'Kidding': Juliet Morris talks about her love for Catherine Keener, Jim Carrey and more

Eight-year-old Juliet Morris, who plays angry rebel child Maddy, sits for an interview with Meaww and shares her off-screen moments with Jim Carrey and Cole Allen

                            'Kidding': Juliet Morris talks about her love for Catherine Keener, Jim Carrey and more

Showtime's 'Kidding' has arrived with Hollywood's bonafide man, Jim Carrey, and it does not disappoint. While he puts up a stellar performance as children's entertainer Jeff aka Mr. Pickles, we also see an incredible cast, including Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, and Frank Langella, come together and render a heartfelt series. 

Meaww caught up with Juliet Morris, who plays Maddy, and got even more insight into the making of 'Kidding', the behind-the-scenes gift exchange and the eight-year-old actress' aspiration to be on more TV shows.

Juliet Morris attends the premiere of Showtime's 'Kidding' at The Cinerama Dome on September 5, 2018, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
Juliet Morris attends the premiere of Showtime's 'Kidding' at The Cinerama Dome on September 5, 2018, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

You play the role of Maddy. Tell us a bit about her character and how has the incident made an impact on her?  

She is a wonderful character to play, I love playing her. Maddy is a very emotional girl. I would describe her emotions as wonderful, sad and angry. She basically has the emotions of a normal girl, except with more anger. I feel this experience increased her emotions a lot. 

When filming the story, were you told about the scene or did you find out later after filming? What was your reaction?

Of course not. I did end up watching the first episode with my mom. She covered my eyes, but I ended up having a little peeking hole where I accidentally saw the scene with my dad cheating on my mom. Maddy's reaction was scared, nervous and alarmed. My reaction was... 'I wish I never saw that.' Maddy should not have seen that. 

You're sharing the spotlight with Jim Carrey. How was he on set? Is he as good with children off the screen as he is on the screen when playing Jeff Pickles?

He is wonderful and I love him so much. Of course, he is! He is a wonderful person. My favorite interaction with him was when I first met him. He walked over to me after finishing his camera test and smiled at me as if I was the only one in the room. Also, around the set, everyone gives each other stuff. He surprised me and Cole Allen with putty that I really like!

Catherine Keener plays your mom. How is it like playing her daughter?

It was wonderful working with her! We exchanged lots of gifts. She felt like a real mom to me on set. She gave me lots of advice and took care of me. 


Recalling the filming of Kidding, what was your most memorable experience?

My most memorable moment you will see later this season! You will have to wait to see it. It felt wonderful, I got to actually participate. I felt like, "Yeah!!!!"

Who did you enjoy working with the most and why?

Catherine Keener, Jim Carrey, and Bernard White. I don't want to be mean by choosing! My favorite was probably with my mom, Catherine Keener. She just gave me a lot of confidence during shooting. 

Besides acting, what are your hobbies? How do you juggle work and school?

My hobbies? Probably...gaming! Like, ROBLOX, Minecraft, computer games and PlayStation games.

I had to go pick up my homework from school and bring it back to work on set with an onset teacher. It was fun! Cole Allen and I became great friends during our school hours.


How old are you right now and where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I am 8, soon to be 9! In the next five years, I definitely hope to still be acting. I love acting! I hope to be doing more TV shows.

What other projects are you currently working on that you'd like to share with us?

Nothing currently, but I will soon. Tune in for that.

What are your expectations for the show 'Kidding'?

I think people will enjoy the show because of Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener and the other amazing actors in it. The storylines are great, I enjoy them! You will have to watch.

What advice would you like to give to those who identify themselves with Maddy?

Keep calm and just know that everything will be alright. 

'Kidding' airs on Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime.