NASCAR Illustrated: Getting Comfortable with Emily Osment
July 15, 2014, NASCAR Illustrated, NASCAR.com
Emily Osment, like her older brother Haley Joel Osment, began acting at an early age. By her 10th birthday, she had appeared in several network hits -- including "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Touched by an Angel" and "Friends."
Osment then landed the role of Gerti Giggles in the "Spy Kids" film franchise and went on to play Lilly Truscott opposite Miley Cyrus in Disney's long-running "Hannah Montana." During that run, Osment, a budding singer/songwriter, also found time to release two solo albums.
Osment spent the last two years studying at L.A.'s Occidental College but put her education on hold to pursue her acting career. And now, the 22-year-old stars as food-blogger-turned-chef Gabi Diamond in her own show, "Young & Hungry," which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
"My family is from the South, and I totally get NASCAR. I haven't been to a race, but I've watched on TV. I've got family in the South who love NASCAR."
"Young & Hungry"
"It's ABC Family pushing the limits a little bit. It's a very fun place to work, and I'm very lucky with the cast we have. It already feels like a family, which is something you really don't find."
"I made this bold decision to leave college and try and work. I was so ready to work. I left school and just prayed something would come through. I got lucky and didn't even have time to sit down and say, 'What's next?' That's the scariest feeling you can have -- wondering what's next. It's always a good thing when you don't have to worry about that."
On That Note ...
"I've put music on the backburner for a minute -- just because work is very hectic. I still write on my own every day. I love to write and another album is inevitable. It's going to happen at some point. I just don't know when."
"When you do social media, it's something that's so instant. I can relate that back to doing a live show. When you put something out, you know immediately if it's funny or not. I have a following that is very instant with their replies."
"I love to surf, but it's hard to get everything together and get down there. It's a hobby that takes some time. I think you can only do it successfully in the wee hours of the morning. You've got to have a buddy, you've got to have a wetsuit, you've got to have a board and you've got to have a car that can fit all those things. But I'm happy it's summer, and the Pacific Ocean won't be quite as cold."
"I have a soft spot for animals, and I have a special place in my heart for abused animals. That's not always good when you are adopting because it's not an animal you can immediately bring into your home. You have to work with them. The dog that I have now, Joe, was abused before I got him from the shelter. It's been a year, and he's just now warming up to guests that come to the house."