"I would love to be an author one day": 'Young Sheldon's Missy aka Raegan Revord gets candid about her future plans
Following the massive success of CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory', creators Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro took fans back in time, recreating the entire childhood of Sheldon Cooper in last season's hit 'Young Sheldon'.
With Jim Parsons serving as the narrator, the series - as the name suggests - centers on the younger days of Sheldon, his polar opposite parents, and his eccentric bunch of siblings and friends. While the limelight is certainly on young Sheldon (starring Iain Armitage), a great part of the credit for making the series so relatable to viewers of every age also goes to Armitage's young and talented co-star, Raegan Revord.
Starring as Missy Cooper, 10-year-old Revord not only adds a much-needed spunk to the plot but also serves as the perfect foil to her academically-gifted twin brother, Sheldon. And all this while navigating through life in the deeply religious Texas community of the 1990s.
In talks with Meaww, Revord dishes some candid details about her life on the sets of 'Young Sheldon', the nail-biting moments before she landed the role of Missy, and her ambitious plans for the future.
Read the full interview below:
Had it not been for Missy Cooper, 'Young Sheldon' would be missing a much-needed spunk, do you agree? What was your first reaction when you got the part?
Missy does bring a lot of spunk, but so does Meemaw! Maybe that’s where Missy gets it from [Laughs]. I also like what every character brings to the table. We all make it special. When my agent and manager called me to tell me I got the part, I was jumping up and down screaming!!! Sorry, Ms. Emily and Ms. Susan! Ha ha.
Missy is all of us after watching #YoungSheldon! Thanks for watching with us tonight, we'll see you next Thursday for an all-new episode! 💕 pic.twitter.com/rq2StIDlYi— Young Sheldon (@YoungSheldon) October 12, 2018
Walk us through the audition process please, how did 'Young Sheldon' come about your way? Were you auditioning for other roles as well?
I actually was auditioning for other stuff because it was the pilot season. I think I went to producer sessions for two other pilots, but I couldn’t stop asking my mom about the Young Sheldon pilot. My agent and manager submitted me for the role and I went on to read for it. I didn’t get a callback! I remember one of my friends did and I was bummed because I really wanted to book the role of Missy! But then the email came in that I got a callback and from then on it was crazy. I went back so many times. Each time I went back, there would be more people in the room. I got to test with one of my good friends. That made it more fun and took a lot of my nerves away. Waiting to hear if I booked or not was the hardest part!
What's your relationship like with your on-screen twin brother, Iain Armitage? Do you guys get along or are you frenemies in real life as well?
I have a great relationship with Iain! We have so many things in common! We both love our stuffies! Musicals, animals, rocks! When we aren’t filming, the stage becomes like a big playground for us. We have so much fun together.
Despite all the fights, season 1 revealed how Missy is dependent on Sheldon? Where do you think is this relationship headed in season 2?
I don’t think Missy is dependent on Sheldon. I think Missy is a very independent person. I do think there are things they teach each other though... Missy is more street smart and Sheldon is book smart. So I think they compliment each other very well.
Sheldon has been jumping years and proving his academic worth at a very young age - how exactly does Missy feel about all this? Will there ever be any kind of sibling rivalry between the two?
I don’t think Missy cares. In our second episode, Erica asks, “does Sheldon ever make you feel stupid?” And Missy says, “Nah, I’m smart in other ways!” I think her and Sheldon have a pretty normal brother/sister relationship. She doesn’t treat him like a genius.
Come hang out with the Coopers tonight at 8:30/7:30 central. pic.twitter.com/yQx5iU9UH9— Raegan Revord (@OfficialRaeganR) October 11, 2018
How has your experience been working on a sitcom that has direct plot link to The Big Bang Theory? Tell us about the biggest lessons that you have learned while working on 'Young Sheldon'.
I think we got really lucky to be a part of the Big Bang universe and have the built-in fan base. That is part of the reason, the show has been so popular! I’ve grown so much as an actor from working on this show. Getting to work with our amazing cast, producers, and crew has taught me so much. I’m learning about other people’s job on set too!
Is it like one big family on the sets? How do you keep yourself busy when the show is on hiatus?
We are all so close! Even when we aren’t working we do things together. I’ve gone skiing with some of our crew members. I hang out with Mr. Lance (Lance Barber) and his kids outside of work. They are great! I love them. Ms. Zoe (Zoe Perry) will have pool parties throughout the year. It’s like one big family! When we are on hiatus, I, Montana, and Iain still have to do school so it’s not really a break. It does give me more time to go to some classes though! I can go to my piano, guitar, vocal, and art classes!
For a 10-year-old, you have a lot on your plate at the moment. How do you juggle between your regular life, school, and acting?
It’s actually very easy. Asides from work, I have a very normal life. I do 3 hours of school a day on set. On the weekends I love to spend time with my family, friends, and dogs! We love to get outdoors and bike, hike, or go to a park.
Apart from acting, what are your other interests, aspirations? Do you want to get behind the camera - write or direct - when you grow up?
I would love to be an author one day! I’ve already started writing a couple of books! I also want to own a farm one day with lots of animals that need rescuing.
What's next on your to-do list? Are there any other movies/tv series you are looking forward to?
As of right now, I can’t do any other projects because I’m working on our show. Hopefully, when we wrap for the season I can do another project! If not then I’d love to travel!
One more sleep until a new episode of @YoungSheldon pic.twitter.com/cbOlcLcz2I— Raegan Revord (@OfficialRaeganR) October 9, 2018