2016 is gearing up to be a busy year for Asia Monet Ray, who currently plays O.J. Simpson's daughter on FX's "The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story". In addition to juggling a burgeoning acting career, Asia is in the studio working on a new album. We recently sat down with Miss Ray to talk about everything from her career to her blended background. Check out what the 10-year-old had to say during her interview with BCK.
Tell us about your new role in American Crime Story.
"I am so grateful to be a part of the amazing cast of American Crime Story. I play the role of Sydney Simpson, OJ 's daughter. Although I wasn't born during the time of the crime in 1994, I wanted to be familiar with the role of Sydney and know the background. It’s my first role that I can actually research or google and find out who Sydney is. I play her at the age of 8. I felt that she was a sweet girl that had to be very strong to go through the most difficult time of her life."
You are quite the athlete. How do you believe your background as a figure skater and dance professional have shaped your career?
"Yes, I come from a family of athletes and fitness gurus which I believe was instilled in me early on. I have always been involved in physical activities from ice skating to gymnastics to dance, I loved it all. I think having that background has given me the discipline and drive to be confident and it has shown me that hard work always pays off in whatever you do."
You captivated the hearts of many when you performed in Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Many fell in love with your ability to be confident at such a young age. Where do you get that assertiveness from? Do you miss being on Dance Moms?
"My mom has told me from day one I was definitely a strong Leo, and very competitive. I lived for the stage. I really do love the performance, the feeling, and energy I get from an audience. Right now, I'm so happy with what I'm doing and really busy that I don't think too much about Dance Moms, I have done so much since then."
Are you working on any new music? When can we expect your next album to come out?
"Yes, yes, yes!!! I am so excited to be back in the studio with my team again, we are creating and writing new music. I will also release some cover songs soon in between. I'm still growing and maturing as an artist and I have to remind myself to be patient because I'm only 10 tears old, but I think people will enjoy what I've been working on. So stay tuned!"
Tell us more about your family and it's blended culture
"Well, my dad is African American and my mom is a mix of Filipino and Mexican. Of course my sister and I have the best of both sides… Lol I love being mixed, I feel it's special and I appreciate both cultures. Blended cultures bring out the beauty in our world."
What do you like to do with your free time?
"I love to draw, read, get together with family and friends, and take my puppy Mochi out to play. I also love to go to concerts, broadway shows and of course shop."
What advice can you give other young stars who are trying to follow in your footsteps?
"My advice is simple, stay strong and follow your dreams. You must really love what you do and stay true to yourself. Remember hard work will never fail you!!! Enjoy your own personal journey and be happy."
Photographer: Birdie Thompson
Hair/Makeup: Nichole Ray