Addy Miller started acting at age eight when she won the role of Young Dakota Fanning in “The Secret Life of Bees”. Since then, she has over two dozen films to her credit, as well as commercials, print work, and television shows.
Addy’s most recognized work is on AMC’s 2010 new original series “The Walking Dead,” cast as the “Little Girl Zombie” in the pivotal opening scene that set the tone for the entire show. Fans of the show have raved her scene as “Best Kill”, “Shock of the Week”, “Zombie of the Week”, and declared Addy as an “Instant Horror Legend”. Addy’s most memorable on-set moments were receiving personal direction from the great Frank Darabont, working closely with award-winning make-up artist Greg Nicotero, talking with producer Gale Anne Hurd, and hanging with actors Andrew Lincoln and Sarah Wayne Callies. Addy is so proud of having opted to do her own stunts and doing them well. Mr. Darabont was delighted with the result!
Since filming her part of “The Walking Dead”, Addy has been making numerous public appearances on behalf of the show, mainly at horror and comic conventions all over the US. This has quickly become a favorite activity of hers and her family.
Addy’s love for acting goes beyond the roles in front of the camera. She has begun requesting crew work and delves into the technical work behind the scenes. The crews have been instructional, showing Addy how they do their work. When she is home she reviews movies and studies how the actors react to certain situations.
Addy considers herself a darker actress and likes dramas and tough emotional scenes. Horror is something she does for “fun”. Addy is a petite girl and is often cast in younger roles.
On a personal note, Addy is home schooled and is a straight A student. Her favorite subjects are Spelling, Grammar, and Science. For fun, she plays on a competitive soccer team and hangs out with her friends. Addy’s role models are Dakota Fanning, Heather O’Rourke, and Uma Thurman.
Film/T. V. Experience
|Sick People||Actress||Abby Gail||2013|
|Waiting for Butterflies||Actress||Laney||2013|
|Burying the Truth (Video Short)||Actress||Daughter||2012|
|Bad Blood: The Hatfields and McCoys||Actress||Alifair McCoy||2012|
|Remnant (Video Short)
|It’s Supernatural||Actress||Heist Daughter||2011|
|The Shunning (TV Movie)
| The Playground (Short)
|Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report (Short)||Actress||Tyler Rae Kinsey||2011|
|Banks of the Vltava (Short)||Actress||Child (voice)||2011|
| The Walking Dead
|Actress||Little Girl Walker||2010|
|Death and Mary Jane (Short)
|One Last Sunset||Actress||Cricket||2010|
|Blood Done Sign My Name||Actress||KKK Picnic Child/2nd Grade Student||2010|
|Tainted Love (TV series)||Actress||Little Girl Victim||2009|
|Milites Christi (short)||Actress||Sibyl||2009|
|The Secret Life of Bees||Actress||Young Lily||2008|
Some questions for Addy:
What made you want to become an actress?
I really didn’t know I wanted to become an actress. I had been a child model, and our agency asked me to go to an audition for this one role, one they thought I could do. So I studied the script, auditioned and then found out I got the part. I was excited but nervous too. After being on set though, I knew that this is what I wanted to do! That role was “Young Lily” in “The Secret Life of Bees” – the younger version of Dakota Fanning’s character Lily.
How do you prepare for a role?
Well first I read the script, then I try to put myself in my character’s mind and how I think she would act in certain situations. I also watch movies with other child actors in them and see how they react to certain situations that might be similar to the role I am in. For example, I watched Dakota Fanning in “War of the Worlds” to help me prepare for the audition for “The Secret Life of Bees”.
What genre of film/tv do you prefer to work on?
I like dramatic roles more than others. I know I can look creepy and I don’t mind those roles because of people’s reactions (laughing), but horror isn’t as challenging for me, and I want to grow as an actress too.
What type of movies do you like to watch?
Movies that won’t give me nightmares!!! But really, zombies and stuff like that don’t scare me, but ghosts do! I watch what normal kids watch. Recently “Super 8″ has become a favorite, and I hope to find time to see “Hunger Games”! I also like “Poltergeist”!
Did you like horror movies and zombies before your part on the walking dead?
Actually no. When I found out that I was cast in The Walking Dead, my mom and I went out to buy the comic books and we were instantly hooked. Now I’ve read them all. I also watch the original movies if I am in a remake, like Plan 9 and Night of the Living Dead. I want to know what happened before and I study them more than just react scared. Now I am big zombie fanatic, how could I not be? (smiling)
What was your favorite film or tv show that you worked on?
Ok, I have two, and they couldn’t be more different, that is why I have two! First one, TV show The Walking Dead. It is to date my favorite role. The set was incredible, the crew, the actors, the setting, I loved it – even under a pile of makeup. I loved working with Greg Nicotero and taking direction from Frank Darabont, definitely the highlight of my career so far!!!
My next favorite is a feature film – Bad Blood: The Hatfields and McCoys. I loved the period costumes. It was really cold (shooting in Kentucky in December), so everyone bundled up together and we all got to know each other real well. I just came away feeling so much love for them all, and that is why it is one of my favorites.
In 2011, Addy’s little brother was diagnosed with Autism. Since then, she joined forces with the Autism Society of NC to help raise funds and awareness while attending different conventions with “The Walking Dead” (2010) cast.
If you would like to help out or learn more about Autism please visit the webpage for the Autism Society of NC
“If I were Rick Grimes, I would have shot me too.”