from acting to give back to the environment and those that are less fortune. She believes that everyone should see the world bigger than themselves and that nothing is going to get done if we don't begin by helping each other.