For an actress who only recently turned 19, Daniela Bobadilla has been working with some very high-profile actors. She’s currently appearing as Emma, the girlfriend of Detective Michael Britten’s (Jason Isaacs) son, Rex (Dylan Minnette), on NBC’s Thursday drama “Awake.”
Then this June 28, she appears in the FX comedy “Anger Management” as the obsessive-compulsive daughter of Charlie (Charlie Sheen), a former minor-league baseball player with anger issues who goes back to school to become a therapist.
“They’re both really giving,” she says of Isaacs and Sheen. “They’re both very selfless in the way they work. It’s all about the other person, which, in turn, makes the other person better as well.
“But they’re both extremely giving. They’re both very present. They’re both always there, and they’re both incredibly professional, always on time, always ready and always wanting to have a good time. They’re not like, ‘Don’t talk to me, I’m in my scene, I’m doing my job.’
“For these two, it’s not like a job. It’s what they do, and it’s what they love.”
As for what it means for a young actor to work with veteran performers, Bobadilla tells Zap2it, “It’s amazing. I can see where people would take it as, ‘These people are so scary; you have to work ever harder.’ But for me, it’s all just learning. I know what I know, but I learn really, really fast and get better as fast as I can.
“I got put here for a reason – that is really scary – but I’m doing this, and I step up to the plate. I’ll see what I can get from them as fast as possible. It’s complete survival.
“Even when I was just training in Vancouver, I did start out in kids classes, but I put myself in adult classes with my parents’ blessing, because you always want someone to be better than you, so you can be striving.”
Birthplace: Mexico City on April 4, 1993
TV cred: “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Lie to Me,” “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Awake,” “Anger Management”
Movie cred: “Mr. Troop Mom” (2009), “Lies in Plain Sight” (2010), “Oliver’s Ghost” (2011), “Tomorrow Maybe” (short film, 2012)
Stage cred: “Disney’s High School Musical” (theatrical tour), “The Wizard of Oz,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Strange Days,” “Impromptu,” “Battle in Budapest”