Beatrice Miller showed up on our radar a little while ago, but we didn’t get to see the 13-year-old powerhouse until last week’s X Factor auditions — and only for a minute! So, when we got to pow-wow with Bea over the phone, we were just tickled. According to her Facebook fan page, we hear we’ll get to see a bunch more of her on the boot camp episodes (which start Wednesday, October 3rd).
Although she’s very young, Bea has tons of acting and singing experience — she was Molly in Toy Story 3! Her solid background has set her up for world domination (or, you know, to do well on X Factor), and we’re just excited to be along for the ride.
Wetpaint: We’ve been really excited about you for awhile now!
Beatrice Miller: I was really excited about me too! [laughs]
Who did you watch your X Factor audition with?
I watched it at my family friends’ house with my mom’s best friend and her husband and their 16-year-old son.
How did you choose the Dixie Chicks song “Cowboy Take Me Away”
I chose a Dixie Chicks song because I wanted to choose something that people would know — people my age and older — and also something that wasn’t too popular. I didn’t want to sing an average pop song
We only got to see a little clip of you, but was there something that got edited out that the judges said to you that really stuck with you?
Um, at my first audition in front of the judges, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid both told me that they thought they found something special, which they cut out of the TV show, which made me a little upset. I mean I remember it happening, but I wish I could have seen it ‘cause you can’t remember exactly what happens in these situations because it’s just such a thrill and something you can’t remember and I wish they had shown it because I wish I could have seen exactly what happened. that someone else might sing and I thought the Dixie Chicks might be an interesting choice.
How did you remain so composed?
I just remembered that this was my dream and that I came out here for a reason and I came here to show them that I can sing and to let them know that it’s my dream and it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life and if I didn’t keep myself so composed it might have affected me in some way.
Your parents seemed really excited. I read that your mom is involved in the business — is that right?
Yeah, my mom Hillary is a producer and she worked on Oprah and she has been in the business for a long time.
Has she helped you so far having that experience?
She has helped me a lot and I would not have been able to get this far without her. And she always has good input on my song selection and if I mess up at any point in a song and if I should change something or do something differently and her advice is really important to me.
What other advice have you gotten — from anyone — that has stuck with you?
I really think that all the advice that sticks with me is from my mom. She really just tells me to keep myself composed and remember that this is what I want to do and that I’m in the competition for a reason — that I have something that no one else has and that I have something special and that I am good at what I do. It’s what keeps me going in times when it gets really rough in the competition.
What is it that you think you have that nobody else does — what gives you your edge?
I think that... When I sing a song and it’s a sad song, the audience can feel that sadness. I am capable of making people feel emotions through a song.
Do you think that any part of that comes from your voice-over work? Having to do roles where the audience doesn’t get to see you?
I do. I think my acting and my voice-over work has a lot to do with my capability of performing on stage and being able to get a point across with a song and make a song be able to move people or make them feel certain emotion, because it’s basically adding acting into my singing.
That’s really cool. How did you get started doing voice-over stuff?
I got started when my other mom, Kim, worked at CBS and people were asking for me and my little sisters’ pictures. We were like cute little kids and agents wanted to see us, which my moms thought was ridiculous. It was like they’re just little kids. They don’t do anything. We had never done anything in our lives that was acting-related and my mom Hillary got the pictures and sent them in and thought that would be the end of it and they wouldn’t call and they’d just leave us alone. And then they started calling — like, managers and agents started calling and asking to meet me and my sisters in person. And eventually I got an agent and a manager and they started sending me out for things.
So are your sisters acting actively right now as well?
My sisters have the same acting manager right now as I do. They don’t go on as many acting things as I do, but they do a lot of modeling. They’re 10 and they’re identical twins. We adopted them from Vietnam.
What are you most looking forward to doing on X Factor?
I am really looking forward to judges’ houses. I think it will be a lot of fun and I have no idea who my judge is yet, but I’m really excited to find out and I think it will be a huge adventure and something that is totally unexpected — that there will be something unexpected at every turn and it will be exciting and something I’ll never forget.
Is there something you want to do post-X Factor that the show will help you do?
I am looking forward to having the money and the image and [having my name] be well-known enough that I can give back. I wanna help others. I went to South Africa over the summer and I saw how people lived there and it’s really life-changing. And it made me want to help them. It made me want to be able to give back and donate and start organizations. With having sisters who are adopted, it made me want to be able to donate to orphans and... I really want to be able to give back.
That is very admirable. We think you’re amazing. How has your life changed since auditioning for X Factor?
Um, my life has changed in the way that certain people treat me differently, which is all positive. It’s all positive feedback, like “Way to go, Bea” and nice positive things. But it’s like “I don’t know these people and I’ve never had a conversation with them before now.” It’s like a hint of what it will be like to be famous, because people I don’t know will be supporting me. It feels good, actually. It’s different and sometimes it’s a little strange, but it’s nice to have people supporting me. But besides that, everything’s the same. I still have to do my chores and have to watch my sisters — and I still get grounded from time to time (laughs). I still go on bike rides and hang out with my friends. Except that a few people that I don’t know congratulate me.
Do you have friends who are also in the business?
I don’t really have any friends who are in the business. I don’t have any friends who are actresses or actors. I mean, I have a few friends who like to sing, and who are good at singing, but they haven’t really taken a professional step into that.
Are they good? Do they have The X Factor? (both laugh)
I don’t know. That’s up to them. If they think they have the “X” factor, then they should go for it.
Have you gotten tired of that expression yet?
Not necessarily tired of it. I’ve heard it so many times and always give the same answer. “Yes, yes I have the “X” factor. Moving on to the next question.” (both laugh)
Were you recorded a lot when you were on the show? Was there a lot of background? Some contestants have mentioned that they felt unfairly edited. I was just wondering if there was equal material from most contestants to choose from.
They did a lot of interviews, with me and with everyone else that was at auditions. They asked so many questions, and it was great, because it gives people a sort of fame. It’s able to get them on TV and in front of the public so people know who they are and people look them up and it gives them a chance to achieve their dreams even if they don’t win the show. They still can get a lot of help from the show to build their fan base, and I got that too and I’m really lucky. This show not only helps me get closer to achieving my dreams, it helps me build a fan base too, which is wonderful.
Can you tell me a little more about how you feel about being on a stage singing, and known for singing, versus being known for acting, as you have in the past?
Singing is more of my passion than acting. Acting is something that I am capable of and that I enjoy when I get a role. It comes easily to me to act. But singing is more of a way that I can express myself, because acting is being someone that I’m not. It’s being a character — pretending to be someone. But when I’m a singer, I can be me. I can be who I really am and I can show people who I am and I can let that come through my music and... it’s my passion. When I’m onstage, I feel comforted, because it’s what I really love to do and when I’m in front of a crowd, it’s where I really want to be. It’s home for me. It’s somewhere that is comforting — to be onstage in front of a cheering crowd — it’s the most amazing feeling in the world for me.
Have you ever thought about doing any TV work where you would be singing and acting?
I have auditioned for a few shows where there was a role for a girl who sings. I never got any of them and at this point, I’m actually glad that I didn’t because I would have to be pretending to be a girl who could sing instead of being a girl who can sing. Um, I did recently do a movie — that’s why I was in South Africa — where I played a girl who sang. It was supposed to be at my dead best friend’s funeral where I sang a song. But that wasn’t so much of an acting role as it was a singing role.
Who are your favorite singers?
My favorite singers... I actually have a lot of favorite bands. My favorite band right now is Coldplay and I love them so much. I really look up to them a lot because all of their songs have a meaning behind them and it’s not just songs that are about, like, ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends, or like boy problems — it’s deeper than that. I can see that they have a really deep meaning and they are important and they teach you something. And I really like their music. I also really like Adele even though she’s kind of played a lot and everyone knows her. But I think she’s amazing and I love her... even though Simon hates her... I love her. She has a huge voice and she’s just beautiful. And I also of course look up to Demi Lovato. I know it sounds cheesy or like I’m trying to impress everyone. But she is so inspiring and her whole story of being bulimic... I really look up to her and it’s so inspiring to see where she is and how she’s succeeded.
Yeah, we love Demi Lovato. She’s such a great role model. Can you tell me who you think is your biggest competition on the show?
I think my biggest competition on the show is probably Carly Rose. Um, she’s amazing. I love her. She’s an amazing person. Honestly, we are really good friends. But she is a 13-year-old girl with a big voice... and so am I. And Diamond is too but Diamond is not the same category I think, because she sings totally totally different than we do. And I think me and Carly are going to be compared a lot more than me and Diamond or Carly and Diamond. I think we’re going to be two who are going to be compared a lot. And Carly’s amazing, both as a singer and as a person. So I think she’s my biggest competition.
Rad. Well, is there anything else you want to add? We write a lot about TV — do you have a favorite show?
I love Bones. Bones is my favorite show. I’m a weird girl. I just love watching crazy shows like Bones — it’s so interesting to me. Oh my God, I’m obsessed. I’m recently into it and it’s my favorite show.