Sydney Mikayla is a talented young actress who stars in General Hospital, the longest-running daytime drama. She is an actress in both live action as well as animated series and is currently voicing one of the lead character, Wolf, in the animated series “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts”. She has worked numerous times with Nickelodeon and is presently working with Netflix. Her incredible acting performance in the movie “The Gabby Douglas Story” won her the Young Artist Award. In addition to that, she is a recent high school graduate
Your character, Trina Robinson, in the presently longest-running Daytime drama, General Hospital, has become a crucial piece of the show’s present storyline after having a significantly smaller role in the show. How does it feel getting more screen-time and having a bigger and more important role to play?
It came as quite a shock honestly. I started on the show as a recurring character, and our producer, Frank Valentini, informed me that I would be getting my own storyline and I was super stoked. This role has really allowed me to delve into my dramatic side, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
How has the transition from having a smaller role to play to having a notably bigger one affected your rehearsals, script-learning and shooting processes for your character, Trina?
Well it’s definitely been a lot more of a commitment. There are weeks that are extremely line heavy and require a lot of focus in order to make Trina as authentic as possible. However, I believe that spending extra time on weekends learning lines, or taking extra time to be coached by my mom is worth it in the long run.
You recently voiced Wolf in the animated series Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts, how different is that experience from live action roles?
It’s so different, in a good way. I think it really forces me to continue to strive to be a well- rounded actor, and it ensures that I don’t get stuck in a box. If I need to do a dramatic single camera moment with Viola Davis, I will totally be ready for that, but if I have the opportunity to do a guest starring role on Spongebob, I could do that too. The sky’s the limit!
You have a project with Nickelodeon, the live-action puppet comedy titled The Barbarian and the Troll, should we expect more Nickelodeon projects from you in the near future?
I certainly hope so! I have so enjoyed the projects I’ve done with Nick up to this point and I welcome the opportunity to keep collaborating. In the meantime, if you’re a huge Nickelodeon fan, you can go back and check out my episode of Game Shakers or one of my School of Rock episodes.
A big congratulations on your high school graduation and acceptance into several colleges, how challenging was it that your last high school year was during a pandemic?
It was pretty insane! But I believe that the pandemic allowed me to really focus on my academics and even graduate early. I’m now in the middle of my gap semester and I’ve been accepted to 14 colleges, so life is good!
Have you decided on which college you want to go to out of the incredibly impressive 14 that you were accepted into?
I think I’ve got it narrowed down to three, but I’ve decided to stay in California. Stay tuned to my Instagram @officialsydneymikayla and Twitter @sydneymikayla for updates. I will make my official announcement on May 1st!
How do you plan on balancing your work life and college?
I plan to communicate with my professors and producers and hope that they will work with me. While I love acting, I know my education has to come first and I will be clear that it is a priority for me.
Getting verified on social media is a big deal, how did you feel after getting those verification checkmarks on your social media accounts?
If I’m honest, I really try not to focus on social media. I mean, have you ever been out with your friends and everyone is on TikTok or Instagram instead of just living in the moment? However, I must admit that when I got verified I was super excited! It is definitely a big deal, and I’m so grateful to Katz PR and my whole team for all of their continued hard work and support.
Most of your acting roles have been on TV series, do you ever consider taking movie roles?
Yes, absolutely! After playing young Gabby in The Gabby Douglas story, I knew that I would love to do more movie roles if I ever got the chance.
How significant was training at Amazing Grace Conservatory in shaping you into the actress you are today?
Ms. Wendy Raquel Robinson is one tough teacher, but she teaches out of love. Everything I’ve learned at Amazing Grace Conservatory, I use almost every time I perform, whether it’s knowing my stage directions or thanking a director every time I receive a note. Amazing Grace Conservatory has taught me humility and professionalism that will carry me throughout life.
You are a talented dancer, would you ever consider dancing professionally?
I absolutely love to dance and I could definitely see myself doing a movie musical. I would love that, so I’m keeping my chops up in case I get the opportunity to do that or to be on Broadway someday.
Out of all the characters you have played, which would you say is your favourite?
There’s no favorite for me. Each character I play allows me to delve into different parts of my acting tool bag and become a better actress. I have loved certain parts about playing every role, and I’m always eager to see what the future holds.