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Introducing Grace Caroline Currey, Star of Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Grace Caroline Currey

Grace Caroline Currey is an American actress who in 2001 landed one of her first acting roles in the popular Naval based television series “JAG”. She went on to appear in several other shows, including “Bones,” and “Revenge.” Currey’s breakthrough role came in 2014 when she was cast as young Melinda Gordon in the supernatural drama series “Ghost Whisperer.” Since then, she has appeared in several notable films, including playing the character of Mary Bromfield in the 2019 film “Shazam!” directed by David F. Sandberg. In 2022, she took on a leading role in the thriller “Fall,” alongside Virginia Gardner. Currey is set to return to the role of Mary Bromfield in the upcoming sequel, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” where she will portray both the human and superhero versions of the character.

Currey’s performances have garnered critical acclaim, positioning her as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actresses. Read our exclusive interview bellow.

 Grace Caroline Currey

Grace Caroline Currey

Karly B.

What was your favorite part about portraying the character of Mary Marvel in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”, and how did you prepare for the role?

Grace Caroline Currey

It was so fun being in the super-hero suit and getting to do stunts and have scenes with the other actors. It’s a dream come true.

I did a lot of different things in prep for the suit and to feel more powerful.  I have a ballet background which is a graceful and elegant art form. I was also doing taekwondo. So, between doing that and ballet classes I was utilizing different mediums of power.

Karly B.

Can you share with us any interesting behind-the-scenes moments or stories from the filming of “Shazam!” that fans may not know about?

Grace Caroline Currey

Where to start? I mean one of the highlights was working with Helen Mirren who is stunning. She is a beautiful example of professionalism. She loves her job. She loves acting. She’s always ready to go. There is never a dull moment with her. I hope to have a career as long as hers.

Karly B.

“Shazam!” has been praised for its lighthearted and humorous tone. How did you balance the comedic elements of the film with the more dramatic moments, and what do you hope audiences take away from the movie?

Grace Caroline Currey

I think I’m part of balancing the more serious elements of the film. I also contribute more to the very heart of the conversations and the heartfelt moments. Mary is often standing there, very stoic, and not quite giving into the madness around her. If anything, she is confused by the madness of her siblings. There were some more comedic moments for me that were fun. Our director [David F. Sandberg] has a background in horror films, but he did a beautiful job with providing humor and the depth and layers of the film.

Karly B.

How did you first become interested in acting?

Grace Caroline Currey

I was four or five years old. My brother was doing films and I asked my mom when it was my turn. I went to the sets he was on. And because I grew up being on different film sets and getting to travel with him, I got to meet different people and got into acting. I fell in love with entertaining. It’s like playing make believe to the max.

Karly B.

Your character in “Shazam!” is a superhero with extraordinary powers. If you could have any superpower in real life, what would it be and why?

Grace Caroline Currey

I do think flying would be pretty cool. I mean that sounds like fun. I love London. So, I’d fly really quick to London. I would have to travel really light though if I was flying there!

Karly B.

“Shazam!” has been praised for its diverse cast and themes of inclusivity. How important do you think representation is in Hollywood, and how do you hope your work contributes to promoting diversity in the industry?

Grace Caroline Currey

Anyone who goes to the theaters need to be able to identify in some way with the people they see. It makes people feel less alone.  There is nothing like seeing someone on screen who looks like you. I have seen people who look like me. And I’m proud to be apart of the Shazam family. It’s special because kids get to see themselves portrayed on screen and identify with them.

Karly B.

You’ve also worked on several other television and film productions. How does your approach to acting differ between tv and film, and do you prefer one over the other?

Grace Caroline Currey

It depends on the script and genre. When I did the film “Fall”, it was an action thriller as supposed to “Shazam!” where there is more levity and lightness to it. In short, “Shazam!” was fun. “Fall” was brutal and demanded a lot of emotion to cry every day on set for the scenes.

Karly B.

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects you have in the works, and what drew you to those roles or stories?

Grace Caroline Currey

There is a project now in development that requires me to train physically and dip back into ballet. I love it when a role requires physicality and disciple to create the character. I also love how I have gotten to do stunt work and train my body. It’s so fun to do. In stunt work, your body must work hard. It’s better than the gym.

Karly B.

What advice do you have for aspiring actors and actresses who are just starting out in the industry?

Grace Caroline Currey

I think you must be careful of becoming bitter and jaded. You get told no so many times in this industry and it’s disheartening. You have to feed and nourish the dream you have. You must be tough because you will be knocked down. But don’t forget why you love this craft and don’t stop being curious. What you invest will come back to you.

Karly B.

The first “Shazam!” was a big success at the box office and with fans. If given the opportunity, would you be interested in reprising your role in future DCU movies or spin-offs?

Grace Caroline Currey

I would say yes depending on if they will have me back. I love Mary so much.

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Karly is a USA based Entertainment journalist.
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